The eyes are an essential part of our bodies, allowing us to see the world around us. It’s also the only part of the human body where a doctor can easily see a part of the central nervous system, the optic nerve and retina. That observation plays a crucial part of a comprehensive eye examination.
At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Virginia – Alexandria, our skilled professionals provide the highest quality eye examinations in a relaxed, comfortable setting. Regular eye exams are important in determining such things as common eye diseases, whether you need glasses or contacts, and the general health of your eyes.
Comprehensive eye examinations involve tests your vision using an eye chart, and whether you need glasses or a change of prescription strength. They also involve dilation of the pupils of your eyes to increase their size. This allows us to see and evaluate the health of both the optic nerve and retina — critical to preventing and treating eye conditions that could potentially lead to vision loss.
Dilation helps us to detect a host of potentially serious eye diseases including age-related macular degeneration (when the eye’s macula begins to break down causing blind spots in your central vision), diabetic retinopathy (when uncontrolled blood sugar levels damage the blood vessels of the retina); and retinal vein occlusion (a blockage of blood flow in one of the retinal veins) to name a few. Regular dilated eye exams play a key role in early detection of disease, making treatment more effective.
We make your vision our top priority
At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Virginia – Alexandria, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled eye care. For more information on our office and the many services we provide, give us a call today.