Zeldes Optometry we provide comprehensive eye examinations for
everyone in the entire family. From
preschoolers to the elderly, we provide vision examinations designed to
detect conditions that can affect the clarity of your vision.
Our exams include testing for refractive disorders that are
corrected with glasses or contact lenses, and also include diagnostic
testing for a wide range of visual problems that can result in
uncomfortable, blurry vision.
our comprehensive vision examination, we check the health of your
eyes, how clearly you see, as well as how the entire visual system is
performing. To best meet your visual needs we offer complete treatment
options: glasses, contact lenses, medications for eye infections, surgery
co-management, and referrals to ocular specialists when
Finally, Zeldes Optometry is especially
the treatment of eye disease. Dr. Zeldes has
earned the distinction of "As Qualified," the highest
license Connecticut confers on optometrists for medical vision care.
In addition, Dr. Zeldes was awarded the certification of Clinical
Diplomate in Glaucoma by the State University of New York for
completing advanced studies in the diagnosis and treatment of
America's leading cause of blindness. Dr. Zeldes is also
experienced in diagnosing and treating other sight-threatening
diseases, such as macular degeneration, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy
to name a few. Nothing is more important to us than our patients' eye
health and continued ability to see clearly and comfortably.
following are brief descriptions of different areas assessed in your
comprehensive vision examination.
to Expect During your Eye Exam
the beginning of your exam, Dr. Zeldes will run a series
of tests to check the general health of your eyes using a series of sophisticated
instruments. For example, Dr. Zeldes will measure the
power of your eye to focus at distance, the pressures inside your eye
(glaucoma screening), curvature of your eye, prescription in your old
glasses (if applicable), and your field of vision (peripheral vision).
very important part of your annual eye exam is to ensure that your
eyes are healthy and free of disease. For this reason Dr. Zeldes
will take a detailed medical history. Many health
conditions and medicines may affect your eyes; therefore, it is
important that we understand your general health and are aware of
medicines you take, including vitamins, herbal supplements, tobacco,
alcohol or other substances. This is especially important if we need
to prescribe any medications for eye related conditions so there are
no adverse reactions. Past injuries to the head or eye itself are
important in understanding your visual performance, as well as the
work, school, hobbies and recreational activities you enjoy. Understanding your visual needs allows us to better evaluate and make
recommendations to enhance your vision and of quality of life.
you are in the exam room, Dr. Zeldes will run a preliminary check on
how clearly you are seeing using the familiar eye chart. Once
this is done, Dr. Zeldes will review all the pretest data and continue
your exam, Dr. Zeldes uses several instruments to help
him determine the state of your eyes' health. The
slit-lamp is a high-powered microscope designed to give him a very
close look at your cornea, iris, lens and eyelids. An
ophthalmascope allows Dr. Zeldes to shine a bright light into your eyes
to get a close look at your optic nerve and the surrounding tissues.
Depending upon your age, health history, and symptoms, Dr. Zeldes may
recommend dilation during your exam. The
pupil of the eye is like a window. Dilating the pupils allows the
doctor to see the entire back of the eye.
Most eye diseases do not have painful or noticeable symptoms until it
is too late. Early detection of serious eye diseases can prevent sight
loss. Your eyes are completely evaluated inside and out for not only
eye disease, but other health problems that affect the eyes. The
following is an example of visual and health problems that can be
the exam Dr. Zeldes will check your visual acuities, or sharpness of
vision, to assess how well you are seeing. Did you know that
vision is a dynamic process? Your vision is constantly changing,
and the questions we ask and our testing help Dr. Zeldes to understand
how your vision is throughout the day.
Zeldes will test your near and distance vision to determine the
correct amount of lens power you may need for best clarity of sight
and comfort. This is done using an instrument
called a phoropter, a large lens and prism bank used to subjectively
measure the power of your eyes to see clearly (refraction). At the
conclusion of this procedure Dr. Zeldes will know the prescription
power you need for glasses, as well as the contact lens prescription
if you wear contacts.
the information that has been gathered during the exam helps Dr.
Zeldes make some important decisions about your vision. If you
are nearsighted or farsighted or have an astigmatism, Dr. Zeldes will
prescribe glasses or contacts to help you see clearly. Sometimes
lenses may be prescribed to prevent further problems down the road.
For instance, he may prescribe a stress relieving lenses to a child
for nearwork when they are young to help prevent nearsightedness when
they get older. Other times he may prescribe an occupational lens to a
patient who experiences fatigue and eyestrain from working on the
computer all day.
Performance Evaluation - Going beyond 20/20
it is our goal to eliminate all visual obstacles, we routinely provide
an expanded assessment of eye tracking, focusing and teaming skills to
determine if your visual system is working as efficiently as it should
be. We will check to see if your eyes aim, move and work as a
coordinated team, if they maintain clear vision at varying distances,
and if you can accurately control your eye movements. Eighty
percent of what we learn comes through the visual system. Problems
with poor visual skills can affect ones performance in school, work,
or play. Visual deficiencies may cause an individual to slow
down, be less accurate, experience excessive fatigue, or make errors.
Symptoms of headaches, eyestrain, miscopying, frequent loss of place,
difficulty sustaining attention, and blurred or double vision relate
directly to deficient visual skills of tracking, focusing or eye
can also evaluate visual information processing skills that allow us
to perform at our full potential. If patients have poor visual
skills and exhibit symptoms that indicate their visual system is
hindering their performance or affecting their behavior, we will
recommend a full diagnostic assessment to identify low areas in visual
information processing. We will assess strengths and weakness as
they relate to visual-motor integration, visual memory, visual figure
ground, vision discrimination, visual closure, directionality,
laterality, bilateral integration, language automaticity, letter
reversals, reading, handwriting, visual attention, and visual
endurance. These information processing skills are necessary to
succeed in any learning or work environment, and these tests help us
make decisions about treatment. We also work closely with other
professionals such as occupational therapists, psychologists,
teachers, audiologists, speech and language pathologists, and medical
professionals in providing a multi-disciplinary approach to your care.
Optometry is here to protect you precious sight.
sight-threatening eye diseases are very treatable if they are caught
early, so it is critical that you have regular eye exams. Just
like seeing the dentist, it is better to visit your eye doctor BEFORE
something is seriously wrong, so that risk factors can be identified,
small problems managed, and bigger problems avoided. Many
eye diseases are silent threats to your vision with no obvious
symptoms until it is too late. The only way to detect them is regular
eye exams. Based on your age,
history, and eye health, Dr. Zeldes will set you up on a regular
goal at Zeldes Optometry
is to not only provide our patients with the clearest sight possible
but also to ensure that you have a healthy visual system that will
last a lifetime. If
you have not had a recent eye exam or if you are looking for a
practice that is committed to providing the very best in vision care,
then we invite you to call our office to schedule an examination.
We are here to help!