Diabetic retinopathy refers to several eye problems that are characterized by damage to the light-sensitive retina, caused by excessive blood sugar levels. Almost half of Americans with diabetes s ...View Article
The Spectacle recommends getting regular, comprehensive eye examinations so that your eye care doctor may wholly assess and maintain your vision needs. A comprehensive eye exam can last around an hour, and consists of several different tests that collectively measure your overall health. Some of the tests your doctor might perform measure your eyes through a complete scope, like how sharp you see things, eye pressure, visual deficiencies with processing color, eye strain, and even how optimally light travels through the eye.
Routine eye exams are important not only to update your prescription and general check up, but also because preventive eye care helps detect several asymptomatic eye conditions. Ask your doctor at The Spectacle about any health risks, preventive measures, or general check up guidelines to ensure a healthy eye exam every year.
It is important to remember that contact lenses are not just a cosmetic item, but a prescription eyewear device. We base your contacts based on your needs, like age, lifestyle, eye health, prescription, and comfort. The Spectacle offers complete contact lens evaluations and fittings, where you'll discuss brand and lens choices with your doctor to determine the right fit. Your doctor will evaluate your corneas, pupils, eyelids, tear film, size, positioning, and movement. We will then teach you how to clean, wear, remove and replace your contact lenses, and how to properly care for them.
The Spectacle offers thorough and specific pre-surgical consultations. LASIK/PRK surgery uses laser energy to reshape the cornea for better eyesight. During your pre-surgical consultation, your eye doctor will perform a series of tests to determine whether or not you are a candidate. This is not the same as a comprehensive eye examination, as during this appointment your doctor may create a map of your eyes to direct the operation and evaluate your pupils, corneas, prescription, and tear ducts. A pre-surgical consultation is required to ensure ideal candidacy for all patients, and should be performed by a trusted eye doctor.
We are proud to offer this digital and photographic record for your eyes. With old forms of record keeping, doctors simply drew pictures in the patient's medical record of problems seen in the eye. Now a picture is worth a thousand words. Our instrument takes a digital photograph of the tissues inside the eye, allowing us to accurately find or track many conditions. Just as X-rays are used by dentists and physicians, we feel these images are an irreplaceable part of your medical record. This service is strongly recommended at your first eye examination and especially to those with high myopia (nearsightedness), diabetes or glaucoma, those considered at risk for glaucoma, patients with a family history of genetic eye diseases, and to those taking medications known to be a high risk to the eyes.
Please note that most insurance companies do not cover this service unless it is medically necessary. However, patients can pay out of pocket. We consider this technology important enough to offer our patients, so please tell your doctor if you would like this higher level of care.
The high resolution Cirrus OCT is the newest form of ocular tissue scanning technology. This instrument is similar to an MRI or CT scan in that it allows us to view the tissues of the eye under magnification and in amazing detail. This instrument is an effective resource available to your doctor, often enabling them to find ocular diseases much sooner than can be seen by regular eye examinations. The OCT can be critical in diagnosing and managing macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and ocular tumors.
Most people with early stages of glaucoma don't have pain or symptoms. Our Optical Coherence Tomography Scans in combination with regular visits with your eye care professional are key to preventing damage before it becomes noticeable.
One of the most common diabetic eye diseases and leading cause of blindness among adults is Diabetic Retinopathy. The early stages may develop without symptoms, and at advanced stages there is a high risk of vision loss. It is possible to develop both proliferative diabetic retinopathy and macular edema and still see fine despite the increased chance of vision loss. Diabetic eye diseases can be detected early on by optometrists before their symptoms appear. Regular visits in combination with digital scans are the best way to combat vision loss.
More people are affected by Macular Degeneration than by glaucoma and cataracts combined. With over 13 million affected Americans it is the leading cause of blindness in those over the age of 55. As with other eye conditions, regular examinations and the DCirrus® Optical Coherence Tomography Scan at The Spectacle can help to prevent lasting eye damage.