Your eyes are a big deal. Don’t delay taking care of them or having them examined. Maybe they’re in top shape. Maybe you need glasses now. There is only one way to find out. Many people let too much time go between check ups. It’s important to get your eyes checked every year or two if you haven’t needed glasses, contacts or had any other issues with your vision.
If you have glasses or contacts, get your eyes checked annually. As we age our eyes change as well. You may find you need a new prescription. Maybe you’re tired of wearing glasses and are interested in getting LASIK surgery. Come in for a consultation and see if you’re a good candidate for that procedure.
If you find your vision getting foggy it could be a sign you’re developing cataracts. Or you may have another issue. Regardless of your eye problems we can find the best solution for your diagnosis.
We provide the services you need with the top professionals in our field, regardless of what eye issues you have that need attention.
A comprehensive eye exam is a must for anyone, even if you have not had any previous eye problems. Deteriorating vision can sneak up on you. If you’re sitting in a waiting room reading a magazine and find yourself holding it quite a ways out, you may need glasses. A comprehensive exam with a licensed professional will ensure you know exactly how healthy your eyes are.
Various types of eye problems can develop and if addressed in a timely fashion you’ll experience less problems. Although not all eye problems can be fixed as easily as getting glasses, we are trained to the highest level when surgery is the best, or only option to maintain quality vision. Our facilities are state of the art and our staff will make sure you are comfortable and relaxed before surgery is performed. You’ll leave with all the information you need for after care to ensure a swift recovery.
Regardless of the type of eye care you require, you will leave our offices with knowledge in hand. We consider all your questions important and will always take the time to make sure you are completely clear on both procedures and after care. Even for something as simple as glasses, you may have numerous questions that you need answered. We value your peace of mind and want you to be able to take a deep breath when you leave our office.
Here are some of the services we offer for your eye care:
Clarifye: The Digital Eye Exam That Shows You More
On average, we recommend scheduling an appointment once a year to ensure your eyes are remaining healthy. If you have been diagnosed with an eye condition, however, we recommend scheduling an appointment twice a year depending on the severity.
During your appointment, we will review your patient history, visual acuity, perform preliminary tests, and evaluate your eyes’ overall health.
We use the state of the art Clarifye system, which allows for a comprehensive and advanced digital eye exam that is designed to achieve the perfect prescription for your optical needs.
MiSight 1 Day Myopia Control
Kids lead active, jam-packed lives. But whether they’re playing pretend, riding bikes with their friends, or learning new things at school, myopia (nearsightedness) can make it harder for them to engage in the activities they love. And as they grow, their prescription may get stronger too.
Fortunately, your age-appropriate children may benefit from an innovative technology to help slow down the progression of their myopia1*: MiSight® 1 day contact lenses from CooperVision. MiSight 1 day contact lenses with ActivControl® Technology not only correct nearsightedness – they’re also the first soft contact lenses proven to slow the progression of myopia in children in children aged 8-12 at initiation of treatment.*1 When wearing MiSight 1 day contact lenses, your age-appropriate child can experience clear vision, freedom from glasses and continue to enjoy the activities they love.
Computer Vision is a relatively new term within the optometry field and refers to eye problems associated with the prolonged use of computers and electronics that utilize a digital screen. Although it can be temporary, there are times when computer vision can strain the eyes to a degree that permanently affects your vision as well. An existing eye condition can worsen as the eyes try to focus and adjust to a computer screen, and precautions should be taken if you spend long hours in front of a computer screen.
If you have been experiencing blurry vision, dry eyes, eye strain, headaches, neck or back pain, try adjusting the lighting, posture, and the distance in front of your computer screen. If computer vision symptoms persist, call us to request an appointment, we will perform a full evaluation.request an appointment
LASIK stands for laser in-situ keratomileusis and is a popular surgery to correct vision problems. LASIK can help people who are nearsighted or farsighted, as well those who have astigmatism.
LASIK works by reshaping the cornea with a laser, which allows light to be correctly focused onto the retina. A laser is used to create a small flap in the cornea, which is peeled back so another laser can reshape the cornea. The flap is then placed back and the surgery is complete.
Diabetic Eye Care
Diabetes can affect more than just your blood sugar. It can also do some damage to your eyes if you are not careful.
Diabetic eye disease can cause vision loss if you are not careful. It can cause you to have trouble with everyday tasks even if you have regular glasses or contacts. It can even cause blindness.request an appointment
Dry Eye Treatment
Altitude Optometry is proud to offer dry eye treatment for our patients. Ocular Surface Disease, also known as dry eye, can occur from certain medications, naturally by aging, or as a symptom arising from systemic diseases such as Sjogren’s syndrome, Rheumatoid arthritis, or Lupus. If you have a minor case of dry eye, you may be experiencing irritation, excessive tearing, fluctuating vision, and/or a burning sensation in your eyes. Excessive dry eyes, or dry eye symptoms that go untreated, have the potential to damage eye tissue, scar your corneas, and impair your vision.
Emergency Eye Care
Here at Altitude Optometry, we are here for you in the case of an emergency. There are times when you may need immediate care for your eyes. Any time that you experience trauma to your eyes, you need to be seen. If you get anything in your eye, especially chemicals and foreign objects, you should be seen immediately to limit the potential damage to the eye.request an appointment
Nowadays, most people prefer to wear contacts instead of glasses. If you are interested in contact lenses, please let your eye doctor know prior to your appointment. During your exam, we will discuss the various contact lenses available and determine the best option based on your individual needs and lifestyle.request an appointment
Pediatric Eye Exams
Here at Altitude Optometry, we are proud to offer pediatric eye examinations. Children should have their first eye exam around the age of six months. If the first exam finds that their eyes are healthy, they won’t need another appointment until they are between the age of two and three.
Although many schools offer annual eye exams, they are not complete visual exams and the results can be inaccurate. For this reason, you should schedule yearly or bi-yearly examinations to ensure that your child’s eyes are healthy and that he or she can see clearly.request an appointment
OPTOS Retinal Exam
At Altitude Optometry we pride ourselves on providing our patients with the best possible standard of care. Because of this we offer the optomap® Retinal Exam to all of our patients. This non-invasive procedure allows your doctor to see a much broader and more detailed view of the retina than is possible with conventional methods. When taken, the scan becomes a permanent part of your medical file, enabling your doctor to make important comparisons should potential vision threatening conditions show themselves at a future examination. These conditions include retinal problems such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal holes or detachments, eye cancer and diseases such as diabetes, stroke and high blood pressure. This amazing technology allows a photo to be taken of the back of the eye without the use of dilating drops.
Please schedule your optomap® Retinal Exam today!request an appointment
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
An Optical Coherence Tomography scan (commonly referred to as an OCT scan) is the latest advancement in imaging technology. Similar to ultrasound, this diagnostic technique employs light rather than sound waves to achieve higher resolution pictures of the structural layers of the back of the eye.
A scanning laser used to analyze the layers of the retina and optic nerve for any signs of eye disease, similar to an CT scan of the eye. It works using light without radiation, and is essential for early diagnosis of glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinal disease.
With an OCT scan, doctors are provided with color-coded, cross-sectional images of the retina. These detailed images are revolutionizing early detection and treatment of eye conditions such as wet and dry age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal detachment and diabetic retinopathy.
An OCT scan is a noninvasive, painless test. It is performed in about 10 minutes right in our office. Feel free to contact our office to inquire about an OCT at your next appointment.
Visual Field Testing
A visual field test is an optometrist’s first tool in determining the scope of an individual’s vision. Your visual field, or the width of your vision, can help detect any abnormalities, various diseases, as well as blind spots or issues with peripheral vision. Blind spots, or scotomas, and other vision defects can indicate a brain or neurological disorder making the visual field test the first line of defense.
Amsler Grid: A grid containing a pattern of lines with a dot in the center. The patient is asked to look directly at the dot, one eye at a time, and determine if there are any areas of the grid that appear distorted, faded, or blank. These would indicate some sort of vision loss.
Confrontation testing: One eye is covered while the other is fixed on a target. The peripheral vision is then stimulated by another object while remaining focused on the original target. This allows for your periphery field of view to be assessed.
Automated Perimetry: The chin is placed in a bowl-like structure for stability while small flashes of light are emitted at different brightness levels. You are instructed to indicate each time you see one of these lights. This process is used to determine if any blind spots or areas of loss in vision exist.
Frequency Doubling Perimetry: This method uses an optical illusion to help indicate loss of vision. Bars of contrasting colors, normally black and white, flicker on and off at varying rates. If you are unable to see the bars at any point, there may be areas of loss. This is particularly helpful in detecting early glaucoma.
Electroretinography: The eye is stimulated by a special light. This triggers electronic signals from light-sensitive cells found in the retina. These are then measured to search for any areas of loss or disorders which would cause a lack of reflection.
Astigmatism is one of the most common vision conditions; most people have some form of astigmatism. Astigmatism can be caused by an irregular shaped cornea or curvature of the lens, and can lead to blurred vision.
Minor astigmatism may not affect your vision or require treatment. However, many cases lead to blurred or distorted vision, which can result in pain and headaches. Typically, astigmatism is present with nearsightedness and farsightedness. These conditions are described as refractive errors.
At Altitude Optometry, our examinations test for astigmatism using a phoropter and retinoscope, which measure refraction. Depending on the amount of astigmatism, we can provide eyeglasses or contact lenses to help correct your condition. A wide range of other solutions may be available and our optometrists will discuss your options during your consultation.
Corneal topography, also known as photokeratoscopy or videokeratography, is a diagnostic imaging technique that uses a scanning device and specialized software to measure the shape, size, thickness, and curvature of the cornea. It is entirely non-invasive, painless, and brief.
After the test is complete, the software digitizes the measurements into three-dimensional maps of the cornea that look similar to heat maps. These demonstrate the information obtained from the scan so that your optometrist can gauge several things like corneal astigmatism and irregularities, as well as fit contact lenses and plan for surgeries like laser vision correction.
The reason measurements of the cornea are so important is because they are responsible for approximately 70% of each eye’s focusing (refractive) power. Corneal irregularities are the cause of many different vision problems, but with standard vision tests, these irregularities can go completely unseen.
Presbyopia, also known as aging eyes, is another disease that will change your vision. Presbyopia is when the lens in your eye loses its flexibility so it has trouble focusing on things that are close to you. However, when you look in the distance, you can see clearly.
Presbyopia happens with age, so we can’t prevent it. We often use corrective lenses like bifocals to help you see clearly.request an appointment