Have you ever wondered why your eye care provider spends so much time carefully examining your eyes? Although they are looking for diseases or conditions that can affect your vision during eye exa ...View Article
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Established in 2012, Norwood Family Eye Care has provided exceptional service to patients of all ages. Dr. Chaka Norwood and her staff are committed to offering the highest quality of service upon entrance to Norwood Family Eye Care. Dr. Norwood stays abreast of all the latest advances and technology in the field of optometry. We know you have a choice when selecting your eye doctor and are honored and privileged if you choose one of our 3 conveniently located, family-friendly offices in Memphis, TN.
At Norwood Family Eye Care we offer:
Norwood Family Eye Care is where your family’s vision is our focus. Regardless of your age, routine eye exams are important. This is especially important for children who may not even realize they have vision problems until they manifest in school. This is why it is essential to have your child’s vision examined before they enter preschool and yearly thereafter. As we get older, more eye conditions become prominent and other health issues affect our vision. Our comprehensive eye exam is designed to provide a complete evaluation of your eye’s health and visual system. We strongly encourage everyone to get a comprehensive eye exam once per year. Even if you do not have vision problems, a vision “check-up” can be critical in spotting and treating issues before they affect your vision.
The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends an eye examination for adults ages 18-60 every one to two years or as recommended by an optometrist. And adults ages 61 years and older should have an eye exam annually. Pediatric patients should have an exam at age 6 months, 3 years, before 1st grade and every one to two years thereafter or as recommended by an optometrist.
During an eye exam, our optometrist will not only determine the proper prescription for your eyeglasses and/or contact lenses, but will also check for common eye diseases. With some simple tests, the early onset of a serious eye illness such as glaucoma can be detected. With early detection, your chances of successful treatment are much higher. Having a complete eye exam is the only sure way to know if you have an eye disease such as glaucoma, macular degeneration or cataracts. Some eye diseases have no noticeable symptoms until damage has already occurred.
Your eyes will also be assessed on:
• how well they work together,
• coordination of eye muscles and
• eyelid health and function.
Your eye pressure will be measured to rule out glaucoma, along with examining the internal structures of your eyes like the optic nerve, retina and macula area.
Your eyes can be an indicator of your overall health, and the optometrist will evaluate if there are any non-vision health issues that you should be aware. Eye doctors often are the first health care professionals to detect chronic systemic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
Everyone! Patients with a family history of any eye disease are strongly urged to see an eye doctor for a baseline exam with regular follow-up exams to discuss the issue. Hereditary eye diseases include glaucoma, macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa.
Keeping prescriptions current and checking for early signs of eye disease are reasons for adults to have their eyes tested regularly. Eye exams for children are important to ensure normal vision development and confirm that children have the required vision skills for schoolwork and other activities.
Dr. Chaka Norwood, OD
Memphis Optometrist | Norwood Family Eye Care | 901-380-1274
3950 Austin Peay Hwy
Memphis, TN 38128