Given the growing concern surrounding COVID-19, we have decided to temporarily close the office starting Monday, March 23rd. This is a challenging tie for all of us and we are making every effort to protect our patients and staff from unnecessary risk. In order to continue to serve your needs to the best of our ability, please see the following measures:
Routine eye exams are recommended for all patients irrespective of their age, including your children. Many people think that taking your child to see your eye doctor is only necessary when you are concerned about their vision and require advice and treatment. However, regular eye exams are just as important as a preventative measure. Your eye doctor will monitor the health and condition of your child’s eyes as well as their vision, and this will enable them to spot any problems that could be developing early on – ensuring treatment is prompt and effective. However, this isn’t the only reason why you should take your child for regular visits. Here are some of the other key benefits of pediatric eye exams.
Contact lenses have long been the treatment of choice for patients who have refractive eye conditions that make it difficult or impossible for them to see clearly without professional help. Contact lenses are worn directly on the surface of the eye and change the way in which light passes through it and are interpreted by the brain. However, there is no one-size fits all contact lens solution. Many people are unaware that there are a variety of different types of contact lenses available, some of which are known as Specialty contact lenses. Specialty contact lenses are uniquely designed lenses that are different from the conventional styles used to correct standard refractive errors. Instead, they are specifically created to support those patients who, for varying reasons, have been told that they are unsuitable for traditional contacts and who may not want to wear glasses. Here’s what you need to know about the two most popular types of specialty contacts.
Keratoconus is a non-inflammatory condition that can affect one or both eyes. In patients with keratoconus, the normally rounded dome-shaped cornea which acts as the natural lens of the eye begins to progressively thin, causing it to bulge outwards in a cone-like fashion. This abnormality affects the patient’s vision since the light that enters the eye is no longer refracted properly onto the retina, which is responsible for converting the light into signals that are sent to the brain for interpretation.
If you have refractive eye errors that mean that you need to use prescription corrective eyewear to see clearly, and you suffer from a condition called keratoconus, you could be forgiven for thinking that you don’t have very many options available to you. In the past, patients who had keratoconus would only be considered suitable for glasses due to the nature of their condition. While glasses are extremely popular and effective, they also require patients to make some compromises – both in their appearance and in some cases, in the activities that they participate in. This is because it is impossible or impractical to wear glasses in some situations, such as when swimming, boxing and in cases where protective eyewear should be worn. Fortunately, the design of contact lenses has evolved and now there are varieties that enable people with keratoconus and other eye irregularities to benefit from using them. Here’s what you need to know about keratoconus and how scleral contacts can help.