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WHAT'S NEW

Silicone Hydrogel Contact Lenses

More and more new contact lenses are being made of a material called silicone hydrogel. The main advantage of this material over previous materials is its unparalleled ability to transmit oxygen through the lens to the cornea. This in turn improves ocular health and results in increased comfort and often wearing time as well as diminished redness and blurred vision. This material is available in a wide variety of contact lens types.

Contact Lenses in stock at our practice

In an effort to maximize convenience for our patients we now carry a variety of daily and monthly disposable contact lenses for immediate dispensing. Please contact us for more information. We also offer direct to home shipping for certain products.

Spectacle Lenses in stock at our practice

We also carry a wide variety of high quality name brand lenses with scratch resistant and anti reflection coatings in various plastic materials suitable for most single vision prescriptions. These can often be edged and mounted within a day in our on-site lab by our expert staff using sophisticated edging equipment.

Free form or Digital design progressive lenses

Progressive lenses (PALs) are multifocal lenses that provide wearers with clear vision at various distances. Free form or Digital PALs represent the latest evolution in design and use sophisticated computer software to take into account multiple prescription variables to generate a unique lens for the wearer. As a consequence, users can expect clearer vision, a wider field of view and generally can adapt more readily because of reduced peripheral distortions. We are free to order and dispense many different types of these lenses based on the individual requirements of our patients. Our dispensers also have extensive experience with the provision of specialty computer and “office” style PALs designed for individuals with very specific visual demands both at work and in the home. These types of lenses are sure to play an increasing role in our lives as the use of cellular devices, tablets and screens of all types proliferates.

Digital Retinal Imaging

Digital Retinal Imaging (DRI) is the process where a digital photograph is taken of structures within the eye using an instrument called a retinal camera. DRI is valuable in many ways. It can document existing findings so that a change no matter how subtle will not go unnoticed, it can document the success of therapies thereby influencing further treatment decisions and it can aid in the early diagnosis of disease by allowing the examiner to enlarge and measure features of certain suspicious findings for further evaluation. Our practice strongly advocates periodic retinal imaging for both young and old and especially for those deemed at greater risk of developing eye pathology.

Pachymetry

Pachymetry is the process whereby the thickness of the central cornea of the eye is measured quickly and painlessly by ultrasound. This information is very valuable in certain patients and plays a role in the diagnosis of an eye disease called glaucoma. This procedure is now available in our practice for those deemed at risk.

Ocular Coherence Tomography

Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT) is an advanced procedure in which a special scanning laser measures certain attributes of structures inside the eye. The resulting images and computer generated statistical information can play a very important role in the diagnosis of various eye diseases especially macular degeneration and glaucoma. We currently use a Zeiss Cirrus unit located here at the practice. This technology is proving invaluable in the detection and management of often subtle and potentially sight threatening ocular disease. We recommend this testing to the vast majority of our patients.

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Wet Macular Degeneration

Recent advances in the the treatment of this debilitating ocular disease include the injection of drugs into the eye. These medications act on abnormal blood vessels that cause bleeding and consequently can improve vision in certain individual sufferers.

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Dry Macular Degeneration

A large scientific study called AREDS 1 done several years ago found that certain vitamins and minerals could affect the progress of this disease. As a consequence several pharmaceutical manufacturers have developed special vitamin preparations for those affected by this illness. These are available without prescription. In addition a large follow up study called AREDS 2 was conducted thereafter which supported several of the previous’ study conclusions. Other research has shown that people with a direct family history of macular degeneration are at increased risk of developing this disease and as a result these patients may also benefit from vitamin therapy. And different research teams have shown that people at risk of macular degeneration may benefit from certain lifestyle changes. As always we await more definitive recomendations from scientists as new study results come in from this important branch of ocular research.

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LASIK with Intralase

By now most of you are probably familiar with LASIK, a procedure whereby a specialized laser is used to change the shape of the cornea to reduce or eliminate myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. This procedure has traditionally used a special instrument called a microkeratome to cut the corneal flap prior to using the laser. The newest technology involves using a second laser to create the corneal flap without a blade. This Intralase laser creates a more accurate flap with fewer pre and post operative complications.

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