The American Optometric Association recommends yearly eye examinations for most patients. However there are exceptions to that rule. Individuals that are at risk for the development of eye and vision problems may need to have examinations on a more frequent basis. If you are unsure or have questions as to when you should have your eyes examined, please call our office at 620-235-1737 and we would be happy to discuss when you should schedule an examination.
It is recommended that children who are asymptomatic and have no risk factors for eye and vision problems have their first examination at 6 months, then 3 years and prior to beginning kindergarten. Children at risk for visual problems (premature, low birth weight, eye-turn, family history of visual problems etc.) should have their vision and ocular health checked as soon as possible, at least by 6 months of age.
Vision therapy is an individualized program of eye training procedures use to improve or correct certain vision problems. It involves a series of treatments during which carefully planned procedures are carried out by the patient under professional supervision in order to improve vision skills such as eye movement control, eye focusing and coordination, and the teamwork of the two eyes. Optometrists use vision therapy to treat problems in a person’s vision information processing system, which includes the eyes, the eye muscles, the brain, and the connections in between. The most common of these are vision problems that interfere with the ability to learn (visual perceptual skills) are eye muscle coordination problems, lazy eye and crossed-eyes.
Quite often glare can be attributed to an uncorrected prescription, which can be corrected with an updated glasses/contact lens prescription. However, there are also coatings (called anti-reflective or anti-glare) that can be applied/embedded into optical lenses that decrease the reflections that we see at night, while driving or even when working on a computer.
The sun gives off harmful UV rays that can cause cataracts and cancer of the eyelids and skin around the eyes. UV exposure has also been implicated as a possible risk factor for the development of Macular Degeneration. Sunglasses that block 99-100 percent of UV-A and UV-B radiation are recommended to help prevent or slow the progression of any of these conditions. Polarization also helps to decrease any unwanted glare than can originate from flat surfaces.
This varies on a case by case basis depending on the child’s prescription, maturity and motivation. Quite often, children age 11-12 can adapt well to contact lenses and in some cases younger children are successful as well. Please call our office at 620-235-1737 to schedule an appointment so that we can talk with you and your child about what options are available.
Swimming in a chemically treated pool with contact lenses is fine, as long as you clean the lenses properly and dispose of them as recommended. If you are swimming in a lake, pond or even in a hot tub, we recommend that you remove your contact lenses prior to swimming due to the high levels of bacteria that can be associated with these environments. Showering with contact lenses is allowed, provided that you clean and dispose of lenses as recommended by your eye care professional.
There are a number of different contact lens options for our patients that are currently wearing bifocal spectacles. We are happy to discuss the different options once we know what your visual needs are, and evaluate your overall prescription. Please call our office at 620-235-1737 to make an appointment for an evaluation.
Today there are numerous options when it comes to contacts – one of which is daily lenses. Daily lenses, as one would guess, are removed daily and discarded rather than cleaned and stored. They provide excellent comfort and are extremely healthy since they are discarded daily. Please call our office at 620-235-1737 to schedule an appointment for an evaluation if you are interested in daily contact lenses.
Dilating a patient’s eyes allows the doctor to see more of the internal structures of the eye than they would without dilation. This includes structures such as the retina, blood vessels, macula and optic nerve. Without dilation there are several conditions that may not be viewable by the doctor such as retinal detachments and even tumors. Some conditions that cause no visual deficits may be identified during the dilated examination – this is an important reason to have your eyes dilated, even if your vision is excellent.
Unfortunately, Diabetes is one of the leading causes of acquired blindness in the United States. Since our eyes have many small blood vessels, and diabetes affects these blood vessels in a negative way – our eyes can be affected by diabetes. We recommend at least yearly ocular health examinations to all of our patients that have been diagnosed with Diabetes.
Glaucoma, as defined by the American Optometric Association, is a group of eye disorders leading to progressive damage to the optic nerve, and is characterized by loss of nerve tissue resulting in loss of vision. The optic nerve is a bundle of about one million individual nerve fibers and transmits the visual signals from the eye to the brain. The most common form of glaucoma, primary open-angle glaucoma, is associated with an increase in the fluid pressure inside the eye. This increase in pressure may cause progressive damage to the optic nerve and loss of nerve fibers. Vision loss may result. Advanced glaucoma may even cause blindness. Not everyone with high eye pressure will develop glaucoma, and many people with normal eye pressure will develop glaucoma. When the pressure inside an eye is too high for that particular optic nerve, whatever that pressure measurement may be, glaucoma will develop. Glaucoma treatment can include drops or even surgical intervention. If you have questions about Glaucoma, or treatment, please contact our office at 620-235-1737 to schedule an appointment.
Any change in visual status should be treated as an emergency until proven otherwise. In many cases, floaters are a normal occurrence in our life – however, there are some circumstances where they may signify more severe ocular health conditions that need immediate attention. If you notice any flashes of light, new floaters, or even an increase in floaters please contact our office immediately so that we can evaluate the situation.
Ocular dryness is one of the most common issues that our patients face. The condition can be caused by many different factors that range from inflammation, changes due to aging, contact lens wear, and even systemic health problems. Luckily, there are a number of different remedies that help to alleviate the problem. One such remedy is a prescription medication called Restasis. Restasis effectively decreases inflammation in the eye, which in turn can improve dry eyes in certain patients. After a full evaluation, our eye care professionals will be able to determine the cause of the dryness and talk with you about the different options that are best suited for your needs. Please call our office to schedule an evaluation at 620-235-1737.
Yes we do take ocular emergencies. If you or someone you know has an ocular emergency please call our office immediately at 620-235-1737. If it is after hours and you try to contact our office, the answering machine will give a number to call for emergencies.
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We do accept most insurance plans including but not limited to: BCBS, Tricare, Medicare, KS and MO Medicaid, VSP, Preferred Health, Eye Med, United Health Care, Vision Care Direct and Davis Vision.
Yes, if you do not see your insurance plan listed, please call our office at 620-235-1737. The list is not all encompassing, and we do take other insurance plans. Our office would be happy to let you know what your options are over the phone.