Comprehensive Eye Health and Vision Exams
Eye Department is your premier Optometry, Eye Care and Eyewear boutique in Portland, Oregon. Eye Department provides full scope medical eye exams in Portland that go well beyond simple vision refraction and generally last 45 minutes. Be confident that Dr. Annie Bacon can provide the best eye care in Portland. Dr. Annie believes that every patient is unique and deserves individualized care and attention. Healthy vision is more than scoring 20/20 on a school screening or passing the vision test at the DMV, and vision problems are more than the obvious symptoms of needing more light to see. Vision screenings should not be confused with a comprehensive vision analysis by an Optometrist.
The eyes provide Optometrists with a direct window into the health of our bodies. Many diseases and abnormalities may be detected earlier than elsewhere in the body through an annual comprehensive eye exam. Our eye exams include screenings for diabetes, glaucoma macular degeneration, cataract and other systemic conditions than can be seen in your eyes earlier than anywhere else in your body.
- + How long will the eye exam take and will I be dilated?
Comprehensive eye exams at Eye Department are performed by Dr. Annie Bacon and generally last 30-45 minutes. Eye Department eye exams include screenings for diabetes, glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataract and other systemic conditions that can be seen in your eyes earlier than anywhere else in your body. Dr. Annie is accepting new patients and most insurances. While dilation may not always be the most convenient for going back to work, dilation is important to the eye examination process and provides Dr. Annie with the best opportunity to provide the best eye care and that you deserve. It’s important to trust the process. If you are concerned about driving or working while dilated, please be prepared to have a friend, colleague, partner or family member drive you to your appointment.
- + When should I bring my child in for an eye exam with Dr. Annie?
Dr. Annie believes in early childhood detection and prevention and recommends that children see her at Eye Department starting between 6 months and two years old. Dr. Annie has developed a program called EYE BABY where she offers complimentary diagnostic vision screenings to babies to two year olds in the community. It is vital to ensure babies are developing proper visual acuity. It is during these formative years where Dr. Annie can provide early detection analysis and screenings. These events are held on several dates throughout the year, however, space is limited. Please contact Eye Department at 503-227-0573 for details and event booking.
- + What is Astigmatism?
Astigmatisma is a vision condition that causes blurred vision due either to the irregular shape of the cornea, the clear front cover of the eye, or sometimes the curvature of the lens inside the eye. An irregular shaped cornea or lens prevents light from focusing properly on the retina, the light sensitive surface at the back of the eye. As a result, vision becomes blurred at any distance.
- + What is Amblyopia?
Amblyopia is the medical term used when the vision in one of the eyes is reduced because the eye and the brain are not working together properly. The eye itself looks normal, but it is not being used normally because the brain is favoring the other eye. This condition is also sometimes called lazy eye.
- + How common is Amblyopia?
Amblyopia is the most common cause of visual impairment among children, affecting approximately 2 to 3 out of every 100 children. Unless it is successfully treated in early childhood, amblyopia usually persists into adulthood. It is also the most common cause of monocular (one eye) visual impairment among young and middle-aged adults.
- + Can Amblyopia be treated in adults?
Studies are very limited at this time, and scientists don’t know the success rate for treating amblyopia in adults. During the first seven to ten years of life, the visual system develops rapidly. Important connections between the eye and the brain are created during this period of growth and development. Scientists are exploring whether treatment for amblyopia in adults can improve vision.
Quality vision care can help ensure clear, comfortable binocular vision throughout a lifetime of changing visual demands and abilities. Eye Department is a patient first practice where we strive to provide our patients and clients with an unparalleled eye care and eyewear experience. Eye Department eye exams include screenings for diabetes, glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataract and other systemic conditions that can be seen in your eyes earlier than anywhere else in your body. Dr. Annie is accepting new patients and most insurances. If, for some unfortunate reason, we are not in-network with your vision insurance plan, we will always accept you even if we are unable to accept your insurance. We provide assistance in completing out of pocket insurance reimbursement documentation, however, ultimately, all costs and fees associated with services and products at Eye Department are the responsibility of the patient and/or client. Our relationship with insurance companies begins and ends with our interactions regarding the costs associated with medical services and eyewear products. Often, members will receive more information than the providers. We always recommend calling your insurance and/or vision benefit provider and requesting a benefit summary.
Periodic, preventative examinations are essential to continued ocular health and efficient binocular performance without stress or strain. Timely detection and diagnosis of visual and ocular disorders may be vital to successful remediation.
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