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Vision Health Care Resources

In order to make your experience with Tatum Eyecare as convenient and affordable as possible, we are pleased to accept almost a dozen different eye care insurance plans from popular insurance providers. Click here to learn more about which Insurance Plans we accept.

Tatum Eyecare strives to educate our patients while serving their vision health needs. After all, education is empowerment! We know the eye care industry is full of very specific and sometimes confusing terms and definitions. In this context, we take pride in being able to share information that adds value to your visit, just as much as we enjoy serving your vision health care needs. To expedite this process, we have created this vision health care patient resources page. Here you will find some of the most frequently asked vision health care questions, as well as specific terms applying to both contact lenses and prescription eyeglass lenses.

Most Asked Eye Health Care Questions

On any given day, we receive a plethora of questions regarding eye health care. However, there tend to be a handful of eye health care questions our patients ask us more than the others. We are always happy to answer any and all of your eye health care questions in person. In fact, all you have to do is call us and ask. However, by listing our most commonly asked eye health care questions for you here, we hope this might save you some time!
  1. What is a retinal photograph? And why do I need a retinal photograph?  A retinal photograph uses a digital camera system to take a picture of your retina. This helps our vision doctors determine your eye health. It can also detect the presence of various common eyesight diseases we test for. Some of these eye health diseases include macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts retinal tears or detachments, occlusion, even diabetes and high blood pressure. For diagnostic and preventative purposes, our vision health care specialists strongly recommend all patients receive a retinal photograph. A retinal photograph  is especially important anyone who has pre-existing medical issues, or eyesight issues that require a strong focal prescription (there is a $20 charge for digital retina photography, but most insurance companies pay this extra amount for you).
  2. What is an Auto Refractor? An auto refractor is a machine we use during your eye health care exam to help us automatically determine what your eye health strength is and therefore, what lenses you should be prescribed.
  3. What is an ICare Tonometer? What does it have to do with Glaucoma? An Icare tonometer is a handheld device our care specialists use that allows us to determine intraocular pressure (IOP) quick and easily without the use of anesthesia or air flow into the eye directly. Gluacoma is caused by introcular pressure that damages the optic nerve. Therefore, using an ICare Tonometer during an eye health exam can help our vision care specialists determine whether you have, or are at risk for the eyesight disease glaucoma.
  4. What does the FDT Visual Field Machine Measure? The Frequency Doubling Technology, or FDT, Visual Field Machine is a portable piece of vision care equipment that measures visual field loss. The visual field refers to your peripheral vision. We use the FDT Visual Field Machine during your eye health care exam to determine if any visual field eyesight loss has occurred due to any ocular disease.
  5. Why do I need a contact lens exam if my prescription has not changed? Even if your prescription has not changed, it is important to have a periodic contact lens vision care exam because doing so allows our vision care specialists to evaluate your eyesight health on a periodic bases. This is especially important for contact lens wearers, because some contact lenses can potentially cause damage to your eyesight without causing any obvious symptoms.
If you happen to have an eye health care question you do not see listed here, we welcome you to contact Tatum Eyecare at 480-889-6044 and ask....and you might just find your question added to this list for other people to learn about as well!

Common Eye Disorders and Diseases

The following is a list of some of the most common eye disorders and diseases. Please understand that in no way is this list meant to be exhaustive. It is also not meant to help you diagnose or treat any eye disorders and diseases. If you think you might have one of these, or any other common eye disorders and diseases, we urge you to make an appointment with either Tatum Eyecare, or your local optometrist immediately.
  • Glaucoma occurs when the nerve connecting the eye to the brain is damaged (usually) due to high eye pressure. Open-angle Glaucoma is the most common type, and it often has no symptoms other than slow vision loss. Although not as common, angle-closure Glaucoma causes sudden eye pain, vision disturbance and nausea, which makes it a medical emergency requiring immediate care. Glaucoma cannot be cured, but treatment can help slow its progress. We test for Glaucoma on every patient.
  • Macular Degeneration  is responsible for loss of eyesight in the center of the field of vision. Macular Degeneration occurs when the center of the retina deteriorates. One of the key symptoms of Macular Degeneration is blurred vision. Macular Degeneration cannot be cured, but treatment can help slow its progress. We can test for Macular Degeneration, along with other common eye disorders and diseases, during your visit.
  • A Cataract is an opacity in the lens of your eye. It is the most common vision reducing eye disease.  If you live long enough, you will get cataracts. Having cataracts is similar to looking out of a fogged up window. Unlike some of the other common eye care diseases, cataracts can be cured by a professional with a routine medical procedure.

Eyeglass Lenses Options

When it comes to eyeglass lenses options, the material and style you choose should match up with your uniquely individualized eye care needs. Let's take a look at some of the most popular eyeglass lenses options here. If you have any questions about eyeglass lenses options, we welcome you to contact us and we will be happy to help you!
  • AR stands for anti-reflective, and refers to eyeglass lenses that reduce the reflections from the front and back surfaces of your eyeglasses
  • Poly lenses are made from polycarbonate, and are extremely impact resistant, and they also provide 100% UV protection from the sun's rays
  • Trivex lenses are lightweight, thin, provide far greater impact resistance than regular plastic or glass lenses, and can provide better optic performance than polycarbonate lenses
  • Photochromic lenses change from being almost entirely clear indoors or in low light situations, to darkening automatically when exposed to sunlight
  • Progressive lenses provide transitions between seperate prescription strength portions of an eyeglass lens, resulting in smooth overall optic performance at different focal lengths

Contact Lens Options

Just like eyeglass lens options, the best contact lens options for you should be based on your unique vision health situation and corrective needs. Please read about the potential contact lens options below, and we welcome you to contact us if you would like us to provide personalized insight into the contact lens options best for you.
  • Toric contact lenses are soft lenses that correct astigmatism.  They are usually made of a conventional hydrogel or silicone hydrogel material
  • Color contact lenses are made with a non-transparent tint that can change your eye color.  They come in a wide variety of natural and non-natural eye colors as well as daily, bi-weekly or monthly replacement.
  • Daily disposable contact lenses are meant to be worn and discarded daily, versus planned replacement lenses which are meant to be replaced at longer intervals, like bi-weekly or monthly.
  • Extended wear contact lenses, also called continuous wear lenses, are usually made from a very breathable material called silicone hydrogel and can be worn continuously from between six days and one month, depending on the brand and application.
  • Multifocal contact lenses have a prescription for distance and near all in one lens. They are the contact lens version of progressive eyeglass lenses.  These lenses help to reduce the need for reading glasses for those 40 and up.

How to Fit Eyeglasses Properly

Finally, let's discuss how to fit eyeglasses properly to your face. Making sure your eyeglasses fit properly ensures not only the best corrective vision capabilities, but is also essential for safety. After all, loose fitting eyewear can cause costly breakage, not to mention potential damage to your face and eyes. If you have any questions about how to fit eyeglasses properly, please contact us for more information.
  • You can help expedite and simplify the replacement process by keeping the fitting measurements from that pair. The fitting measurements may be located on the inner ear stem, and in some cases on the inside of the nose bridge. The eyeglass fitting measurements should be in the form of 11-22-333, where 11 is the size of the lenses, 22 is the bridge size, and 333 is the temple (or arm) length.

Optometrist in North Phoenix

Tatum Eyecare is the optometrist in North Phoenix you can count on to provide your family with outstanding service. Located just south of Bell Road on Tatum Boulevard, we are here to help educate, inform and correct your vision so that your days are bright and crystal clear. If you are looking for an experienced, reliable and caring optometrist in North Phoenix, look no further than Tatum Eyecare. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment, or with any questions you have!