Comprehensive Eye and Vision Examinations
Periodic eye and vision examinations are an important part of preventive health care. Many eye and vision problems have no obvious signs or symptoms, so you might not know a problem exists. Early diagnosis and treatment of eye and vision problems can help prevent vision loss.
Contact Lens Exams/Fittings
If you wear or want contacts, you need a contact lens exam in addition to a comprehensive eye exam. Your eye doctor will perform special tests during a contact lens exam to evaluate your vision with contacts. An improper fitting or prescription of contacts can damage the health of the eyes. If you recently had a contact lens examination, you may have been surprised at your final bill. Patients often wonder why the cost of a contact lens examination is greater than that of a regular eye exam. It's because fitting patients with contact lenses involves several steps and additional time. Some medical insurances cover one routine eye exam per year, however a contact lens fitting will not be covered and the cost is the responsibility of the patient. Some vision insurance supplement plans may cover a contact lens fitting depending on your plan.
Christenson Vision Care has doctors that are residency trained specialists in pediatric optometry. We are able to measure vision and examine children of all ages. The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends that all children have their first eye exam by the time they reach 1 year of age. Our doctors participate in the InfantSEE program, which enables any child between 6 and 12 months of age to have a FREE comprehensive eye exam. The purpose of the InfantSEE program is to provide early detection of potential vision problems that could hinder vision development.
Diabetic Eye Exams
Diabetics are at an increased risk for eye problems including diabetic retinopathy. High blood sugar can cause blood to leak from retinal vessels. If this goes untreated, vision loss may occur from damage to the retina. We utilize digital retinal photography, which allows our doctors to provide a thorough evaluation for diabetic retinopathy by taking a picture of the inside of the eye. A letter is generated after your exam and forwarded to your physician that cares for your diabetes.
Glaucoma Testing and Treatment Plans
Glaucoma is an eye disease that can lead to progressive vision loss if not treated early. This can occur painlessly without any noticeable symptoms. Vision loss in glaucoma happens when the optic nerve is damaged often from increased eye pressure. New technological advancements available in our office allow us to detect early signs of glaucoma before any vision impairment has occurred. In cases where treatment is necessary, our doctors are trained and experienced in managing glaucoma cases.
Macular Degeneration Diagnosis, Genetic Testing and Treatment Plans
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) occurs when the cells in the center portion of the retina deteriorate over time. This degeneration is more common as we get older and leads to various levels of central vision loss which can make it difficult to read and drive. We have a revolutionary device called the AdaptDx, dark adaptation instrument to help identify those patients who may be at a higher risk of developing macular degeneration. The AdaptDx is a safe and painless way to track the patient's ability to adjust back to normal vision after a bright flash. Patients who have or are in the early stages of macular degeneration take significantly longer to adjust. Those who are at high-risk for the disease are placed on specific nutritional supplements. Genetic testing is also now available to fine tune the particular vitamin supplement mixture.
Dry Eye Syndrome Treatment Plans
Dry eye is a condition where the eyes have insufficient tears or poor quality tears. Without the natural lubrication and cleansing of tears, a sufferer may experience a feeling of grit or debris in the eyes, blurred vision and tired eyes. A person's eyes may appear reddened and inflamed. In extreme cases of the condition, chronic dry eye can result in increased eye infections and scarring of the cornea. Your eye care provider will discuss treatment options with you that depend upon how seriously the problem is affecting your life and if complications are likely to occur. Treatment may consist of adding tears with over-the-counter "tear drops," prescription medication to take by mouth that will increase your tear production and even introducing omega-3 fatty acid nutritional supplements into your diet. Sometimes, surgery can help. One type of surgery -- a temporary or a permanent form -- plugs up the tear ducts so that tears cannot drain back into the body.
Pre- and Post-Operative Care
Lasik: At Christenson Vision Care we provide comprehensive care to meet the vision needs of our patients. Our doctors perform pre- and post-operative care for patients undergoing LASIK eye surgery or other eye surgical procedures. Our goal is to help you attain the clearest vision possible using advanced technologies.
Cataracts: Cataracts are a common aging change that occurs when the lens inside the eye gradually becomes cloudy. When surgical care is needed for treatment of cataracts we work closely with local specialists to ensure high quality care that is close to home and convenient. Many times we can provide pre- and post-operative care in our office.
Concussion/TBI, Stroke Recovery Treatment
Vision Therapy can be very effective in the visual rehabilitation of concussions, stroke recovery and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Eye teaming, eye focusing, eye tracking, headaches, eye strain, visual processing problems, balance and movement are affected by concussions/TBIs and/or strokes. Many of these visual conditions can be successfully managed with visual rehabilitation. A new innovative new device, BrainTap has been added to the vision rehabilitation process. BrainTap is a transcranial LED-based light therapy headset which helps to improve cognitive function in traumatic brain injury patients.
EyeZone Vision Therapy
It is estimated that 1 in 10 children have a vision problem severe enough to affect their learning in school. A comprehensive vision exam with a developmental optometrist will check all aspects of eye health including vision and visual skills. The exam can determine whether or not your child is struggling unnecessarily with an undiagnosed vision problem.
EyeZone Sports Vision Training
Unlock your athletic potential with Sports Vision Training! Improve peripheral depth and awareness, visual reaction time and eye-hand coordination. For more information, contact Christenson Vision Care at 715-381-1234.