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Urgent Eye Care

Could my computer at work be the cause of my headaches?

Well, an official diagnosis would need to be made in the exam room, but what you might be experiencing is Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), a condition we are seeing more and more frequently. The light from the computer screen in combination with the lighting in your office/environment may be causing your eye strain. A comprehensive eye exam can help you pinpoint the cause of your headaches and if CVS is to blame.

When is my child old enough for contact lenses?

Wearing contact lenses depends on the responsibility and maturity of the child. Because there is so much importance on cleaning and caring for the contact lenses, we typically find that 10-13 years old is a good time to introduce children to wearing contact lenses for the first time. 

When should I schedule my child’s first eye exam?

At EyeCare Specialties, we offer pediatric eye exams for pre-readers. These eye exams can detect eye disorders and ensure healthy vision for your child. With most eye disorders, the earlier one is detected the more successful treatment will be. We recommend your child has his or her first exam at 3 years of age, provided there are no obvious problems at a younger age. Then, we advise parents to have their children examined by their optometrist every year after that.

Why do my eyes feel so dry and itchy?

There are a few conditions that could explain your symptoms, one of which is Evaporative Dry Eye Disease. It is a condition where your eyes fail to produce a healthy tear film. An appointment with one of our optometrists will help you determine if you suffer from Evaporative Dry Eye and recommend treatment to alleviate your symptoms.

What is the difference between being near-sighted and far-sighted?

People who are near-sighted (myopia) can see things up-close clearly but objects at a distance are fuzzy. People who are far-sighted (hyperopia) can see things far away clearly but objects are fuzzy close up. Once we reach our 40s presbyopia becomes a concern. The ability of the eyes to focus during sustained near work decreases, and many patients find that progressive, multifocal lenses improve visual performance.    

What causes Dry Eye anyway?

Dry eye occurs when the eye does not produce enough tears or the quality of tears is poor. According to the American Optometric Association, tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the eye’s front surface and for providing clear vision. If you suffer from dry eye, please consult one of our optometrists to help find a remedy that is right for you.

Why doesn't my child like 3D movies?

Your child may have a vision disorder that has gone undetected during the typical school vision screening. When the eyes fail to work together as a team, it can cause headaches, dizziness and nausea and that can be worsened watching 3D entertainment. Often times children respond to this by taking off the 3D glasses or stating that the picture on the screen is blurry. A comprehensive eye exam from your optometrist can diagnose the condition and a series of treatment from our Vision Therapy team could alleviate the problem.

What is
Corneal
Refractive Therapy?

EyeCare Specialties offers Corneal Refractive Therapy — a therapeutic contact lens that reshapes your cornea while you sleep. By using this specialized contact lens, you can experience clear vision without using glasses or contacts during the day.

Corneal Refractive Therapy is a non-surgical process. The result is the temporary correction of myopia with or without moderate astigmatism.

Does my child need sunglasses?

According to the American Optometric Association, the longer your eyes are exposed to solar radiation, the greater the risk of developing conditions such as cataracts or macular degeneration later in life. Since it is not clear how much exposure to solar radiation will cause damage, the American Optometric Association and EyeCare Specialties recommend wearing quality sunglasses that offer UV protection and wearing a hat with a wide brim whenever your child spends time outdoors.

What options are available for presbyopic patients?

EyeCare Specialties offers several types of contact lenses and progressive eyeglasses for our presbyopic patients. The newest contact lens technology is a multifocal hybrid lens — combining the clarity of a rigid lens and the comfort of a soft contact lens. These dynamic hybrid lenses allow you to focus quickly from one object to another while providing comfort to your eyes throughout the day.

How are our Eye Doctors different from others?

At EyeCare Specialties, our eye doctors pride themselves on using the most technologically advanced equipment during our examination procedures to ensure your eyes are healthy. We ensure that every patient undergoes a complete examination of eye health and the best possible corrective lenses are prescribed. Our optometrists do not just write a prescription, but tailor the prescription to your lifestyle and daily visual demands.

Does my child need eye protection when participating in sports?

Don’t overlook the importance of safety eyewear when playing sports. Each year, thousands of people suffer eye injuries while playing sports. Our doctors advise their patients to wear protective eyewear whenever they are engaged in a sports activity. EyeCare Specialties recommends that children’s protective lenses be made of polycarbonate or Trivex for their increased safety features, including impact resistance and durability.

My child covers an eye when she reads. Should I be concerned?

The symptom your child is experiencing indicates the possibility of a vision disorder. Signs of vision disorders include students who are easily distracted, cover an eye when reading, experience frequent headaches or avoid close-up work. When undiagnosed, vision disorders may prevent the student from learning and processing information accurately. Most vision disorders can be improved through EyeCare Specialties individualized Vision Therapy Program.

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