Regular Comprehensive Eye Exam
Most people expect their doctors to carefully inspect the fronts of their eyes for refractive errors that can compromise the quality of their vision. However, doctors also need to examine the back of your eye, the retina. In our comprehensive exams, we’ll check that your entire eye is healthy and that there are no signs of damage or disease that can jeopardize your vision.
Early Disease Detection & Management
Regularly scheduled eye exams can lead to early detection of:
- Diabetic eye disease
- Macular degeneration
- High blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke
Annual eye exams are vital to maintaining your vision and overall health. They not only allow your eye doctor to improve the quality of your vision by adjusting your glasses or contact lens prescriptions, but also provide the opportunity to determine the overall health of your eye, from the clear window at the front (the cornea) to the very back of the eye (the retina).
Many eye problems can develop without you noticing any change in your vision at all. That’s why our office highly recommends that all patients receive an Optomap Retinal Exam as part of their yearly eye exam. The retina is the part of your eye that captures the image you are looking at, similar to the film in a camera. The Optomap Retinal Exam produces a wide view image the doctor can use to confirm your retinal health or discover signs of abnormalities or disease, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, and retinal tears or detachments. Other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure can also be detected with a thorough exam of the retina.
An Optomap Retinal Exam provides:
- A scan to confirm a healthy eye or to detect the presence of a disease.
- An overview or map of the retina, giving your doctor a more detailed view than can be achieved by other means.
- The opportunity for you to view and discuss the retinal image of your eye with your doctor at the time of your exam.
- A permanent record for your medical file, which allows your doctor to compare your images each year to look for changes.
- A quick, painless test that may eliminate the need for dilation drops.
Treatment For Common Eye Problems
Even the simplest eye issues can lead to lasting problems if left untreated. Some can even cause permanent damage, including loss of vision! The doctors at Sansbury have many years of experience between them, and they’re skilled at identifying common eye problems and treating them before they develop into more serious conditions.
Let our doctors help you if you suffer from any of these common eye problems:
- Dry or twitching eyes
- Digital fatigue, eye strain, and headaches
- Red eyes, pinkeye, and eye infections
- Blurred or double vision
- Exposure to ultraviolet rays
- Foreign body removal and scratches
The American Optometric Association says that as much as 80% of what a child learns comes through sight. To perform well in school, kids need to be able to watch what the teacher is doing as they explain their lessons. Children who can’t see well can often become frustrated and fall behind in academics, sports, and social development. But despite the importance of good vision to a child’s growth, nearly half of all kids have never had a comprehensive eye exam!
According to Prevent Blindness America, one in four school-age children have vision problems that, if left untreated, can affect learning ability, personality and adjustment in school.
Parents should watch for signs that may indicate a vision problem, including:
- Behavioral problems
- Head tilting
- Sensitivity to light
- Sitting close to the television or holding a book too close
- Avoiding coloring activities, puzzles, and other vision-dependent activities
Schedule your child’s eye examination today to be sure that he or she is equipped with the ability to excel in school and life.
Orthokeratology, known as Ortho-K, is a non-surgical process that reshapes the cornea using contact lenses worn only while sleeping to reduce refractive errors. Once the contact lens is removed in the morning, the cornea retains its altered shape for the remainder of the day. Reshaping the cornea changes the focusing power of the eye and, when the amount of corneal reshaping is accurately controlled, it is possible to bring the eye into proper focus and to correct refractive errors associated with myopia (nearsightedness) and astigmatism.
After the initial fitting, the wear schedule could be nightly or as infrequently as two nights per week depending on the patient’s visual needs and the doctor’s recommendations.
- Imagine performing your daily tasks without eyeglasses or contacts, even physical activities such as tennis, basketball, football, running, and aerobics.
- Imagine waking up in the morning and taking your contact lenses out instead of putting them in.
- Imagine being able to see clearly during the day without having to wear eyeglasses or contacts and without having eye surgery.
Keratoconus is an eye condition where the cornea (the front of the eye) thins and begins to bulge outward, forming a cone shape. It typically begins in young adulthood, and often affects both eyes. Early symptoms include blurred vision and trouble seeing at night. As the problem progresses, vision deteriorates, and sufferers may begin to see multiple “ghost” images alongside the single image they are actually viewing. According to the National Eye Institute, one in every 2,000 Americans suffers from keratoconus. Other reports say it’s even more common, with potentially one in every 500 Americans afflicted!
Keratoconus can be treated in several ways, including specialized contact lenses or surgery, depending on how severe the condition is when diagnosed. At Sansbury Eye Center, we use the latest topographical eye mapping software to diagnose and treat keratoconus in our patients as quickly as possible. Using this advanced technology, we can often catch it in the early stages, when symptoms haven’t yet become noticeable. This gives you more flexibility in your treatment options and saves you the pain and inconvenience of later stage keratoconus.