Patient Education
Why Are Yearly Eye Exams Important?
 
Routine eye exams are important regardless of your age or your physical health.
During a comprehensive eye exam, Dr. Vassallo does much more than just determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. He will also check your eyes for glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, ocular allergies and other common eye disorders. Ophthalomogists are often the first health care professionals to detect chronic systemic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
 
 
Who Should Get Their Eyes Examined?
 
Eye examinations are an important part of health maintenance for everyone. Adults should have their eyes tested yearly to keep their prescriptions current and to check for early signs of eye disease. Eye exams for children play an important role in ensuring normal vision development and academic achievement of all kids.
Vision is closely linked to the learning process. Children with undetected vision problems often will have trouble with their schoolwork. Many times, children will not complain of vision problems simply because they don't know what "normal" vision looks like.
If your child is performing poorly at school, be sure to have his or her eyes examined by an eye doctor to rule out an underlying visual cause.
 
 
What is Dr. Vassallo Looking for during your exam?
 
 
Refractive Error:
 
Dr. Vassallo will check for nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. If refractive errors are found it will be corrected with an eyeglass prescription, contact lens prescription or refractive surgery.
 
 
 
Glaucoma:
 
Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the United States, especially for older people.  Many people know that glaucoma has something to do with the pressure inside the eye.  The higher the pressure inside the eye, the greater the chance of damage to the optic nerve. The optic nerve carries the images we see to the brain, any damage done to this nerve can not be restored. It is extremely important to undergo routine eye exams with Intra Ocular Pressure checks, this allows for early detection and treatment of such eye disorders. Vassallo Eye Institute offers laser treatment for advanced cases of uncontrolled glaucoma. 
 
 
 
 
Age Related Macular Degeneration:

 

 
 AMD is a disease caused by damage or break down of the macula, the small part of the retina which is responsible for your central vision. Macular Degeneration affects both near and distance vision and is the leading cause of severe vision loss in Caucasions over the age of 65.  
 
 
 
 
Diabetic Retinopathy:
 
Diabetic Retinopathy is caused by damage to the blood vessels of the retina. The retina is the layer of tissue at the back of the inner eye that changes light and images that enter the eye to signals that are sent to the brain. People with Type 1 and Type 11 diabetes are at risk of this disease. DBR is the leading cause of blindness among working age Americans. Most often Diabetic retinopathy has no symptons until the damage to the eye is severe which is why it is extremely important to have your eyes checked yearly or even every 6 months in some cases depending upon the severity of your diabetes. Treatments are available to prevent further damage however, any vision that is already lost can not be restored.

Some symptoms may include: 
-Blurred vision and slow vision loss over time.
-Shadows or missing areas in your vision.
-Floaters
-Trouble seeing at night.
- Often times there are no symptoms until the damage has already occured
 
 
 
 
CONTACT OUR OFFICE TODAY AT 904 797-7722 TO SCHEDULE YOUR YEARLY EYE EXAM, WE ACCEPT MOST HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS AND OFFER
SELF PAY DISCOUNTS.
 
WE ALSO OFFER FREE VISION SCREENINGS FOR NEW PATIENTS. PLEASE UNDERSTAND THIS IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR A COMPLETE EYE EXAM

 

 

 




 


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