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Dr. Medeski Wins Optomerist of the Year

We are so proud that Dr. Linda Medeski has won the Optometric Physicians of Washington award for Doctor of Optometry of 2021!

From their website:

This year’s recipient of the Optometrist of the Year award has done just about everything an O.D. can do and more.

She is a champion of optometry rights and works tirelessly to make sure that we can all practice to our fullest extent. If you have ever seen her in action at Day In Olympia, you have witnessed something great. She can talk to anyone from a new first year optometry student who is coming to DIO for the first time to the top dog in any legislative chamber. She is fearless and brave and knows her stuff!There are literally 2 pages, single spaced, of all of the positions she has held within OPW. Some of the highlights are:

– Legislative keyperson- Federal legislative keyperson- Grassroots team leader- Children’s vision task force- Awards team leader- Neuro-rehab team leader- PR director- Treasurer- Secretary- Society President

And that’s just the OPW-related things that she does! This amazing doctor is also an active and vital member in both COVD: the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and NORA: the Neuro Optometric Rehabilitation Association. She somehow also finds time to volunteer at her church as a Eucharistic minister, volunteer with the rotary association for projects like hurricane relief, work with the homeless shelter, and is a Santa’s Posse volunteer where she helps the local sheriff’s office with food, toys, and gifts during the holiday season. That would be two or three full time jobs for the average person, but this OD of the Year winner also owns and runs a successful private practice in Vancouver. She has been in practice for 30 years and has the respect and admiration of all of her peers. Truthfully, she should be the winner of the OD of the Year award every year because she is an inspiring, amazing, force of nature. Everyone who meets her is better to have known our friend and colleague, Linda Medeski.

 

Why Are Dilated Eye Exams So Important?

Downtown Vision Centre Dilated Eye Exam near you in Vancouver, Washington

Having your eyes dilated during an eye exam may seem like a nuisance. But when you consider the benefits of a dilated eye exam, the temporary blurred vision and sensitivity to light that typically follow are definitely worth it.

What Are Dilated Eye Exams?

At some point during a comprehensive eye exam, your optometrist will shine a bright light into your eyes to examine the back of your eye, called the retina. The problem is that bright light causes the size of the pupil’s opening to shrink, which makes it hard for the optometrist to see a large portion of the retina.

That’s why eye doctors apply special eye drops in each eye to keep the pupils open. A dilated pupil allows for a much more accurate assessment of your eye’s structures, including the focusing lens, blood vessels and tissues at the back of the eye called the retina, as well as the optic nerve and macula.

Dilating the eyes makes it easier for your optometrist to detect the following conditions and diseases:

It’s important to note that many of these conditions can develop without noticeable symptoms, until they cause vision loss at which point treatment may be more challenging, making dilated eye exams all the more crucial.

The Dilation Process

First, your eye doctor will apply eye drops to each eye to trigger dilation of the pupil. Your eyes should be fully dilated about 10-20 minutes later.

Your eyes will remain dilated for 4-6 hours, and during this time you may be sensitive to light. That’s because the larger pupil allows more light than usual to enter the eye. Many patients find it more comfortable to wear sunglasses until their eyes return to normal.

Reading and using a computer may be difficult with dilated eyes, and your vision may be blurred. Some patients report feeling a tightening sensation in their eyelids, or headaches.

Dilated eye exams are a crucial part of keeping your eyes healthy. To schedule your comprehensive eye exam, call Downtown Vision Centre in Vancouver today!

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At what age should one have a dilated eye exam?

You should have your dilated eye exam no matter your age. Most eye doctors will dilate a new patient at their first exam regardless of age to get a baseline of their retinal health.

Will I be able to return to work after a dilated eye exam?

Everyone reacts differently, so it’s hard to tell. If your job requires you to focus on small print or detail, it may be challenging. Typing and writing may also be difficult with dilated pupils. To be on the safe side, book your appointment at the end of your work day, clear your schedule after your eye exam and only plan to do activities which aren’t visually demanding.