EYE CARE BY AN OPTOMETRIST YOU CAN TRUST
COMPREHENSIVE EYE EXAM
An eye exam has two parts: the first is the evaluation of your ocular health and the second is testing your vision for a prescription. At Espy Vision, Dr. Sappington believes every patient deserves this and will assess you for common eye disorders. During your eye exam, the eye doctor will test how your eyes function together, in addition to finding your optimal prescription.
The eye health exam may be the most important part of your exam. Serious health issues like diabetes and hypertension, as well as ocular diseases like glaucoma or macular degeneration are often first detected in the eye exam.
CONTACT LENS EXAM
In the contact lens exam, the eye doctor will perform the comprehensive eye exam, as well as assess the cornea for contact lenses. Dr. Sappington fits patients in spherical, toric and multifocal soft contact lenses. Our eye clinic currently does not fit RGP lenses, Ortho-K or Keratoconus lenses at this location. Dr. Sappington works with other local optometrists and can easily refer any patient who could benefit from these lenses to an alternate location.The eye health exam may be the most important part of your exam. Serious health issues like diabetes and hypertension, as well as ocular diseases like glaucoma or macular degeneration are often first detected in the eye exam.
EMERGENCY EYE EXAM
Red eye? Something get into your eye? Spots or flashes in your vision? Dr. Sappington can examine for a wide range of emergency eye exams from infections, ocular trauma, foreign body removal and sudden or painful changes in vision. There are many reasons an eye could be red, but if the eye is not examined with a slit lamp, the true cause may be overlooked or given the incorrect treatment.
If you are experiencing any sudden change in your vision, new floaters or flashing lights or pain associated with a red eye, these are considered an ocular emergency and should be evaluated promptly. Dr. Sappington is trained and ready to help you with emergency eye care needs with prompt appointments and care. Eye infection or redness, eye pain, vision loss, flashes and floaters and foreign body removal are just a few she is able to treat or evaluate.
At ESPY Vision, we are able to treat common infections, as well as inflammation caused by dry eyes, allergies or systemic conditions. If needed, she works with several local specialists to give her patients the appropriate care and follow up for their individual circumstances.
Sports vision testing helps athletes determine how well their eyes perform. These tests go beyond standard eye tests that only evaluate the ability to see objects clearly on a standard eye chart. This training can be beneficial for assessing athletic abilities associated with hand-eye coordination, eye tracking, depth perception and peripheral awareness.
Once it’s confirmed the athlete is playing with the best vision possible, Dr. Sappington will work with each individual to train the visual system for optimal performance. She will also work with patients to find the appropriate sports eyewear to help protect athletes from sports related injuries or improve their contrast during competition.
MEDICAL EYE EXAM
Glaucoma is a silent disease that does not show symptoms until late stages have developed with the permanent loss of peripheral vision. Dr. Sappington is a glaucoma specialist that can monitor the patient’s optic nerve with state of the art equipment, as well as perform visual field testing to detect changes in the peripheral vision. These baseline tests are recommended for all patients that have a family history of glaucoma or show other risk factors for developing the condition in the future.
Diabetes is a disease that affects over 30 million people in our country and can affect the vision of patients without them even knowing they have the condition. Dr. Sappington performs a comprehensive exam to evaluate the retinal health and confirm whether there is evidence of changes, typically seen in the form of retinal bleeds or swelling. She will perform a dilated exam and monitor less severe changes with retinal photography. All findings will be communicated to the patient’s primary care physician or endocrinologist.
Macular Degeneration is a condition that affects a patient’s central field of vision. Dr. Sappington can diagnose and monitor these patients through the dry form of the condition and works with local retinal specialists to ensure patients are able to receive additional treatments if the condition progresses. Patients with a family history of the disease or at a high risk for developing it in the future are monitored as well and may be recommended additional treatment options to maximize their ocular health.
Do you take the medication Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine)? This medication can have ocular side effects and requires a dilated eye exam to monitor appropriately. Dr. Sappington can perform the exam and testing needed to monitor for these changes and will communicate with your physician or rheumatologist during your treatment.