Comprehensive Eye Exams:
Complete Eye Exams measure the visual acuity to see if eye glasses or contact lenses are required to improve vision. The exam will include dilation to check the complete health of the eyes. More diagnostic testing maybe required to further diagnosis any conditions found by the optometrist.
Dry Eye Diagnosis and Treatment:
Causes of Dry Eyes: A lack of tears, improper lubrication, or tears draining too quickly from the eye result in a condition known as Dry Eye. Dry eye is common problem that is easily diagnosed. As we age, tear production decreases. Men and women of any age can be affected, however, after menopause and during pregnancy women are especially susceptible. Wearing contact lenses often increases tear evaporation that can result in irritation, increased protein deposits, infection, and discomfort. Dry Eye has been shown to be the leading cause of contact lens discomfort and reduced wear time. Exposure to various environments can reduce eye lubrication. These include sunny, dry or windy conditions; heaters, dehumidifiers, fans or air conditioning; sand, dust or pollen, smoke, high altitudes; work settings and prolonged computer use. A variety of medications reduce tear secretion. Some common examples are decongestants, antihistamines, sleeping pills, beta-blockers, anti-depressants, diuretics, pain relievers, oral medications and alcohol. Many diseases and disorders can cause dry eye, such as Sjogren's Syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthristis, Crohn's Disease and Diabetes.
Ocular Coherence Tomography:
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive diagnostic instrument used for imaging the retina. Measures the thickness of the nerve fiber layer. Monitors any changes in the Macular.
Macular Pigment Optical Density
The thickness or the density of the MP varies from person to person. The density can also change over time depending on several factors such as aging and lifestyle and dietary choices. There has been several clinical trials and studies that have focused on measuring the MP and have researched how the thickness of it correlates to one’s risk of developing age related macular degeneration (AMD). The research has shown that a low macular pigment optical density (MPOD) is a key risk factor for AMD while a high macular pigment optical density not only reduces one’s risk for AMD but also helps to imove visual performance. Vision changes such as better contrast sensitivity, better acuity and reduced glare are just some of the benefits to a high MPOD.
Glaucoma Testing and Treatment
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness. Sometimes called the silent thief of sight, glaucoma can damage your vision so gradually you don't notice any loss of vision until the disease is at an advanced stage. Glaucoma is an eye condition that develops when too much fluid pressure builds up inside the eye.
There are two main types of Glaucoma:
- Open-Angle glaucome
- Angle-closure glaucoma