Your eyesight is a precious gift and guarding against vision loss is essential to maintaining your quality of life. By taking the simple step of making a comprehensive eye examination part of your routine healthcare regimen you can protect the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision for a lifetime.
After reviewing your overall medical history and gathering relevant information on your eye health through the years, we perform a clinical exam to check the health of your eyes and assess your vision through a series of comfortable tests. Your visual acuity, the degree to which your eyes work together, how well your eyes follow a moving object, and your depth perception are all thoroughly evaluated.
As part of your comprehensive eye exam, you are also screened for eye diseases that can lead to vision loss. Many eye diseases including glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, as well as other conditions affecting the retina, demonstrate few if any overt signs or symptoms until irreparable damage to your eyesight has occurred. Detecting diseases that can threaten your eyesight in their earliest stages enables the most effective management and care.
What is Vision Therapy?
At the office of Professional Vision Care, we provide a comprehensive range of vision therapy services, helping patients with functional vision problems develop and improve their visual skills. With a carefully prescribed program of eye exercises and activities along with the use of optical devices as needed, vision skills such as eye teaming (binocularity), eye movements (ocular motility), focusing ability (accommodation), contrast sensitivity and perception can be improved.
Much of what we experience in the world is related to our ability to see. Therefore, any vision impairment that is either significant or is left untreated can limit a person’s capacity to interact with their surroundings. In children especially, the consequences of having vision problems can be far-reaching. According to recent statistics, approximately one in four children are affected by a vision disorder. While uncorrected refractive errors are common reasons for vision impairment in children, there are other conditions that affect visual function, which may contribute to developmental delays, as well as cognitive and social issues.
How Does Vision Therapy Work?
Vision therapy at our office is conducted under the supervision of our experienced professional team. As a form of physical therapy for the eyes and brain, vision therapy offers a safe, non-surgical and drug-free method of care for children and adults to address the vision consequences of eye disorders such as lazy eye (amblyopia), crossed eyes (strabismus), convergence insufficiency, or double vision as well as help treat vision-related developmental or learning issues.
It’s important to keep in mind that vision therapy is not just a means to “strengthen the eyes.” The goal of vision therapy is to improve the working relationship between the eyes and the brain to treat visual-motor and/or perceptual-cognitive deficiencies.
What is the First Step in Care?
As the first step in care, our office performs a comprehensive examination to assess eye health and vision quality. Even in cases where the eyesight is 20/20, there can be a problem with visual function. At the office of Professional Vision Care, we recognize that eyeglasses alone are not always enough to improve eyesight. Issues involving visual function as well as the processing and perception of information gathered by the eyes can also require a program of vision therapy. Vision therapy includes patient-specific neuromuscular and neurosensory exercises as well as adjunctive optical or medical devices such as therapeutic lenses, prisms, filters, balance boards, electronic targets and specialized computer software.
Taking your child for a comprehensive eye exam at an early age, and maintaining regularly scheduled eye care checkups as they are growing up, is the best way to ensure that your child’s vision development reaches its full potential and to make certain that your child acquires the visual skills needed to fully participate in all 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. Children who are wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses should be checked annually.
The members of our professional team are skilled and experienced providers of comprehensive vision care for children and do their best to make sure that your child’s eyes are strong and healthy as they grow. Our specialized pediatric eye care services include child friendly and age appropriate exams to assess visual acuity, eye tracking, and focusing skills, as well as to detect problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, lazy eye (amblyopia), crossed eyes, dyslexia, a color blindness, disease or medical conditions. Depending upon the findings of your child’s eye exam visit, eyeglasses, vision therapy, or additional procedures may be recommended.
As highly skilled eye care professionals, we 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 further injury, infection, and even vision loss.
By utilizing state-of-the-art diagnostic technology and providing expert care, we will precisely diagnose, treat, and help you to manage your eye care emergency.
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.
If you are interested in wearing contact lenses or you are due to have your current pair of contacts checked, our office will perform a specialized evaluation to measure and assess your eyes. Different from a routine eye exam, an exam for contact lenses not only ensures your contact lenses will fit properly but also makes certain they provide the required vision improvements and that your eyes will be able to tolerate wearing lenses without any harmful consequences. It is important to keep in mind that a contact lens exam does not replace having a comprehensive or routine eye exam to assess the health of your eyes.
The reason different measurements are required for contact lenses is that unlike an eyeglass lens, which is positioned approximately 12mm away from your eye; a contact lens sits directly on the surface of your eye. Once your eyes have been measured and evaluated, our office will discuss the types of contact lenses and wear schedules that are available to you. Depending upon your vision requirements and your lifestyle, we will guide you in choosing the most suitable and effective contact lenses to address all your needs.
Macular degeneration is a progressive disease that affects the cells in the back part of your eye, which allows you to visualize objects that are straight ahead. Over time it damages your capacity for sharp, central vision. With macular degeneration, it becomes increasingly more difficult to perform daily tasks such as reading or writing as well as recognizing faces or colors. Among the early signs of vision loss from macular degeneration, are shadowy areas in your central vision and unusually fuzzy or distorted vision. While individuals with advanced cases of macular degeneration are considered legally blind as the result of a profound loss of central vision, their peripheral vision, which is less clear than central vision, is retained. Most people do not experience vision loss in the early stage of age-related macular degeneration and the progression can be slow and painless.
An eye doctor can often detect early signs of macular degeneration before any symptoms are experienced. If signs of the condition are found, additional tests to verify the diagnosis may be ordered. Once the diagnosis has been confirmed, treatment to manage the condition and to slow the progression will be prescribed.
According to the National Eye Institute, over two million adults in the United States have age-related macular degeneration with that number expected to double within the next thirty years. While one defense against age-related vision loss is a nutritious diet and a healthy lifestyle, regular comprehensive eye exams are essential in order to protect the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision.
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.