Routine eye exams are important to maintaining good eye health. At Oculus, we provide comprehensive, primary eye care services for family members of all ages.
Our optometrists examine the overall health of the eye through a visual inspection of the eye and eyelids under high magnification.
It is important to remember that eye and vision problems may not have obvious symptoms or signs, yet are easily diagnosed by a licensed optometrist. By diagnosing eye and vision conditions early on, our optometrists are able to provide treatment options and - in many cases - restore or prevent vision loss.
Regular vision testing and evaluations ensure that you’ll always have the clearest vision possible. Our eye exams include:
During an eye exam, our optometrists will ask you questions regarding any symptoms or issues you are experiencing, medications you are currently taking and your overall health. Family history and previous eye or vision conditions will also be discussed.
Thanks to CLARIFYE, a revolutionary eye exam, our optometrists use advanced, digital equipment to map the unique fingerprint of your eye. Through a variety of tests, we will measure how each eye is seeing. This new technology is available at all four Oculus locations.
Our optometrists perform several tests to evaluate depth perception, color vision, muscle capabilities, peripheral vision and responsiveness to light. Several other tests will determine whether your eyes are focusing, moving and working together properly. The test results enable our doctors to diagnose any underlying conditions that may be impairing the eye’s ability to focus or work together.
Our optometrists examine the overall health of the eye through a visual inspection of the eye and eyelids under high magnification. To examine the internal structures of the eye, we may dilate the pupils. As increased eye pressure may be an indicator of glaucoma, we utilize tonometry to measure eye pressure. We also have digital cameras in all our locations to help diagnose even the smallest changes with the eye health.
DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF EYE DISEASE
The American Optometric Association recommends yearly or bi-yearly eye and vision exams, depending on your risk factors. Our doctors are highly trained and licensed to diagnose and treat many eye diseases and conditions. We also prescribe medications for infections, inflammation, pain, dry eyes and allergies. We are associated with top specialists in the area and make referrals when indicated. We provide services for the following conditions:
Glaucoma is a disease that damages your eye's optic nerve. It usually happens when fluid builds up in the front part of your eye. That extra fluid increases the pressure in your eye, damaging the optic nerve.
When glaucoma develops, usually you don’t have any early symptoms and the disease progresses slowly. In this way, glaucoma – which comes in several forms - can steal your eyesight gradually.
An estimated three million Americans have glaucoma, yet only about half of them have been diagnosed. And, while glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness for people over 60, it can often be prevented with early treatment.
Macular Degeneration is the loss of central vision due to damage to the retina. It is the leading cause of vision loss, affecting more than 10 million Americans.
Common symptoms include gradually blurred vision, seeing less vivid colors and obstruction in the center of vision. Peripheral vision can remain intact, but macular degeneration can make daily activities difficult.
While it’s not curable, macular degeneration is treatable.
Diabetic retinopathy is a common complication of diabetes that occurs when blood vessels in the retina of the eye are damaged, swollen or begin to grow irregularly.
Early on, diabetic retinopathy may cause no symptoms. Early detection through regular screening is crucial to prevent vision loss. Poorly controlled blood sugar is a risk factor. And anyone with type 1 or 2 diabetes is also at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy.
If left untreated or detected late, diabetic retinopathy can cause severe vision loss or even blindness. Additionally, the longer a person lives with diabetes, the more likely he or she is to develop diabetic retinopathy.
Hypertensive retinopathy is damage to the retina resulting from high blood pressure. The higher the blood pressure and the longer it has been high, the more severe the damage is likely to be.
You have a higher risk of damage and vision loss from hypertensive retinopathy when you have diabetes, high cholesterol levels or if you smoke.
Symptoms may include double vision, dim vision, vision loss and headaches. However, most people with hypertensive retinopathy do not have symptoms until late in the disease.
Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
Conjunctivitis - or pink eye - is redness and inflammation of the thin, clear covering of the white of the eye and eyelids. If irritation or infection occurs, the lining becomes red, swollen and painful.
Conjunctivitis is very common and can be caused by infections (viral or bacterial), dry eyes, allergies, or exposure to chemicals, fumes or smoke. Symptoms can include redness in the white of the eye, swelling of the eyelids, itching, burning, tearing and/or discharge.
Viral and bacterial pink eye are highly contagious and spread very easily.
Dry eye is a common and often chronic problem in which a person doesn't have enough quality tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye and for providing clear vision.
When you blink, tears spread across the front surface of the eye, known as the cornea. Tears provide lubrication, reduce the risk of eye infection, wash away foreign matter, and keep the surface of the eyes smooth and clear. Excess tears in the eyes flow into small drainage ducts in the inner corners of the eyelids, which drain into the back of the nose. Dry eyes can occur when tear production and drainage is not in balance.
People with dry eyes may experience irritated, gritty, scratchy, burning or watering eyes; and blurred vision. Advanced dry eye can damage the surface of the eyes and impair vision. At Oculus, we can treat dry eyes by restoring or maintaining a normal amount of tears.
IMAGING & SCANS
We use cutting-edge digital imaging technology to assess your eyes. Many eye diseases, if detected at an early stage, can be treated successfully without total loss of vision.
Your retinal images are stored electronically, giving our doctors a permanent record of the condition and state of your retina. This is very important in assisting your Optometrist in detecting and measuring any changes to your retina each time your eyes are examined. It's important to remember many eye conditions - such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration - are diagnosed by detecting changes over time.
Digital Retinal Imaging
Digital Retinal Imaging allows your eye doctor to evaluate the health of the retina - or the back of your eye. The health of the retina, optic nerve and other retinal structures is crucial to overall eye health.
Our digital cameras snap high-resolution digital pictures of your retina. These pictures clearly show the health of your eyes and are used as a baseline to track any changes during future eye examinations.
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Scans
Available in our Avon and Vernon offices, an Optical Coherence Tomography scan (commonly referred to as an OCT scan) is the latest advancement in imaging technology. Similar to ultrasound, this noninvasive and painless diagnostic technique employs light, rather than sound waves, to achieve higher resolution pictures of the structural layers of the back of the eye.
A scanning laser is used to analyze the layers of the retina and optic nerve for any signs of eye disease, similar to a CT scan of the eye. With an OCT scan, doctors are provided with color-coded, cross-sectional images of the retina. These detailed images are revolutionizing early detection and treatment of eye conditions such as wet and dry age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal detachment and diabetic retinopathy.
Injuries & Emergency Care
Examples of eye emergencies can include eye injury, pain, bleeding, redness, discharge, loss of vision, sensitivity to light, and flashes and floaters. Trauma to the head or eyes, including a foreign object in the eye, may require immediate emergency care.
Our doctors provide services such as corneal foreign body removal, epilation (removal of misdirected lashes) and punctual plugs (to help with dry eyes). Our optometrists can write prescriptions for any needed medications.
If you should experience any symptoms that concern you, please contact our office. If you are an established patient having any eye health concerns after normal business hours, please go to the hospital emergency room.
Contact Lens Fittings
Over the past several years, tremendous advancements have been made in the area of contact lenses. As a result, more patients than ever are finding success with contact lens wear.
When fitting patients, our goal is to find a contact lens that will provide maximum comfort while providing the best vision possible.
Our doctors and licensed opticians have extensive experience fitting contact lenses and are prepared to discuss your questions, concerns, and goals related to contact lens wear. We have relationships with all of the major contact lens manufacturers and will make the appropriate recommendations based on your lifestyle.
During a lens fitting, which is routinely performed by a contact lens specialist, we will measure the curvature of the cornea and evaluate the health of the cornea and related structures.
Digital Retinal Imaging & OCT Scans
We use cutting-edge digital imaging technology to assess your eyes. Many eye diseases, if detected at an early stage, can be treated successfully without total loss of vision. Your retinal Images will be stored electronically. This gives the eye doctor a permanent record of the condition and state of your retina.
This is very important in assisting your Optometrist to detect and measure any changes to your retina each time you get your eyes examined, as many eye conditions, such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration are diagnosed by detecting changes over time.
The advantages of digital imaging include:
- Quick, safe, non-invasive and painless
- Provides detailed images of your retina and sub-surface of your eyes
- Provides instant, direct imaging of the form and structure of eye tissue
- Image resolution is extremely high quality
- Uses eye-safe near-infra-red light
- No patient prep required
Digital Retinal Imaging allows your eye doctor to evaluate the health of the back of your eye, the retina. It is critical to confirm the health of the retina, optic nerve and other retinal structures. The digital camera snaps a high-resolution digital picture of your retina. This picture clearly shows the health of your eyes and is used as a baseline to track any changes in your eyes in future eye examinations.
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
Available in our Avon and Vernon offices, an Optical Coherence Tomography scan (commonly referred to as an OCT scan) is the latest advancement in imaging technology. Similar to ultrasound, this diagnostic technique employs light rather than sound waves to achieve higher resolution pictures of the structural layers of the back of the eye.
A scanning laser used to analyze the layers of the retina and optic nerve for any signs of eye disease, similar to an CT scan of the eye. It works using light without radiation, and is essential for early diagnosis of glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinal disease.
With an OCT scan, doctors are provided with color-coded, cross-sectional images of the retina. These detailed images are revolutionizing early detection and treatment of eye conditions such as wet and dry age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal detachment and diabetic retinopathy.
An OCT scan is a noninvasive, painless test. It is performed in about 10 minutes right in our office. Feel free to contact our office to inquire about an OCT at your next appointment.
Lasik & Cataract Co-Management
The doctors at Oculus have extensive experience in the pre-operative evaluation and post-operative care of LASIK and other vision correction procedures.
Our doctors will evaluate your eyes and discuss your goals to help determine if you are an appropriate candidate for LASIK or cataract procedures.
When the decision to proceed with surgery is made, we can counsel our patients on all available treatment options and help you find a surgeon to perform your procedure.
Post-operative management can be provided by our doctors, and includes multiple visits for evaluation and management of the vision and corneal healing.