Eye Health and Disease
Our Salem eye care center is equipped with the most up to date equipment to ensure your eye health. At each visit, a complete history is taken and evaluated by the doctor. Further testing is performed according to the eye condition present. At our office, we are able to:
- Detect and diagnose refractive anomalies (nearsighted, farsighted, astigmatism)
- Detect, diagnose, and treat Glaucoma
- Detect, diagnose, and treat “red” eye and “pink” eye
- Detect, diagnose, and treat most eye injuries
- Remove corneal foreign bodies and rust rings
- Detect, diagnose, and co-manage cataracts
- Detect and diagnose diabetic retinopathy
- Detect and diagnose hypertensive retinopathy
Dilation of your eyes is a TEMPORARY INCONVENIENCE; however, the benefits far outweigh the inconvenience. The pupil of the eye is the “window of the human body”. The use of dilation drops temporarily investigate the health of your eyes and many important aspects of your general health.
Computer Visual Field Examination – Perimetry
Perimetry (visual field testing) is one of the most important clinical functions of a complete eye examination. Perimetry refers to the testing of peripheral vision of the eye. Analysis of data from the visual field computer allows us to construct a map of the visual responses of your retina and other neurological tissues. This detailed map is called a visual field.
Visual Field testing gives the doctor essential information about major blindness-causing diseases. Field testing is a primary tool in diagnosing and monitoring glaucoma as well as many other ocular and neurological diseases. Comprehensive or threshold visual field testing allows early detection and close monitoring of the progress of these diseases, significantly enhancing the chances for successful treatment.
Visual field testing is a fast and easy way to ensure that your eye examination includes the most sophisticated testing available. Modern computerized perimetry optimizes the chances for accurate results and effective eye care. Computer visual field testing can identify subtle problem areas long before symptoms arise or serious damage is done.
Our office is proud to provide you with one of the most advanced diagnostic procedures in eyecare today, retinal photography. These color photographs of the retina may be taken with or without the use of eye dilating drops. The importance of retinal photography can be compared to the importance of the dental X-ray or the EKG.
This special procedure immediately and accurately reveals any defects in retinal integrity and aids in diagnosing many eye-related problems, such as glaucoma and retinal degeneration and many systemic problems, such as diabetes and hypertension. These valuable photos are saved in your permanent file and used for accurate comparison throughout your lifetime. A picture is worth a thousand words.
At our optometry practice in Salem, we combine old-fashioned concern with current technology to provide you and your family with the best possible eye care. We’re here to serve you, and want to help you with any vision problem that causes you concern. Our thorough eye exam includes:
- a complete medical and optical case history
- visual acuity measurements
- depth perception testing
- glaucoma testing
- blood pressure screening
- cataract evaluation
- dilation of the pupil to detect other eye disease that are sometimes missed
- a complete discussion of the doctor’s findings
We take our time with you – we won’t “rush” you through an exam. If you have questions about your eyes, ask us. We want to answer your questions. We care about you, and we care about your eyes…because we know that throughout your life, your eyes are among your most valuable assets.
All patients are seen by appointment. It is important to understand that an appointment time has been set aside especially for you. If you must cancel your appointment, please try to allow us a 24 hour notice.
For many persons, contact lenses are a wonderful way to see the world.
In our office, we offer a variety of lenses, including:
- Planned Replacement Lenses
- flexible wear
- soft lenses for astigmatism
- rigid gas permeable
- bifocal (rigid and soft)
- opaque (eye color changing)
Recent developments in contact lenses and their care systems make contact lens wear more comfortable and convenient than ever, so even if you’ve had negative experiences with contact lenses, or been told that you cannot wear them because of your prescription, you might be surprised that you can wear them now. In our office we:
- customize each fit to insure you get what you need
- offer contact lens solutions at discount prices
- explain all your lens options
- provide full contact lens insertion and removal training sessions, and explain how to clean and disinfect your lenses.
Kids are more active than ever, and they desire the convenience contact lenses provide when participating in sports. With the new frequent replacement regimens, young teens can wear contacts with lesser risk of problems. We monitor your child’s vision and eye health closely to ensure a healthy fit and wear of contact lenses. Our office offers a variety of lenses including:
- soft lenses for astigmatism
- opaque (eye color changing)
- gas permeable
OPTOS Retinal Exam
Annual eye exams are vital to maintaining your vision and overall health. We offer the optomap® Retinal Exam as an important part of our eye exams. The optomap® Retinal Exam produces an image that is as unique as you fingerprint and provides us with a wide view to look at the health of your retina. The retina is the part of your eye that captures the image of what you are looking at, similar to film in a camera.
Many eye problems can develop without you knowing. You may not even notice any change in your sight. But, diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal tears or detachments, and other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure can be seen with a thorough exam of the retina.
An optomap® Retinal Exam provides:
- A scan to show a healthy eye or detect disease.
- A view of the retina, giving your doctor a more detailed view than he/she can get by other means.
- The opportunity for you to view and discuss the optomap® image of your eye with your doctor at the time of your exam.
- A permanent record for your file, which allows us to view your images each year to look for changes.
The optomap® Retinal Exam is fast, easy, and comfortable for all ages. To have the exam, you simply look into the device one eye at a time and you will see a comfortable flash of light to let you know the image of your retina has been taken. The optomap® image is shown immediately on a computer screen so we can review it with you.
Please schedule your optomap® Retinal Exam today!
For more information on the optomap® Retinal Exam, go to the Optos website.