Comprehensive Eye Care
Your eyes are a window to your overall health. Comprehensive annual eye exams monitor for eye diseases like glaucoma that have no symptoms. Diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, melanomas, brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, and many other systemic diseases can first be seen and diagnosed during your eye examination. Take a preventative approach to your health by always having an annual eye examination and reduce your risk of serious health problems. Your ocular health is the foundation of good vision for a lifetime. We will optimize your visual correction and performance, enhancing your visual performance for school, driving, work, sports and all the ways you play!
20/20 just means that the person can clearly see a certain letter on the standard eye chart (equivalent to what a person with normal vision should be able to see at 20 feet). There's so much more to healthy vision than 20/20!
Our comprehensive vision exam goes beyond 20/20 to evaluate many important visual skills and performance to determine how well you collect, process, interpret and organize visual information to optimize you visual performance for all life's demands.
- Visual Acuity at Near
Is vision clear and single at close distances? Clear sight at short distances is critical to reading, writing, close work, computer use, and hobbies like needlework.
- Eye Teaming Skills
Do the two eyes aim, move, and work as a coordinated team? Weaknesses in binocular vision and eye teaming skills can cause numerous difficulties, including convergence insufficiency and poor depth perception.
- Eye Focusing Skills
Do the eyes maintain clear vision at varying distances? Rapid, automatic eye focus adjustment is critical to learning, reading, writing, sports, etc. Deficiencies can cause visual fatigue, reduced reading comprehension, and/or avoidance of close work or other activities.
- Eye Movement Skills
Do eye movements show adequate muscle control, tracking, fixation, etc.? In the classroom, normal eye movements allow rapid and accurate shifting of the eyes along a line of print or from book to desk and back to the board. In sports, efficient eye movements contribute to eye-hand coordination, visual reaction time, and accurate tracking.
- Reversal Frequency
Is confusion or reversal of letters or words (b, d; p, q; saw for was) within the normal ranges for a given age? Past the age of seven, frequent visual and written reversals might indicate a visual perceptual dysfunction.
Above are just a few of the many visual skills evaluated during our comprehensive vision exam. In addition, the health of your eyes, inside and out, is carefully evaluated for such problems as cataracts, glaucoma, hypertension, diabetes, etc.
Vision Exams for Children
The American Optometric Association recommends that pre-school children receive a complete vision exam at the ages of six months, three years and five years. It is particularly important that a child have a complete evaluation in the summer prior to entry into Kindergarten. While in school, yearly evaluations are recommended. Many lazy and crossed-eyes and resulting surgery can be avoided with early intervention!
Vision Exams for Adults
The American Optometric Association recommends a yearly eye exam for adults -- not only to detect and to diagnose vision changes or problems -- but, also to maintain eye health. For example, glaucoma, a disease caused by increased pressure in the eye, commonly goes unnoticed by adults. Regular vision examinations are also important for the prevention of vision problems created or aggravated by today's academic and professional demands.
21st century lifestyles demand more from our vision than ever before. Adults in our technological society constantly use their near vision at work and at home. Environmental stresses on the visual system (including excessive computer use or close work) can sometimes induce headaches and/or visual difficulties which can be effectively treated with corrective lenses and/or Vision Therapy.
Pediatric Eye Care
Dr. Amy Abel is Fellowship trained in pediatric vision and learning. She offers extensive binocular testing to determine why your intelligent child is struggling in school. 80% of learning is through the visual system, yet less than half of children have a visual assessment. Our examinations include a thorough binocular assessment. Binocular vision involves tracking, focusing, eye teaming, depth perception and eye hand coordination. Is your child truly prepared for the rigors of school and the competitive world of sports?
Dr. Amy Abel participates in the InfantSee program which screens children younger than one year of age at no cost. This is an opportunity to educate parents on the importance of visual development. The exam will determine if a child has an ocular disease, lazy eye, crossed eye or needs glasses to reduce the risk of patching and surgery later in life.
Good vision is more than 20/20 eyesight. Standing in a hallway using a wooden spoon to cover one eye and reading an eye chart does not tell parents if their child has the visual skills required for learning, only how clearly they see at 20 feet. Students spend the majority of their day reading and on desk work, but visually screenings do not even check acuity at near. We specialize in treating and detecting binocular vision disorders to enhance one’s ability to learn, play sports, and work or play at a particular hobby. Binocular vision involves tracking, focusing, eye teaming, and depth perception. These skills are essential to surviving and excelling in today’s competitive and visually demanding environment. Vision therapy is a one on one doctor prescribed program to alleviate and develop optimal visual skills and a visual information processing system.
Common symptoms include:
- Performing below potential
- Falling asleep reading
- Skips or omits small words or substitutions
- Poor comprehension
- Poor handwriting
- Skipping and rereading lines
- Inattentive, easily distracted
- Whispers while reading silently
- Left/right confusion
- Poor eye-hand coordination and balance
- Doesn't recognize same word in next sentence
The technological advances in contact lens designs and materials have made it more comfortable than ever to wear and enjoy contacts. With a large number of different contact lenses available, our doctors can help to make the best choice for your visual needs. We specialize in the most customized, difficult contact lens fits. Whether needed for sports, eye disease treatment, bifocals, or other specialty contacts, we will work alongside you to make your wish of a life without glasses come true.
Our clinic offers a variety of soft, gas permeable, hybrid (soft and gas permeable combined), and scleral contact lenses optimizing your vision and ocular health. Corneal refractive therapy, or CRT contacts, are available to correct your vision while you sleep. Some newer contacts even offer therapy for that pesky dry eye problem. Many patients who have astigmatism or need bifocals are now finding great success in contact lens wear at Mountain View Eye Specialists.
Our contact lenses are competitively priced with online retailers and are often lower priced than other online or retail outlets. We also provide manufacturer rebates that are not available online and can mail your annual supply directly to your home.
Ocular Disease Detection and Management
Patients who have diabetes, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis and other health issues need careful evaluations for ocular manifestations of systemic disease. Each of our doctors have over 25 years of experience and are specially trained to provide expert treatment for many eye conditions including eye infections, dry eyes, glaucoma, cataracts, diabetes, keratoconus, macular degeneration, and foreign body removal. We offer 24 hour emergency care so you can be treated quickly and accurately with confidence. Our clinic is at the forefront of technology and offers advanced, thorough eye care with personalized service for both you and your family.
OptoMap Retinal Examination
Our mission is to offer our patients the newest, most advanced technology for evaluating your eye health. The Optomap Digital Retinal Scan evaluates your eyes like never before. The Optomap performs a digital retinal image of your retina and allows us to perform a more comprehensive exam without dilation. This examination is performed in seconds, and provides the widest area view of the retina available today. The results enable us to aid in preventing or reducing vision loss with a quick and patient friendly scan.
Your retina is the only place in the body where blood vessels can be seen directly and they can tell a lot about your general health. High blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, melanoma and many other diseases can be diagnosed from a retinal evaluation. The Optomap provides the ability to evaluate and record for the future, your retinal health. Any comprehensive eye examination should include this revolutionary way of taking care of your health and vision.
At our clinic we provide the most up-to-date surgical co-management with area specialists. We take pride working alongside you and your insurance to find the best surgeon for your needs, allowing you to relax and have confidence that the care you choose will provide you with the best quality results possible. Cataract, lasik, PRK, strabismus, retinal, and corneal surgery follow up care is all performed at our clinic, saving you the time and hassle of frequent visits to a specialists office. Our advanced training allows you to be confident in an optimal outcome with personalized attention.