Orange County Cataract and Glaucoma
Anand Bhatt, MD
Cataract and Glaucoma Surgeon serving Orange County located in North Tustin, Santa Ana, CA
Undergoing an eye exam is one of the easiest ways to preserve your vision for years to come. Routine checkups can alert you to potentially serious problems, like glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration, when they’re most responsive to treatment. At Orange County Cataract and Glaucoma in Santa Ana, California, Anand Bhatt, MD, is a glaucoma specialist who provides comprehensive eye exams to adults. Book online to schedule an appointment or call the office today.
Eye Exam Q & A
What is an eye exam?
An eye exam is a preventive screening measure used to check in on the health and well-being of your eyes. It presents an opportunity to ask Dr. Bhatt questions.
Participating in routine eye exams is an effective way to prevent vision loss. Many eye-related health problems present few symptoms in their early stages. Regular appointments at Orange County Cataract and Glaucoma can alert you before they progress and become more serious.
What happens during an eye exam?
At the beginning of an eye exam, Dr. Bhatt reviews your vision health history and asks you a series of questions, including if you smoke, what prescription medication you take, and if you have a family history of any eye-related issues like glaucoma or cataracts.
Once he assesses your vision, Dr. Bhatt:
- Examines your pupils and retina
- Performs a slit-lamp test to assess your eyelid and cornea
- Orders tonometry to test for glaucoma
- Conducts a color blindness test
Lastly, Dr. Bhatt dilates your eyes with special eye drops. The eye drops make your pupils larger, allowing him to observe the back of your eye.
What if my eye exam uncovers vision problems?
If Dr. Bhatt detects any vision problems during your eye exam, he develops a custom treatment plan.
If you’re farsighted or nearsighted, Dr. Bhatt may recommend that you see an optometrist for a prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. If you have an eye disease, like glaucoma or macular degeneration, Dr. Bhatt might recommend prescription medication or surgical intervention.
Ultimately, Dr. Bhatt’s goal is to preserve your vision and the health of your eyes. He has extensive experience and offers advanced treatments that are pain-free and provide positive outcomes.
How often should I have an eye exam?
The frequency at which you should schedule an eye exam depends on your age and vision. If you don’t have any vision problems, Dr. Bhatt recommends scheduling an exam once every five years.
Beginning at age 40, schedule an exam every other year. If you’re aged 65 or older, Dr. Bhatt recommends getting an eye exam every year.
If it’s been a while since your last eye exam, request a consultation at Orange County Cataract and Glaucoma. Book online to schedule an appointment or call the office today.