When we think about eye problems, our minds tend to go straight to classic vision-blurring trio: nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Unfortunately, while these impairments are certainly very common (hence why such a large percentage of the American population wears glasses or contacts), they aren’t the only things that can go wrong with your eyes. That’s why the eye experts here at General Vision Express/Lens Lab — your local Williamsburg optical goods store — go beyond the eye chart to screen each and every one of the people who come in the door for an exam for the full gamut of eye problems.
Besides nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, some of the other eye conditions we here at General Vision Express/Lens Lab look for are cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration, which are the leading causes of blindness worldwide. “Cataracts” is the term the eye doctors at our Williamsburg optical goods store to refer to cloudiness of the eye lenses that impedes clear vision. Cataracts can result from bad genetics, trauma and excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation; and are diagnosed by shining bright lights into a sufferers eyes. “Glaucoma” refers to a suite of eye conditions that, for the most part, involve elevated pressure inside the eye. Stemming from an array of causes, glaucoma is detected by a machine that puffs air into your eyes and measures the subtle deformations your eyes undergo in response. Finally, macular degeneration refers to deterioration of the tissues in the backs of your eyes. Almost exclusively a malady of the elderly, it is diagnosed by a combination of vision tests, digital imagining technologies and close inspection by one of our eye doctors.
At this point you might be asking yourself, “What if I go to General Vision Express/Lens Lab, and they find that something’s wrong with my eyes?” Well, the short answer is that, depending on exactly what’s wrong, we will either treat you or refer you to a specialist. But just like with any other sort of health problem, treatment can’t start until you talk to a professional at our Williamsburg optical goods store. Call or use our website to schedule an eye exam today