At Palmetto Eye Care, we strive to provide comprehensive, primary eye care for the whole family. Preventative and routine eye exams are important to maintaining good eye health. Often, eye and vision problems do not have obvious symptoms or signs, but are easily diagnosed by a licensed optometrist. By diagnosing eye and vision conditions early on, our optometrist is able provide treatment options and in many cases restore or prevent 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. Ron Zuba will ask you questions about any symptoms or issues you are experiencing, medications your are currently 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. Dr. Zuba will consider this information when determining any treatments or recommendations.
Regular vision testing and evaluations ensure that you always have the clearest vision possible. Our Columbia optometrist provides regular vision acuity test as part of a comprehensive eye exam. Dr. Zuba will measure how each eye is seeing by using a wall eye chart and a reading eye chart. 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, Dr. Zuba may prescribe corrective glasses, contacts, or eye exercises.
Digital Retinal Photos
In our continued efforts to bring the most advanced technology available to our patients, Dr. Zuba is proud to announce the inclusion of Digital Retinal Photography as an integral part of your eye exam.
Have you ever seen the inside of your eye? See what the doctor sees when he looks in your eyes! We feel it is important that our patients understand what we are looking for, and what we see when the doctor looks inside your eyes.
Many eye problems can develop without warning and progress with no symptoms. Early on, you might not notice any change in your vision. However, diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal tears or detachments, as well as other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure, can be detected with a thorough exam of the retina.
The photo provides a permanent record for your medical file, enabling Dr. Zuba to make important comparisons if potential problems show themselves at a future examination.
Eye Function Testing
In addition to vision testing, an eye exam in our Columbia office includes testing eye functionality. Our optometrist performs 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. Zuba 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 Columbia optometrist examines the overall health of the eye through a visual examination and tonometry. Dr. Zuba evaluates eye health by visually inspecting the eye and eyelids using magnification and a bright light. To examine the internal structures of the eye, we may 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, Dr. Zuba reviews the results and discusses an treatments with you. Contact us at (803) 732-4166 today to schedule a comprehensive eye exam.