From eye exams and contact lens fittings, to laser vision correction and corneal mapping, our optometrists provide comprehensive eye care to patients of all ages. We also treat a range of conditions such as glaucoma, the diabetic eye, dry eye and macular degeneration.
Our services include:
- Frame and lens selection
- Insurance authorizations with explanations of co-pays
- Contact lens training for new wearers
- Contact lens supplies
Tests and Treatments:
- OCT imaging – to explore the health of the inside of the eye to identify serious potential dangers
- Meibomian gland draining – To help insure proper tear production for dry eyes
- BlephEx – Treatment for dry eyes, similar to teeth cleaning that un clogs and cleanses build up
- Lasik Consultations – Completely free to see if you’re a good candidate for Lasik
Comprehensive Eye Exams
We start with questions regarding your daily life and any symptoms you may be experiencing at home or at work. We also take record of your vision, medications, and overall health. Then our optometrists perform a visual exam to take a look at your eye and eyelids. This is done with magnification and light, and may require dilating of the pupils. We also record your eye pressure with tonometry, which is an important test to identify patients at risk of developing glaucoma.
Pediatric Eye Exams
With so much going on in your child’s life it can be difficult to keep up, but it’s important to make sure they can see the world in front of them as clearly as possible. Children should have their first eye exam around the age of six months. If the first exam shows their eyes are healthy, follow up with another appointment between the ages of 2 and 3 years.
Red, Pink or Sore Eyes
Red eyes are a sign of ocular inflammation. There are many different diseases that can cause red eye, including conjunctivitis, blepharitis, foreign body, scratches, allergies, and much more. Eyes are red and sometimes itchy and painful. You may notice discharge and trouble with your vision. It is important to have a thorough examination with a history to help determine what is causing your red eye. There are times when primary physicians can handle red eye, though there are cases which need to be seen by an ophthalmologist.
Management of Ocular Diseases Including Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, and Cataracts
Some common eye diseases are glaucoma, macular degeneration, and blepharitis. Recent innovations have made it easier to treat patients who are suffering from these diseases. If you ever feel as though you are having vision problems, you will want to book an appointment with your eye doctor right away. Your eyes are a critical part of your daily life, and it is important that you take care of them. Once you have an appointment booked, we will take you through a variety of tests to determine what the issue is. We will also ask you a series of questions about your medical history as some diseases can be hereditary. Since there are so many different diseases which affect the eyes, each treatment plan will be different. Treatment can be as simple as changing the type of contact lens you use or as complex as corrective surgery.
Corneal topography is used to characterize the shape of the cornea, similar to how one would characterize a mountain using a topographic map. Originally, corneal topography was only used to describe the anterior surface of the cornea. Devices now are able to characterize both the anterior and posterior corneal surfaces, creating a three dimensional map. Advances in digital photography and computer processing have vastly increased the utility of corneal topography.
Digital Retinal Imaging
Using a digital camera system, our optometrists at Vision Lab can clearly see and examine your retina, located at the back of your eye. This examination is critical to monitoring the health of your eye as well as to the early detection of many medical problems. The pictures generated through retinal imaging help us identify problems with your vision and can also help diagnose other medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, or even brain tumors.
Dry Eye Treatment
To keep your eyes healthy, you need to have tears to provide moisture and lubrication. This is not only for your comfort, but it helps with your vision. Tears are secreted by glands around your eyes. When you do not make enough tears, you have a condition called dry eyes.
There is no cure for dry eye. Instead, we have ways to make you more comfortable. There is a product called artificial tears. This comes in drops and ointments. Depending on your needs, one may work better for you.
LASIK stands for laser in-situ keratomileusis and is a popular surgery to correct vision problems. LASIK can help people who are nearsighted or farsighted as well those who have astigmatism.
LASIK works by reshaping the cornea with a laser, which allows light to be focused onto the retina. A laser is used to create a small flap is in the cornea, which is peeled back so another laser can reshape the cornea. The flap is then returned to its original position, and the surgery is complete.
LASIK is becoming quite popular because it works so well. It has a high success rate. The procedure itself is quick, taking only about ten minutes. Most patients require only local anesthetics, which is given in eye-drop form.
Refractive Surgery Co-Management
Corneal refractive therapy is a form of orthokeratology that utilizes a unique rigid gas-permeable contact lens. It is designed to correct your myopia by reshaping your cornea while you sleep. This makes it so you don’t have to wear contact lenses during the day.
Corneal refractive therapy is not for everyone. If you are interested, you will need to schedule a consultation with our educated and friendly eye doctor, who will be able to determine if you are a good candidate. An ideal candidate can be any age as long as he or she has healthy eyes. If you are interested in reducing how often you need to use your contact lenses during daytime hours, this is perfect for you!
The results of corneal refractive therapy are practically immediate. You will notice improvements in the first few days. You will have optimum vision within ten to fourteen days.
Here at Vision Lab, we are here for you in the case of an emergency. There are times when you may need immediate care for your eyes. Any time that you experience trauma to your eyes, you need to be seen. If you get anything in your eye, especially chemicals and foreign objects, you should be seen immediately to limit the potential damage to the eye.
You should also come in immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Painful and/or red eyes
- Inability to open the eyes
- Flashing lights (which may induce vomiting)
The sooner that you get treatment for your eyes, the quicker you can have relief and start to feel better. Early detection and treatment of problems can also help prevent serious damage to your eyes or vision.
There is no definition for what is or isn’t an emergency; if you feel that you should be seen for any reason, please give us a call right away. After hours, you should get to the nearest hospital for care or, if necessary, call 911.
If you have any questions about an eye problem that you are concerned about, please call us today at (951) 684-9700.
Many people prefer to avoid surgery if possible. However, if you are looking to improve your vision as dramatically as surgery would, you may be interested in orthokeratology, commonly known as “ortho-k”.
Ortho-k involves temporarily reshaping the cornea through the use of specialized contact lenses, which are designed to be worn while sleeping. Although these lenses are not very common and most people still prefer laser surgery, this reshaping method is gaining more popularity as the procedure continues to be improved.
Sports and Specialty Eyewear Fitting
There are times when your vision can be improved without the use of glasses. Sometimes, this can be therapy to strengthen areas of eye that have weakened and other times it can be training to improve your reaction and timing beyond the average person. Sports Vision training involves high level eye tracking, depth perception, and hand-eye coordination. Many athletes will practice these exercises to keep their eye health in peak condition.
There are various exercises and specific exams used for Sports Vision testing. Office tests and field can both help determine how your eye will function beyond the realm of normal activity. We can customize a program to strengthen your vision based on your level of activity. If you are interested in what training method would be best for you, please call our office today to go over any questions or set up a consultation.
Visual Field Testing
The visual field test is a subjective measure of central and peripheral vision, or “side vision,” and is used by your doctor to diagnose, determine the severity of, and monitor your glaucoma. The most common visual field test uses a light spot that is repeatedly presented in different areas of your peripheral vision. Less common testing may be performed by a technician manually moving a target to map areas of damage.
Glaucoma is used to describe eye disorders that involve damage to the optic nerve. The optic nerve sends visual signals from your eye to your brain, resulting in a loss of vision.
There are several types of glaucoma. Primary open-angle glaucoma is one of the most common disorders. It results from increased pressure inside the eye, which can cause damage to the optic nerve and lead to vision loss or even blindness. This pressure can build slowly and be difficult to detect in everyday life. It may start by affecting only your peripheral vision.
There is no way to completely prevent glaucoma, but early diagnosis and treatment can help control the condition and limit its effects. Though medication or surgery can help reduce the damage, glaucoma is not curable.
For this reason, it is important to have your eyes checked regularly. If you have certain risk factors (such as those related to age, race, family history, and previous medical conditions), we may test for glaucoma even more often.