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General Eye Exams Specialist

North Texas Center for Sight

Comprehensive Ophthalmology located in Denton, TX

You’ve heard the expression that your eyes are windows to your soul. Well, your eyes are also a window to your health. You should get general eye exams annually, even if you don’t experience problems with your eyesight, so Nicki Sayani, MD, can detect eye problems in the earliest stages when they can still be treated. To schedule a general eye exam, call the North Texas Center for Sight in Denton, Texas, or use the online booking tool today.

General Eye Exams

What is a general eye exam?

Your provider gives you several tests during a general eye exam to check the vision and function of all the parts of your eyes. They’ll first discuss your medical history and any vision-related problems you may be experiencing. 

Your eye doctor will also check your visual acuity to see if you need glasses or contact lenses to improve your vision. Then, your doctor will place numbing drops in your eyes so your eye pressure can be measured comfortably. Many eye exams include eye drops to dilate your eyes so your doctor can better see the front and inside of each eye.

Why do I need a yearly eye exam?

In addition to determining if you need eyeglasses or contact lenses, or if your current prescription needs an update, the yearly eye exam helps detect a number of health issues, including:

  • Glaucoma
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Macular degeneration
  • Tumors

You should have your eyes checked more often if you:

  • Have a history of family blindness, loss of vision, or eye disease
  • Have diabetes
  • Have chronic diseases that put you at greater risk of eye problems
  • Take medications known for eye-related side effects

With early detection of health issues and conditions, your doctor can customize the right treatment to preserve your vision. 

Which type of eye doctor do I need for general eye exams?

There are three types of eye doctors that give general eye exams, including opticians, optometrists, and ophthalmologists. 

Ophthalmologists

North Texas Center for Sight offers comprehensive general ophthalmology services including complete eye exams, prescriptions for corrective lenses, diagnosis and treatment of complex eye diseases. They can also perform eye surgeries if needed. By scheduling your eye exams with an ophthalmologist, you will not need a referral to other eye doctors should you need surgery or more advanced treatment for eye conditions. 

Optometrists

An optometrist provides similar services to ophthalmologists but are unable to treat complex eye problems or perform surgery. Should you need advanced care, you will be referred to an ophthalmologist.

Opticians

An optician can check your visual acuity and fill prescriptions for eyeglasses. Some can also sell contact lenses. Opticians do not conduct eye health evaluations.

For comprehensive general eye exams and monitoring of your eye health, schedule an appointment at North Texas center for Sight by calling or using the online booking tool.