Absolutely. The majority of optometrists provide primary care eye exams, where the goal is to determine the proper prescription and evaluate eye health. If the doctor performs a comprehensive eye exam, he or she will screen for binocular vision dysfunction (eye focusing, eye tracking, or eye focusing challenges). The eye doctors that are most qualified to detect binocular vision dysfunction, or other visual issues beyond seeing 20/20, are developmental optometrists and pediatric optometrists. A developmental optometrist not only makes sure that your eyes are healthy and that you see clearly, but also evaluates your functional ability to use your eyes and visual system. This means that they evaluate eye teaming (how well you use your eyes toegether), eye focusing, eye movements (such as those necessary to be an efficient reader), and evaluate visual perception (what the brain does with the visual information once it is received through the eyes). This approach tells the doctor not only how clearly you see at distance, but also how effectively you are able to use your eyes during your daily life; such as in school, with homework, on the computer, at work, or during sports. If you are looking for a new eye doctor that better understands your visual system ,and how effectively you use your vision, we recommend the developmental and pediatric optometrists at Artisan Optics.
When binocular vision issues are detected, the next step is to include Advanced Vision Therapy Center as part of your care team. After the referral has been made, our specialists will work with your eye doctor to help you improve. Or, if you prefer, you can call us directly without a referral to schedule an appointment. At your appointment we will discuss the role of your eye doctor and coordinate care.
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