Eye Care Services in Huron, Sandusky, and Clyde, OH
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- Contact Lens Exams
- Eye & Vision Exams
- Lasik Eye Surgery Referrals
- Eye Surgery Referrals
- Dry Eyes
- Eye Eco Products
- Hard To Fit Contacts
- Computer Vision Treatment
- Corneal Refractive Therapy
- Vision Therapy
- Children’s Eye Exams
At Family Eye Care Centers, we understand that it can be difficult to try to find the right contact to fit your needs. We know it can be even more difficult if you do not even know what options you have for your contact lenses. We offer a wide variety of different contact lenses. Our office can help with a wide variety of options when it comes to patients who have cataracts. We will work with our patients through the initial identification and diagnosis of cataracts, determine treatment options, and continue to work with you to help slow or stop the progression of cataracts. We want to make sure that we are with our patients every step of the way.
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Diabetic Related Eye Exams
You have almost certainly heard of diabetes, which is one of the most common chronic health conditions in the United States with an estimated 100 million adults currently living with diabetes or pre-diabetes. This metabolic disorder occurs when the body is no longer able to regulate its own blood sugar levels and requires intervention to keep them stable. Most people are aware that diabetes can have serious consequences for our health. However, you may be surprised to learn that it can also influence our vision. This is because patients who are diabetic can go on to develop a complication that is known as diabetic retinopathy. Without prompt treatment, diabetic retinopathy can cause permanent vision loss. It is for this reason that patients who suffer from diabetes are asked to attend regular diabetic-related eye exams.
What is diabetic retinopathy?
For us to be able to see clearly, our eyes need to be healthy and functioning perfectly. The most important component of our eyes are the retina. Found at the very back of the eye, the retina is a patch of light-sensitive cells that have the job of converting the light that passes into the eye into messages that are passed up the optic nerve and into our brain. Our brain then receives them and tells us what we can see and how clearly we can see it.
The retina relies on a continuous supply of blood, which is delivered using a network of tiny blood vessels. Over time, having continuously high blood vessels can damage these blood vessels causing a leak of blood and other fluids onto the retina. If this happens, scarring may occur which could compromise the quality of your vision.
Am I at risk of diabetic retinopathy?
Technically, anyone who suffers from diabetes, whether it be Type 1 or Type 2, could be at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy. However, the condition is more likely in certain situations. These include if:
- your blood sugar levels are uncontrolled or poorly controlled
- you have a long history of diabetes
- you have high blood pressure (hypertension)
- you suffer from high cholesterol
- you are pregnant
Regular diabetic-related eye exams will enable your eye doctor to monitor your condition and ensure that any signs of diabetic retinopathy are detected and acted upon immediately.
What to expect from diabetic-related eye exams?
The process of a diabetic eye exam is very simple and straightforward. In fact, in most instances, it is included within the other elements of comprehensive eye exam and you may not even realize that you have had a specific test to check for diabetes-related complications.
Diabetic eye screening is non-invasive. You will be given eyedrops which will blur your vision. These may sting a little when they are administered, but this will pass within just a few moments. Once your vision is blurred, you will be asked to rest your head onto a device and stare down a lens. This leads to a camera which will take images of the backs of your eyes so that your eye doctor can assess the structures, which include the retina, for any abnormalities. You will see a flash when each image is taken, but at no point should you be in any pain.
In addition to the images of the back of your eye being taken, you will also be given a visual acuity test. This is where you will be asked to read letters off a chart a short distance away, as well as reading from a card held in front of you.
The information that your eye doctor will obtain from your examination will be able to tell them if you are experiencing any of the signs of diabetic retinopathy. If so, they will discuss the best way to get your condition under control. This could involve a combination of elements, including controlling your diabetes more effectively, taking medications or more invasive treatment to preserve your vision. Your eye doctor will give you more specific information based on your individual circumstances.
If you have further questions about diabetic-related eye exams, please contact our knowledgeable eye care team.
If you already rely on wearing glasses or contact lenses to be able to see clearly, you may be frustrated with the effect that they have on your life. Regular vision tests, finding glasses to suit your face shape, having to remember to take eyeglasses with you wherever you go, prescription sunglasses, fiddly contact lenses… the list of inconveniences associated with conventional ocular solutions is extensive.
LASIK is a modern, minimally-invasive procedure that can substantially reduce or eliminate your need to use eyeglasses or contact lenses, allowing you to enjoy life without limitations or inconvenience. The popularity and success of LASIK laser eye surgery have helped to make it the number one elective surgery across the globe.
Candidacy for LASIK
LASIK has an extremely high success rate. According to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, 96% of patients achieve 20/20 vision or better. However, it’s high success rate doesn’t make LASIK automatically the right solution for everyone.
Candidacy for LASIK is assessed by our doctors on a case by case basis so that you be certain that whatever treatment is recommended for you, it will give you the very best opportunity to improve your vision. During your consultation, our doctors will perform a thorough examination of your eyes and vision, ask you about your general health and talk you through both the procedure and aftercare.
The general guidelines for LASIK candidacy state that patients must:
- be at least 18 years of age
- have had stable vision with no prescription changes for a minimum of 12 months
- have a current prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses that falls between specified parameters (Our doctors will be aware of what these parameters are)
- have no significant medical or eye-related problems such as glaucoma, macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy
- have no history of corneal disease
- not be pregnant or nursing at the time of the procedure
Dry eyes are one of the most common conditions that can affect our eyes and is estimated to affect millions of Americans. As you’ve probably guessed, dry eyes occur when tears fail to provide enough natural lubrication for the eyes to be comfortable and healthy. Exactly what causes dry eyes can vary significantly, from side effects from medications to prolonged computer use. What is clear is that while the condition isn’t sight-threatening, it can make day to day life much harder than it needs to be. Fortunately, there are treatments that can help, and arguably one of the most effective is Lipiflow.
What is Lipiflow?
Lipiflow is a new technological solution that addresses the underlying cause of your dry eyes, rather than simply treating the symptoms. It is most effective at helping patients whose dry eyes are caused by meibomian gland dysfunction – a condition characterized by problems with the way that the meibomian glands produce the oil that forms an essential part of our tear film. The meibomian glands can become less productive, or in some cases, even blocked by hardened oil deposits. This prevents the oil from reaching your tear film, making it less effective. Lipiflow targets the meibomian glands, warming them to break down oily blockages and massaging your eyes to make sure that the oil, and then the tear film, is evenly dispersed. This helps to combat the symptoms associated with dry eyes, which can include:
– Eye fatigue
– Dry, scratchy and uncomfortable eyes
– Blurred vision
– Sensitivity to light
– Difficulty wearing contact lenses
Your eye doctor will be able to advise you if Lipiflow has the potential to be a suitable solution for your dry eyes.
What to expect from Lipiflow treatment?
Lipiflow treatment is a simple, painless process that is performed in the comfort of your eye doctor’s office. There is no need for anesthetic. Once you are settled in your chair, your eye doctor will open the sterile, single-use applicators which are placed over your eyes. These are connected to a machine that causes the inner eyelids to heat to approximately 42.5°C to, while simultaneously placing gentle pressure on the outer eyelid surfaces. Lipiflow takes around 12 minutes per eye, during which time you can relax. You can even listen to music if you’d like to. There is no downtime, and patients can return to their usual activities right away. It takes around 3 days for patients to begin to see an improvement in their dry eye symptoms, although they may require further treatment in the future to maintain them. Optimal results are usually achieved around 6 to 8 weeks following your Lipiflow treatment.
For more information about Lipiflow, or to schedule a consultation to talk about this treatment for dry eyes, please contact our office.
Maculogix are the manufacturers of the AdaptDX Pro – a fully automated dark adaptometer. This innovative piece of technology measures how quickly eyes can adjust from being in bright light to darkness and vice versa, and is an invaluable tool for the detection and diagnosis of macular degeneration.
What is macular degeneration?
Macular degeneration, also known as age-related macular degeneration or AMD, is a common progressive eye disease most often seen in people over the age of 60. It is a leading cause of permanent vision loss and any sight that has been compromised will not be able to be restored. AMD occurs when the cells in a part of the retina called the macula degenerate, usually with age, but this degeneration is also likely to happen more quickly in patients with poor lifestyle choices, such as those who are overweight, who smoke and who have high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases.
There are a range of symptoms associated with macular degeneration. These include:
– Reduction in central vision
– Distortion of straight lines in your central vision
– Trouble recognizing faces
– Difficulty reading, driving or watching tv
– Problems seeing in dark environments
– Generally blurred vision
One symptom is an increase in the amount of time it takes for the eyes of someone with the disease to adjust when walking from a bright environment into a dark one. This is known as dark adaptation and is something that is taken into account when diagnosing AMD.
What is the Maculogix AdaptDX Pro?
AdaptDX Pro allows your eye doctor to perform darkness adjustment testing in a standard room rather than a darkroom. This is because the cups that are placed over the eyes form a perfectly light-proof seal, shutting out all traces of light and showing how well your eyes adjust to pitch black darkness.
What to expect from your appointment?
Once the AdaptDX Pro headset is placed over your head and adjusted to fit you, and the eyecups have been altered to block out all light, you’ll be asked to look into the device and wait. Every time you see light, you’ll be asked to push down on a button that you will be holding in your hand. The technology within the headset attached to the cups tracks the way that your pupils react to light changes in real time, then provide this information as data, which your eye doctor can then use to decide if you should receive a diagnosis of macular degeneration. The test is simple, painless and takes just a few minutes.
If you are concerned that you may be experiencing some of the symptoms associated with macular degeneration and would like more information about the condition, or to talk to someone about Maculogix AdaptDx Pro testing, please get in touch with our office today.
Optomap is an innovative new technology that gives eye doctors the ability to perform ultra-wide retinal imaging that is far superior to what can currently be achieved using conventional retinal imaging options. In contrast to conventional retinal imaging, Optomap captures at least 50% more of the retina in a single capture, and with Optomap’s multi-capture function, up to 97% of the retina can be viewed. This gives eye care professionals greater opportunity to monitor the health and condition of patient vision.
Why is Optomap important?
Optomap is another great preventative eyecare technology tool. By allowing your eye doctor to have a comprehensive view of your retina, they will be able to detect any developing eye diseases early on, before they have a detrimental impact on your vision and day to day life. Not only can Optomap detect eye conditions such as retinal holes, retinal detachment, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, but it can also be used to identify some general health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, stroke and cancer.
What to expect from Optomap scanning
Optomap is a fast, painless and non-invasive procedure that is suitable for patients of all ages, even children and pregnant women. Many patients require their eyes to be dilated ahead of the scan and will be given eyedrops which will widen their pupils and make it easier for the camera to see the structures inside the eye. Pupil dilation is painless, but patients may feel more sensitive to light both during their Optomap scan and afterwards for up to 24 hours. You may also have slightly blurred vision for a few hours. Once your eyes are dilated, you’ll be sat down and asked to look into a small device that will take the pictures of your retina. A short flash of light will let you know that the image has been taken, and the entire imaging is over in just a few seconds. The results will be sent digitally to your eye doctor who will then evaluate them. The results will also be stored on your personal optical record for future information.
If you would like more information about what is involved in Optomap, or to schedule an appointment for this effective screening technology, please contact our eyecare team.
One out of every four children struggles with reading and learning due to having an undiagnosed vision problem. Often, this is misunderstood and put down to a conventional learning or cognitive disorder and this can mean that the child in question receives the wrong kind of support. Alternatively, some children demonstrate real trouble with focus, learning, and behavior that is a result of the visual challenges that they face.
When a child’s visual system isn’t performing properly, it can lead to them experiencing a range of issues in school. These include being unable to learn effectively, which could compromise their education and prevent them from fulfilling their potential. They may also experience social difficulties due to their vision making it difficult for them to communicate properly with those around them.
Vision therapy can help to address many common childhood visual problems, making school a much more pleasant experience and enabling children to achieve their potential.
While there are lots of solutions designed to assist with vision problems, it may be possible to teach the visual system to, at least partially, correct itself through a process known as vision therapy.
Vision therapy is a type of physical therapy for the eyes and brain. The goal of vision therapy can vary depending on the patient, but it is typically recommended for one of two reasons. The first is a treatment to help with learning problems caused by visual issues. The second is to help sportspeople hone their skills and enhance their performance by training their eyes to perform optimally. Some of the key benefits of vision therapy include:
- Helping patients to develop or improve fundamental visual skills and abilities.
- Improving visual comfort, ease, and efficiency.
- Changing how patients process and interpret visual information.
Vision therapy is normally provided as a progressive program of treatment, incorporating visual exercises that are designed to help you meet your individual goals. These are carried out at weekly or bi-weekly appointments with our team in the comfort of our office. In addition to the therapy performed under our supervision, you may also be given visual exercises to complete at home which will reinforce the steps we are taking in your session.
Conditions that vision therapy can benefit
Vision therapy has been shown to be successful in helping with a range of common visual conditions including:
- Lazy eye
- Crossed eyes
- Double vision
- Binocular vision disorder
- Eye movement disorders
- Reading and writing disabilities
For more information on vision therapy, or to schedule an appointment to discuss this popular form of treatment, please contact one of our convenient locations in Sandusky, Huron or Clyde, OH where our expert team will be happy to help.
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