Your Home of Medically Focused Eye Health Support
Dr. McCurdy and his trusted team take a compassionate, health-based approach to your family’s eye care needs.
We personalize your eye exam based on what your eyes need by using a selection of advanced diagnostic technologies and modern management solutions. Our mission is to provide the care your family needs when living with eye conditions or diseases.
Learn how to support your family’s eye health and development and book an appointment today.
What We Look For During an Eye Exam
Comprehensive eye exams are the first step towards supporting your eye health and managing potential issues. Depending on your age and health history, we may recommend annual or more frequent exams to detect possible issues before they permanently affect your vision.
Our goal during an eye exam is to examine the different structures inside your eye and provide strategies to help keep them healthy throughout your life. We adapt our approach depending on your unique needs, and we’ll be happy to personalize management or treatment strategies for your eyes if we detect any issues.
Some issues, like angle-closure glaucoma and wet age-related macular degeneration, can cause emergency symptoms we need to address immediately. If you notice sudden vision problems, please contact us for an emergency eye exam.
What’s Inside Your Eye?
The crystalline lens is responsible for focusing light on your retina.
Depending on how far you’re looking, the crystalline lens changes its shape to ensure your vision is as clear as possible. However, it may lose its flexibility as you age, leading to issues like presbyopia or cataracts.
The retina uses a variety of cones and receptors to collect light that enters your eye and turn it into signals your brain can read as sight.
Your retina is one of the most important structures in your eye, but it can develop various issues depending on your eye health and health history. Some of the most common include diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.
The macula is the center-most part of your retina. It’s responsible for providing the crisp central vision you use to read, drive, see fine details, and distinguish colors.
Age-related macular degeneration is the most common issue that affects the macula, but health-related issues like diabetic macular edema can also lead to central vision problems.
Your optic nerve is responsible for sending the information your retina collects to your brain. We can examine a part of your optic nerve, known as the optic disc, during your comprehensive eye exam.
Examining your optic nerve can help us detect signs of glaucoma.
Common Eye Diseases & Conditions
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that affect your optic nerve. Most types of glaucoma occur when your intraocular pressure (IOP) rises to unstable levels, but some forms can still develop even if your IOP levels are within normal limits.
We can detect glaucoma by examining your optic nerve or measuring your IOP levels.
There are 3 common types of glaucoma:
- Open-angle glaucoma: Over time, blockages can form in your eye’s drainage system and increase your IOP levels. Eventually, the pressure could affect your optic nerve and lead to vision loss.
- Angle-closure glaucoma: When the drainage angle between your iris and cornea closes, your IOP levels can rapidly rise and cause sudden emergency symptoms like eye pain, redness, nausea, and sudden vision loss.
- Normal-tension glaucoma: Sometimes, your optic nerve may experience damage even when your IOP levels are within normal limits, but observing your optic nerve during an eye exam can detect these problems.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common eye disease responsible for causing vision loss in adults over 55.
AMD affects your macula, a part of your eye that supplies the crisp central vision you use to read, write, drive, and see fine details. AMD may cause blurry central vision, but it could lead to vision loss without treatment.
There are 2 different types of AMD:
- Dry AMD occurs when the macula thins as you age. Some research suggests that deposits of lipids known as drusen are responsible for thinning your macula.
- Wet AMD develops when abnormal blood vessels form underneath the macula. Eventually, these vessels can break, leak fluids, and swell the macula, leading to various emergency symptoms.
Diabetic Eye Disease
Diabetes is a common health condition that can also raise the risk of developing various eye diseases and conditions. These issues can include:
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Diabetic macular edema
- Open-angle glaucoma
Please visit our Diabetic Eye Exams page to learn more about how diabetes can affect your vision.
Children’s Eye Problems
Children are also at risk of developing various eye problems as they grow up.
Some of the most common issues children develop include:
- Myopia (nearsightedness)
- Amblyopia (lazy eye)
- Strabismus (crossed eyes)
- Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
Please visit our Children’s Eye Exams page to learn more about our commitment to your child’s vision.
Comprehensive Care Is Only a Call Away
We’re here to help, no matter the issue. Find leading eye care solutions and a quality team you can trust when you visit Dr. McCurdy today. Come on in—the doctor is ready to see you.
We’re Ready to See You
Our office is in the Sequoia Professional Center, just north of the Novato Public Library.
- 1730 Novato Boulevard, Suite C
- Novato, CA 94947
- Phone: 415-897-1161
- Fax: 415-899-9871
- Email: [email protected]
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed