We are dedicated to providing diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the eye and other vision problems. Only a thorough examination of your eyes along with appropriate diagnostic procedures can lead to accurate diagnoses and treatment plans.
Unfortunately, there are many conditions that can cause or lead to vision problems. We strive to provide quality preventive care, curative procedures, and disease management.
JUST SOME OF THE SERVICES WE PROVIDE:
Adult and Pediatric Eye Exams - It's important for everyone – children, teenagers and adults - to have regular eye exams. Having your eyes examined by an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist is the best way to keep your eyes healthy and to make sure you are seeing the world as clearly as possible. How frequently you should have eye exams is determined by your age, your health, whether you wear contact lenses, your family medical history, and other factors. We will be happy to tell you how often you should see us for routine exams.
Glasses Wearing eyeglasses is an easy way to correct refractive errors. Improving your vision with eyeglasses offers the opportunity to select from different types of lens options, frame designs and lens coatings for various purposes. Generally speaking, there are two different types of eyeglass lens designs: single vision, an all-purpose lens designed to correct poor distance vision or poor near vision, and multifocal, designed to correct both distance vision and near vision. The upper portion is focused for distance vision, while the bottom portion is used for up close activities such as reading. There are other vision problems that can be corrected with eyeglasses.
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Contact Lenses Contact lenses are thin, clear disks of plastic that float on the surface of the eye. They correct vision like eyeglasses and are safe when used with care. Contact lenses are used to correct the same conditions that eyeglasses do: myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism (blurred vision due to the shape of the cornea) and presbyopia (inability to see close up). Millions of people around the world wear contact lenses. Depending on your lifestyle, your motivation and the health of your eyes, contact lenses may provide a safe and effective alternative to eyeglasses when used with proper care and maintenance.
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Cataract Surgery Cataract is a clouding of the eye's lens. When we look at something, light rays travel into our eye through the pupil and are focused through the lens onto the retina, a layer of light-sensitive cells at the back of the eye. The lens must be clear in order to focus light properly onto the retina. If the lens has become cloudy, this is called a cataract. When a cataract causes bothersome vision problems that interfere with your daily activities, we may recommend surgery to remove the cataract.
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Diabetic Eye Care Diabetic retinopathy, the most common diabetic eye disease, occurs when blood vessels in the retina change. Sometimes these vessels swell and leak fluid or even close off completely. In other cases, abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina. The best treatment for diabetic retinopathy is to prevent it. Strict control of your blood sugar will significantly reduce the long-term risk of vision loss.
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Glaucoma Glaucoma is a disease that damages the eye’s optic nerve. The optic nerve is connected to the retina — a layer of light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye — and is made up of many nerve fibers, like an electric cable is made up of many wires. It is the optic nerve that sends signals from your retina to your brain, where these signals are interpreted as the images you see. Glaucoma can cause blindness if it is left untreated. Only about half of the estimated three million Americans who have glaucoma are even aware that they have the condition. When glaucoma develops, usually you don’t have any early symptoms and the disease progresses slowly. In this way, glaucoma can steal your sight very gradually. Fortunately, early detection and treatment - with glaucoma eye drops, glaucoma surgery or both - can help preserve your vision.
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Detached or Torn Retina -The retina is the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of our eye. Light rays are focused onto the retina through our cornea, pupil and lens. The retina converts the light rays into impulses that travel through the optic nerve to our brain, where they are interpreted as the images we see. A healthy, intact retina is necessary for clear vision. The retina does not work when it is detached and vision becomes blurry. A retinal detachment is a very serious problem that almost always causes blindness unless it is treated with detached retina surgery.
Symptoms of a retinal tear and a retinal detachment can include the following:
- A sudden increase in size and number of floaters may indicate that a retinal tear is occurring
- A sudden appearance of flashes could be the first stage of a retinal tear or detachment
- Having a shadow appear in the periphery (side) of your field of vision
- Seeing a gray curtain moving across your field of vision
- A sudden decrease in your vision
If you experience any of these symptoms, get in touch with us immediately.
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Macular Degeneration Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a deterioration or breakdown of the eye's macula. The macula is a small area in the retina — the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye. The macula is the part of the retina that is responsible for your central vision, allowing you to see fine details clearly. When macular degeneration does lead to loss of vision, it usually begins in just one eye, though it may affect the other eye later. Many people are not aware that they have macular degeneration until they have a noticeable vision problem or until it is detected during an eye examination. Macular degeneration is an important reason to see us for regular eye exams.
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Dry Eye When you blink, a film of tears spreads over the eye, making the surface of the eye smooth and clear. Without this tear film, good vision would not be possible. Sometimes people don't produce enough tears or the right quality of tears to keep their eyes healthy and comfortable. This condition is known as dry eye and can be caused by many factors. We are usually able to diagnose dry eye by a simple examination and prescribe a course of treatment.
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Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) Conjunctivitis is the term used to describe swelling (inflammation) of the conjunctiva — the thin, filmy membrane that covers the inside of your eyelids and the white part of your eye (known as the sclera). Often this condition is called "pink eye." The conjunctiva, which contains tiny blood vessels, produces mucus to keep the surface of your eye moist and protected. When the conjunctiva becomes irritated or swollen, the blood vessels become larger and more prominent, making your eye appear red. Signs of pink eye may occur in one or both eyes.
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LASIK Consultation Although we don't perform this procedure, we co-manage patients who desire the procedure and will recommend an approved Laser Center.
Cosmetic Eye Surgery - Ask our doctors about your individual needs. We offer:
- Blepharoplasty - A surgery that includes repairing droopy eyelids by removing excess skin, muscle and fat. Besides making you look older, severely sagging skin around your eyes can impair your peripheral or side vision. Blepharoplasty can reduce or eliminate such impaired vision.
- Botox Cosmetic Treatment - FDA Approved BOTOX® Cosmetic injections have become a popular non-surgical method of reversing visible signs of aging, particularly around the eyes, providing a more youthful appearance. We use such treatments to eliminate or reduce facial wrinkles such as “crow’s feet” and frown or squinting lines.
- Latisse™ Eyelash Treatment - Latisse is the first scientifically tested, FDA approved treatment clinically tested to improve the length, darkness and fullness of eyelashes. It is available only by prescription.
Information on this page and in related links is provided by Eye Physicians of Southwest Virginia for information purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for a complete professional eye examination or medical treatments indicated by such exams. The American Academy of Ophthalmology http://www.aao.org/ is a primary source for much of this information.