Eye Exam

Neil H. Simmons, O.D.

Optometrist located in Leake County, Carthage, MS

Of your five senses, your eyesight is one of the most powerful tools you have for gathering information about the world around you. To keep this sense at peak performance, preventative eye exams play an important role. At the practice that bears his name, Dr. Neil H. Simmons provides comprehensive eye health exams to his patients in the Leake County, Mississippi, area. To see more clearly, call or book an appointment online.

Eye Exam Q & A

Why do I need an eye examination?

All too often, people take their eyesight for granted and don’t give it the attention it deserves. Regular comprehensive eye examinations with Dr. Simmons are a great way to stay on top of your eye health and vision, ensuring that you’re able to see your way through your days as clearly as possible.

During your eye exams, Dr. Simmons is not only able to measure your current vision prescription; these visits provide a valuable opportunity to stay one step ahead of your eye health. Should Dr. Simmons spot an issue, he can diagnose and treat the problem before it progresses into something more major.


How is my eyesight measured during an eye exam?

Dr. Simmons uses the most up-to-date examination instrumentation to accurately gauge the health of your eyes, including:

Computerized refraction system

A phoropter is an instrument that Dr. Simmons uses to measure your prescription. While optometrists have used phoropters since the 1960s, new digital instruments like the one at Neil H. Simmons, O.D., take much of the guesswork out of the process and provide accurate prescription analytics and metrics, helping you achieve the best vision you desire.

Digital photography

This new digital camera utilizes the latest technology to allow photographic viewing and recording of the structure of the eye, front to back:

  • Cornea (clear window)
  • Bulbar conjunctiva (white portion)
  • Retina
  • Optic nerves
  • Blood vessels
  • Macula (central vision)

Retinal scanner

An optical coherence tomography, or OCT, scanner uses light waves to picture a cross-section of your retina. An OCT scanner could be viewed as an "MRI" scan for the back of the eye. This advanced imaging is crucial in diagnosing and treating:

  • Glaucoma
  • Macular degeneration
  • Diabetic eye disease
  • Hypertensive retinopathy


How often should I have my eyes examined?

Dr. Simmons recommends getting your eyes examined annually, regardless of whether you need prescription lenses. Dr. Simmons urges parents to start bringing their children in at the age of 6 months, and annually after that.

If you have a diagnosed health concerns with your eyes, you may need to visit Dr. Simmons more often. As an example, patients with diabetes see Dr. Simmons every six months and glaucoma usually every four months.


To protect this most valuable asset, call Dr. Simmons to schedule your eye health examination, or set up an appointment using the online booking tool.