Eye Doctor in Lubbock Texas
What is an "Eye Doctor"?
A Doctor of Optometry has completed seven to eight years of higher education and earned an O.D degree necessary for legally examining, diagnosing and treating injuries, disorders and diseases of the eye and visual system. In addition, eye doctors are state-licensed to prescribe medications, contact/eyeglass lenses and perform some surgical procedures.
Doctors of Optometry also specialize in:
- Detecting health problems that manifest in the eyes, such as diabetes or high blood pressure
- Diagnosing and treating cataracts and glaucoma
- Removing foreign bodies
- Prescribing work glasses to address occupational or sports hazards
- Providing rehabilitative services for people suffering impaired vision due to head injuries
- Caring for individuals with artificial eyes
- Working with schools to establish vision screenings for students
Why Should You Visit an Eye Doctor?
Because most eye disorders present no symptoms or symptoms that happen slowly over time, it is essential that children and adults receive regular eye exams to avoid vision degradation and maintain good eye health. Our optometrists at Ginter Eye Care Center offer comprehensive eye exams that detect nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, glaucoma and even possible brain disorders manifesting through abnormal intraocular pressure or muscle activity.
Eye examinations given to preschool-aged children often detect latent vision problems that could cause future academic difficulties if left undiagnosed and untreated. Eye movements, accommodation, distance vision and eye to hand coordination are also tested by optometrists during an early childhood eye exam.
Facts about Nearsightedness
Nearsightedness is the most common eye disorder seen and treated by our optometrists at Ginter Eye Care Center. Approximately 1/3 of the world's population suffers from some degree of myopia, or nearsightedness, which makes things at a distance appear blurry or out of focus. Nearsightedness is a genetic vision disorder that occurs when the eyeball is longer than normal. Consequently, light entering the eye does not refract properly, causing images to look fuzzy and printed matter unreadable. Youth-onset nearsightedness is frequently diagnosed in children and requires corrective lenses to sharpen vision and prevent worsening of the condition. For adults, myopia occurs as “early adult onset” or “late adult onset” nearsightedness and usually affects people before age 40.
Senior Eye Care
As life expectancy continues to rise, the rates of macular degeneration continues to rise as well. Our optometrists strongly recommend that everyone over the age of 60 have yearly eye exams for detection of age-related MD in its early stage. Retinal damage is the main reason for macular degeneration, which presents symptoms such as significantly reduced visual acuity, blurry vision, difficulty distinguishing colors and eye hemorrhages emerging as a result of changes in optic pressure. Optometrists treat macular degeneration by prescribing anti-angiogenic medications to stop abnormal blood vessels from leaking or laser therapy for destroying abnormal blood vessels.
Schedule an appointment with one of our optometrists today at Ginter Eye Care Center and call 806-798-8820. You only have one pair of eyes and we want to ensure those eyes keep giving you a crystal-clear view of the world throughout your life.