Cataract Testing

Cataracts cause varying degrees of visual loss. The main indication for cataract surgery is when a person’s visual function no longer meets his or her needs and cataract extraction will provide improved vision. This level of visual impairment is subjective and differs considerably among individuals. Nevertheless, insurance carriers typically choose 20/40 Snellen visual acuity as the threshold for cataract surgery, since this level of sight is required for driving. However, visual acuity can be quite variable depending upon the testing conditions, test distance, and type of cataract. Therefore it may be difficult to appreciate the impact of a cataract on the patient’s vision especially when he or she can see better than 20/40.

We are often limited in our ability to adequately comprehend what a patient describes as decreased, blurry, or poor vision, because we can only test isolated components of visual function like Snellen acuity, contrast sensitivity, glare, color vision, and visual field. These tests give us incomplete information about a patient’s visual performance. For example, a patient may see 20/20 in each eye, but complain that while the vision in one eye is sharp and crisp, the vision in the fellow eye is blurred. It can be difficult to determine the visual significance of such a cataract since our tests do not enable us to accurately understand the quality of the patient’s sight.

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Contact Lens Evaluations

Our practice has years of experience fitting contact lenses, in even the most difficult cases.  If you’re interested in contacts, be sure to inform the doctor during your comprehensive eye exam. A contact lens examination may be a separate exam that requires additional testing than the standard comprehensive eye exam. During the examination, be sure to discuss your contact lens preferences with us. This may include daily disposable options, or even cosmetic contact lenses to change your eye color.

The eye doctor will fit you with a trial pair of lenses and examine a proper fit and prescription that’s right for you.  You can expect to schedule a follow-up contact lens eye exam within two weeks for further evaluation of how your eyes are adjusting to your contact lenses.

We believe it is important to emphasize that a contact lens is a medical device that requires routine care.  The lens must be a proper fit to work safely and correctly, and to be comfortable.  Seeing your eye doctor on a regular basis will ensure that you are wearing contact lenses with the most appropriate and up-to-date prescription, and that you’re caring for the contacts (and your eyes) correctly.

If you have any questions about the fit of your lenses, how to interpret your contact lens prescription, or any other questions about your contacts, please ask the eye doctor. We are here, not only to make sure you see clearly, but also to answer any of your questions or concerns.

Full Service Optical Dispensary

We have added additional experienced optical team members who can advise our patients on the best options available for them.

Our dispensary offers the most up to date technology in ophthalmic lenses and carries the latest in fashion and designer frames. We also provide safety and sports wear as well as prescription sunglasses to help patients with all of their eyewear needs. 

We will ensure that your glasses are fitted properly and handle any necessary repairs. 

Glaucoma Management

Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve, associated with an increased pressure in the eye, that typically progresses with no symptoms and can lead to vision loss.  We screen for glaucoma at the time of your comprehensive eye exam with eye pressure measurements and evaluation of the optic nerve.  If glaucoma is suspected, additional testing may be required such as visual field testing, optic nerve imaging and analysis, and corneal thickness.  Once diagnosed, our eye doctors may manage  glaucoma with medication or in other cases, refer patients to highly skilled glaucoma specialists.

Pediatric Eye Care Exams

You can help protect your child’s vision by scheduling him/her for a comprehensive eye exam on a regular basis.  Some problems, like lazy eye and amblyopia, can be corrected if detected early enough, while your child’s vision is still developing.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a first vision screening to occur between birth and age 3, with regular exams beginning at age 3.  Children who require eyeglasses and/or contact lenses should schedule regular eye exams to screen for vision changes.

InfantSee: Free Eye Exams for Children

Our practice is a participating member of InfantSee, an organization that provides a free eye examination to children under age 1.  Please contact our office for more details.

Fundus Photography

Don’t be surprised if someday, your eye doctor orders photographs of the back of your eye. These pictures are necessary to document the health of the optic nerve, vitreous, macula, retina and its blood vessels. The photographs are used for comparison, documentation, and sometimes to diagnose certain eye conditions.

Because fundus photography is a highly specialized form of medical imaging, it can’t be done with an ordinary camera. It requires a customized camera that is mounted to a microscope with intricate lenses and mirrors. These high-powered lenses are designed so the photographer can visualize the back of the eye by focusing light through the cornea, pupil and lens.

Before beginning, the pupil is dilated with drops. Otherwise, it would automatically constrict from the bright light of the camera flash. The patient is asked to stare at a fixation device so the eyes are still. While the photographer is taking the pictures, the patient will see a series of bright flashes. The entire process usually takes approximately five to ten minutes.

LASIK Eye Surgery

LASIK, laser vision correction, is a procedure that treats nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.  Our practice provides pre-operative LASIK screenings and post-operative care for patients who have LASIK, in partnership with Kremer Eye Center, the region’s most experienced LASIK surgeons.  After a complete consultation, the eye doctor can determine if you are a candidate for LASIK vision correction.  If you decide to have LASIK, we will correspond with the Kremer surgeons about your exam and eye health history, and guide you throughout the process. We recognize that LASIK is an important decision, and are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Treatment of Dry Eye

"Dry Eye" is a chronic condition that affects millions of people. Symptoms range from burning and stinging eyes, to feeling that sand is in the eyes. Another common symptom is excessive tearing. Dry Eye Disease is the number one reason why people stop wearing contact lenses. When the eyes become dry, the contacts lenses become blurry and uncomfortable.

Dry Eye Disease comes from many things. Medication for allergies and high blood pressure cause the eyes to become dry. Also a dry environment and computer use often creates dry eyes.

I specialize in treating and managing Dry Eye Disease. My patients find complete comfort without resorting to expensive and often ineffective artificial tears or prescription medications. Many of my patients are able to return to wearing contact lenses comfortably again after treatment.

If your eyes burn, sting, are red or irritated come in for a dry eye consultation. If your contact lenses have become uncomfortable or if you used to wear contacts your are perfect candidate for dry eye treatment that will restore contact comfort.

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