Blacksburg Eye Associates is committed to providing comprehensive eye care. This includes the diagnosis and management of ocular disease in addition to aiding in the diagnosis and management of systemic disease.
A comprehensive examination will include dilation of the pupil to fully view and evaluate intraocular structures such as the retina, macula and optic nerve. The eye is a hollow structure, like a basketball, or a room, and the iris acts just like a window shade. By instilling one or more dilating drops, we relax the muscles that keep the iris closed. Opening up the iris gives you a large pupil, and allows Dr. Dovie to fully examine the inside of the eye. There are different strength dilating drops, and Dr. Dovie will tailor your examination as needed. Most patients experience the dilated pupil for three to four hours after the exam, with the most common side effects being an increased sensitivity to light and a decrease in the ability to focus on things up close–like reading a book. You should have no problem driving home after the exam.
Ocular disease such as red eyes, dry eyes, conjunctivitis, glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration can be evaluated and managed by the staff of Blacksburg Eye Associates, and we work with some of the best eye surgeons in the area for any tertiary needs if consultation by a specialist is required.
Many people do not realize that the inside of the eye is one of the only places that a physician can evaluate blood vessels and nerves without doing surgery or special testing like an ultrasound. Systemic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sarcoidosis, thyroid disease, arthritis, anemia and even multiple sclerosis can cause changes that can be seen in the eye during a comprehensive examination. Many times signs of systemic disease can be detected prior to the patient being diagnosed.
Dr. Dovie and the staff at Blacksburg Eye Associates are committed to being a working part of your health care team and will work closely with your other physicians to ensure proper care of any related systemic conditions. This may include referring out for testing such as lab work, neuro-imaging or referral to a sub-specialist.
Questions/Concerns: Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding your ocular or systemic health.