Vision & Medical Eye Exams
At Gallaher Eye Care we believe routine vision and medical eye exams should be a necessary part of life. Many diseases of the eye may not show any symptoms until after the damage is already done. Protecting your eyes and your vision is important and can be done with routine visions to your eye care professional. During a routine vision or medical eye exam, we will screen your eyes for various diseases of the eye such as glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts. If these diseases are detected early, the longer we can help preserve your vision. Also, beginning a treatment plan for treating any of these diseases poses a better outcome for results. We recommend routine vision and medical eye exams be conducted at least once every two years for adults and annually for anyone over the age of 60. However, anyone affected by diabetes or high blood pressure may need more frequent eye exams.
During your visit, not only will we screen your eyes for any diseases, but we will also conduct a variety of tests to ensure your eyes are healthy and determine if any problems are present. Here is some of what you can expect during a routine vision and medical eye exam. We will test your vision using a visual acuity test to determine how well you can read at varying distances. If it is determined that you need prescription eyewear, a refraction test may be performed to determine the exact prescription you may need. A refraction test is used prescription strength lenses on a machine that you look through while reading letters at a distance.
This test helps your eye care professional fine tune your prescription that is needed. An eye muscle movement test will determine how well your eyes can visually track a target. A test such as this is simple and usually involves you moving your eyes while following the movement of a hand or object.
We will also test your pupillary reaction by shining a light into your eyes and monitor how your pupil reacts. A retinal examination is conducted when your eyes are dilated. To dilate your eyes, we place special eye drops in your eye, which allow us to see your retina and blood vessels of the retina, optic nerve, and vitreous. At Gallaher Eye Care, we value each patient and treat everyone as a member of our own family. We ensure you will be comfortable and welcomed from the first phone call setting up your appointment to undergoing your eye exam or visiting our optical store. Our caring staff not only has experience and knowledge, but also a caring attitude.
Kid’s Eye Exams
Vision care is important even beginning at birth. There are various things we look for during different stages of your child’s life. When it comes to our eyes and vision, early detection of any issues or diseases of the eye are crucial to eye health and preserving vision as long as possible. At Gallaher Eye Care, we welcome families with children of all ages because we believe eye care is important for your children too. When a child has an undetected vision problem, it can hold them back in life, whether academically, athletically or socially, even sometimes acting out with negative behavioral issues. That’s why it’s important to detect vision problems early.
None of us are actually born with clear vision, but instead our brains train our eyes to see clearly. The earlier we can detect vision problems in a small child, the better outcome we have for correcting their vision. During infancy, a child may see objects at a close distance that appear clouded or blurred and is unable to determine depth. It’s typical during ages of 2-5 that we detect eye problems such as lazy eye or crossed eye. A lazy eye is when one eye moves much slower than the other. Crossed eyed is when one or both eyes appears to be moving inward or outward and not always doing so at the same time. These cases are usually noticeable by parents or other caregivers. You may also notice developmental delays in children with vision problems. Warning signs your child has a vision problem are that they have difficulty identifying shapes, colors, letters, or numbers.
Your child may sit close to the television, squint or rubs his/her eyes frequently, and avoids activities or has little interest in coloring or reading books. The good news is that we can typically correct these vision issues and have your child primed and ready for school. Even if you haven’t noticed any of these signs, it’s important your child undergo a complete children’s eye exam to ensure their eyes are healthy and their vision is developing as it should, especially if you have a family history of vision problems. Some steps you or your child’s caregiver can take in facilitating proper development of your child’s vision is to interact with them regularly, play catch outside, encourage coloring, reading, drawing, playing with shapes and colors, or anything else age appropriate, other than screen time, that gets your child engaged in using their at a challenging level. During your child’s eye exam, we will conduct a variety of tests, similar to what we do for adults, but more kid friendly. We will assess your child’s eyes for vision problems, lazy eye, or any potential issues related to the eye itself. If you are concerned your child may have a vision problem, please call us at Gallaher Eye Care to schedule an appointment.
Office Hours & Info
- 8:00am - 5:00pm
- 8:00am - 6:00pm
- 8:00am - 5:00pm
- 8:00am - 6:00pm
- 8:00am - 12:00pm
- By Appointment*
*One Saturday per month.
- 401 West Main Street, Ste 101
- Lebanon, TN 37087