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Owensboro Family Eye Care offers a number of cutting-edge vision care services and products at our optometrist office in Owensboro.

To learn more about the specific products we offer and conditions we treat, please select one of the subcategories below and schedule an appointment with one of our doctors.

A concise guide to some of the most common vision problems treated at Owensboro Family Eye Care in Owensboro

There are many different types of vision problems that could be affecting your eyesight. But, for the purposes of this guide, we will be focusing on four of the most common causes of impaired vision. These, along with many other vision impairments, are treated with care and precision by the eye care providers at Owensboro Family Eye Care in Owensboro.

AstigmatismMWA-3439

Astigmatism is an uneven or irregular curvature of the cornea or lens, which results in blurred or distorted vision. Other symptoms of astigmatism include the need to squint, eye strain from squinting, headaches and eye fatigue.

In reality, most people have some degree of astigmatism, which is usually present at birth and is believed to be hereditary. In minor cases, treatment may not be required but is certainly beneficial. Moderate to severe astigmatism can be treated with corrective eyewear or LASIK surgery.

Hyperopia (Farsightedness)

Farsightedness, medically known as hyperopia, refers to vision that is good at a distance but not at close range. Farsightedness occurs when the eyeball is shorter than normal, as measured from front to back, or when the cornea has too little curvature. This reduces the distance between the cornea and retina, causing light to converge behind the retina, rather than on it.

If you are mildly farsighted, your eye care provider may not recommend corrective treatment at all. However, if you are moderately or severely hyperopic, you may have several treatment options available, including eyeglasses, contacts, LASIK and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Your eye care provider at Owensboro Family Eye Care will help you determine the best treatment option for you.

Myopia (Nearsightedness)

Nearsightedness, medically known as myopia, refers to vision that is good at close range but not at a distance. It generally occurs because the eyeball is too “long” as measured from front to back.

Nearsightedness is diagnosed during routine eye exams and possible treatments include eyeglasses, contacts, acrylic corneal implants, LASIK, radial keratotomy (RK) and MWA-3411photorefractive keratotomy (PRK). Your eye care provider will suggest the best treatment option for you.

Presbyopia (Aging Eyes)

Aging eyes, medically known as presbyopia, is a condition in which the lens of the eye gradually loses its flexibility, making it harder to focus clearly on close objects such as printed words. Distance vision, on the other hand, is usually not affected.

Unfortunately, presbyopia is an inevitable part of aging and cannot be prevented by diet, lifestyle or visual habits. However, it is treatable with several types of corrective lenses, including progressives, bifocals and trifocals, single-vision reading glasses, multifocal contact lenses and monovision therapy.

Your eye care provider at Owensboro Family Eye Care will work with you to diagnose your vision problem and suggest the best treatment option for your eyes at our optometric office in Owensboro. For more information, schedule an appointmentwith with one of our doctors, and we’ll be in touch with you shortly.

The optomap® Retinal Exam produces an image that is as unique as you fingerprint and provides our doctors with a wide view to look at the health of your retina. The retina is the part of your eye that captures the image of what you are looking at, similar to film in a camera.

Many eye problems can develop without you knowing. You may not even notice any change in your sight. But, diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal tears or detachments, and other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure can be seen with a thorough exam of the retina.

An optomap® Retinal Exam provides:
FECN optomap• A scan to show a healthy eye or detect disease
• A view of the retina, giving your doctor a more detailed view than he/she can get by other means
• The opportunity for you to view and discuss the optomap® image of your eye with your doctor at the time of your exam
• A permanent record for your file, which allows our doctors to view your images each year to look for changes

The optomap® Retinal Exam is fast, easy, and comfortable for all ages. To have the exam, you simply look into the device one eye at a time and you will see a comfortable flash of light to let you know the image of your retina has been taken. The optomap® image is shown immediately on a computer screen so we can review it with you.

Please schedule your optomap® Retinal Exam today

Owensboro Family Eye Care in Owensboro provides treatment, consultation and referrals for these common vision correction surgeries and procedures.

Vision correction is a general term used to describe a variety of optometric techniques for correcting less-than-perfect vision. For your convenience, we have included a brief description of some of the most common vision correction procedures offered at Owensboro Family Eye Care in Owensboro. For more specific information about lenses and frames or contacts, please visit their respective pages.

Corneal Reshaping (Orthokeratology)

Orthokeratology is a procedure for correcting myopia (nearsightedness) and mild astigmatism by gently reshaping the cornea with special contact lenses, which the patient places in his or her eyes overnight.

When successful, patients will experience clear vision during the day without contact lenses or eyeglasses. However, the results are temporary, so the patient must continue to wear the lenses regularly at night to maintainMWA-3385 optimum results.

LASIK

LASIK (Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) is a surgical procedure that uses a laser beam to reshape the cornea. Patients who are nearsighted, farsighted or astigmatic may benefit from this type of procedure.

While millions of patients have seen successful results from LASIK, the procedure is not right for everyone. Your optometrist will need to thoroughly examine your eyes to determine which type of vision correction best fits your needs.

Low Vision Therapy

Low vision is a general term that refers to a partial loss of vision that cannot be adequately corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, medications or surgery. Common causes of low vision include macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, inherited retinal degenerative diseases, glaucoma and optic nerve atrophy.

Low vision therapy typically includes an evaluation of the patient’s visual abilities, prescription of low vision devices and training in their use. The goal is to maximize the use of the patient’s available vision for reading, writing, hobbies and work-related tasks such as working at a computer.

Traditional LASIK

The traditional LASIK is a no suture procedure that uses a three-step process to correct refractive error. First, a flap is created in the outer cornea with a tool called a microkeratome, which is a very small surgical blade, to separate a thin top layer of the cornea. Second, an excimer laser is used to re-shape the inner corneal tissue to individual needs. Finally, the flap created in the first step is then placed back down on to the cornea.

IntraLASIK (IntraLase)

This is a procedure for mild to moderate degrees of nearsightedness or low degrees of farsightedness and/or astigmatism. It is an all-laser LASIK procedure where no surgical blade is used on the eye. Instead of using a microkeratome to create the flap, IntraLASIK uses a laser for the first step as well as the laser in the second step to re-shape the cornea. The major advantage of IntraLASIK over the traditional LASIK is a more clean and precise cut that reduces chances of post-operative complications such as corneal haze.

Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA)

This is a safe alternative for patients who do not fit the criteria for IntraLASIK or traditional LASIK. It is an excellent option for moderately to severe nearsightedness and for those individuals who have corneas too thin or irregular for LASIK options. This may also be a good choice for cases where a corneal flap would not be recommended such as for extreme contact sports, military aviation, or severe dry eyes. A flap is not created on the cornea as with LASIK procedures. The corneal surface is treated directly with an excimer laser. A bandage contact lens is placed on the eye and removed after 4-5 days which will allow the surface cells to reform creating a strong refractive system. The healing time is longer than LASIK procedures and it is recommended to plan for around 4-5 days off from work after the procedure. There will be slightly more discomfort post-operatively than LASIK.

Conductive Keratoplasty (CK)

CK is a non-laser vision procedure specifically for people over 40 who have presbyopia and for farsighted individuals. Presbyopia is where the eyes begin to lose the ability to focus on near objects. If treating presbyopia, monovision would be an option where one eye is used for distance vision and the other eye is used for near activities. CK uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to heat and shrink tissue instead of laser energy to remove tissue. There is no cutting of tissue and the procedure only takes 3-5 minutes and is virtually painless. CK changes how the cornea focuses light by reshaping the corneal surface on the front of the eye. There may be some discomfort and light sensitivity for a few days. There also may be some gradual change over time back to the original shape of the cornea.

The doctor at Owensboro Family Eye Care do not perform the actual surgical procedures above, but do perform the consultations and post-operative care for these procedures. We can help give you move information and recommend Laser Surgery Centers to you so that you can make the best informed decision about your eyes.

Below are brief descriptions of the various eye conditions we commonly see and treat at Owensboro Family Eye Care in Owensboro.

MWA-3440There are many different types of eye conditions that could be affecting your eyesight or could have long-term consequences if not treated properly or promptly. We list some of the more common conditions below. If you think you or someone in your family has one of these conditions, please contact Owensboro Family Eye Care in Owensboro for an exam and recommendations.

Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)

Lazy eye, medically known as amblyopia, is a loss or lack of development of vision, usually in one eye. This degenerative process usually begins with an inherited condition and appears during infancy or early childhood. Lazy eye needs to be diagnosed between birth and early school age since it is during this period that the brain “chooses” its visual pathway and may ignore the weaker eye permanently.

Lazy eye is not always easy to recognize since a child with worse vision in one eye does not necessarily have lazy eye. Because of this, it is recommended that all children, including those with no symptoms, have a comprehensive eye examination by the age of three and sooner if there is a family history of any eye condition or disease. If you suspect a problem, or need to set up your child’s first eye examination, contact Owensboro Family Eye Care to set up an appointment.

Blepharitis

Blepharitis is a general term for an inflammation of the eyelid and eyelashes. It is among the most common and stubborn eye conditions usually resulting from poor eyelid hygiene, a low-grade bacterial infection (usually staphylococcal), an allergic reaction and/or abnormalities in oil gland function.

Like some other skin conditions, blepharitis can be controlled but not cured. The main goals in treating it are to reduce the amount of bacteria along the lid margin and open plugged glands. Contact Owensboro Family Eye Care to assess the severity of your problem and the best treatment method.

Cataracts

A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s normally clear lens, which leads to a progressive blurring or dimming of vision. It is the world’s leading cause of blindness and among the most common conditions related to aging – by age 65, you have a 50 percent chance of developing a cataract, and, by age 75, it jumps to 70 percent.

A cataract starts out small and initially has little or no effect on vision. As the cataract progresses, it becomes harder to read and perform other normal tasks. In the early stages, your doctor may recommend stronger eyeglasses and adjusting your lighting to reduce glare. When cataracts disrupt your daily life, your doctor may recommend cataract-removal surgery, which is one of the most frequent and successful procedures done in the U.S.

Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer Vision Syndrome is characterized by neck pain, blurry vision, stiff shoulders, headache and watery eyes when working in front of a computer screen. The symptoms are typically due to posture, dry eyes, eye muscle coordination and poorly corrected vision.

Since computer monitors are typically 20 to 26 inches from your eyes, your regular glasses may not be the best option for computer work. This distance range is considered intermediate – closer than what you use to drive a car but farther away than what you use to read. Special lens designs for computer work provide you with a larger intermediate area for viewing the computer and your immediate work area like the top of your desk. Owensboro Family Eye Care can help you determine if these special lenses are appropriate for you.

MWA-3441Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye syndrome refers to a breakdown in the quantity or quality of tears to moisten, cleanse and protect the eyes. This is significant because, with each blink, tears protect the surface of the eye, washing away dust and microorganisms. When this protective coating dries up, the eyes may feel “gritty” or burn and can be more sensitive to light. In extreme cases, vision can be blurred.

If you suspect that you have dry eye, see your eye doctor. Proper care will not only increase your comfort – it will protect your eyes. Your eye care provider can perform a series of tests to determine if you have dry eyes.

Strabismus

Cross-eyed, medically known as strabismus, refers to a condition in which eyes are misaligned. It commonly occurs when the muscles that control eye movement are not properly working together. The result is one or both eyes turning inward, outward, upward or downward, or one or both eyes moving irregularly.

Strabismus is usually diagnosed during childhood and affects about 4 percent of children, afflicting boys and girls equally. Though it cannot be prevented, its complications can be avoided with early intervention. Even if you notice symptoms intermittently – when your child is ill, stressed or fatigued – alert your eye care provider.

Owensboro Family Eye Care has the experience and equipment necessary to diagnose and often treat the eye conditions detailed above at our office in Owensboro. For more information please schedule an appointment with one of our doctors, and we will be in touch with you shortly.

MWA-3412A quick look at some of the most common eye diseases diagnosed and often treated at Owensboro Family Eye Care in Owensboro

“Eye diseases” is a blanket term that refers to a host of diseases relating to the function of the eye. Below we describe some of the more common types of eye diseases and how they are generally treated. For more in-depth information, please speak with your eye care provider at Owensboro Family Eye Care.

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is an infection or inflammation of the conjunctiva – the thin, protective membrane that covers the surface of the eyeball and inner surface of the eyelids. Caused by bacteria, viruses, allergens and other irritants like smoke and dust, pink eye is highly contagious and is usually accompanied by redness in the white of the eye and increased tearing and/or discharge.

While many minor cases improve within two weeks, some can develop into serious corneal inflammation and threaten sight. If you suspect conjunctivitis, visit your eye care provider at Owensboro Family Eye Care for an examination and treatment.

Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetic eye disease is a general term for a group of eye problems that can result from having type 1 or type 2 diabetes, including diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma.

Often there are no symptoms in the early stages of diabetic eye disease, so it is important that you don’t wait for symptoms to appear before having a comprehensive eye exam. Early detection and treatment of diabetic eye disease will dramatically reduce your chances of sustaining permanent vision loss.

Glaucoma

Often called “the silent thief of sight,” glaucoma is an increase in the intraocular pressure of the eyes, which causes damage to the optic nerve with no signs or symptoms in the
early stages of the disease. If left untreated, glaucoma can lead to a decrease in peripheral vision and eventually blindness.

While there is no cure for glaucoma, there are medications and surgery available that can help halt further vision loss. Early detection and regular eye exams are vital to slowing the progress of the disease.

Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is a chronic, progressive disease that gradually destroys sharp central vision due to a deterioration of the macula, a tiny spot in the central portion of your retina comprised of millions of light-sensing cells. Because it is so commonly associated with aging, it is also known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). There are two forms of AMD called “dry,” most common and with no known treatment, and “wet,” less common and treated with laser procedures. Genetic testing is now available to help MWA-3435identify those most likely to develop “wet” macular degeneration.

In most cases, reversing damage caused by AMD is not possible, but supplements, protection from sunlight, eating a balanced diet and quitting smoking can reduce the risk and progression of macular degeneration. For suggestions, speak with your eye care provider at Owensboro Family Eye Care.

Owensboro Family Eye Care has the experience and equipment necessary to diagnose and often treat the eye diseases detailed above, as well as many other eye diseases, at our office in Owensboro. For more information please schedule an appointment with your optometrist, and we’ll be in touch with you shortly.

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