Comprehensive Eye Exams
Patients often do not know there is an eye problem! When these diseases are caught early, it helps to prevent vision loss! If you want to ensure a lifetime of optimal eye health and visual acuity for yourself and your family members, there’s no better place to start than by scheduling regular eye and vision exams here at Harvard Square Eye Care. We believe strongly in the value of preventative care and early detection as a key element in preserving in our patients’ eyesight. Unlike a vision screening or other general eye test, comprehensive eye exams evaluate the entire health of the eye. They also help the optometrist or ophthalmologist determine your unique prescription. Comprehensive eye exams should begin as an infant to ensure proper eye and vision development. Ongoing eye health examinations at regular intervals are also important as many eye diseases and vision changes can occur without warning signs.
Diagnoses and Treatment
All of our optometrists on staff are trained to diagnose and treat any type of issue that can arise in regards to ocular health. Common problems such as red eyes (pink eye), bacterial conjunctivitis, allergies, dry eye, and contact lens discomfort, can be easily relieved and our experienced doctors will take the time and care to ensure your optimal eye health. Our doctors regularly see patients with symptoms such as flashing lights, floaters, or other visual changes that can occur due to what’s called visual migraines (ocular migraines).
Our optometrists diagnose glaucoma, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), retinal holes, and retinal tears. We also can view diabetes, hypertension or other systemic diseases. Our optometrist’s role in the eye health of our patients is the full scope and you can come to see us for all eye problems.
Retinal Fundus Photography
Early detection is vital! There is a technology called digital retinal imaging which can replace the need for dilation. Doctors recommend this technique because it serves as a baseline if there are ever any changes noted. Many eye problems do not have any symptoms until they are very advanced. From a medical perspective, it is superior to dilation as a screening test. Retinal image screening is available in our Harvard Square office for $39. If interested ask one of our Optometrists during your exam for more details.
Your retina is the only place in the body where blood vessels can be directly visualized, therefore the following diseases are often diagnosed for the first time within an eye exam. The Optomap can detect; diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, hypertension among other diseases.
Pediatric Eye Exams
Regular eye exams are a crucial component of health care in young children that often is not given the attention it demands. Most children will have healthy and normal-functioning eyes, but there is always a risk for eye disease or damage, most of which are more easily treatable in children than in adults, which is why annual pediatric eye exams are so important.
Children have vision needs that go beyond simply ‘needing glasses.’ Our optometrists are trained to detect, diagnose, and treat many complications that can occur as a child’s eye matures. Additionally, our eye exams are specifically catered to children. Our experienced, caring doctors and staff strive to create a kid-friendly atmosphere and carry a full line of frames for infants, children, and young adults.