Eye Health and Vision Exams
At Vision Source DC - Focus Eyecare Center, we strive to provide comprehensive, primary eye care for the whole family. Preventative and routine eye exams are an essential element for maintaining good eye health. Often, eye and vision problems do not have obvious symptoms or signs but can be diagnosed by a licensed optometrist during a scheduled eye exam. By diagnosing eye and vision conditions early, our optometrists can discuss treatment options and, in many cases, prevent or restore vision loss. The American Optometric Association recommends yearly or bi-yearly eye and vision exams, depending on whether you are at-risk or not.
Eye Exam and Consultation
During an eye exam, Dr. Shustock, Dr. Garr, or Dr. Jaffe will ask you questions about any symptoms or issues you are experiencing, medications you are taking, any blurry vision, your work environment, and your overall health. Family history and previous eye or vision conditions will also be discussed during this part of the examination. Our optometrist will consider this information, in conjunction with your examination results, to determine any treatments or recommendations.
OPTOS Retinal Exam
Annual eye exams are vital to maintaining your vision and overall health. Our office offers the Optomap® Retinal Exam as an important part of your comprehensive eye exam. The Optomap® Retinal Exam produces an image that is unique and provides the doctors with a wide view to look at the health of your retina.
Many eye diseases and problems can develop without you knowing. You may not even notice any change in your sight. But, diseases such as Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, retinal tears or detachments, and other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure can be seen with a thorough exam of the retina. Our doctors highly recommend this scanning technology to all patients no matter what age. To have the exam, you simply look into the device one eye at a time and you will see a comfortable flash of light to let you know the image has been taken.
An Optomap® Retinal Exam provides:
- A comprehensive eye health examination without having your eyes dilated in most cases.
- A scan to detect eye diseases.
- An extensive view of the retina, giving your doctor a more detailed view than he/she can get by other means.
- A permanent record for your file, which allows us to view your images each year to look for changes.
The Optomap® Retinal Exam is fast, easy, and comfortable for all ages. There is a minimal fee for the Optomap® Retinal Exam.
Regular vision testing and evaluations ensure that you always have the clearest vision possible. Our optometrists and staff will provide a comprehensive visual screening and eye exam, including a detailed visual acuity test. They will measure how each eye is seeing at distance and near, as well as at intermediate distances such as a desktop computer screen if appropriate for your work or living practices. The results of these tests are portrayed as a fraction, with 20/20 being the standard for normal distance and reading vision. Depending on the results of your vision test, we may prescribe corrective glasses, contacts, or eye exercises. Our optical staff will be available to assist with the selection and fitting of corrective eyewear or ordering contact lenses.
Eye Function Testing
In addition to vision testing, an eye exam in our Washington, D.C. office includes testing eye functionality. We will perform several tests to evaluate depth perception, color vision, eye muscle capabilities, peripheral vision, and responsiveness to light. Several other simple tests are completed to determine whether the eyes are focusing, moving, and working together properly. The test results enable Dr. Shustock, Dr. Garr, or Dr. Jaffe to diagnose any underlying conditions that may be impairing the eyes ability to focus or work together.
As part of a comprehensive eye exam, our optometrist will examine the overall health of the eye through a slit lamp inspection of the eye and eyelids using magnification and a bright light. To better examine the internal structures of the eye, we may also dilate the pupils. Increased eye pressure may be an indicator of glaucoma, so we utilize tonometry to measure eye pressure. After completing these short tests, our optometrist will review the results and discuss any necessary treatment options with you. Contact us at (202) 298-6878 today to schedule a comprehensive eye exam.