Eye & Vision Exams

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At Austin Vision Associates, we strive to provide comprehensive, primary eye care for the whole family. Preventative and routine eye exams are important to maintaining good eye health. Often, eye and vision problems do not have obvious symptoms or signs, but are easily diagnosed by a licensed optometrist. By diagnosing eye and vision conditions early on, our optometrist is able provide treatment options and in many cases restore or prevent vision loss. The American Optometric Association recommends yearly or bi-yearly eye and vision exams, depending on whether you are at-risk or not.

Eye Exam and Consultation

During an eye exam, Dr. Steven and Donna Shepard will ask you questions about any symptoms or issues you are experiencing, medications you are currently taking, any blurry vision, your work environment, and your overall health. Family history and previous eye or vision conditions will also be discussed during this part of the examination. Dr. Shepard will consider this information when determining any treatments or recommendations.

Vision Testing

Regular vision testing and evaluations ensure that you always have the clearest vision possible. Our Austin optometrist provides regular vision acuity test as part of a comprehensive eye exam. Dr. Shepard will measure how each eye is seeing by using a wall eye chart and a reading eye chart. The results of these tests are portrayed as a fraction, with 20/20 being the standard for normal distance and reading vision. Depending on the results of your vision test, Dr. Shepard may prescribe corrective glasses, contacts, or eye exercises.

Eye Function Testing

In addition to vision testing, an eye exam in our Austin office includes testing eye functionality. Our optometrist performs several tests to evaluate depth perception, color vision, eye muscle capabilities, peripheral vision, and responsiveness to light. Several other simple tests are completed to determine whether the eyes are focusing, moving, and working together properly. The test results enable Dr. Shepard to diagnose any underlying conditions that may be impairing the eyes ability to focus or work together.

Eye Health

As part of a comprehensive eye exam, our Austin optometrist examines the overall health of the eye through a visual examination and tonometry. Dr. Shepard evaluates eye health by visually inspecting the eye and eyelids using magnification and a bright light. To examine the internal structures of the eye, we may dilate the pupils. Increased eye pressure may be an indicator of glaucoma, so we utilize tonometry to measure eye pressure. After completing these short tests, Dr. Shepard reviews the results and discusses an treatments with you. Contact us at 512-343-0406 today to schedule a comprehensive eye exam.

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  • "I have been soo pleased with Dr. Donna Shepherd and with Austin Vision Associates. Her demeanor is fantastic, she never condescends about age, and she has great shoes :-) In addition, I have visited AVA next door for new glasses and Patrick really hooked me up with great sunglasses. The reason I'm posting this is that I asked for a recommendation for a person that could fix my old glasses and was referred to AVA. Alyssa said, "oh, I can do that for you right now." Didn't charge me and offered me a new eye glass case. What a wonderful experience! I'll never go anywhere else."
    Hope G.
  • "Our family has been going to this office for years (about 6) and it has been nothing but exceptional service. I have used both doctors and it's the same great treatment all around. They have a huge selection in eyewear from many designers. Great place and we won't go anywhere else!"
    Nikolai W.
  • "Dr. Shepard is AWESOME, just a great guy who is highly efficient in terms of getting you in & out. I highly recommend him. The rest of the establishment? Not so much. In fact, not recommended AT ALL."
    Nav G.

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