Primary Eye Exams
We are pleased to inform you that during your next visit to Carkners’ Family Vision Care, you will experience the benefits of the latest technology in eye exams – the Optomap™ Retinal Exam. The Optomap will produce the most comprehensive image of your retina, and allow us to perform a more thorough exam than was previously possible. The result is that we can better prevent or reduce vision loss in our patients with a simple, quick and patient-friendly new exam.
Any routine eye exam should always include a careful look at the retina, which is located at the back of the eye, to screen for abnormalities or disease. The sensitive tissue that makes up the retina is susceptible to a variety of diseases that can ultimately lead to partial loss of vision or even complete blindness. Early detection of any retinal abnormality is thus crucial. Previously, this screening was done by dilating the pupils, a procedure that many patients found uncomfortable, inconvenient and time-consuming.
Medical Eye Care
At Carkners’ Family Vision Care we are trained to diagnose and or treat a wide variety of eye diseases. If you have a known eye disease such as glaucoma or dry eye, regular care is critical to maintaining your eye health and vision.
We also provide a solution for chronic or sudden eye problems that are causing you discomfort or decreased vision. Common treatable symptoms include; redness, tearing, dryness, burning, itching, twitching, irritation, eye pain, sudden blurred vision, visual distortion and foreign objects in the eye.
Dry Eye Managment
Tears help your eyes to stay moist, healthy and comfortable. Dry Eye, or Dry Eye Syndrome, is an eye condition that affects the quantity and quality of tears, causing your eyes to feel dry and irritated. Studies have shown that roughly 3 million women over the age of 50 suffer from dry eye, but it can affect men and women of any age. Often confused with allergies, dry eye frequently goes undiagnosed and can lead to long-term complications if untreated. Dry eye may also be a sign of other health or eye issues.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for dry eye, but there are a variety of treatments that can help soothe its symptoms: Appropriate artificial tear use, punctal occlusion, diagnosis and management of lid margin disease, prescription medications targeting inflammation. Often the answer to dry eye treatment is multi-fold and at Carkners’ Family Vision Care we have a special interest in helping this medical eye condition. If you think you have dry eyes or have been using treatment with limited benefit, let us help.
Glaucoma Care & Treatment
Glaucoma is a disease of the eye where the pressure in the eye is high enough to cause damage to the optic nerve and therefore result in loss of vision. Glaucoma robs you first of your peripheral vision and saves the central vision until the very end. By the time a patient is symptomatic, the glaucoma has done 99% of its damage. Therefore, it is important to have regular eye examinations to rule out the presence of glaucoma as there is no way for the patient themselves to diagnose it.
The good news is that glaucoma can be managed if detected early. With treatment, most people with glaucoma do not lose their vision. Glaucoma is treated both medically, the use of eye drops or pills, and surgically, the use of laser surgery and filtering surgery. Our doctors will recommend an individual treatment plan that’s best for you.
Contact Lens Fitting
Our doctors provide complete contact lens services for both rigid and soft contact lenses. They select from a wide variety of lens materials to find contacts that will give you clear vision and optimum comfort for your eyes.
It’s important to remember that there are literally thousands of makes and models of contact lenses – rigid versus soft, disposable or extended wear, plus variations in material, oxygen transmission, thickness and lens shape. A combination that’s safe and comfortable for one patient may not work for another. That’s why it’s crucial for those considering contact lenses to have an experienced doctor customize their initial fitting and for experienced lens-wearers to have routine contact lens evaluations to ensure that their contact lens wearing experience is a healthy one.
Since the late 1970’s incisional refractive surgery (RK) has treated nearsightedness and astigmatism in patients all over the world, allowing them to experience a new kind of freedom. It’s the kind of freedom that allows people to make lifestyle choices that were not options to them before because they were totally dependent on glasses or contact lenses. Now, refractive surgery is experiencing the dawning of a new era with the advent of the excimer laser. For nearly 25% of the population, LASIK surgery could represent the first step towards less dependence on corrective lenses.
The decision to have LASIK is an important one that ultimately, only you can make. It is important that you have realistic expectations and that your decision is based on the facts, not hopes or misconceptions. The goal of LASIK is to reduce your dependence on corrective lenses. LASIK does not always create 20/20 or even 20/40 vision. It cannot correct a condition known as presbyopia, or aging of the eye which normally occurs around age 40 which may require the use of reading glasses. In fact, people over 40 who have their distance vision improved may find they need reading glasses after the procedure. Your doctor will provide you with the additional information that will allow you to make an informed decision. For more information, please select from the recommended LASIK centers listed below: