in Hoover, AL
We look forward to seeing you at Alabama Family Eye Care
Please take a moment to print and fill out the new patient paperwork using the link below and bring it with you to your first appointment along with your driver’s license and insurance card(s).
*If you are unable to print the paperwork, you can stop by our office any time during business hours to pick up a packet. Otherwise, please arrive 15-20 minutes before your scheduled appointment to allow time to complete the paperwork at that time.
If you are an existing patient and have had any changes to your contact or insurance information, please be sure to let us know at your next appointment so we can get a new copy of your driver’s license and/or insurance card(s).
The doctors at Alabama Family Eye Care are committed to providing the highest level service and most comprehensive examination. Many eye and vision problems have no obvious signs or symptoms and only produce symptoms late in the disease process once permanent damage has taken place. Early diagnosis and treatment of eye and vision problems are imperative for maintaining good vision and eye health, and when possible, preventing vision loss.
A comprehensive eye examination at Alabama Family Eye Care consists of the following:Patient History
The patient history informs the doctor of any symptoms of eye problem you may be experiencing. You will be asked about your personal and family medical history, work, hobbies, medication, and allergies. These questions are essential to help the doctor determine if you are at risk of developing any possible eye conditions or diseases and what eye wear best fits your work and lifestyle.Visual Activity and Preliminary Tests
Visual acuity measurements evaluate how clearly each eye is seeing. This is the test that you are asked to read letters on a chart and the results recorded as 20/20, 20/40, 20/100, etc.
Other preliminary test may include tests to evaluate how well your eyes move and work together, the way your pupils respond to light, peripheral or side vision, color vision, and depth perception.Refraction
Which is better? 1 or 2?
During this part of the exam, the doctor will check your prescription to determine if glasses or contact lenses are required to correct the following conditions:
- Myopia (nearsighted)
- Hyperopia (farsighted)
- Astigmatism (distortion of image due to multiple points of focus)
- Presbyopia (loss of reading vision after the age of 40-45 years old)
- Emmetropia (20/20, no glasses required)
- Anisometropia (significant difference in the prescription between the two eyes)
- Amblyopia (lazy eye, one eye develops differently due to an eye turn or anisometropia)
Sometimes this testing is performed with the use of eye drops especially in young children and patients who cannot respond verbally or when we suspect some of the eye’s focusing power is hidden. The drops will temporarily keep the eyes from changing focus.
Eye Health EvaluationExternal Evaluation
The doctor will examine the front part of the eye, which includes the cornea, eyelids, conjunctiva, and surrounding eye tissue. The evaluation of these structures will allow the doctor to diagnose and treat conditions that may affect the front part of the eye such as:
- Eye infections (pink eye)
- Dry Eye Syndrome
- Eye allergies
- Blepharitis (crusty, inflamed eyelids)
- Hordeolum (stye)
- Contact lens related red eye
- Corneal ulcers
Checking the eye pressure is vitally important in the screening for Glaucoma. We do not measure the pressure using the “puff test”, as it is not an accurate way to determine the eye pressure and used for screening purposes only.Internal Evaluation
Our comprehensive examinations include the use of dilating drops. These medicated eye drops work by enlarging the pupil to allow an optimal view of the lens, retina, and optic nerve located inside the eye. Careful examination of the inside of the eye is extremely important for the detection and treatment of diseases such as, but not limited to:
- Cataracts (clouding of the lens of the eye)
- Macular degeneration (loss of your central, detailed vision)
- Glaucoma (nerve damage and loss of side vision)
- Retinal holes, tears, and detachment
- Tumors of the eye
Dilated eye exams can also reveal serious and, often time, hidden systemic medical conditions which have high risk for eye complications. Some examples are:
- Diabetes (can cause bleeding in the eye)
- High Blood Pressure (narrow blood vessels and bleeding in the eye)
- High Cholesterol (plaques or blockages in the blood vessels in the eye)
- Arthritis, especially Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Lung disease
- Blood disorders such as Anemia or Sickle Cell
- Brain Tumors
- Tumors behind the eye
- Muscular Sclerosis (MS)