12-043, Womack Army Medical Center Public Affairs Office
Eye Exams for Family Members
Did you know that 13 optometrists are currently providing eye care at 5 separate locations on Fort Bragg? Did you know that appointments are available for family members? You are reading correctly. We provide eye care for both active duty and their family members. Each of our 13 doctors has 1 to 2 appointment slots designated daily to schedule a routine eye exam for family members. We see family members from ages 5 to 64. The remainder of this article will attempt to answer your questions about obtaining eye care.
How do I schedule an appointment?
We recommend you schedule an appointment at the same clinic in which you and your family are assigned for primary care. Simply call the number listed below and ask to schedule a routine exam at your designated clinic. We schedule appointments up to 4 weeks in advance.
Womack: (910) 907-6347
Clark: (910) 907-9597 or (910) 907-6245
Joel: (910) 907- 9237 or (910) 907-6587
Robinson: (910) 907-9510
Pope: (910) 570-3209
My child has never had never had an eye exam, what should I do?
If you have an immediate concern and the child is less than 5 years old, we recommend you pursue an optometrist in the civilian sector that accepts TRICARE insurance. TRICAR authorizes one appointment annually for routine care. If your child is older than five years, please call the numbers listed above to schedule an exam.
At what age do you recommend an eye exam for my child?
We recommend at least one exam by the age of 3 and one exam prior to starting school. Many eye conditions such as farsightedness, strabismus, and cataracts can remain undetected at a young age and can lead to amblyopia also known as “lazy eye”. Lazy eye is permanent vision loss that cannot be corrected with glasses, contacts, or eye surgery. Early intervention is key to prevention.
What services do you provide?
We provide comprehensive eye care at each of our clinics. This includes, but not limited to, a determination of refractive error, evaluation of eye movements and eye coordination, color vision, intraocular pressure, and an ocular health assessment including dilation. Each of our 5 clinics have state of the art equipment including digital letter screens, optical coherence tomography (OCT), corneal topography, visual fields, and much more. We provide a written prescription for glasses that can be used to purchase glasses from the economy. We have limited contact lens services, but we do offer renewal of existing contact lens prescriptions and new fits are occasionally performed for medically indicated reasons.
What should I do if my eyes are red or I have sudden change in vision?
If during normal business hours, report to your primary care clinic. If after business hours, report to the emergency room. Each of our clinics provides walk-in services on a case by case basis to existing patients or through their primary care provider for new patients.
How often do you recommend an eye exam?
If you wear glasses or contact lenses, we recommend annual eye exams. If you do not require glasses, we recommend at least one comprehensive eye exam every 3 years. If you are over 40 years old, we recommend an eye exam every 12-18 months.
We appreciate your investment into the health of your eyes and look forward to seeing you soon.