Botox (TM, Allergan, Inc.) is widely known for the treatment of wrinkles. Wrinkles are caused by the frequent contraction of facial muscles under the skin. Botox relaxes these muscles which results in a smoothing out of the overlying skin. Botox injections are painless and repeated about 3 times a year. If you are unhappy with the appearance of forehead wrinkles, frown lines, or crow’s feet around the eyes, the doctors at Physicians Eye Care and Laser Center can counsel you regarding botox treatment for these wrinkles.
A cataract is a loss of clarity, or clouding, of the normally clear lens of the eye. There are many factors which contribute to cataract formation, including age, family history, smoking, sunlight exposure, trauma, diabetes, and certain medications. The cataract itself does no permanent damage to the eye, however if the lens gets cloudy enough to obstruct vision to any significant degree, it is called a cataract. If the cataract progresses to the point that glasses or contact lenses cannot sharpen your vision enough to meet your vision requirements, cataract surgery may be performed.
The contact lens department at Physicians Eye Care Center is ready to meet all of your contact lens needs. Our staff includes professionals with decades of experience who can fit everyone from new wearers to experienced ones who might like to try something new or continue with their current lenses. We can order the lenses for you and handle your insurance coverage, or give you a contact lens prescription (as long as you have been adequately evaluated) so that you may order them yourself.
The developments in contact lenses continuously change and we offer the newest lenses and can advise you as to whether you may benefit from these new changes. When you come in for evaluation, please bring your current contact lenses, the packages they come in, or any previous contact lens prescriptions if you have them.
In general contact lens wear is not recommended before age 12 but there is no upper age limit. Children age 12 and above need to have a certain level of maturity to comply with adequate care of the lenses and to understand the potential problems if they do not care for them properly. The doctors, contact lens staff, and technical staff are happy to discuss these issues with patients and their parents.
We offer a wide variety of contact lens types, including:
Many vision insurance plans will contribute towards contact lens fittings and/or the lenses. Please check with your plan to find out this information so that you are aware prior to the visit whether there will be a charge. Remember to tell the office personnel when you schedule your appointment that you need contact lens services. And again, remember to bring your lenses, their packaging, and any past written prescriptions with you to your visit. It is also very helpful to bring your eyeglasses, even if you rarely wear them.
Diabetics are at increased risk of developing eye disease, including diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma. The most common of these is diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of new cases of blindness among working-age people in the United States. If you have diabetes, you are likely to get cataracts at a younger age and your chances of developing glaucoma are doubled.
Dry eye syndrome is not my favorite term for a problem that could actually be more than one problem or an entirely different problem.
In its purest sense “dry eye syndrome “might better be called “poor quality” tear syndrome but that doesn’t sound very professional so we don’t say that.
Over 140 million people in the U.S. wear eyeglasses, and over 30 million wear contact lenses. Glasses and contact lenses improve vision by adjusting the way the eyes bend and focus light. Ideally, light rays are refracted (bent) as they pass through the cornea and the lens in the eye so that they are focused on the retina in the back of the eye. However, many people’s eyes have a combination of corneal curvature and lens power which causes light rays to focus in front of or behind the retina. Objects may then appear blurry at certain distances or at all distances.
Eyelid surgery can be for cosmetic or medical reasons. As we age, upper eyelids can droop or become heavy, sometimes resulting in problems with vision. Lower eyelids can sag, causing watery eyes or a tendency for frequent eye infections. The bulging of fatty tissue through thinning skin as we age can result in unsightly puffy or baggy lower eyelids. The doctors at Physicians Eye Care and Laser Center can evaluate your eyelid problem and counsel you regarding possible surgery. In many cases medical insurance will cover these procedures. Eyelid surgery is always outpatient and performed in the office with local anesthesia.
Glaucoma is a disease of the eye which was vaguely described by the ancient Greeks. Today, we know that damage is caused to the eye by just enough pressure inside the eye to cause that damage. The amount of pressure needed to cause glaucomatous damage can be variable from person to person depending on internal and external factors. We say that normal eye pressure ranges between 10 and 21 but there are some with glaucoma who have pressures of 12 and there are some who never show any damage from glaucoma even with pressures of 30. Many people would be treated even without signs of damage if the pressure of the eye were over 30.
Laser Vision Correction (LVC) is one of the most exciting technological advances in the history of eye care. It is performed with an excimer laser, which produces a “cool” ultraviolet laser light that gently reshapes the cornea. Both LASIK and PRK utilize an excimer laser to perform Laser Vision Correction.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a term which describes a wide spectrum of eye findings. The disease is associated with aging, and gradually affects sharp, central vision. Central vision is needed for seeing objects clearly and for common daily tasks such as reading and driving. AMD affects the macula, the part of the retina that provides central vision and allows you to see fine detail. In some cases, AMD advances so slowly that people notice little change in their vision. In others, the disease progresses faster and may lead to a loss of vision in both eyes. AMD is a leading cause of painless vision loss in Americans 60 years of age and older.
Our friendly, professional eyeglass dispensary staff will help you choose the perfect pair of glasses at a very competitive price. We participate in a variety of insurance plans, and offer our own specials and discounts..
Your new glasses will be expertly fitted to not only help you see better but also to protect your eyes from dangerous ultraviolet rays of the sun.