Optometry

South Plains Rural Health

Multi-Specialty Group Practice located in Levelland, Lamesa, and Big Spring, TX

The optometry team at South Plains Rural Health Services (SPRHS) offer comprehensive eye exams, so you can get the corrective lenses you need. With clinics in Levelland and Big Spring, as well as two offices in Lamesa, Texas, you have a location close to home. The optometry practitioners at SPRHS can care for every member of your family; you don’t have to go anywhere else for eye exams or corrective lenses. Book your optometry appointment through the online scheduler or call your most convenient clinic location today.

Optometry Q & A

How often do I need to see an optometrist?

Preserving your vision and eye health is of the utmost importance, and your optometrist, as part of your dedicated medical team, should be seen annually for an eye exam. If you’ve never worn corrective lenses, like contacts or eyeglasses, you might only need to book an exam every other year, or as recommended.

Your practitioner at South Plains Rural Health Services can let you know how often you should plan on coming in, based on your current health, overall vision, and family medical history.

When does my child need their first eye exam?

It’s important to schedule your child’s first eye exam around six months of age — or as recommended by your pediatrician. This exam is beneficial just to ensure your little one’s eyes and vision are developing healthfully.

Typically, it’s recommended to schedule another eye exam for your child during their preschool years. If they need corrective lenses, they should have annual eye exams by the time they reach kindergarten. Or if their vision is clear, your optometrist might only need to see your child every two years.

What happens during an eye exam?

Eye exams include several different types of screenings that evaluate both your vision and your eye health. Your eye exam might involve:

  • Glaucoma screening
  • Retinal examination
  • Color vision testing
  • Visual field test
  • Eye muscle test

Of course, one of the major parts of an eye exam is checking your visual acuity. Your optometrist has you identify different sizes of letters unassisted to figure out how well you see. If needed, they can perform a contact lens or eyeglass exam to determine your corrective lens prescription.

Should I get contacts or eyeglasses?

The optometry team at South Plains Rural Health Services proudly offer comprehensive eye exams and spend time helping you decide on contacts or eyeglasses — there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. You might prefer having both, so you can wear your contacts while exercising, then swap to your glasses for working on the computer.

Because of advancements with corrective eyewear technology over the years, you might now be a candidate for contact lenses if you have chronic issues, like astigmatism. You can even get multifocal contacts if you traditionally wear bifocal glasses.  

If you’re due for a routine eye exam, or need to update your contacts or eyeglasses prescription, book an appointment at South Plains Rural Health Services. Schedule either online or over the phone.