General Eye Care

See the world with clear, sharp vision. 

Annual comprehensive eye exams are an important part of maintaining good health.  Because many vision and eye disorders develop slowly and without apparent symptoms, it can be difficult to detect a problem without a complete examination.  Fortunately, much of the vision loss and eye problems suffered can be prevented by early detection and proper diagnosis and treatment. 

Our doctors provide both routine comprehensive eye exams and consultations for specific problems.   

Your exam may include a complete vision analysis and comprehensive eye health examination for early detection of potential eye problems such as glaucoma or macular degeneration.   We offer a full scope of preventative and diagnostic services.  The doctors and staff are trained and experienced to maintain your eye health and promote clear vision.

Recommended frequency of eye exams (Adapted from the American Academy of Ophthalmology)

Individuals who have ocular symptoms require prompt examinations. 

Individuals who do not have symptoms, but who are at high risk of developing ocular abnormalities related to systemic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, take high risk medications such as Placquenil or Prednisone or who have a family history of eye disease require periodic comprehensive eye examinations.  The frequency of these examinations depends on the age of the individual, the specific condition, and the likelihood of finding abnormalities on examination. 

Adults who have no symptoms and who are at low risk should receive an initial comprehensive eye examination and they should then follow a schedule recommended by their ophthalmologist to detect eye disease. 

Recommendations:

At age 40 and then every 2 to 4 years from age 40 to 54

Age 55 to 64: every 1 to 3 years

After age 65: every 1 to 2 years

  1. Adults: In the absence of a family history of eye disease, your eyes should be tested
  2. Diabetes:   Individuals who develop diabetes type 1, should be examined within 5 years after initial disease onset and then yearly.  Individuals who develop diabetes type 2 should be examined at the time of diagnosis and then annually.  Women who with type 1 or type 2 diabetes should be examined before conception and then early in the first trimester of pregnancy.  Subsequent exams will depend on the level on disease. 
  3. Individuals with risk factors should be examined promptly and then follow the interval recommended by their doctor.
  4. Infants at high risk should have a comprehensive examination by an ophthalmologist as soon as medically feasible.
  5. Children should have as assessment for eye problems in the newborn period and then at all subsequent routine health supervision visits.  Any abnormalities or the inability to test warrants evaluation by an ophthalmologist.
  6. School-age children should be evaluated regularly (every 1 to 2 years) for visual acuity and ocular alignment.

Macular Degeneration Evaluation 

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of severe vision loss in people over age 60.  The macula corresponds to the center of the retina, and it is responsible for our central vision.  There are two forms of AMD, dry and wet.   The dry form of AMD is more common, and many people do not even realize that they have it.  Deposits called drusen appear in the macula, which can result in a slow deterioration in vision over time.  However, in some cases, the dry form can change to the wet form, which can have a dramatic effect on vision.  In the wet form of AMD, new and abnormal vessels form and begin to leak blood or fluid in the macula, which can lead to rapid changes in vision, such as distortions, or large “spots”.  

Risk factors for AMD include age, smoking, a family history of macular degeneration, Caucasian ethnicity, history of AMD in one eye, elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, female gender, and obesity.

At the Eye Treatment Center, we recommend annual eye examinations so that we can determine if you have macular degeneration.  If you have the dry form of AMD, there is no treatment, but supplements with antioxidants (vitamins C,E, zinc , lutein,and beta-carotene) may decrease the risk of developing wet AMD, and UV protection and refraining from smoking is emphasized. High doses of beta carotene has been shown to increase the risk of developing lung cancer in people who have a history of smoking. Ask your Doctor at the Eye Treatment Center for a recommendation. If you are diagnosed with wet AMD, we will refer you to a retina specialist for additional tests and treatment. 

Contact Lens Program

A customized fitting will be performed based on your specific measurements to insure a healthy and comfortable contact lens fit for the best possible vision.  Eye Treatment Center offers a wide selection of soft and rigid gas permeable contact lenses.  Our complete product line includes daily and continuous wear disposable lenses, tinted lenses, special lenses for astigmatism and multifocal correction.  For those who want to reduce their dependence on reading glasses, we offer monovision and multifocal contact lenses. 

Detailed instructions for proper care of your lenses is included with your exam.  

Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye syndrome may be a cause of significant visual complaints, such as redness, irritation, foreign body sensation, eye pain, watery eyes, and blurry vision. It can be due to either decreased tear production or increased tear evaporation. The tear film is one of the most important components of good vision. An abnormal tear film can cause vision fluctuations and blurry vision. There are numerous causes of dry eye syndrome, such as systemic medications, aging, decrease in hormones associated with menopause, environmental factors (i.e., air conditioners, heaters), systemic inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and Sjogren’s syndrome, blepharitis, and certain ocular surgeries.  Most patients with dry eye syndrome report that their symptoms tend to wax and wane. Sometimes, eliminating environmental irritants or systemic medications can greatly relieve symptoms. Other treatments include artificial tears, punctal (tear duct) occlusion, flax seed oil and/or omega 3 fatty acids, moisture goggles, eyelid hygiene regimens, anti-inflammatory agents, and occasionally surgery.  Dry eye syndrome is a chronic condition that can be very irritating for patients, and we recommend an individualized evaluation and regimen for each person.

The Eye Treatment Center is proud to be an accredited Dry Eye Center, and utilizes the TearLab® Osmolarity System to obtain quantitative data to assist in the diagnosis and management of dry eye disease.  The TearLab Osmolarity System uses a novel lab-on-a-chip approach to measure tear osmolarity and can produce a sample-to-answer result in less than 30 seconds. TearLab eliminates the challenges that previously prevented accurate point-of-care testing for osmolarity.