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Getting the right prescription for your eyeglasses or contact lenses is an important part of good eye care. But seeing clearly is just one part of your overall eye health. It’s important to have regular eye exams with an optometrist whether or not you wear eyeglasses or contacts, and even if your vision is sharp.
The eye doctors at Patterson Eye Clinic believe in looking at the big picture when it comes to your eye health, so we take the time to get to know you, your eye care history and your vision needs. Doctors Miksch, Nardone, Loukx and Stoller, along with our amazing staff, know that getting the right prescription eyeglasses involves balancing several factors, including clear eyesight, visual efficiency and your ability to process visual information seamlessly.
Whether you need a routine eye examination, an eyeglasses fitting or treatment for eye disease (such as glaucoma or macular degeneration) or eye surgery (such as LASIK or cataract surgery), our optometrists will provide you with the best eye care, advice, options and follow up.
Our Mission is to provide high quality eyecare in a caring comfortable environment. Come on in and see us, today!
Q & A with Dr. Peter Nardone | Diabetic Eye Exam
Thank you for bringing up such an important topic.
Most people don't realize that diabetes is a blood vessel disease that can potentially affect all vessels in the body. The eyes are an open window to these vessels. It is the only place in the body where we eye doctors can look at blood vessels directly and determine their health. If diabetic damage is occurring to the eye vessels, it is likely happening throughout the body. This can occur with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. If you take pills, insulin, or just diet control, these changes can be occurring.
By the same token, when we see no damage to the vessels in the eyes, we can worry less about the patient's other organ systems, kidneys, and feet.
Eye damage can occur before pain, blurred vision, or any other symptoms. The only way to know is by having a dilated diabetic eye examination. Your annual diabetic exam can spot changes early when they are treatable. During the exam, you will also be checked for cataracts, glaucoma, and other eye problems common in diabetics. Our eye doctors at the Patterson Eye Clinic can now document the appearance of the retinal blood vessels with digital photography. We can then follow the photos yearly to look for subtle changes. Our doctors will share our exam results with the patientʼs primary care physician and/or endocrinologist.
You will notice many similarities between a comprehensive eye exam and one that is geared toward our diabetic patients. Your vision will be checked, as well as determining the need for corrective lenses, if necessary. Screening for glaucoma involves testing the eye pressure and the peripheral vision. A specialized microscope is used to look at the lens of the eye for signs of cataracts. You will be given drops to open up (dilate) your pupils. You will relax in the exam room for 15-30 minutes while your eyes dilate fully. The vast majority of people can resume normal activities after dilation including driving. The vessels, optic nerves, macula and other structures are carefully evaluated for their health. Our optometrists will go over all the findings with the patient and discuss everything that can be done to prevent any vision loss in the future.