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.


Photo: ponsulak, freedigitalphotos.net

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.


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


Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915



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