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Sunset District Optometrist

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A vision screening, while important, is not the same thing as an eye exam. Our Sunset District optometrist, Dr. Edward Soss, wants you to understand the importance of having a yearly comprehensive eye exam and why there is more to it than simply testing your vision. An eye exam is a thorough checkup of your overall eye health. You will be screened for such common visual concerns as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. But in addition, you will be tested for eye diseases like glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration and the key parts of your eyes- such as your eyelids and eye muscles- will be examined to determine if there are any abnormalities that need to be addressed.

Optical Exams Sunset District

Optical Exams Sunset District

Vision screening alone is fine for deciding if you need corrective lenses and it is most certainly part of an eye exam. If you already wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, our Sunset District optometrist will find out if your current prescription is still doing well for you or if you need a more updated one. Remember, your vision needs change over time as your eyes change, and your prescription needs adjustments to keep up with that. What you don’t get with a simple vision screening, though, is a physical examination of your eyes and checking for signs of disease or concern. You might think to yourself, “Hey, my eyes feel fine. I don’t need to worry about eye diseases.” But many common eye diseases form and advance without any symptoms. This is why it is so vital to have your eyes examined every year. Treatment is most effective when such diseases are caught in their early stages.

What many people don’t realize, also, is that an eye exam can be helpful to your overall health too. The blood vessels in your eyes offer valuable clues to what is going on elsewhere in your body. Our Sunset District optometrist may be able to detect the possibility of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes during the course of a routine eye exam. It is obvious, therefore, that a complete eye exam is of much greater value to your than a mere vision screening. Why not call us today and schedule an appointment?

Vision Screenings Sunset District
1533 Ocean Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94112
415-742-8434

Sunset District Eye Doctor

Sunset District Eye Doctor

Our Sunset District eye doctor, Edward Soss, OD, explains to our patients that unlike an eye test, an optical prescription is not a straight measurement of your ability to see. It does not compare eyesight with someone who has perfect vision, the way an eye chart does. Instead, the numbers on your prescription are the specific power that is needed to correct your vision to normal. At Dr. Soss is more than happy and capable to explain your numbers to you and that eyeglass and contact lens prescriptions are not the same. Whatever your preference, we will help you to understand your needs so together we can achieve your goals. Basically, with an accurate optical prescription, corrective lenses bend the light rays to focus more directly onto your retina. The amount of correction necessary is written as a prescription.

Sunset District Designer Eyewear

Sunset District Designer Eyewear

If you wear glasses, you certainly know they help you to see better, but you may not know how they specifically correct your vision. Whether for nearsightedness or farsightedness, eyeglasses work in the same way. When the lens in your eyeglass is curved, it bends the light rays that hit your eyes, so you can see images clearly. Our Sunset District eye doctor wants all of our patients to know that understanding how glasses correct your vision, begins with a basic understanding of how your eye works. At the back of your eye is your retina, which is a layer of cells that reacts to light. The reaction is sent to your brain, and your brain translates the cells activity into an image, or the thing that you actually see.

When you look at something, the light rays come together, or focus, inside your eye. When you have perfect vision, the light rays focus directly on to the surface of the retina. Because the retina is curved, the image must also shrink, and needs to be curved, because the retina is curved. Your pupil and cornea are responsible for shrinking, focusing, and curving the image and if any of them have any irregularities, your vision will be blurry. Eyeglass lenses are curved pieces of glass and the curvature of the lens bends the light rays as they move towards your eye. This helps the rays focus on your retina, instead of behind or in front of it. Our Sunset District eye doctor knows that you are in good company if you wear contact lenses or glasses. Statistics show that over 160 million people in the United States alone wear corrective lenses and perfect vision is very rare.

Prescription Eyewear Sunset District
1533 Ocean Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94112
415-742-8434