Our practice involves primary eye care with a significant emphasis on cataract and refractive surgery, including LASIK, and the medical management of glaucoma and other eye diseases. We believe that it all begins with a comprehensive eye exam.
The Importance of Complete Eye Examinations to Your Overall Health
Many health problems can be diagnosed in their early stages through a comprehensive medical eye examination. Some eye disorders, such as glaucoma, begin without any symptoms at all. Sometimes even minor symptoms, such as blurry or cloudy visio, dry eyes or eye discoloration, can signal a physical illness not related to the eye, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. We encourage you to have routine eye exams to help you maintain your overall health.
A thorough eye exam requires evaluation of the “back of the eye” which requires us to dilate your eyes. The dilating drops may cause temporary blurred vision or light sensitivity; therefore, you should bring a pair of sunglasses and someone to drive you home after your appointment.
The Full Range of Eye Care Services We Provide
- Comprehensive and Routine Eye Exams
- Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery
- Active Lifestyle Lens Implants
- Bladeless Wavelight LASIK
- Glaucoma Evaluation and Treatment
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Lacrimal Disorders
- Complete Optical Services
Preparing for your first visit to our Southwest Florida offices
You will be asked to complete our registration and health history forms during your first visit. In order for us to best meet your needs, it is important for us to know about all medications you are taking and about any allergies you may have. Previous medical records concerning your eye health are also helpful. Please bring your insurance cards so that we can make copies of them for your medical record. Also, remember to bring your eyeglasses to each appointment.
Nearsighted individuals typically have problems seeing well at a distance and are forced to wear glasses or contact lenses. The nearsighted eye is usually longer than a normal eye, and its cornea may also be steeper. Therefore, when light passes through the cornea and lens, it is focused in front of the retina. This will make distant images appear blurred. There are several refractive surgery solutions available to correct nearly all levels of nearsightedness.
Farsighted individuals typically develop problems reading up close before the age of 40. The farsighted eye is usually slightly shorter than a normal eye and may have a flatter cornea. Thus, the light of distant objects focuses behind the retina unless the natural lens can compensate fully. Near objects require even greater focusing power to be seen clearly and therefore, blur more easily. LASIK, Refractive Lens Exchange and Contact lenses are a few of the options available to correct farsightedness.
Asymmetric steepening of the cornea or natural lens causes light to be focused unevenly, which is the main optical problem in astigmatism. To individuals with uncorrected astigmatism, images may look blurry or shadowed. Astigmatism can accompany any form of refractive error and is very common. Astigmatism can be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, corneal relaxing incisions, laser vision correction, and special implant lenses.
Presbyopia is a condition that typically becomes noticeable for most people around age 45. In children and young adults, the lens inside the eye can easily focus on distant and near objects. With age, the lens loses its ability to focus adequately. Although presbyopia is not completely understood, it is thought that the lens and its supporting structures lose the ability to make the lens longer during close vision effort. To compensate, affected individuals usually find that holding reading material further away makes the image clearer. Ultimately, aids such as reading glasses are typically needed by the mid-forties.
Besides glasses, presbyopia can be dealt with in a number of ways. Options include: monovision and multifocal contact lenses, monovision laser vision correction, and new presbyopia correcting implant lenses.