An annual comprehensive eye exam is an important part of anyone’s health care regimen. It allows us to test and maximize your vision with corrective lenses and examine the inside and back areas of your eye. A glasses prescription will be provided with each comprehensive eye exam.
Childhood is an important time in eye development. During a pediatric eye exam, we will provide a comprehensive exam and may use special hand-held tools and lenses to evaluate each child’s prescription, check eye health, and rule out potential problems such as strabismus (eye turn) or amblyopia (lazy eye).
If your child has myopia (nearsightedness), you’re probably wondering if something can be done to slow its progression so your child doesn’t need stronger glasses year after year. Slowing the progression of myopia may keep your child from developing high levels of nearsightedness that require thick, corrective eyeglasses and have been associated with an increased risk of retinal detachment, glaucoma, myopic degeneration, and early cataracts. Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) is the use of specially designed contact lenses that are worn during sleep to temporarily correct nearsightedness. Evidence suggests that nearsighted kids who undergo several years of ortho-k may end up with less myopia as adults, compared with children who wear eyeglasses or regular contact lenses during the peak years for myopia progression.
Contact lenses are a great option for anyone who needs nearsighted, farsighted, astigmatic, or multifocal correction. They offer an alternative for people who feel restricted by eyeglasses. There are many types of contact lens options with different materials, length of wear, frequency of disposal, lens design, and additional features, such as color.
Keratoconus is a condition in which the normally round cornea thins and begins to bulge into a cone-like shape. As the condition progresses, it can cause nearsightedness and irregular astigmatism to occur. Using our state-of-the-art technology, we are able to diagnose keratoconus and get you fitted with contact lenses specially designed for irregular corneas.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment utilizes a non-laser, broad wavelength, high-intensity flash of light to combat multiple causes of dry eye. The light energy emitted warms meibomian glands to facilitate the expression of meibum while aiding in the restoration of their function and morphology. The wavelength of light coagulates inflammatory blood vessels and decreases levels of pro-inflammatory mediators that contribute to dry eye. Additionally, IPL treatment decreases the number of demodex mites that cause infection and also increases collagen synthesis. As the multiple mechanisms of action work to target the root causes of dry eye symptomatology, IPL treatment is a great option for patients who have not experienced relief from preliminary measures such as eye drops or lid scrubs. Added benefits of IPL are improved and healthy-looking skin as pores are closed, hyperpigmentation is corrected, wrinkles and fine lines are gone, the skin is firmer and tighter, sun damage is reversed, and acne and acne scars are reduced. The initial series of treatments will require 4 sessions lasting 15-20 minutes and spaced 3-4 weeks apart. Follow-ups are recommended every 6 months as needed after the initial treatment (depending on severity). In order to determine if IPL treatment is right for you, your eye care professional will review your dry eye history and review the treatment plan with you.
Dry eye disease is a chronic disease that affects millions of people worldwide. Most cases of dry eye disease is caused by Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). Meibomian glands are in your eyelids and secrete oils that create a protective film over your tears. Patients with MGD do not produce enough oil that creates the protective tear film, thus allowing for tears to evaporate. The newest dry eye treatment technology, iLux, is a handheld device that uses light source heating and compression intended to help your Meibomian glands express oils to protect your tears. iLux is the only handheld FDA approved treatment for MGD uniquely designed to customize treatments for each patient. Patients describe the treatment as a “warm eye massage” that lasts about 8 minutes, and typically eases symptoms for 6-8 months. In order to assess if iLux is right for you, your eye care professional will perform diagnostic tests to evaluate your gland health. A recent clinical study had similar outcomes with the iLux and the TearScience Lipiflow. However, the price paid by patients for iLux handheld treatments will be roughly one-third of the price paid by patients for LipiFlow.
Dry eye is a common problem with many individuals. Our natural tears help moisturize the surface of the eye, and without them, mild to severe irritation and inflammation is very common. Our doctors are experts at finding the source of dry eyes and providing treatments to alleviate the symptoms and prevent the progression of the condition.
Our optometrists can help relieve red eye, pink eye, sore eyes, foreign body removal, and other eye emergencies.
The eye gives us a good picture of the overall health of the whole body. Routine dilation allows us to see the back of the eye, called the retina, which gives us clues on systemic diseases, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Many diseases can be diagnosed and treated from examining the eye, including glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration.
Amniotic membranes are harvested in a sterile environment from placental tissue. When placed on the eye, it acts as a tissue bandage for cornea infections, ulcers and can also be used for the reconstruction of conjunctiva surface. Further, it provides an anti-inflammatory and anti-scarring effect which improves visual outcome once the area is healed.
A cataract is the clouding or yellowing of the natural lens in the eye. These opacities develop over time and may affect your best-corrected vision. When the vision is moderately compromised, the best treatment is to remove the natural lens and replace it with an artificial lens during a procedure called cataract surgery. We are happy to co-manage any cataract surgeries at Parkside Eye Care.
Diabetes is a vascular disease that directly affects the small- and medium-sized blood vessels in our body. Blood and/or protein can leak out of the essential blood vessels in the back of the eye. Also, if the blood vessels are too damaged to deliver adequate oxygen into the retina, severe hemorrhaging, retinal detachment, and irreversable vision loss may occur. It is important for all diabetics to receive an annual dilated eye examination.
Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve that leads to peripheral vision loss and eventual blindness. Due to the lack of pain and initial symptoms, glaucoma can go undiagnosed for years without a comprehensive eye examination. Elevated intraocular pressure is a major risk factor for glaucoma and should be measured yearly in all adults. Early detection and treatment is key for controlling and minimizing the impact of this disease process.
If you’re ready for an alternative to glasses and/or contacts, refractive surgery, such as LASIK, may be the right solution for you. We are happy to co-manage those surgeries with our local refractive surgeons.
Telehealth allows you to connect with one of our optometric physicians through a video meeting. Telehealth appointments requires a secure internet connection and a device (smartphone, tablet, computer) with a camera. Please call our office if you’re interested in scheduling a telehealth appointment.