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Posted: 7Nov2017

Eye Exams for Children Are Important!  Kids have no idea if they are seeing clearly or not because if their vision is blurry how would they know what clear vision is like. Also 80% of learning is visual, which is why clear vision is so critical for everyone, especially our children. Signs of vision problems include squinting to see things far away, sitting close to a TV or computer screen, avoidance of reading, headaches while reading, frequent eye rubbing or blinking, developmental delays, failure to maintain eye contact, poor tracking skills or coordination problems in sports such as hand eye coordination.

Eye Exams for Adults Are Important!  Frequently I see adults who haven't had an eye exam in years because they feel they can see fine. That may be true but it doesn't mean your eyes are healthy. It's not uncommon to find gluacoma (causes blindness, no symptoms until it's too late), early cataracts, keratoconus (corneal thinning/ectasia), corneal dystrophy's or degeneration, early macular degeneration, peripheral retinal degeneration, retinal holes or tears, diabetic retinopathy, hypertensive retinopathy or even an occassional tumor during routine eye exams. That's why it's important to get an eye exam every year to make sure nothing exciting is going on.

Why Dilate Eyes?  The reason eye doctors dilate eyes is to get a better view of the retina and optic nerve to evaluate your eyes for eye disease. Trying to see through an undilated pupil is like looking thru a keyhole into a room as opposed to a dilated pupil, which is like looking through an open door to a room. A dilated pupil makes it much easier to see, find and evaluate problems in the retina or optic nerve. 

Diabetics!!!!!  If you're a diabetic, have you had your annual eye exam with a dilation to evaluate for diabetic retinopathy (bleeding in the retina)?  Diabetics should have an eye exam every year or sooner depending on how well controlled their diabetes is and if they have diabetic retinopathy. Diabetics must stay on top of the disease constantly by taking their medications, following their diet and exercising every day (walking if possible 20-30 minutes) if they want to be successful at managing the disease.

High Blood Pressure!!!!!  High blood pressure is a silent killer because it can cause a sudden stroke in the brain, heart attack or blockage of veins or arteries in the retina of the eye leading vision loss. If you have high blood pressure, it makes sense to come in for an annual eye exam to evaluate for signs of hypertensive retinopathy and to check your blood pressure.

Caesars Entertainment:  Effective January 1, 2017 Caesars Entertainment will be accessing the Sierra Health-Care Options and Northern Nevada Health Networks for their self-funded plan employees and dependents.

BlephEx: A patented hand instrument, used to very precisely and carefully, spin a medical grade micro-sponge along the edge of your eyelids and lashes, removing scurf and debris and exfoliating your eyelids. This treatment is great for patients with blepharitis and meibomian gland dysfunction.  For more information, please feel free to contact us.

Have keratoconus or intolerable to regular contact lenses?  Drs. Wong and Williamson have a large selection of Scleral Lenses for the successful management of ocular conditions such as keratoconus, keratoglobus, dry eyes just to name a few conditions. Scleral contact lenses aren't just for irregular corneas, they can also be worned by individuals who require a rigid gas permeable lens but would like to experience more comfort. Our office has available for the following fitting sets to enhance your fitting experience:  Accu Lens Maxim Scleral lens, Alden Zen Lens, Contamac AVT RC Scleral, Custom Craft Scleral, Essilor Jupiter Scleral, Essilor Perimeter Lens, GP Specialist I Sight Scleral, Irregular Corneal Design (I.C.D.) Scleral, XCel Atlantis Scleral, For patients who prefer a smaller diameter corneal lens, we now offer the Rose K2 rigid gas permeable lens. For normal corneas, we have scleral lenses for you too!  Available are the Accu Lens Maxim Comfort SL Scleral Lens and Blanchard Onefit 2.0 Scleral.  Our Medmont Topographer will also ensure proper fitting of these types of lenses on you.

In addition to the Scleral lenses and Standard Rigid Lenses for keratoconus, we also offer a soft lens, NovaKone or a hybrid lens (combination ridgid lens with a soft lens skirt.

Blue Light Blocking Lenses:  Digital eye strain and exposure to the damaging blue light spectrum (400-500nm wavelength) and high energy visible light (430nm +/- 20nm) is an issue for most people because of digital devices such as cell phones, smart phones, e-readers, tablet computers and all other computers. These devices emit blue light that can cause damage to the retina in addition to blue light exposure from being outside in sunlight. Most people are aware of UV exposure and the damage it can do to your eyes and skin but most are not aware that blue light can reach the retina in the back of the eye and cause tissue damage (macular degeneration) over time. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss for people over age 50. Blue light exposure at night also suppresses melatonin which can lead to sleep loss. There are 3 solutions to block blue light; protective coatings for indoor use and protective lenses for indoor or outdoor use. Ask you eye doctor about them.

Want colored lenses but was previously told you couldn't be fit?  In addition to all the standard color lenses available at most offices, our office now has the ability to allow our patients to create their own color lenses. Whether you're nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism, no worries....we can now customize a lens just for you with Bio Colors.  

Advance Your Game with our new Bio SPORT Lenses!  These lenses can serve to block or heighten the various spectrum of light to enhance you indoor or outdoor sports activity. Let us fit you today!

Our Spot PediaVision:  Do you have a child that can't sit still for a vision test? Our office has a vision screening tool which can be used for non responsive children or adults who can't sit still. This is an objective test which will allow us to give you an assessment as to whether or not there is a concern that needs to be addressed.

Myopia Progression a Concern?: Want to slow down progression of your nearsightedness (myopia) or your child's?  Multifocal contact lenses or Corneal Refractive Therapy are available options Drs. Wong and Williamson can discuss with you . Call us at 702-734-9600 to make an appointment for an eye exam!

 

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