Westlake Eyecare offers all services related to your vision. We know your vision is important to you, it’s important to us too! Our goal is to provide excellent eye care, the most distinct ophthalmic frames & sunglasses, and a wonderful customer service experience that will keep you coming back!
The American Optometric Society (www.aoa.org) states vision examinations are an important part of preventive health care because 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 medical eye examination may include, but is not limited to, the following tests:
- Patient history to determine any symptoms that may be affecting your vision.
- Visual acuity to evaluate how clearly each eye is seeing.
- Preliminary testing to evaluate specific aspects of visual function and eye health, such as depth perception, color vision, eye muscle movements, peripheral vision, and the way your pupils respond to light.
- Keratometry to measure the curvature of your cornea.
- Refraction to determine the appropriate lens power needed to compensate for your refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism).
- Assessment of accommodation, ocular motility and binocular vision to determine how well your eyes focus, move and work together.
- Eye Health Evaluation of the external and internal eye structures.
Dr. Kaufman provides full service vision care that includes fitting and prescribing contact lenses to correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism, and presbyopia (age-related problem of focusing at near). We also fit specialty contact lenses for individuals with corneal disease such as Keratoconus. Whether you are currently wearing contacts or it is your first time, Dr. Kaufman is dedicated to finding the best contacts for you and your lifestyle.
Diabetic retinopathy is a condition occurring in persons with diabetes which causes progressive damage to the retina, the light sensitive lining at the back of the eye. It is a serious sight-threatening complication of diabetes.
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 an eye disorder that causes progressive damage to the optic nerve, and is characterized by loss of nerve tissue resulting in loss of vision.
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.
Dr. Kaufman is trained and licensed as a Therapeutic Optometrist, which enables her to prescribe medications in treating diseases and infections of the eye. Our office provides emergency services for eye injuries and infections. Please call our office during our normal business hours and our staff will set up an appointment for you as soon as possible.
Don’t like being dilated? Ask for the Optomap.
The Optomap® Retinal Exam is used to get an ultra-widefield view of the retina (the back of the eye). While eye exams generally include a look at the front of the eye to evaluate health and prescription changes, a thorough screening of the retina is critical to verify that your eye is healthy. This can lead to early detection of common diseases, such as glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration, and even cancer. The exam is quick, painless, and may not require dilation drops. Dr. Rhodes will educate you about the structures of your retina and interactively review and discuss the results of your exam. The optomap® photography provides a permanent record of the condition of your retina, which will allow Dr. Rhodes to compare each year’s image side by side to discover even subtle changes and monitor your continuing eye health. Please see www.optos.com for more information.
LASIK is a surgical procedure that uses a laser to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism. In LASIK, a thin flap in the cornea is created and folded back to allow the surgeon to modify the corneal tissue underneath using a laser. The flap is then laid back in place to heal. LASIK is by far the most popular laser eye surgery in Austin and many patients are back to their normal routines in a matter of a few days.
Dr. Kaufman provides pre-operative evaluations to determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK and will recommend the best surgeon for your particular prescription and needs. We work closely with our surgeons to ensure our patients have the best results.
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.
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