- Diagnose, treat and manage ocular disease including glaucoma, diabetes, and macular degeneration
- Prescribe medications to treat infections, glaucoma, allergies, and any other problems affecting the eye
- Emergencies: Foreign body Removal (metal,wood,etc.), scratched cornea, sudden vision loss, etc.
- Vision therapy to treat "lazy eye" and eye muscle problems
- Fitting the newest technology and specialty contact lenses
- Co-manage Laser Vision Correction and Cataract surgeries
- Eyeglass prescriptions to fit your recreational and occupational lifestyles
- See To Learn (More info: www.seetolearn.com )
- InfantSee (More info: www.infantsee.org )
- Sport Vision Services
The following information is taken from the American Optometric Association. More information can be found at www.AOA.org.
Periodic optometric examinations are an important part of routine preventive health care. Many eye and vision conditions present no obvious symptoms. Therefore, individuals are often unaware that a problem exists. Early diagnosis and treatment are important for maintaining good vision and when possible preventing permanent vision loss. The need for and frequency of optometric examinations vary with age, race, medical history, family history, occupation and other factors. Individuals with ocular signs or symptoms require prompt examination. In addition, the presence of certain risk factors may necessitate more frequent evaluations based on professional judgment.
The following are the recommendations of the American Optometric Association for regular eye care.
INFANTS AND CHILDREN
Newborns are typically screened at birth for congenital eye disorders and disease. In addition, all infants should receive an evaluation for vision problems and eye disease by a doctor of optometry by six months of age or sooner if abnormalities or risk factors are present. Early diagnosis and treatment are important to assure proper visual development, to prevent vision loss due to eye disease and to manage hereditary or congenital eye disorders such as lazy eye or crossed eyes. In the absence of specific problems or symptoms, re-examinations at age three and prior to entry into school are recommended. These examinations provide the opportunity to evaluate the level of a child's visual development and can provide early diagnosis and intervention to prevent visual impairment due to various conditions. At Risk: Infants born prematurely, with low birth weight, or whose mother had rubella, venereal disease, AIDS related infection or a history of substance abuse or other medical problems during pregnancy are at a particularly high risk for the development of eye and vision problems. Also, the presence of high refractive error or a family history of eye disease, crossed eyes or congenital eye disorders places infants and children at risk.
Vision may change frequently during the school years. The most common problems are due to the development and progression of nearsightedness. In addition, the existence of eye focusing and/or eye coordination problems may affect school performance. Periodic examinations are recommended. At Risk: Children failing to progress educationally or exhibiting reading and/or learning disabilities should receive an optometric examination as part of a multidisciplinary evaluation.
During the adult years, the increased visual demands of our technological society bring about the need for regular optometric care. While the incidence of ocular disease is low for young adults, vocational and recreational visual demands are significant. To maintain visual efficiency, productivity, and optimum eye health, periodic examinations are recommended. Adults, beginning in their early to mid-forties, can experience changes in their ability to see clearly at close distances. This normal aging change in the eye's focusing ability will continue during the forties and fifties. In addition, increases in the incidence of eye health problems occur during these years. Therefore, periodic eye examinations are recommended. At Risk: Individuals diagnosed with diabetes or hypertension, or who have a family history of glaucoma, particularly African Americans, those who work in highly visually demanding or eye hazardous occupations, those taking certain systemic medications with ocular side effects or those with other health concerns or conditions.
Individuals age 61 or older have an increasing risk for the development of cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration and other sight threatening or visually disabling eye conditions as well as systemic health conditions. Therefore, annual eye examinations are recommended. At Risk: Individuals diagnosed with diabetes or hypertension, or who have a family history of glaucoma or cataracts, and those taking systemic medications with ocular side effects or those with other health concerns or conditions.
FREQUENCY OF EXAMINATION
Birth to 24 Months: By 6 months of age or as recommended
2 to 5 years: At 3 years of age or as recommended
6 to 18 years: Before first grade and every two years thereafter Annually or as recommended
18 to 40 years: Every one to three years or as recommended
41 to 60 years: Every one to two years or as recommended
61 and older: Annually or as recommended