Low Vision Exam

Low vision is when a person has reduced visual acuity or decreased field of vision even with using the best possible corrective lenses. Low vision could be a result of either congenital diseases or of an acquired condition.  By having a low vision eye examination your optometrist can help you recover your independence to read, use the computer, see the TV, walk safely, etc.  Some devices that are beneficial to patients with low vision are magnifying glasses, hand held magnifiers, computer vision aids, e-book readers such as Kindle, large print books.

Lasik Consultation

Lasik Consultation or Refractive surgery works for people who have refractive errors, such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism or presbyopia.  Lasik Consultation works by reshaping the cornea, the front surface of the eye, therefor adjusting your eye’s focusing ability. There are different types of refractive surgery the most common being LASIK. A good candidate for LASIK is a patient older than 18 years of age, with stable prescription and no ocular disease.  We work with many reputable surgeons in the area who perform different kinds of refractive surgery. Let us know if you are interested to learn more about these procedures and find out if you are a good candidate.

Dry Eye Treatment

The tears your eyes produce are necessary for overall eye health and clear vision. Dry eye means that your eyes do not produce enough tears or that you produce tears that do not have the proper chemical composition. Often, dry eye is part of the natural aging process. It can also be caused by blinking or eyelid problems, medications like antihistamines, oral contraceptives and antidepressants, a dry climate, wind and dust, general health problems like arthritis or Sjogren’s syndrome and chemical or thermal burns to your eyes. If you have dry eye, your symptoms may include irritated, scratchy, dry, uncomfortable or red eyes, a burning sensation or feeling of something foreign in your eyes and blurred vision. Excessive dry eyes may damage eye tissue, scar your cornea (the front covering of your eyes) and impair vision and make contact lens wear difficult. If you have symptoms of dry eye, see your optometrist for a comprehensive examination. Dry eye cannot be cured, but your optometrist can prescribe treatment so your eyes remain healthy and your vision is unaffected. Some treatments that your optometrist might prescribe include blinking more frequently, increasing humidity at home or work, using artificial tears and using a moisturizing ointment, especially at bedtime. In some cases, small plugs are inserted in the corner of the eyes to slow tear drainage. Sometimes, surgical closure of the drainage ducts may be recommended.

Cataract evaluation

Cataract is a cloudy or opaque area in the normally clear lens of the eye. Depending on its size and location, it can interfere with normal vision. Most cataracts develop in persons over age 55, but they occasionally occur in infants and young children. Usually people develop cataracts in both eyes, but one eye may have somewhat worse vision than the other. The lens is located inside the eye behind the iris, the colored part of the eye. It works like a camera lens to focus light on the back of the eye, the retina. The lens is made of mostly proteins and water. Clouding of the lens occurs due to changes in the proteins and lens fibers. Symptoms of a cataract may include: blurred or hazy vision, colors may not appear as bright, increased sensitivity to glare from lights, particularly when driving at night, seeing multiple images, difficulty seeing at night, and in some cases temporary improvement in near vision. Cataracts can be diagnosed through a comprehensive eye examination.

Diabetic Eye Exam

Diabetic retinopathy is when the small blood vessels in the retina start to leak blood or fluid in to the retina. In other patients abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retinal. Theses new blood vessels are very fragile and therefore they get easily damaged and leak blood into the retinal. Diabetic retinopathy is a vision-threatening damage to the eye and should be taken seriously. Many cases of diabetic retinopathy could be prevented with regular eye exams. If you have diabetes you must get a routine eye exam yearly to prevent complication of diabetic retinopathy.

Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer Vision Syndrome is a condition in which vision-related problems arise from focusing the eyes on a computer monitor for hours. This can result in symptoms such as eyestrain, blurred vision, double vision, dry eyes, and excessive tearing, headaches, neck and shoulder pain. The extent to which individuals experience visual symptoms often depend on the level of their visual abilities and the amount of time spent looking at the computer screen. Uncorrected vision problems like farsightedness and astigmatism, inadequate eye focusing or eye coordination abilities, and aging changes of the eyes, such as presbyopia, can all contribute to the development of visual symptoms when using a computer. To reduce or eliminate these symptoms you can adjust the lighting in the room, eliminate any glare off of the monitor, use correct reading glasses, have proper working distance and correct posture sitting in front of the computer.

Ocular Trauma

Any damage or trauma inflicted to the eye or around the eyeball by external means. It can be both surface injuries and intraocular injuries. During trauma soft tissues and bony structures around the eye maybe involved. Your optometrist can evaluate you for any damage that may have happened as a result of the trauma to the eye muscles and/or inside or behind the eye.

Glaucoma Treatment

Glaucoma is an eye disease in which the internal pressure in your eyes increases enough to damage the nerve fibers in your optic nerve and cause vision loss. The increase in pressure happens when the passages that normally allow fluid in your eyes to drain becomes clogged or blocked. The reasons that the passages become blocked are not completely known. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the U.S. It most often occurs in people over age 40, however it can occur at any age even in infancy. People with a family history of glaucoma, African Americans, and those who are very nearsighted or diabetic are at a higher risk of developing the disease. The most common type of glaucoma develops gradually and painlessly, without symptoms. This type is known as Open Angle Glaucoma. Glaucoma cannot be prevented, but if diagnosed and treated early, it can be controlled. Vision lost to glaucoma cannot be restored. That is why the American Optometric Association recommends annual eye examinations for people at risk for glaucoma (your doctor may, depending on your condition, recommend more frequent examinations). A comprehensive optometric examination will include a tonometry test to measure the pressure in your eyes; a dilated examination of the inside of your eyes and optic nerves; and sometimes a visual field test to check for changes in central and side vision. The treatment for glaucoma includes prescription eye drops and medicines to lower the pressure in your eyes. In some cases, laser treatment or surgery may be effective in reducing pressure.