Seeing 20/20 means that a person can clearly see a standard-size letter on the eye chart. But there’s so much more to healthy vision than having 20/20 vision. 20/20 is just the starting point!
Proper vision is important to ensure that little ones can grow and develop the skills they need for school and life. Vision starts developing even before birth, and by 6 months all the basic visual skills should be intact. This is why the American Optometric Association recommends bringing children in for their first eye exam between 6 and 12 months of age — a service that is free of charge at Bright Eyes due to our participation in the national InfantSEE program (learn more on our Children’s Vision Services page).
Kids are not just small adults! While Bright Eyes Family Vision Care helps patients from ages 0 to 100, Bright Eyes Kids is just for kids. Everything in our offices is based on the perspective of the child. When kids first enter Bright Eyes, they see children’s artwork and a Lego table to play with, along with child-size furniture. We also have special ways to make the exam fun – not scary!
Of course, besides being fun, children’s eye exams have to be thorough and professional. Every patient at Bright Eyes, no matter how young, is given a complete visual evaluation, which includes assessing the health of their eyes, the clarity of their vision, and their eye coordination. We offer the most up-to-date options in eyeglass lenses and pediatric eye care treatment – including vision therapy, treatment options for amblyopia (a.k.a. “lazy eye”) and Ortho-k for kids. And we have a large selection of glasses for infants to teens. Learn more on our Children’s Vision Services page.
You’ve probably heard that your eye is like a camera in how it focuses light. Just like the camera in your phone, your eyes need to focus and adjust to the situation. And just like a phone’s software tells the camera how to autofocus, your brain tells your eyes what to do. Our comprehensive vision exam goes beyond 20/20 to evaluate not just your eyes, but your whole visual system.
At Bright Eyes Family Vision Care in Westchase, we are happy to feature some amazing technology:
- We have the new Marco OPD Scan III, which quickly measures the optics and shape of your eyes in better ways than previously possible.
- We have the DRS retinal camera to view the inside of your eye and show you what we are seeing, documenting important information about the health of your eyes.
- We use the Marco iDoc Anterior Segment camera to take high-quality photos of the front of your eyes. This is especially important for contact lens wearers.
- A neurologic screening is done on all patients to detect subtle underlying problems that may interfere with vision.
To make sure that you are seeing your best, we evaluate these visual skills on all patients:
- Visual acuity at distance and near – Can you see clearly? We have the Marco TRS-5100, a digital refracting system! It has new tests to replace some of the “which is better, 1 or 2? tests make determining your glasses prescription easier for you and us. Additionally we have a Marco electronic lensmeter to measure the prescription in your glasses and ensure that you are getting what you need.
- Eye Teaming Skills – Do your eyes aim, move, and work as a coordinated team? If not, blurry vision, double vision, and reading problems are some possible side effects.
- Eye Focusing Skills – Do your eyes maintain clear vision at all distances? Rapid, automatic eye focus adjustment is critical to learning, reading, writing, sports, etc. Deficiencies can cause headaches, visual fatigue, reduced reading comprehension, and avoidance of close work or other activities.
- Eye Movement Skills – Do your eye movements show adequate muscle control, tracking, fixation, etc.? Eye movement skills affect hand-eye coordination and reading speed.
Our doctors want all patients, who are physically able, to have retinal imaging every annual exam. This is the best way to evaluate eye health and reduce prolonged close contact. Retinal problems such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal holes, retinal detachment, and diabetes can be more easy found and documented.