Whether it is a general eye exam, pink eye (conjunctivitis) treatment, specialty contact lens consultation, glaucoma or cataract evaluation, LASIK laser eye surgery consultation or dry eye treatment you will be evaluated and treated with cutting edge ocular technology and always with a caring attitude and a smile.
According to the American Optometric Association:
Periodic eye and vision examinations are an important part of preventive health care. Many eye and vision problems have no obvious signs or symptoms. As a result, individuals are often unaware that problems exist. Early diagnosis and treatment of eye and vision problems are important for maintaining good vision and eye health, and when possible, preventing vision loss.
A comprehensive adult eye and vision examination may include, but is not limited to, the following tests:
- Patient History
- Visual Acuity
- Preliminary Tests
- Binocular Vision Testing
- Eye Health Evaluation
Individual patient signs and symptoms, along with the professional judgment of the doctor, may significantly influence the testing done.
Eye exams for children are extremely important. Experts say 5 to 10% of pre-schoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision problems. Early identification of a child’s vision problem is crucial because, if left untreated, some childhood vision problems can cause permanent vision loss.
According to the AOA an infant should receive his or her first eye exam between the ages of 6 and 12 months. Even if no eye or vision problems are apparent, at about age 6 months, you should take your baby to your doctor of optometry for his or her first thorough eye examination.
Things that the optometrist will test for include:
- excessive or unequal amounts of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism
- eye movement ability
- eye health problems.
These problems are not common, but it is important to identify children who have them at this young age. Vision development and eye health problems are easier to correct if treatment begins early.
Whether you already wear contact lenses or are considering them the doctors of Westlake Eyecare provide contact lens exams and fittings for patients of all ages.
Getting started right with your contact lenses involves going to a doctor who provides full-service care. This includes a thorough eye examination, an evaluation of your suitability for contact lens wear, the lenses, necessary lens care kits, individual instructions for wear, care and unlimited follow-up visits over a specified time.
Westlake Eyecare also specializes in difficult and keratoconus fittings.
Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy include:
- Seeing spots or floaters in your field of vision
- Blurred vision
- Having a dark or empty spot in the center of your vision
- Difficulty seeing well at night
Often there are no visual symptoms in the early stages of diabetic retinopathy. That is why the American Optometric Association recommends that everyone with diabetes have a comprehensive dilated eye examination once a year. Early detection and treatment can limit the potential for significant vision loss from diabetic retinopathy.
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the U.S. It most often occurs in people over age 40, although a congenital or infantile form of glaucoma exists. People with a family history of glaucoma, African Americans over the age of 40, and Hispanics over the age of 60 are at an increased risk of developing glaucoma.
Glaucoma cannot currently be prevented, but if diagnosed and treated early it can usually be controlled. Medication or surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss. However, vision already lost to glaucoma cannot be restored. That is why the American Optometric Association recommends an annual eye examination for people at risk for glaucoma as a preventive eye care measure.
Our doctors provides pre-operative evaluations to determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK. If the decision is made to move forward we will work closely with the best surgeons and provide all post-operative care.
A cataract is a cloudiness or opacity in the normally transparent crystalline lens of the eye. This cloudiness can cause a decrease in vision and may lead to eventual blindness. Most cataracts are related to aging and are very common in older people.
The most common symptoms of a cataract are:
- Cloudy or blurry vision.
- Colors seem faded
- Glare. Headlights, lamps, or sunlight may appear too bright. A halo may appear around lights.
- Poor night vision.
- Double vision or multiple images in one eye
Dr. Kaufman provides Cataract evaluations and will recommend the best surgeon when it is time for surgery. Cataract surgery is very successful in restoring vision. In fact, it is the most frequently performed surgery in the United States, with more than 3 million Americans undergoing cataract surgery each year.
The Optomap® Retinal Exam is used to get an ultra-widefield view of the retina (the back of the eye).
Optos is the leading provider of devices for diagnosing and treating diseases and conditions presenting in the retina of the eye.
Our UWF Retinal Imaging technology, combined with the specific data that can be derived from OCT images offers ophthalmologists and optometrists the most powerful tools for disease diagnosis and management.
Please see www.optos.com for more information.
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