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Routine Eye Care

Color Vision TestA Color vision test is conducted by using multicolored dots. Usually color vision tests embed numbers or shapes in a plate of multicolored dots.

Eye PressureEye pressure is the pressure of the fluid that fills the eye. Doctors at Thomas Eye Group use either applanation tonometry or a tonopen to measure eye pressure.

I have perfect vision Why Should I make an Appointment?Various medical problems can be identified by the result of an eye examination. These include: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, sickle cell disease, thyroid disease, clotting disorders, carotid artery blockage, and a multitude of inflammatory and neurological diseases.

Medical HistoryWhen you arrive at Thomas Eye Group our eye care specialists will ask you about your personal medical history. Our doctors consider your age, your personal medical history, and your family history in determining the types and number of tests that will be conducted to assess your eye health.

Ophthalmoscopic ExaminationAn ophthalmoscope lets doctors examine the inside of your eye. It has an angled mirror, various lenses, and a light. With it, our doctors can see the retina, the fundus (back of the eye), the optic nerve, the retinal veins and arteries, and detect certain problems that can affect the vitreous humor (the jellylike substance in the eye).

Preparing for the Eye ExamAt Thomas Eye Group we ask our patients to prepare for the routine eye exam by avoiding eye strain on the day of the appointment and arranging for someone to drive them home if they are not comfortable driving with dilated eyes.

Slit Lamp ExaminationThe doctor uses a slit lamp to see the inside of the eye under greater magnification. It is a table-mounted instrument that allows doctors a more detailed view of the inside of the eye.

Visual Acuity & RefractionA routine eye exam begins by measuring visual acuity and performing a refraction to determine your best vision. How well you see at different distances (visual acuity) depends on how your eyes bend light to focus the picture properly (refraction). Eye doctors use the Snellen chart (a chart of letters or numbers of different sizes) to measure visual acuity.

Visual Field TestingThe visual field is the entire area of vision. To test your peripheral vision (how you see what is not directly in front of you) doctor's usually ask patients to close one eye, and fix the open eye on the doctor’s face while the doctor moves his or her finger toward the center of vision from above, below, left and right.

What is a Routine Eye Exam?

A Routine Eye Examination is a series of tests to check your vision and is the best way to know whether your eyes are healthy. Experts confirm and Thomas Eye Group believes that everyone should have regular eye exams. How often depends on age, profession, eye health, and family history of eye or other diseases (diabetes).

What Is Normal Vision and What is Not?By studying lots of people, it has been determined that "normal" vision is being able to see a certain size line on the eye chart (the Snellen Chart) from 20 feet away. If you have 20/20 vision that means that when you stand 20 feet away from the chart you can see what a "normal" human being can see at 20 feet. If you have 20/40 vision at 20 feet, a person with normal vision could see the same at 40 feet.

What Happens After an ExamNormal results for a patient are 20/20 vision, no color-blindness, no signs of disease such as glaucoma or diabetes, and normal optic nerve, retinal vessels, and fundus.

Who performs Routine Eye Exams?

Many patients ask us about the difference between MD’s and OD’s. An MD is a Medical Doctor and is called an ophthalmologist. An OD is a Doctor of Optometry and called an optometrist. Ophthalmologists are medical doctors (MD) who are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the eye and can also perform eye surgery. They can also check patients for glasses and contact lenses. After receiving their bachelor’s degree, ophthalmologists spend 4 years in medical school followed by 3 years of ophthalmology residency. Some ophthalmologists then go on to perform a 1 or 2 year fellowship and become sub-specialized.

Your Vision Solutions

The available services at Thomas Eye Group range from comprehensive eye exams to specialty services in LASIK, retinal and corneal disorders, glaucoma, and plastic surgery. To correct vision problems, our doctors are trained in the most current refractive surgery techniques. We also offer contact lenses and glasses to those who prefer a traditional solution.

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Kids Vision

At Thomas Eye Group, we offer comprehensive eye care to children—specialty care especially for kids! As the largest pediatric eye care practice in the Southeast; we offer a complete scope of preventive and corrective eye care for children. From the detection and treatment of eye disorders to eye surgery, we also treat disorders of eye alignment in adults including double vision..

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Patient Stories

"To say that I am pleased with the outcome of my surgery is an understatement. What a difference this surgery has made in my life! It is so great to be able to read street signs - even the green ones - at night. Thank you so much!"
- Sally Stebbins

"Everyone the North Fulton office of Thomas Eye Group is so helpful. They feel like a part of my family now!"
- Paige Morris

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Meet Our Doctors

At Thomas Eye Group Atlanta, our board-certified ophthalmologists and optometrists have decades of combined experience in eye care. We work together as a team to bring you specialized, state-of-the-art care from caring professionals.

Our team of doctors is comprised of ophthalmologists, optometrists, and skilled support staff. Within our group of ophthalmologists, we have several sub-specialists, including LASIK, glaucoma, retina, and plastic surgery or Oculoplastics. At six locations throughout the greater Atlanta area, our group provides services ranging from comprehensive eye examinations and contact lens care to sophisticated microsurgery for cataracts, cornea and retinal disease, and refractive surgery, including LASIK.

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