We know your vision is important to you – and it’s important to us. Our office provides complete eye care for both adults and children. Our comprehensive eye examinations will check your eyes inside and out for any potential eye disorders or diseases. Your visual skills are carefully evaluated and appropriate treatment is prescribed. We are prepared to handle whatever your eye care needs are, and will treat them with the latest in diagnostic equipment as we are committed to keeping up with eye care technology.
We offer dilation free retinal examinations with the Optomap technology (Retinal Diseases). This test is a vital part to diagnosing pathology inside the eye.
New: macular pigment screenings with the MPOD!! The newest addition to our office is the MPOD screener! It is one of the tests performed to assess early risk for macular degeneration.
Supplements such as lutein and zeaxanthin can improve macular pigment or mpod. (macular pigment optical density) Age related macular disease or macular disease (ARMD or AMD) has been linked to low macular pigment levels. Clinical trials have shown that lutein and zeaxanthin can improved the macular pigment optical density.
The Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Manchester, in partnership with British manufacturer Tinsley, has achieved a breakthrough in the development of a low cost, easy to use densitometer for measuring the Macular Pigment Optical Density and makes an affordable macular pigment measurement available to every clinic and practitioner.
- For further information about this product please visit our alternative website – www.maculardisease.org
- For further information on Age Related Macular Disease (ARMD) please visit www.armd.org.uk
Another important test we use to examine and detect eye problems and pathology is the Visual Field Analyzer.
What is a visual field test used for?
Visual field testing is most frequently used to detect any signs of glaucoma damage to the optic nerve. In addition, visual field tests are useful for detection of central or peripheral retinal disease, eyelid conditions such as ptosis or drooping, optic nerve disease, and diseases affecting the visual pathways within the brain. The visual pathways carry information from the eye to the visual or occipital cortex in the brain, where this information is processed into vision.
This technology allows for accurate assessment of neurological conditions such as stroke, brain tumors and vision disorders such as glaucoma. It accurately evaluates for central and peripheral visual field loss.
Eye Exams for Children
The doctors at Family Vision Center have years of experience with children.
It is important for children to have an eye exam before starting school. Vision screenings conducted through schools are not complete eye examinations. A comprehensive children’s eye exam should check health of the eyes, visual acuity, proper eye alignment and muscle function. It should also include a refractive test to determine whether a child’s vision needs correction.
Youngsters with vision problems will have difficulty seeing the blackboard or overhead screen and/or will have trouble with up close activities ( coloring, reading and writing), which will then lead to trouble with their studies. Children with a vision problem may not know they even have one – they think everyone sees the way they do and believe it is “normal”. By providing clearer images to the brain, glasses help visual development. Good vision is important for a growing child’s proper development and educational success. We recommend that all children have a complete eye examination before starting the school.
For children between the ages of 3 and 5, the eye doctor will conduct a physical examination of the eyes, and perform vision screenings using eye chart tests, pictures, letters, or the “tumbling E game”. The “tumbling E game” and the pictures are very useful in determining the eyesight of children who cannot yet read. Correcting poor visual acuity is very important in a child’s sight development.
Make time to sit down and explain what will happen during your child’s eye exam. Make sure your child knows that he will be asked to look at and identify objects for the eye doctor. These could be random pictures, letters, or shapes of light on the wall. Explain also that the eye doctor may put drops in his or her eyes. These eye drops will allow for a thorough retinal evaluation as well as a more accurate prescription for the child.