Regular eye exams are an invaluable tool in maintaining healthy eyes by detecting and preventing disease. Some diseases develop slowly without causing pain or vision loss. Early detection of any problems can reduce the risk of further harm and allow for a choice of treatment options. Part of your exam includes the following procedures: Slit Lamp Examinations, Dilated Eye Exams, Refraction for Glasses and Contact Lenses and Glaucoma Pressure Testing as well as a series of computerized tests to determine the health of your eyes.
Whether it is for work, school, or entertainment purposes, today people of all ages are spending more and more hours a day looking at a digital screen. However, viewing a computer screen or any other device with a similar digital display requires your eyes to work much harder. Between screen contrast, flicker, glare, focusing the eyes at the same point for extended periods of time, as well as the eye adjustments required when moving from papers on the desk to looking back up at the screen, using a computer can be visually challenging.
Computer vision syndrome (CVS) is the name given to a group of eye problems and vision-related symptoms caused by prolonged use of hi-tech digital screen devices such as computers, tablets, e-readers and cellular phones.
Symptoms of computer vision syndrome, also referred to as digital eyestrain, may include:
- Eye Irritation (dry eyes, itchy eyes, red eyes)]
- Double Vision
- Blurred Vision
- Neck, shoulder, or back pain
Should these symptoms sound all too familiar, it is important to make an appointment for a comprehensive vision examination. If a diagnosis of computer vision syndrome is made, our office will prescribe a treatment plan to alleviate your visual symptoms and provide you with guidance for creating a healthier computer-viewing environment. First, we’ll make sure that your eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions are correct and suitable for using a computer. Some people who do not currently wear eyeglasses may be required to wear a special pair for computer use. Others who routinely wear corrective lenses may need a modified or separate prescription to work in front of a digital screen. To help ease your eyestrain, we also offer special lenses that block the blue light emitted by digital screens.
Thanks to the advances in optical technology, almost everyone is a candidate for contact lens use. This includes patients with astigmatism and also those who prefer bifocal or multifocal lenses. We offer a comprehensive array of contact lenses to suit each individual patient's needs. We offer daily disposables, extended wear soft lenses and gas permeable contact lenses.
Suffering from dry eye can be more than just mildly annoying. It is often a chronic condition that can result in significant discomfort and cause visual disturbances that interfere with your daily activities.
Symptoms of dry eye may include:
- Stinging, burning, or scratching sensation
- Gritty or sandy feeling, as if something is in the eye
- Stringy mucus in or around the eyes
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Difficulty wearing contact lenses
- Eye fatigue
- Intermittent excessive tearing
If you are experiencing persistent symptoms of dry eye, it is important to make an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam. During this visit, our eye doctor will check your symptoms, review your overall health history and discuss which medications you are taking that may be contributing to this condition. We will also examine your eyelids, evaluate your blink dynamics and inspect the cornea of your eyes. As part of this evaluation, we will look for any environmental factors that may be putting you at risk for dry eye. Diagnostic tests to measure the quantity and quality of your tears will be performed as needed.
The treatment our office prescribes for your dry eye will be determined by the severity of your symptoms and if any underlying conditions are present. The overall objective of the treatment plan is to restore a sufficient amount of tears to relieve your eye discomfort, minimize the dryness, and protect the health of your eyes. While artificial tears and soothing ointments work well in many situations, other approaches may be advised for more advanced or unresponsive cases of dry eye. Additional treatment options may include anti-inflammatory eye drops or tablets, medications to boost tear production, or procedures to conserve tears and prevent them from draining away. Sometimes special lenses or goggles are recommended to keep the moisture in your eyes.
As highly skilled eye care professionals, the optometrists are well equipped to handle many types of eye emergencies and stand ready to provide you, as well as any member of your family, with prompt and effective care. If you have received an injury to your eye, gotten something stuck in your eye, your eye is red or painful, or are experiencing a sudden loss of vision or unusual visual disturbances, it is important that you contact our office right away for care. These are urgent situations that may require immediate attention to prevent more serious consequences, including increased injury, infection, and even vision loss. By utilizing state-of-the-art diagnostic technology and providing expert care, our optometrist will precisely diagnose, treat, and help you to manage your eye care emergency.
Glaucoma, the leading cause of blindness and visual impairment, is an eye disease that can lead to a permanent loss of vision. We provide all diagnostic and treatment options for glaucoma care. Glaucoma generally provides no warning signs or symptoms of disease, making testing an important part of a full vision exam.
Macular degeneration is a chronic eye disease that can severely impact vision. The most common type is called dry macular degeneration. The less common wet form is more severe and can be very disabling. Today, through early detection and treatment, eye care professionals are better able to manage this disease.
For those patients needing glasses or contact lenses, we offer a complete optical department. We carry a wide selection of luxury eyewear and designer frames.
Taking your child for a comprehensive eye exam at an early age, and then maintaining the recommended eye care schedule as they are growing up, is the very best way that you can ensure your child’s vision development and make certain that they acquire the visual skills they need to fully participate in all of their activities. According to guidelines established by the American Optometric Association a child should receive an eye exam at the ages of 6 months, 3 years, before kindergarten, and then once every two years. However, in the presence of certain risk factors or diagnosed vision issues, more frequent exams may be recommended. Furthermore, children who are wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses should be checked annually.
We are skilled and experienced providers of comprehensive vision care for children and will do our very best to make sure that their eyes are strong and healthy as they grow. Our specialized pediatric eye care services include child friendly and age appropriate exams to check visual acuity, eye tracking, and focusing skills, as well as problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, lazy eye (amblyopia), crossed eyes, dyslexia, a color blindness, disease or medical conditions. Depending upon the findings at your child’s eye exam visit, eyeglasses, vision therapy, or additional procedures will be prescribed as needed.
Since its introduction a few decades ago laser vision correction has rapidly evolved into an appealing and highly successful outpatient procedure that can reduce or eliminate the need for corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses. With a LASIK procedure, many refractive errors involving nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism can be corrected.
The high success rate of LASIK can be attributed to the advanced technology available today as well as the thorough evaluation process by which candidates are selected for the procedure.
If you are interested in a LASIK, our office will provide you with essential information about your candidacy for the procedure and advise you if any eye conditions, health issues or vision problems may be considerations in your treatment plan. By co-managing care with your LASIK surgeon, our office will help you to prepare for the procedure and take part in your post-operative care to help maintain your eye health and vision improvements.
Enjoying your favorite recreational activities or engaging in competitive sports involves having the right equipment to protect you from injury and allow you to perform at your best. Our office can provide you with the latest designs and most comfortable, well-fitting eyewear to protect and enhance your vision while participating in your favorite sports.
There is no reason for blurred vision, glare, or a lack of contrast between the ball and your environment to limit your performance on the playing field. Starting with your eyeglass prescription and then moving on to providing you with the best frames and lenses for your particular sport, we’ll make sure your vision is “peak performance” ready.
Protection from Impact Related Injury
Did you also know that simply by wearing appropriate eye protection approximately 90 percent of sports-related eye injuries can be prevented? These days as awareness of the connection between sports and eye trauma grows, it is becoming increasingly popular for athletes and sports enthusiasts of all ages to use protective sports eyewear.
While your usual sunglasses or prescription eyeglasses may offer you some measure of eye protection, they are not durable enough to guard your eyes on the playing field and in certain recreational activities. Our wide selection of fashionable sports eyewear frames, lenses, and goggles are made of the most advanced materials to provide superior impact resistance and comfort
Additionally, if your favorite sport or activity is enjoyed out-of-doors, we’ll make sure that beyond protection from impact-related injuries, your sports sunglasses or tinted goggles block harmful UV radiation from the sun.