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Eye Exams for the Communities of Clarksville, Franklin, and Bowling Green from Our Optometrists at H.M. Calvert MD and Associates
Families living in and near Clarksville, Franklin, and Bowling Green rely on the optometrists at H.M. Calvert M.D. & Associates for comprehensive primary eye care.
Going to the eye doctor is important when you have a vision problem, but regular eye exams are essential for a lifetime of healthy vision. Many eye and vision problems are silent, which means you may not realize you have a problem until the condition has reached an advanced stage. Like most medical conditions, early diagnosis and prompt treatment during the earliest stages of a disease can improve the outcome. In some cases, early treatment can restore lost vision or prevent future vision loss. Regular eye exams give doctors a chance to detect vision changes.
To help optometrists catch diseases early, the American Optometric Association recommends that everyone have yearly or bi-yearly eye exams and vision exams. This is true whether a person is at high risk for eye problems, or at normal risk.
About Eye Exams and Consultations at Our Optometry Clinics Located in Clarksville, Franklin, and Bowling Green
To detect, diagnose and treat eye problems, eye doctors perform eye exams to gather clinically significant information about each patient. This information helps optometrists understand each patient’s risk factors for developing eye disease and recommend a personalized treatment plan.
During your eye exam, our eye doctors will ask if you are experiencing any specific symptoms or issues related to vision, such as blurred vision or headaches. Our Clarksville, Franklin, and Bowling Green optometrists will ask about your medications, work environment, overall health, and about your personal or family history of eye or vision conditions. This information helps our optometrists detect and diagnose a condition then recommend a treatment for that condition.
Vision testing determines visual acuity, which is a measurement of how well you see. Optometrists use several different tools, such as Snellen eye charts and reading eye charts, to assess your visual acuity. Snellen eye charts measure how well you see far away. Reading eye charts evaluate your “up close” vision need to read. Depending on the results of your vision testing, eye doctors may prescribe corrective eyeglasses, contact, or eye exercises. Vision testing helps our eye doctor check your eyes for eye diseases, assess how well your eyes work, and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.
Eye Function Testing
Our optometrists perform eye function testing in our Clarksville, Franklin, and Bowling Green optometry offices. These tests assess depth perception, color vision, peripheral vision, responsiveness to light, and the capabilities of the eye muscles. Other tests evaluate whether eyes are focusing, moving and working together well. Eye function tests help our eye doctor diagnose eye problems not explained with vision testing.
Eye Health for the Surrounding Areas of Clarksville, Franklin, and Bowling Green
Optometric tests, such as visual examination and tonometry, help optometrists assess the overall health of the eyes. During a comprehensive exam, Dr. Calvert and his eye associates use magnification and a bright light to inspect the external parts of your eyes and eyelids visually. Our optometrists may dilate the pupils and use special equipment to examine the internal structures of your eyes.
Tonometry helps our eye doctors detect elevated pressure within your eyes. Elevated pressure in the eyes may be a sign of glaucoma, a sight-threatening condition affecting the optic nerve that carries the images your eyes see to your brain. During tonometry, the eye doctors measure the inner pressure of the eye with a warm puff of air or by applying gentle pressure with a tiny device.
After completing your eye exams, our ophthalmologists will review the results and discuss your treatment options as needed.