Examination & Disease
Eye Examination and Eye Disease
Dr. Schomaker prides himself on giving thorough examinations to each patient. He provides complete eye care for both adults and children. Ample time is scheduled so that you never feel rushed. Comprehensive eye examinations check your eyes inside and out for glaucoma, cataracts and retinal abnormalities. Your visual skills and abilities are carefully evaluated in order to determine your precise eyeglass prescription.
Dr. Schomaker works with local ophthalmologists and physicians to manage eye disease. To achieve optimal results, conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma and diabetes are best managed by a team approach.
As we get older, the eye’s natural lens gradually becomes less clear. When opacities develop in the lens and the lens gets too hazy, vision will be impaired.
Our office can diagnose and manage cataract care. When cataract affects vision to the extent that you cannot read or see distant objects comfortably, Dr. Schomaker will recommend cataract surgery.
Our office co-manages your care with cataract specialists who are proven experts in cataract surgery. Cataract surgery can provide you with a bright new world of vision.
Glaucoma gradually destroys the optic nerve tissue in the back of the eye. The greatest danger of glaucoma stems from the fact that the disease is painless and without obvious symptoms until significant damage has occurred.
The most common cause of glaucoma is from abnormally high pressure inside the eye. However, vascular disease and other diseases can also cause glaucoma. Dr. Schomaker always checks for glaucoma during routine eye examinations.
Our tests include checking the pressure of the eye, screening for peripheral vision defects and analyzing the appearance of the optic nerve.
Most forms of glaucoma are successfully treated with eye drops. Laser treatment and eye surgery are secondary treatments that offer alternative ways to treat more advanced glaucoma.
Diabetic patients should have a dilated retinal examination each year. Laser treatments have been proven to slow the progression of retinal disease for many patients. Diabetes often stimulates the growth of new blood vessels in the back of the eye, which ultimately leak and damage the retina. If this condition is discovered early, laser treatment can destroy these vessels.
If Dr. Schomaker discovers advancing diabetic eye disease that can be treated or needs further evaluation, he will refer you to a board-certified specialist for a consultation and further testing.