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Vision Health Care Resources

Tatum Eyecare strives to educate our patients instead of solely 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. Our vision health care specialists 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.

We have also embedded several important documents to be easily downloaded for your use. This includes our patient care and privacy form, as well as a very information rich document on one of the newest and most advanced eyesight test on the market today, a retinal photograph. We hope what you learn here will enrich your understanding of vision health care We welcome you to contact us if you have any questions about this eye health information, or to speak with one of our vision care specialists about anything eye health related!

Patient History Form

If you are anything like us, paperwork is not your favorite thing to do. In order to help expedite your eye health care examination intake, we welcome you to download and complete the patient history and privacy practices form here. Just complete it at your leisure, and bring it with you to your vision care exam. If you have any questions or need help filling this form out, please don't hesitate to contact our eye care staff!

Patient History & Privacy Practices

Retinal Photographs

Retinal photographs are one of the newest innovations in the eye health care industry. Retinal photographs help us determine your overall eye health and test for common eye diseases. You can learn more about the benefits of retinal photography in the Eye Health Exam Questions below. Also, please download our informative retinal photograph flyer to learn why retinal photographs should be a part of your next vision care exam.

Retinal Photograph

Typical Eye Health Exam Questions

On any given day, our Phoenix vision care specialists receive eye health questions of all types. Of those diverse eye care questions, here are the five most frequently asked eyesight exam questions:
  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 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 vision 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 eyesite 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 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 have an eye health question that you do not see listed here, we welcome you to contact our Phoenix vision care team and ask....and you might just find your question added to this list for other people to learn about as well!

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Eyesight Health Glossary

At Tatum Eyecare, we test patients for several common eye diseases during an the eye health exam. If we detect the presence of any of these common eye diseases during your eye health exam, we will immediately discuss your options with the utmost support and compassion.
  • Glaucoma is one of the most common eye diseases. 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 can test for Glaucoma, along with the other common eye diseases, during your visit.
  • Macular Degeneration is one of the most common eye diseases, and it 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 the other common eye diseases, during your visit.
  • Cataracts usually develop over years of buildup. 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. We can test for cataracts, along with the other common eye diseases, during your visit.
There are several common terms and phrases in the vision care industry that you might not be familiar with, but that can come up in discussion during your eye health exam. The first set of terms have to do with spectacle, or eyeglass lenses:
  • 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
If you are discussing contact lenses with our vision care specialists during your eye health eyesight health exam, the following terms may be used:
  • Toric contact lenses are soft lenses that correct astigmatism, and they are usually made of a conventional hydrogel or silicone hydrogel material
  • Color contact lenses are made with an non-transparent tint that can change your eye color, and they come in a wide variety of natural and non-natural eye colors
  • Daily disposable contact lenses are meant to be worn once and discarded daily.  This gives the patient the ultimate convenience of no cleaning and always a fresh contact.
  • Extended wear contact lenses are also called continuous wear lenses, are usually made from a silicone hydrogel, and they can be worn continuously from between six days and one month, depending on the brand and application
  • Multifocal contact lenses have multiple prescriptions all in one lens.  They allow presbyopic patients to see in the distance and near
And finally, here is some general information about eyeglass fitting measurements that will help during your eye health exam appointment:
  • 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.
As you can see, eye health involves many different options and industry terms. If you have any questions about these vision care terms, or how they relate to your eyesight health needs, please do not hesitate to ask our Phoenix vision care specialists!

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