Comprehensive Eye Examinations
When we perform eye exams, we refuse to cut corners. We always schedule ample time so you will never feel rushed. We provide complete eye care for both adults and children. Our comprehensive eye examinations check your eyes inside and out for glaucoma, cataracts and all other eye diseases as well as high blood pressure, diabetes and other systemic diseases. Your visual skills and abilities are carefully evaluated and we pride ourselves on the accuracy of our eyeglass prescriptions. In spite of our track record for highly accurate prescriptions, there are eyes that can be unstable for reasons ranging from medications to illness. In these rare cases, we will gladly re-examine the patient and remake the glasses.
Technology is rapidly changing the eye care industry. We utilize the latest in diagnostic equipment and are committed to keeping up with whatever advances will come next.
Seeing clearly is not enough. For many people, reading and hand-eye coordination tasks can be very difficult. The act of sight not only includes one’s eyes, but it also includes the neurological activity that processes the visual information. Throwing a ball or skiing down a hill, is a learned activity; to do either well takes practice. Those who do it best are those who started learning at the earliest age. Sight plays an important role in the learning of these activities. Sight is the steering mechanism; it is the main activity that provides feedback regarding what really is happening. We provide Vision Therapy to help individuals learn how to process visual information and develop better hand-eye coordination skills.
Preventative Vision Care
Vision, in the broadest sense, is the global ability of the brain to extract, process, and act on information presented to the eye. This complex process can be thought of as three major but related areas: visual acuity, which is largely dependent upon refractive status and eye health; visual efficiency skills, representing eye focusing, teaming, and tracking skills; and visual information processing, representing the ability to recognize and discriminate visual stimuli and to interpret them correctly based upon previous experience. Every examination we provide, regardless of age, has these thoughts in mind.
We are so pleased to offer this new vision test to our patients. The purpose of this test is to provide more comprehensive information and to better monitor the effect of your treatment. The Diopsys NOVA-VEP Vision Testing System is a painless, non-invasive vision test that objectively measures the function of the entire visual pathway from the eyes to the vision center of the brain. This device does this by using a technology called Visual Evoked Potential (VEP). VEP has been demonstrated to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of many disorders including amblyopia, brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and other vision-related issues such as glaucoma. This test will help provide comprehensive information on vision disorders, and better plan your treatment and monitor the results.
The Diopsys® NOVA-ERG Vision Testing System is an office-based pattern electroretinography (pERG) module – a part of the Diopsys® NOVA suite of tests. The pERG is an evoked potential test that measures the function of the retina. Patients view a screen with alternating checkerboard patterns to elicit a pERG response. Pattern electroretinography helps doctors gain objective information about the performance of the inner retinal cells of the eye, especially in an area of the retina called the macula. This information can help optometrists and ophthalmologists diagnose and monitor vision disorders like glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic maculopathies.
Low Vision Services
People who have lost eyesight due to injuries or eye disease need special types of products to help them function as independently as possible. We offer a full range of these products through our office. Our paraoptometric staff is trained to demonstrate the use of some of these devices. They range all the way from a simple hand magnifier to a closed circuit TV system.
In addition, we can direct those who have low vision problems to products that will help them carry on the day-to-day tasks that they need to perform. In some cases we can set up a program for the low vision patient with the National Library of Congress to receive “books on tapes”, which is a service for the blind.
Post-operative Laser Correction Care
Everyone is talking about LASIK. Here is a brief description of the procedure.
A flap is cut in the cornea and then the flap is gently folded back. An Excimer Laser is used to reshape the cornea, much like a contact lens forms a new shape on the cornea, only the laser is permanent. The flap is then put back in place, acting like a natural bandage.
The “Wow!” effect of Lasik is the very rapid recovery of vision and the decreased level of discomfort post-operatively. You hear from people that they did not feel anything, and could see well the very first day. Most people have functional vision in 24-48 hours, although this is true in some cases, it must be noted that each person will heal at a different rate. Vision, although greatly improved immediately after surgery, continues to improve for some weeks, even months.
Everyones eyes are different. Even though you may have had a friend who has had LASIK, it does not mean it is right for you. If you are interested in laser vision correction, we will be happy to guide you in picking the right surgeon, procedure and laser appropriate for you. For many of you who are long-term contact lens wearers my pre-operative input can make the difference between an excellent result and a mediocre one.
Post-operatively we can monitor your eyes, and taper medications to arrive at the best possible result. After all, no one knows your eyes better than your optometrist.