Eye Examination

Comprehensive eye examinations should be a regular part of every person's healthcare routine. They are an important tool in eye health by detecting and preventing eye diseases and evaluating the overall health of the patient. Some diseases, such as glaucoma, develop gradually without symptoms of pain or vision loss, so patients may not notice that anything is wrong until significant and irreversible damage has been done. Early detection of eye diseases allows for a choice of treatment options and a reduced risk of permanent damage.

Our practice tests vision and provides prescriptions for eyeglasses and contact lenses when necessary. We use state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to evaluate and maintain your overall eye health.

12 Point Eye Examination

A proper examination requires that my staff and myself first listen to the individual. This is followed by a focus driven, 12 point examination with the end result being a diagnosis. Followed by proper education and giving the patient the opportunity to have all of their questions answered fully, allows us to focus on control or treatment of their condition.

If any eye health issues are detected, an individualized treatment program will be designed to address the condition or prevent it from progressing.


Dry Eye

Dry eye is a common condition that occurs when the eyes are insufficiently moisturized, leading to itching, redness and pain from dry spots on the surface of the eye. The eyes may become dry and irritated because the tear ducts don't produce enough tears, or because of a chemical imbalance in the tears.

Patients with this condition often experience irritating symptoms and which may result in more serious damage to the vision if the condition is left untreated. It is important for patients with this condition to take special care of their eyes in order to alleviate symptoms and prevent complications. Your doctor can diagnose dry eye after a thorough evaluation of your eyes and tear production with a Schirmer tear test.

Treatment of Dry Eye

Treatment for dry eye depends on the cause and severity of the condition, as well as the patient's overall health and personal preference. Non-surgical treatments are often effective, and may include the following:

  • Blinking on purpose
  • Increasing humidity levels at home or work
  • Use artificial tears or a moisturizing ointment
  • Stop smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke
  • Avoiding air conditioning or windy conditions outdoors
  • Stop the use of allergy and cold medicines
  • Adding omega-3 fatty acids to the diet as food or supplements

If non-surgical methods are unsuccessful, surgical treatments may be an option. Treatment options may include:

  • Small punctal plugs may be inserted in the corners of the eyes to limit tear drainage
  • Punctal cautery, a procedure to permanently close the drainage holes may be another option
  • Eyelid surgery is also a solution if an eyelid condition is causing your dry eyes
  • IPL, or intense pulsed light therapy to treat the abnormal blood vessels that are resulting in a malfunction of the meibomian glands in the eyelids, which are a primary cause of dry eyes. As the blood vessels shrink, the glands resume normal function once again and the dry eyes are resolved.

Treating the underlying cause of dry eyes can also help relieve the symptoms of this condition.


Refractive Surgery

Refractive surgery is a surgical procedure used to improve vision and reduce or eliminate the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses. The cornea, the clear covering on the front of the eye, requires a certain curvature in order to produce a clear image. Refractive surgery improves vision by reshaping the cornea to correct refractive errors such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism.

Common refractive surgery procedures include the following:

  • LASIK
  • PRK
  • LASEK
  • epi-LASIK

  • iLASIK
  • Refractive lens exchange, or clear lens replacement
  • IntacsĀ® corneal implants
  • Conductive keratoplasty, or CK

Most patients enjoy 20/20 vision or better after refractive surgery. A thorough medical eye examination and consultation are necessary before a treatment decision can be made.


Rheumatoid

Dry eye is a common condition that occurs with rheumatoid arthritis. Dry eye occurs when the eyes are insufficiently moisturized, leading to itching, redness and pain from dry spots on the surface of the eye. The eyes may become dry and irritated because the tear ducts don't produce enough tears, or because of a chemical imbalance in the tears.

Patients with this condition often experience irritating symptoms and which may result in more serious damage to the vision if the condition is left untreated. It is important for patients with this condition to take special care of their eyes in order to alleviate symptoms and prevent complications. Your doctor can diagnose dry eye after a thorough evaluation of your eyes and tear production with a Schirmer tear test.

For more info on Rheumatoid treatment please refer to the treatment of Dry Eye

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