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Complete Eyecare for Eye Patients in Arizona
It can be difficult to find an Arizona Eye Doctor you are comfortable trusting with such an important part of your life. At Gilbert Family Eye Center we work hard to make our patients comfortable during the complete course of their eyecare needs.
- Your visit begins with our staff obtaining a complete medical, ocular, and family history which also includes questions regarding occupational activities and recreational interests, which help us determine your specific needs. The next step is to perform an initial evaluation of your eyes, using several brief screening tests. This includes: A computerized estimate of your eyes’ prescription, the curvature of your eye (an important measurement for contact lens use), a peripheral vision analysis and an intra-ocular pressure test which tests for glaucoma.
- After your initial evaluation, you will meet with Dr. Wood who will use his extensive experience to test your eyes for refractive conditions, eye diseases/infections, and many other issues. Dr. Wood will begin by briefly discussing your history and asking questions regarding your ocular health. A typical exam will then continue with a visual acuity measurement with and without your glasses, testing of ocular muscles and pupil response to light, and a thorough refraction test to determine your exact prescription.
- Next, Dr. Wood will screen your eyes for various conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.
- Finally, Dr. Wood will determine the best treatment options—glasses, contact lenses (or both), laser surgery, etc. based on your exam results, occupational environment, lifestyle/ hobbies, and fashion preferences.
- Remember to bring any existing pairs of glasses— distance, reading, etc.—and, if applicable, your most recent contact lens prescription to your appointment.
Professional Contact Lens Services
At Gilbert Family Eye Center we work with virtually all types of contact lenses including soft (disposable, conventional, colors, astigmatism), gas-permeable, and specialty contacts (overnight-wear, multifocal, keratoconus, post-surgical, bitoric). There are a variety of contact lens solutions and we will take the time necessary to work with you in determining the best option for your situation.
If you live in Arizona and suspect you may have eye an eye disease Gilbert Family Eye Center can help
A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens. As we get older the natural lens in the eye gradually becomes less clear. When opacities develop in the lens, the lens gets too hazy and vision is impaired. A part of your comprehensive eye examination will be to diagnose and manage cataract care. When symptoms begin to appear you may be able to improve your vision using new glasses, strong bifocals, appropriate lighting or other visual aids. If the cataract affects your vision to the extent that you cannot read or see distant objects comfortably, we will recommend cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is the most frequently performed surgery in the United States. Our office co-manages with cataract specialists that are proven experts in cataract surgery.
Glaucoma is the term applied to a group of diseases that gradually destroy the optic nerve tissue in the back of the eye. Glaucoma is dangerous because the disease is painless with no obvious symptoms until significant damage has occurred. The most common cause is elevated pressure inside the eye, but vascular disease or other diseases can also cause glaucoma. We always monitor for glaucoma during routine eye examinations. Tests include checking the pressure of the eye, screening for peripheral vision defects and analyzing the appearance of the optic nerve. If you are diagnosed with glaucoma, we typically prescribe medications that lower the eye pressure. Most forms of glaucoma are successfully treated with eye drops. Laser treatments and eye surgery are secondary treatments that offer alternative ways to treat more advanced glaucoma.
Our office provides emergency services for eye infections and eye injuries. If your injury occurs during office hours, please call our office at 480-279-4400. If your injury happens after hours or on the weekend, call our emergency number at 480-570-5318. Our family eye center staff will work with you to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
State of the art microscopes allow us to examine the front surface of the eye and facial areas around the eye for infection or injury. After assessing the extent of the injury or infection, a treatment plan which may include medications and supportive care will be formulated. Follow-up visits will be scheduled as needed.
Our Gilbert Eye Doctors Experience for Patients with Dry Eyes
Over ten million Americans suffer from dry eyes. Dry Eye Syndrome (DES) is one of the most common problems treated by eye physicians.
Treating dry eye problems is important not only for your comfort, but also for the health of the cornea. It is usually caused by a problem with the quality of the tear film that lubricates the eyes, the normal aging process, hot, dry or windy climates, high altitudes, air-conditioning and cigarette smoke. If you experience scratchy eyes, burning, mild redness and gritty feeling eyes, we can help. After determining the underlying cause of your dry eyes, our doctors will recommend a treatment that may include artificial tears; eye drops for treating allergies; and/or punctal plugs inserted in the tear drainage canals.
Eye Exam Mesa Arizona for Low Vision Patients
Low vision is a condition that interferes with the performance of daily activities. A person with low vision may not recognize images at a distance or be able to differentiate colors of similar tones.
Our team at Gilbert Family Eye Center will work with you to identify treatment options which may include optical devices (magnifiers, telephones or close circuit televisions), techniques that will help you to utilize your remaining vision, etc. If you suffer from low vision problems, we can help you in our office and by recommending devices to help you carry on the day-to-day tasks that you need to perform.