5 Things Park Ophthalmologists Assess in an Annual Eye Exam

exam ponsulakVision is the most important of the five senses, yet not everyone in the Triangle heads to Park Opthalmology each year for an annual eye exam.

Eye exams aren’t just for keeping up eyeglass and contact lens prescriptions. Getting a complete eye exam each year is part of keeping patients healthy. March is National Save Your Vision Month, and it’s a great time to get an eye exam, whether it’s the first time or you are a regular at exams.

Eye exams cover more than just the big “E” at the top of the chart. Adults and children should have their eyes checked each year for changes in health. During an eye exam, our ophthalmologist will look at how the eyes work together, check for eye diseases, and evaluate the eyes as part of the patient’s overall health.

Here is what Beth R. Friedland M.D. is looking for when checking the eyes:

  • Strabismus – More commonly known as crossed eyes, Dr. Friedland will make sure the eyes are aligned.
  • Eye teaming problems – The eyes usually work together as a team, but sometimes they don’t, even if they appear aligned. We check to make sure the teamwork is on par.
  • Refractive error – Most people refer to a refractive error as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. These can all be corrected by eyeglasses, contacts or surgery.
  • Eye diseases – Glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and other eye diseases are quite common. Some have no symptoms except inside the eyes. Catching such problems early can reduce the risk of permanent vision loss.
  • Other health problems – The blood vessels in the eyes often tell the story of a person’s overall health, and can often indicate other problems. If Dr. Beth Friedland sees something abnormal, she can alert a patient to visit a doctor.

It’s never too early to make an appointment for an annual eye exam. Make March the month to have it done. The last thing anyone wants is to be too late. Find out more about getting an eye exam at Park Ophthalmology.

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Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about eye exams is brought to you by the professional team atPark Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.

Locations:

Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829

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Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

 

 

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3 Reasons to Invest in Eye Health

putting-drops-in-eye-100112466Eye health is not always at the top of anyone’s mind here in the Triangle. Yet it is important for Raleigh and Durham residents to make it a top priority. Eyes are often considered the most important of the five senses. The human eye is in constant use, from the minute we awaken in the morning to the time we go to bed.

Yet a 2010 survey quoted in the New York Times observed that “only a small minority of those most at risk get the yearly eye exams (needed) that could detect a vision problem and prevent, delay or even reverse its progression.”

Park Ophthalmology offers three reasons to invest in annual eye exams:

  • Seeing clearly — Annual eye exams with Beth R. Friedland M.D. offer the opportunity to make sure everything is in focus for vision health. Eye correction prescriptions often change from year to year, based on many factors. Sometimes these changes occur too gradually to notice differences until patients put on the new pair of glasses or contacts.
  • Prevention is the best cure. Opthalmologist Dr. Beth Friedland checks eyes carefully each year for several health issues in an effort to prevent problems and catch changes as soon as possible. When caught early, eye health problems such as glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and eye cancer are much easier to manage and treat; meaning Raleigh and Durham residents have a greater chance of keeping their eyesight — and their overall health. Eye health can also be an major indicator for other related conditions, such as heart disease.
  • Disease Management. “Fully 86 % of those who already have eye disease do not get routine exams,” the New York Times survey said. It is important to remember that regular eye checkups are key indicators for managing other chronic conditions such as diabetes.

Triangle residents who have not had an eye exam in more than one year, or those who notice changes in behaviors, should call Park Ophthalmology today for an appointment.

Seeing is believing!

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Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eye wear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about eye health is brought to you by the professional team atPark Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.

Locations:

Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829

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Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915