Like all optometrists and ophthalmologists, Dr. Ryan will check the health of your eyes and evaluate how clearly you can see. This includes an assessment/update of your eyeglass or contact lens prescription.
In addition to these standard tests, she will evaluate your eyes and vision to determine how your visual system is affecting your development, individual performance, and overall quality of life.
Dr. Ryan will test for:
Visual Acuity at Near
Is vision clear and single at close distances? Clear sight at short distances is critical to reading, writing, close work, computer use, etc.
Eye Teaming Skills
Do the eyes aim, move, and work as a coordinated team? Weaknesses in binocular (two-eyed) vision and eye teaming skills can cause numerous difficulties, including convergence insufficiency and poor depth perception.
Eye Focusing Skills
Do the eyes maintain clear vision at varying distances? Rapid, automatic eye focus adjustment is critical to learning, reading, writing, sports, etc. Deficiencies can cause visual fatigue, reduced reading comprehension, and/or avoidance of close work or other activities.
Eye Movement Skills
Do eye movements show adequate muscle control, tracking, fixation, etc.? In the classroom, normal eye movements allow rapid and accurate shifting of the eyes along a line of print or from book to desk to board, etc. In sports, efficient eye movements contribute to eye-hand coordination, visual reaction time, and accurate tracking.
Above are just a few of the many visual skills evaluated during our comprehensive vision exam. In addition, the health of your eyes, inside and out, is carefully evaluated for such problems as cataracts, glaucoma, hypertension, diabetes, etc.
Vision Exams for Children
The American Optometric Association recommends that pre-school children receive a complete vision exam at the ages of six months, three years, and five years. It is particularly important that a child have a complete evaluation in the summer prior to entry into kindergarten. Yearly evaluations are recommended while in school.
Vision Exams for Adults
The American Optometric Association recommends a yearly eye exam for adults — not only to detect and to diagnose vision changes or problems —but also to maintain eye health. For example, glaucoma, a disease caused by increased pressure in the eye, commonly goes unnoticed by adults.Regular vision examinations are also important for the prevention of vision problems created or aggravated by today’s academic and professional demands.
Twenty-first century lifestyles demand more from our vision than ever before. Adults in our technological society constantly use their near vision at work and at home. Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is one of the fastest growing health concerns in the workplace today. Environmental stresses on the visual system (including excessive computer use or close work) can sometimes induce headaches and/or visual difficulties that can be effectively treated with corrective lenses and/or vision therapy.
Optometrist Dr. Julie Ryan provides Optometry and Vision Therapy for adults and children and is proud to serve Irvine, Tustin, Lake Forest, Rancho Santa Margarita, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Ladera Ranch, Orange and surrounding communities.