Optometry Specialist

Medex Diagnostic & Treatment Center

Multispecialty Diagnostic and Treatment Center located in Forest Hills, NY

Regular eye exams not only help you get the right eyeglass or contact lens prescription, but also detect eye diseases while they’re still treatable and screen for conditions that affect your overall health. At Medex Diagnostic & Treatment Center in Forest Hills, top-rated optometrist Dr. Olga Likhtman, OD, provides comprehensive eye exams and optometric care for patients in Queens and the greater New York City area. To schedule an appointment, use the online booking feature or call the office directly today.

Optometry Q & A

What does an optometrist do?

An optometrist is a primary health provider who focuses on vision care. As an optometrist, Dr. Olga Likhtman performs eye exams and can detect vision problems, including nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. When she detects these refractive issues, she writes prescriptions for glasses and contact lenses.

If you have experienced significant vision loss, Dr. Likhtman can provide and recommend vision aids such as magnifiers, talking electronic devices, and good home lighting so you read and adjust to everyday life. Optometry also encompasses vision therapy, a nonsurgical approach to correcting eye problems like amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (cross-eyes).

What happens during an eye exam?

Eye exams usually last at least an hour and consist of several tests to check for vision problems and health conditions affecting the eye. Tests Dr. Likhtman may conduct during your eye exam include:

  • Visual acuity test
  • Eye muscle test
  • Refraction assessment
  • Slit-lamp test
  • Glaucoma test
  • Pupil dilation

Dr. Likhtman also takes a full medical history, asks about any vision or eye problems you may be experiencing, and answers your questions. Eye exams are critically important to the early detection of serious issues such as cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.

Why is it important to get regular eye exams?

You may think the main purpose of an eye exam is to get a prescription for corrective lenses. If you’ve never worn glasses or contact lenses, you may not think of eye exams as a necessary part of your health routine. However, for your long-term eye and overall health, you benefit greatly from getting an eye exam every one to two years.

Eye exams are necessary to detect problems with your eye health before they cause lasting damage to your vision. Some of the most common diseases affecting the eye, such as glaucoma and macular degeneration, only cause noticeable symptoms after they’ve progressed and possibly caused irreversible vision loss. The condition of your eyes can also provide valuable information about your overall health.

To schedule an eye exam with Dr. Likhtman at Medex Diagnostic & Treatment Center, call the office or use the online booking feature.