Our comprehensive examination consist of a detailed medical history, automated visual field screening, a careful determination of vision need (prescription glasses), assessment of muscle balance, a dilated evaluation to evaluate ocular health, pictures of the retina for future reference, and a careful review of our findings with time to answer any questions or concerns.
Management of Eye Diseases/Conditions
There are a number of diseases that may affect the back of the eye. Some conditions may not present itself with symptoms, which is why we dilate every patient as we emphasize preventive care.
Scleral Contact Lens
Larger rigid gas permeable lenses for more complex corneal conditions such as keratoconus, corneal ectasia, post surgical complications, and dry eyes.
Use of rigid gas permeable lenses to reshape the cornea to reduce reliance on glasses and contact lenses. This is a non surgical alternative to refractive surgery in select patients.
Soft Contact Lens
Provides increase comfort and the convenience of being a disposable lens.
Rigid Gas Permeable (Hard) Contact Lens
Provides optimal vision, but may not be as comfortable as soft.
Hybrid Contact Lens
Incorporates both a soft and hard contact lens. Optimal vision is achieved with a center hard lens and increased comfort with a soft skirt/periphery. Keratoconic patients particularly benefit from this lens.
Dry eyes occurs when the eyes aren’t sufficiently moisturized, leading to itching, redness and pain. The eyes may become dry and irritated because the tear ducts don’t produce enough tears, or because the tears themselves have a chemical imbalance.
People usually begin experiencing dry eye symptoms as they age, but the condition can also result from certain medications, conditions or injuries. Some dry eye conditions can lead to permanent ocular or vision changes so it is important to not ignore any symptoms you may have. Please let us evaluate any issues that are of concern.
Another option for dry eyes symptoms is punctal plugs. Odyssey Punctal Plugs supply various types, sizes, and shapes of punctal plugs. The doctor insert the plugs which helps dry eye sufferers keep their own tears in their eyes longer.
Punctal plugs can relieve dry eye symptoms when drops or ointments fail. Punctal plugs are placed in the opening of the tear ducts (called “puncta”) in the eyelids to block tear drainage and keep the eyes moist. Implantation should reduce the need for artificial tear drops and increase the patient’s overall comfort.
Punctal plugs come in a few different shapes and sizes, and may be placed in the lower or upper eyelid or both eyelids. The most common plugs are umbrella-shaped and made of silicone. They may be placed partially inside the tear duct or embedded entirely within the duct (Herrick plugs). A recently introduced acrylic plug called the SmartPLUG softens at body temperature and expands to custom-fit each patient’s eye.
Implantation takes only a few seconds in a professional’s office. In some cases, before implantation, collagen is temporarily placed in the eye to predict the effectiveness of punctal plugs.