Comprehensive Vision Exams
Dr. Tran will begin the exam with a thorough ocular and medical patient history followed closely with preliminary testing that includes obtaining your presenting visual acuity, assessing visual field, eye alignment & motility, pupil function, and eye pressure checks. A careful refraction will then be performed to attain a glasses prescription exclusive for your eyes to achieve optimum vision. Afterwards, an overall ocular health assessment of the anterior segment of your eyes involving the lids/lashes, conjunctiva, iris, and lens will be observed and precede the final portion, with examination of posterior segment of the eyes such as the vitreous and retina.
Comprehensive Dilation Exams
Dilation involves widening the pupil through the use of eye drops. The dilation of your eyes will allow Dr. Tran to use various lenses of different magnifications to examine the back of your eye to look for signs of damage and other eye conditions, such as diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, or glaucoma. The first signs of uncontrolled diabetes or high blood pressure can be observed through dilation. Dilation is required for patients older than 40, patients with diabetes and/or high blood pressure, posterior eye conditions, and children being examined for the first time. Those that are exempt from dilation are patients who are pregnant. Symptoms of dilation include blurred vision at near and light sensitivity for approximately 2-4 hours with no after effects.
The field of view seen through an undilated pupil is much smaller than one that is dilated.
Contact Lens Fitting & Evaluations
Often times, the contact lens prescription will not transcribe and translate equally with a spectacle prescription. The distance between a spectacle lens and your eye versus the distance of a contact lens and the eye must be accounted for. Dr. Tran will calculate and determine the exact prescription needed for your eyes, select the most appropriate contact lens for your needs, evaluate the movement and centration of the lens on your eyes, and obtain the most optimal vision for you.
Dry Eye Management
Dry Eye is a condition in which there are insufficient tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye and for providing clear vision. People with dry eyes may experience symptoms of irritated, gritty, scratchy, or burning eyes, a feeling of something in their eyes, excess watering, and blurred vision. Treatments for dry eyes aim to restore or maintain the normal amount of tears in the eye to minimize dryness and related discomfort and to maintain eye health. Dry eyes can be diagnosed through a comprehensive eye examination, with special emphasis on the evaluation of the quantity and quality of tears produced by the eyes. Using the information obtained from testing, Dr. Tran can determine if you have dry eyes and advise you on treatment options such as use of artificial tears, eye drops, and nutritional supplements.
Glaucoma is a group of eye disorders leading to progressive damage to the optic nerve, and is characterized by loss of nerve tissue resulting in loss of vision.
Dr. Tran is a Texas licensed Optometric Glaucoma Specialist with extensive experience in treatment and management of glaucoma. In addition to the comprehensive exam, we will examine your peripheral vision, measure your eye pressure by Goldmann tonometry (NOT the “PUFF” test) - the most accurate way to test eye pressure, and as well as perform a dilation examination to check the optic nerves of the eyes.
Diabetes & Hypertension Evaluation
Diabetes & Hypertension are most commonly diagnosed through examination of the posterior portion of the eyes. Due to a lack of pain receptors in the back of eyes, patients often do not realize these systemic health conditions can cause vision loss until it is too late.
Dr. Tran will perform a dilated examination to observe for any possible hemorrhages, protein leak, and other damage to the eye and vision that may be caused by uncontrolled diabetes and high blood pressure.
Macular Degeneration Evaluation
Macular Degeneration occurs when there are changes to the macula, a small portion of the retina that is responsible for your central vision. Common symptoms include vision distortion and dark or empty areas appearing in the center of vision.
Dr. Tran will examine your central vision, test each eye with an Amsler grid to check for any distortion, and finally dilate your eyes to check for any damage to the macula.
Conjunctivitis also known as "Pink" eye is an inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva, the thin transparent layer of tissue that lines the inner surface of the eyelid and covers the white part of the eye. Patients with conjunctivitis may experience itching or burning, excessive tearing, or increased sensitivity of their eyes.
Dr. Tran will determine the etiology and evaluate the severity of the conjunctivitis. Treatment with cool compresses and eye drops may be recommended to increase patient comfort, reduce the inflammation or infection, and prevention of the spreading of the condition.
Foreign Body Removals
Dr. Tran is well-trained in the removal of foreign body objects from the conjunctiva and cornea. Drops may also be recommended and prescribed to prevent any further infection and possible damage to your eyes.