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Our Vision Care Services Knightdale

Comprehensive Eye Examinations | Children's Vision | Laser Correction | Diagnosis & Management Of Eye Diseases | Emergency Eyecare Services | Summer Eye Care

Comprehensive Eye Examinations

Complete eyecare is more than just glasses or contacts. Your eye examination consists of various tests to evaluate the health of your eyes and to determine the best options to correct your visual needs.

Your eyes can provide insight into your overall health. In fact your eyes provide early detection for many different diseases that can affect more than just your vision, including high blood pressure, diabetes, and even heart disease.

Children's Vision:

Did you know that 80% of everything a child learns, understands, and remembers is acquired through his or her visual system? Vision is very important in the learning process. What's worse is that one in four children have undiagnosed vision problems that affect their learning. Sometimes the problem is misdiagnosed as ADD (attention deficit disorder), ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), or dyslexia.

It is important that children receive comprehensive visual exams starting as early in life as possible. Vision screenings at school are not sufficient as a basis for diagnosing vision problems. A comprehensive exam may find a visual problem missed during screenings, and your eye doctor can recommend treatment.

Your child may suffer from a visual problem if they exhibit any of the following characteristics:

  •     Struggles with reading
  •     Grows tired or frustrated with reading
  •     Can't sit still or stay at a task for a length of time
  •     Reverse words, numbers, or letters
  •     Has difficulty remembering the spelling of words
  •     Frequently loses their place, skips words, or skips line of text while reading
  •     Has poor reading comprehension
  •     Has shown no improvement from medications or tutoring

Children suffering from uncorrected vision problems may face many barriers in life – socially, academically, and athletically. Make sure your child's vision is developing well.

Laser Correction:

We work with the top surgeons in the area to provide you with the latest technology options for refractive surgery. Our doctors will meet with you during a free consultation to discuss your visual needs and determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.

Diagnosis And Management Of Eye Diseases:

We want to keep your eyes healthy through regular eye health evaluations, communication and education. We provide complete diagnosis, treatment and management of eye diseases, including…
Cataracts

Cataracts happen when a normally clear lens grows foggy, leading to hazy vision. Your lens is the part of the eye that helps focus an image on the retina and cataracts cause images to appear less sharp. The lens is made mostly of water and protein arranged to let light through. Sometimes the protein clumps, blocking light and making the lens appear cloudy.

Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis commonly called "pink eye," is a redness of the eye. It is often accompanied by a discharge (clear, yellow, or white) and itching in the eye.
Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a condition associated with diabetes and is the leading cause of adult blindness. Diabetic retinopathy occurs when diabetes damages blood vessels in the retina, the tissue in the back of your eye that sends light signals to the brain.

How can I prevent it? Diabetic retinopathy attacks without early warning and usually affects both eyes. People with type I and type II diabetes are at elevated risk. Keeping blood sugar under control helps prevent diabetic retinopathy. It is also important to manage your blood pressure and blood cholesterol. Get an eye exam at least once a year to check for signs of the disease.

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) is a condition characterized by poor secretion of the oil glands in your eyelids. These glands provide the oily layer of your tears that allows tears to spread evenly and prevents them from evaporating off quickly. It is the most common lid disease and affects 40% of all patients and 50% of contact lens patients.

The symptoms of MGD are burning sensation, red eyes/eyelids, fluctuating vision, watering eyes, excessive blinking, and irritated eyes. Many of these symptoms are similar to Dry Eye Syndrome, therefore, it is a condition that commonly goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.

Current therapies include specific eyelid hygiene routines, lubricant eye drops to restore all 3 tear layers, and/or oral medications including fish oil/omega-3 supplements and doxycycline. During your examination Dr. Poirier or Dr. Lutz will look to determine if any Meibomian gland dysfunction is present and if so, the proper steps to take to ensure that the problem is resolved and doesn't affect your daily activities. If you feel like this may be a problem you are suffering from please give us a call so that we can help.
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

Dry Eye Syndrome

Did you know that healthy eyes are constantly creating a soothing film of tears that naturally moistens the front of your eyes? This film helps wash away dust when you blink and protects you from infections. Lubrication is essential for clear, comfortable vision. If your eyes are constantly itchy or dry, you may have dry eye syndrome, which affects almost 10 million Americans. Dry eye syndrome is caused by lack of or poor quality of tears. Tears lubricate the outer layer of the eye, called the cornea. If the tears are not composed of a proper balance of mucous, water, and oil, the eye becomes irritated. Symptoms include stinging, burning or a scratchy sensation, sensitivity to light, trouble wearing contact lenses, and blurred vision that may intensify at day's end.

Chronic dry eye can really interfere with your quality of life and your ability to work, read and perform daily activities. Our experienced doctors can help suggest what treatment may work best for you.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a very common eye disorder affecting millions of Americans. It is caused by damage to the optic nerve of the eyes. Fluid in your eyes helps to nourish and cleanse the inside of your eyes by constantly flowing in and out. When the fluid is prevented from flowing out, the intraocular pressure builds and damages the optic nerve. Other causes of glaucoma are poor blood supply to the optic nerve and genetic factors.

Glaucoma strikes stealthily with no early symptoms and advances slowly. People who have it often don't realize its gradually robbing them of their vision. Glaucoma is a slowly progressive disease that has been called the silent killer of vision. Over time, it's common for your peripheral vision to get worse – that's when you can see clearly what's in front of you, but not on the sides.

Regular eye checkups are crucial to nab glaucoma early, when it's easier to treat. If our doctors find that you have elevated eye pressure, it means you are at risk for glaucoma, but it does not mean you have the disease. A person has glaucoma only if the optic nerve is damaged from the higher pressure.

Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, happens when damage to the macula destroys sharp central vision. The macula is a specialized spot on the retina that allows us to see fine detail of whatever is directly in front of us. Good central vision is what you need to see objects clearly and to perform basic activities like reading and driving. Macular degeneration occurs when the macula begins to deteriorate.

For some, the degeneration happens so slowly they barely notice the change in their vision. For others, macular degeneration happens fast and may lead to vision loss in both eyes. Early symptoms include blurred vision and/or straight lines appearing crooked.

How can I avoid it? If you smoke, stop. It raises your risk of macular degeneration, as do untreated high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, excessive sun exposure and family history of the disorder.

Retinal Detachment

The part of the eye which collects light and transmits the light messages to the optic nerve and brain is the retina. It lines the inner back wall of the eye. When the retina separates from the back wall, it is known as a retinal detachment. It is a serious condition which can cause permanent damage and vision loss if not treated quickly.

Emergency Eyecare Services:

An eye emergency is an event where eyesight is at risk. Events that risk eyesight require prompt treatment to prevent vision loss. Contact us promptly to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

What are some of the symptoms of an eye emergency?

    Metal or foreign material in the eye
    Chemicals in the eyes
    Injuries to the eye
    Pink eye
    Red, swollen or painful eyes
    Eye that is light sensitive
    Double vision
    Sudden loss of vision

Summer Eye Care Tips:

Don't forget your shades! We know you have probably heard this before: Ultraviolet rays are really harmful for your eyes. These rays can burn your cornea; UV rays can lead to the development of cataracts (which can cause hazy vision) and age-related macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness in older Americans). Buy sunglasses with labels that clearly state they protect you from 99%-100% of UVA and UVB light. A dark lens does not necessarily offer UV protection: it must say it does on the label.

A wide-brimmed hat or cap can further protect you from the sun's harmful rays, especially those that hit the eyes from above your sunglasses.

Instead of packing a million activities into your vacation, try getting a little extra sleep. Rest can refresh your eyes and help them work more efficiently.

Smoking is a known factor for macular degeneration and has also been linked to the development of cataracts and dry eye syndrome.

Don't forget the kiddies! Kids of all ages – from babies to teens – need to wear UV-protective sunglasses and a hat or visor.

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