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Children's Vision

Added on September 9, 2014 by admin

Children's vision care is essential to every child's development. Children with uncorrected vision conditions or eye health problems face many barriers in life ... academically ... socially ... and athletically. High-quality eye care can break down these barriers and help enable your children to reach their highest potential.

Vision doesn't just happen. A child's brain learns how to use eyes to see, just like it learns how to use legs to walk or a mouth to form words. The longer a vision problem goes undiagnosed and untreated, the more a child's brain learns to accommodate the vision problem.

Experts say that over 80 percent of what is learned in school is presented visually, so your child's vision can make a big difference in their academic performance. That's why a comprehensive eye examination is so important for children. Early detection and treatment provide the very best opportunity to correct vision problems, so your child can learn to see clearly.

A thorough examination by our doctors can detect any vision problems your child may have, which can then be promptly treated. Periodic exams are also needed to ensure your child's eyes are healthy and to rule out other vision problems that may interfere with your child's vision development and academic performance. Please ask our staff about the recommended age for a child's first eye examination.

 

Treatment of Infections and Diseases

Added on September 9, 2014 by admin

At the Vision Store, we provide more than routine family eye care. Our doctors and staff members are highly skilled professionals and we offer advanced optometric medical treatment for eye infections, dry eyes, ocular allergies, foreign body removal, and eye injuries. We also treat and monitor chronic eye diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic eye damage and cataracts.

To ensure that you receive the proper treatment for an eye infection, you must first get the correct diagnosis from an eye care professional. Because eye infections can be contagious, it is best to speak with an eye doctor about the possible cause and treatments, and your doctor should talk to you about ways to prevent spreading the infection. You may need prescription-strength medication to ensure that the infection resolves quickly.

In most cases, eye infection treatment includes compresses, eye drops, creams, or antibiotics. Topical antiviral therapy may be necessary if the eye infection is caused by a virus. A leading category of eye infections is pink eye, or conjunctivitis. Certain types of conjunctivitis are very contagious and require immediate attention from an eye doctor. Typically, treatment involves staying away from work or school, prescribed anti-infective topical solution or ointment, and warm or cool compresses to alleviate symptoms.

Depending on the cause, eye infections may last for days or weeks. In some cases, new symptoms may appear during treatment. If symptoms worsen, or if new, unexplained symptoms appear, you should contact your eye doctor immediately.

 

Eye Exams

Added on September 9, 2014 by admin

Although each exam is unique to the patient's needs depending on their health and visual needs, a typical exam may include:

  • Medical history
  • Measurement of visual acuity
  • Pupil dilation (to evaluate the back part of the eyes)
    We also offer OPTOMAP, which allows us to examine your eyes without dilating your pupils. Please visit www.OptoMap.com for more information. You can also view their brochure here!
  • Intraocular pressure (Glaucoma)
  • Blood Pressure
  • Visual Field test
  • Analysis
  • Diagnosis
  • Prescription (lenses or medicine)

Prognosis

What's the Difference Between a Vision Screening and a Complete Eye Exam? A vision screening can be helpful but it is by no means a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam. Vision screenings are used to help identify those at risk for vision problems and are often performed by a school nurse or volunteer. Even the test conducted by the clerk at the Drivers License Bureau is a form of vision screening. While these efforts can be helpful, they are not conducted by experienced professionals who have the training to detect eye disease.

A comprehensive eye examination performed by our optometrist involves careful testing of every aspect of your vision. The exam will give the eye doctor enough information to recommend a personal treatment plan. These exams are much more thorough than the simple vision check conducted by family physicians and pediatricians as part of a medical check-up.

Treatment plans can be as simple as recommending eyeglasses or as serious as spotting a need for eye surgery. The point is that only with a comprehensive eye exam can you be sure that your eyes are getting the best treatment available. That is why no matter who you are, annual eye exams are essential to ensure you are seeing clearly and preserving your vision for life.

Which Procedures Are Part of a Comprehensive Eye Examination?

A comprehensive eye exam includes a variety of procedures to evaluate the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. Some – like reading an eye chart –are most likely familiar to you. However, unless you have had a comprehensive eye exam, many of the evaluations will be new. For example:

  • Autorefractor evaluates the way an image is focused on the retina, where vision processing takes place,without the need for you to give feedback. This makes autorefractors especially useful when examining people who may have difficulty with a regular ("subjective") refraction.
  • Cover tests in which the eye doctor will have you focus on a small object at a distance and will then cover each of your eyes, can detect even a very subtle misalignment that can interfere with your eyes working together properly (binocular vision) and cause amblyopia or "lazy eye."
  • Tonometry is the name for a variety of tests that can be performed to determine the pressure inside the eye. The most common method used is the "air puff" test – in which an automated instrument discharges a small burst of air onto the surface of your eye. Based on your eye's resistance to the puff of air, the machine calculates the pressure inside your eye - called your intraocular pressure. Though the test itself can be startling, there's no risk of eye injury from the air puff test as only air touches your eye during this measurement.

There are other tests that Dr. Casaus may decide to perform based on their observations, almost all of which are quick and painless. They are, however, very important in assessing the overall health of your eyes.

With early detection, your chances of successful treatment are much higher. Dr. Casaus will also assess how your eyes work together. Your eyes can be an indicator of your overall health, and we will evaluate if there are any non-vision health issues that you should be aware of.

 

 

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