We believe good vision is a most precious gift. With that in mind, we'll do all we can as your primary eye health care provider to preserve, protect, and enhance this gift.
We recommend regularly scheduled, preventive eye health examinations that ensure early detection of any vision disorders. Our complete eye health examinations evaluate many components of your visual system, including:
We employ an active recall system that reminds you of scheduled follow-up visits on conditions we're monitoring in the interest of your total eye health.
Now you can be free of daytime contact lenses and glasses during your daily activities without undergoing surgery and enjoy great vision! Recent clinical research combined with the latest corneal surface mapping technology, computerized manufacturing and space age oxygen-breathing materials have brought new science to corneal reshaping.
Corneal Refractive Therapy is a non-surgical process clinically developed to reshape the cornea while you sleep. The result is the temporary correction of myopia with or without moderate astigmatism.
Similar in appearance to standard contact lenses, therapeutic lenses gently reshape the corneal surface during sleep and provide clear, natural vision when the lenses are removed upon waking.
Because Paragon CRT offers freedom from glasses and the hassle of wearing contact lenses during the day, this leading-edge technology can enhance the lifestyle of those requiring vision correction. Active individuals can freely participate in sports without the interference of glasses or bother of contacts. Eye irritation or dryness, sometimes associated with contact lens wear due to outside dust and pollutants, is eliminated.
When you come to Family Eye Care Associates, we know you are trusting us with your most important sense: your good vision. We're honored to be given the opportunity to provide your eye care and will work to earn your on-going trust.
It's our mission to provide the best possible eye care to each and every patient, along with the highest quality products available. This high level of performance demands that we remain informed and trained in the latest eye health care techniques and procedures. We require every member of our Family Eye Care Associates team to be ever vigilant in meeting our patients' needs. Because our goal is 100% patient satisfaction.
At Family Eye Care Associates, we've invested in the most sophisticated diagnostic equipment to be sure your eye health examination is as thorough as possible.
Our retinal cameras take incredibly accurate photos of the back of your eye to detect and monitor any sight-threatening conditions like diabetes, glaucoma, macular degeneration, hypertension, cataracts, and vascular disease.
Computerized corneal topography allows us to 'map' the entire surface of the cornea, enabling us to fit you with the most comfortable contact lens for your eyes, and allows us to detect any corneal warpage caused by a dirty or poorly fitting lens.
Autorefractors give us the power to determine the most accurate prescription for improving your vision by taking readings of hundreds of points in your eye.
The Right Prescription for Every Vision Condition
Advances in eyewear technology mean more options than ever before for correction of your visual condition. We offer them all, from ultra thin lenses and anti-glare coating to invisible bifocals.
You'll find one of the area's largest selections of fashion and budget frames, with trained stylists to help you choose the perfect frames for your looks, tastes and style. We also offer a wide variety of specialty eyewear and lenses for computer users and sports enthusiasts.
We are at the forefront of contact lens technology, successfully fitting patients for virtually every vision condition including astigmatism, bifocals - even lenses that change your eye color - available in regular, extended wear, and disposable types.
We offer advanced vision therapy techniques, which help reinforce and develop vision and perception skills.
For those suffering from serious degenerative vision conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration or diabetes, we provide the state-of-the-art equipment and training that works best to optimize vision quality.
Our professionals can help fit you into a pair of lenses that is just right for you. We are experts in fitting contact lenses and can handle the most specialized needs. Whether rigid or soft lenses, we are experienced in handling the most difficult of prescriptions.
If you have allergies, then you know allergies can be particularly annoying to contact lens wearers. In the past many people had to quit wearing their lenses during the allergy season. However, new lens materials and allergy medications have made it possible for these people to eliminate the burning itchy eyes associated with allergies. Prescription medications such as Patanol and Elestat are amazingly effective and safe even in children as young as three. Let us know when you come in for your appointment if you have special allergy needs and we will be happy to help you.
Our optical laboratory has the latest in equipment to not only fabricate your glasses, but to maintain and repair them should they become broken or damaged. We are able to tint, coat, harden and edge spectacle lenses. We are able to provide you with any frame or lens design available. Our highly qualified opticians and staff are able to adjust and fit your glasses to you for extended comfort and vision.
Most people with vision correction issues are wanting to know more about LASIK and whether it is right for them. Here is a brief description of the procedure;
A flap is surgically cut in the cornea and gently folded back. An Excimer Laser is used to reshape the cornea into a flatter shape (this is much like a contact lens corrects vision by forming a new shape on the cornea). The flap is then put back in place, acting like a natural bandage. The healing process is quick and the discomfort level is quite low.
People will often say that they did not feel anything, and could see well the very first day. Most people have improved vision in 24-48 hours. but it must be noted that each person will heal at a different rate. Vision, although greatly improved immediately after surgery, often continues to improve for some weeks, even months.
LASIK is not for everyone. People's eyes are different so even though you may have had a friend who has had LASIK, it may not be the best course of treatment for you. If you are interested in laser vision correction, we will be happy to guide you in picking the right surgeon, procedure and laser appropriate for you.
After the procedure, our unsurpassed post-op care involves monitoring your eyes and adjust your medication for the best possible results.
Vision, in the broadest sense, is the global ability of the brain to extract, process and act on information presented to the eye. This complex process can be thought of as three major but related areas: visual acuity, which is largely dependent upon refractive status and eye health; visual efficiency skills, representing eye focusing, teaming, and tracking skills; and visual information processing, representing the ability to recognize and discriminate visual stimuli and to interpret them correctly based upon previous experience. Every examination we provide, regardless of age, has these thoughts in mind.
Our office provides emergency services for eye infections and eye injuries. Please call our office at 586-779-4200 or 586-263-9708 during office hours, after hours or on weekends. Our staff will work with you to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. State of the art microscopes allow us to examine the front surface of the eye and facial areas around the eye for infection or injury. After assessing the extent of the injury or infection a treatment plan will be formulated and explained to you. Treatment may include medications and supportive care. Follow-up visits to monitor your recovery will be scheduled as needed.
Dry Eyes: Symptoms include scratchy eyes, burning, mild redness and gritty feeling eyes. Oral medications, reading, computer tasks and dry environments may aggravate marginally dry eyes. Dry eyes can be diagnosed by using dyes to observe tear patterns, evaluation of the amount of tears on the front of the eye and from review of your symptoms. Treatment may include artificial tears; eye drops for treating allergies; and/or punctal plugs inserted in the tear drainage canals.
Cataracts: The natural lens in the eye gradually becomes less clear as we get older. When opacities develop in the lens and the lens gets too hazy, vision will be impaired. Our office can diagnose and manage cataract care. When the cataract affects the vision to the extent that you cannot read or see distant objects comfortably, we will recommend cataract surgery. Our office co-manages with cataract specialists that are proven experts in cataract surgery. Cataract surgery can provide you with a bright new world of vision.
Glaucoma: Glaucoma gradually destroys the optic nerve tissue in the back of the eye. The greatest danger of glaucoma stems from the fact that the disease is painless and without obvious symptoms until significant damage has occurred. The most common cause is from pressure being too high inside the eye, but vascular disease and other diseases can also cause glaucoma. We always monitor for glaucoma during routine eye examinations. Tests include checking the pressure of the eye, screening for peripheral vision defects and analyzing the appearance of the optic nerve. If you are diagnosed with glaucoma, we typically prescribe medications that lower the eye pressure. Most forms of glaucoma are successfully treated with eye drops. Laser treatments and eye surgery are secondary treatments that offer alternative ways to treat more advanced glaucoma.
Diabetes: Diabetic patients should have a dilated retinal examination each year. Laser treatments have proven to slow the progression of retinal eye disease for many patients. Diabetes often stimulates the growth of new blood vessels in the back of the eye, which ultimately leak and damage the retina. If this condition is discovered early, laser treatment can destroy these vessels. We have the latest instruments used to detect changes in the back of the eye. If we discover advancing diabetic eye disease that can be treated or needs further evaluation, we will refer you for consultation and further testing to a board certified retinal specialist.
What is Low Vision?
Low vision is a congenital or acquired impairment of funcitonal vision to a level which is inadequate for daily living needs. Low vision sufferers just can't see as they used to, even with glasses.
Unfortunately, only about 25% of all people with low vision have ever seen a low vision specialist to discover the treatment options that are available.
Common types of low vision include:
What causes Low Vision?
Low vision can be an inherited trait. And certain eye diseases can result in low vision, diseases like:
and others. Vision can also be reduced or lost due to brain damage, stroke, and serious head injuries.
We can help.
At Family Eye Care Associates, our Low Vision specialists have years of experience successfully treating people with low vision to help them live and work more productively.
We start your examination process by asking for a complete general and eye health history of you and your family. In addition, we'll want to know how your unique low vision condition affects your day-to-day functions, including such things as:
Preliminary testing will examine:
Based on our findings, we'll determine the best possible spectacle correction, evaluate various electronic and optical low vision aids, and develop a complete treatment plan to meet your goals for