We Check Vision and Eye Health for Your Family, in Flint, MI
Even though your eyesight is clear, it’s not a sign that you have healthy eyes. Only a thorough, complete eye exam can detect or rule out ocular disease. That’s why routine, comprehensive eye evaluations are critical for lasting, quality vision. At Abdella Eyecare, we’ll inspect your eyes closely for any signs of disease or abnormalities. Our Flint practice is family-friendly, and we provide eye exams for infants, kids and adults of all ages.
Think of our eye exam as a full evaluation of your ocular health – in the same way that a physical exam checks general body health. With more than 25 years of experience in Michigan’s Flint Township, our eye doctor, Dr. John P. Abdella, invites new and longstanding patients to schedule an appointment for an eye exam. Our office is furnished with advanced diagnostic equipment and all the latest optometric tools, so you’ll receive state-of-the-art eye care services. We will assess your visual system and inner eye tissues, looking out for eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, retinopathy, macular degeneration and retinal complications.
You’ll be treated warmly and efficiently in our Flint office, located to serve a range of neighborhoods conveniently. A positive, ongoing relationship between patient and eye doctor is important for optimizing your eye health, and we look forward to getting to know you! Contact us today to reserve your appointment.
For more info on comprehensive eye exams, read on:
What are the basic steps of our eye health exam in Flint?
We relate to every patient as a unique individual, and we’ll personalize your exam to meet your visual, health and lifestyle requirements. Dr. Abdella will first discuss your medical case history, family eye history and visual concerns. Our eye examination will then include some or all of the following:
- Testing your pupils’ response to light, eye mobility, color and peripheral vision
- Eye teaming and binocularity will be assessed to determine how well your eyes work together. Your focusing ability (accommodation) will also be evaluated.
- Visual acuity testing, using a basic eye chart that you’ll need to read. We’ll also use a phoropter to evaluate refractive error, and a retinoscope to measure how light focuses in your eye. All of these procedures help us to diagnose astigmatism, nearsightedness and farsightedness, and to determine your vision prescription.
- Ocular health will be inspected, and dilating eye drops will usually be inserted before this part of your eye exam. We will use a high powered lens to check your retina and tissues at the back of your eye.
After your exam, we’ll discuss our findings with you. Together, we’ll decide upon the most suitable treatment and/or vision correction for your condition.
How often do we advise scheduling eye exams?
Adults who wear eyeglasses or contacts should have annual evaluations of ocular health. After age 40, this recommendation for yearly exams applies to all adults – even if you don’t require vision correction. That’s because the risk of ocular complications rises with age. After age 60, it’s advised to consult with your eye doctor for personalized guidelines about how often you should schedule routine examinations.
Specific health risk factors, such as hypertension and diabetes, indicate a need for more regular eye exams, at any age. Dr. Abdella will advise you on the best eye care routine to follow for your personal situation.
Children should have their first eye exam performed at 6 months old, followed by the next one at 3 years of age. After this, it’s very important to have your kid’s eyes examined before entering school, around age 5-6. Many vision conditions can go undetected at this age, and they have the potential of interfering with basic learning skills, such as reading and writing. A comprehensive pediatric eye exam is therefore one of the best ways to prepare your child for success in school!
During school years, kids without eyeglasses or contact lenses should return for check-ups every 2 years. Kids who require vision correction should have annual exams. Particular risk factors, such as premature birth, crossed eyes, past eye injury, family history of eye disease, physical health conditions and delayed development are also reasons to schedule more frequent ocular evaluations for kids. Your eye doctor should be consulted if your childhas any of the above risk factors.
We’re waiting to see you in our Flint office – contact us today to reserve your complete eye exam!