Eye Exams

Annual eye exams are recommended as a part of preventative health care. Individuals can be unaware of problems because there are often no obvious signs or symptoms. It is important to detect and treat vision problems early in order to maintain good vision and eye health.

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Advances In Vision is your new source for state-of-the-art vision and eye health testing, top-quality eyewear and contact lenses. Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality of eye care. Our team at Advances in Vision Eye Care Center is committed to providing the highest standards of professionalism, eye care products, and services so that our patients enjoy a lifelong experience of a caring, nurturing attitude and consistent quality of services through new advances in eye care.

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Trying to read and understand your insurance benefits can be daunting! We accept most insurance plans and will explain your benefits to you in detail.

Did you know that a visit to your optometrist can be covered through your medical insurance plan? Most patients are unaware that a visit to the eye doctor can be billed through their medical health and vision plans. Please contact us for information about the benefits available on your prescription eyewear.

What Is the Eye Doctor Checking for?

Routine Eye Exams

In addition to evaluating your eyes for glasses and contacts, your eye doctor will check your eyes for eye diseases and other problems that could lead to vision loss. Here are some examples of the conditions that your eye doctor will be looking for:

Refractive Error

This refers to nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Refractive errors are corrected with eyeglasses, contacts or refractive surgery.


Strabismus is defined as crossed or turned eyes. The examiner will check your eyes' alignment to be sure that they are working together. Strabismus causes problems with depth perception and can lead to amblyopia.

Eye teaming problems

Even if you eyes appear to be properly aligned, it's possible they do not work together efficiently as a team. Such binocular vision problems can cause headaches, eye strain and other problems that can affect reading and other near vision tasks.

Focusing problems

These problems can range from incompletely developed focusing skills in children to normal age-related declines in focusing ability (presbyopia) among older adults.

Other diseases

Eye doctors can detect early signs of some conditions and diseases by looking at your eye's blood vessels, retina and so forth. Your eye doctor may be able to tell you if you are developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol or other problems.

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Advances In Vision is your new source for state-of-the-art vision and eye health testing, top-quality eyewear and contact lenses. Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality of eye care.

Visual Acuity Tests

Among the first tests performed in a comprehensive eye exam are visual acuity tests that measure the sharpness of your vision. These usually are performed using a projected eye chart to measure your distance visual acuity and a small, hand-held acuity chart to measure your near vision.

Slit-Lamp Examination

The slit lamp is an instrument that the eye doctor uses to examine the health of your eyes. The slit lamp lets your eye doctor see the structures of your eyes up close. Slit lamp exam of the front of the eye. The slit lamp, also called a biomicroscope, allows your eye doctor to get a highly magnified view of the structures of your eye to thoroughly evaluate your eye health and detect any signs of infection or disease.

Cover Test

While there are many ways for your eye doctor to check how your eyes work together, the cover test is the simplest and most common. While doing this, your eye doctor will assess whether the uncovered eye must move to pick up the fixation target, which could indicate strabismus or a more subtle binocular vision problem that could cause eye strain or amblyopia ("lazy eye"). The test is then repeated up close.


This is the test that your eye doctor uses to determine your exact eyeglass prescription. The eye doctor uses a phoropter to determine your prescription for eyeglasses and contact lenses. Manual refraction with a phoropter. During a refraction, the doctor puts the instrument called a phoropter in front of your eyes and shows you a series of lens choices. He or she will then ask you which of the two lenses in each choice looks clearer.

Visual Field Testing

Visual field tests assess the potential presence of blind spots (scotomas), which could indicate eye diseases. A blind spot in the field of vision can be linked to a variety of specific eye diseases, depending on the size and shape of the scotoma.



Why Are Eye Exams Important?

During a comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor does much more than just determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. He or she will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.

Why Vision Screenings Are No Substitute for a Complete Eye Exam

Vision screenings are the brief vision tests performed by the school nurse, a pediatrician, other health care providers or volunteers. Remember, only an optometrist or ophthalmologist can provide a comprehensive eye exam — family physicians and pediatricians are not fully trained to do this, and studies have shown that they can miss important vision problems that require treatment.


What our patients are saying about us

The best exam I ve ever had! I live near by so I decided to try them out. I had been to another place a few months ago and they could never quite get my prescription right. But the doctor here did a great job! She had me seeing better than I have ever been able to see. I highly recommend this place. The staff is also very friendly and knowledgeable and it only took about three days to get my glasses.

The doctor and staff were so great and so friendly! The doctor was really nice and answered all my questions and she made sure I understood everything. My glasses turned out really good too. I always get compliments on them! I will certainly go back!

I've been to so many Optometrists in Houston. I'm very lucky to have found Advances in Vision...No place is perfect..But, the Doctor here is first rate..Her Father was also an Optometrist..Lots of History in the family which makes for a first rate exam. I would be less concerend with glasses and Insurance issues which every store will have at some point and more focused on who's taken care of my eyes.

Likelihood of recommending Advances In Vision to family and friends is 5 out of 5

Doctors & Staff

Our office is dedicated to providing the highest quality optometric care

Dr. Michele Quintero

Therapeutic Optometrist

Optometric Glaucoma Specialist

Diplomate, American Board of Optometry

Dr. Michele Quintero is a therapeutic optometrist and optometric glaucoma specialist. As a primary eye care physician, she performs comprehensive dilated eye exams for the diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease. She specializes in fitting contact lenses and providing eye care for the entire family. Dr. Quintero’s interests include general medical eye care, laser vision correction, glaucoma, and cataract surgery. Dr. Quintero was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She then attended the University of Houston College of Optometry, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Doctor of Optometry degree. During that time, she received several prestigious awards recognizing her high level of clinical excellence in patient care and was inducted into the Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society. Dr. Quintero completed internships specializing in the management and treatment of glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, laser vision correction, and preoperative and postoperative care for cataract surgery. Dr. Quintero is an active member of the American Optometric Association, Texas Optometric Association, and Harris County Optometric Society.

Dr. Sam Quintero

Therapeutic Optometrist

Diplomate, American Board of Optometry

Dr. Sam Quintero received his optometric training at the University of Houston College of Optometry. After receiving his doctorate in 1972, he joined the faculty of the University of Houston College of Optometry. Dr. Quintero is currently the Chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences at the University of Houston College of Optometry. He is certified as a Therapeutic Optometrist and his interests include contact lens practice, diagnosis and management of ocular disease and laser and other refractive procedures. Dr. Quintero is Head of Research for the Texas Eye Research and Technology Center (TERTC) at the University of Houston College of Optometry. Dr. Quintero is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and has served as Chair of the Section on Optometric Education for the American Academy of Optometry. He is Chair of the Association of Practice Management Educators. He is a member of the Texas Optometric Association and serves as a member of the Continuing Medical Education Committee and is also a member of the American Optometric Association. He serves on several task forces for the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO). He has been recognized for his contributions to education by the Texas Optometric Association having received the Educator of the Year Award in 2005. He was also recognized for his contributions to the American Academy of Optometry, receiving the Eminent Service Award in 1998.

Co-managed Physicians and Surgeons

At Advances In Vision, we offer our patients many surgical services: Cataract Surgery, Laser Surgery, Laser Vision Correction, Strabismic Surgery, and Retinal Surgery. We provide these services through a co-management program. We have working arrangements established with other specialized eye care doctors and surgeons to manage these and other ocular conditions such as retinal detachments, retinal tears and hemorrhages. It is our goal that you, the patient, benefit from the cooperative and combined efforts of doctors working together to provide you with the best care possible.


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