Your Vision Is Our #1 Priority
When it comes to correcting your vision, the optometrist and staff at The Eye Center of Paducah applies the latest technology available in eye care services. Whether fitting you with contacts for the first time, administering a back to school exam for your children or helping you find a pair of glasses that make you feel confident and comfortable, our staff takes time to ensure that patients receive the level of top-notch service that they deserve.
The Highest Quality in Vision Care
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The Highest Quality in Vision Care
Comprehensive Eye Exam
Seeing clearly is an important part of your overall wellness. Your eye health often directs eye doctors and physicians to other serious health conditions. In addition to determining the clarity of a patient’s vision, a comprehensive eye exam reviews a patient’s overall health and medical history. This helps identify any larger medical issues that patients may not be aware of.
A comprehensive eye exam is a 3-step process.
1) First, we review and determine your specific eye care needs when it comes to what kind of vision you have. Refractive error can cause nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. We are able to correct this with eyeglasses, contact lenses and refractive surgery.
2) Next, we evaluate the overall health of your eyes. We will dilate your eyes so that we can assess their internal structure. This allows the optometrist to detect eye diseases, such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Both of these eye diseases can lead to blindness if not detected early.
3) Dr. Gibson then recommends a form of treatment most suitable for the individual and his or her eye condition.
Yearly Eye Exam
Whether or not you are experiencing problems with your vision, it’s important to schedule a yearly eye exam with an optometrist. Believe it or not, your eyes provide a clear look into your body’s overall health, including you blood vessels, arteries and cranial nerve. In addition to determining the root cause of vision problems, an annual eye exam administered by an optometrist can aid in the early detection of chronic systemic diseases, such as diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Pediatric Eye Exams
Back to School Eye Exams for Children
In Kentucky, children ages three through six are required to receive a comprehensive eye exam before entering a public school for the first time. (Link to the state’s Q & A: (click here). The benefit to this comprehensive eye exam is that it allows our optometrist to detect eye problems in the early stages of a child’s growth and development. About 13 percent of children under the age of five experience trouble with their vision. After the age of five that number increases to 25 percent. The younger a child is when eye problems are diagnosed, the more easily treatable the condition in most cases. That’s why it’s important to have a comprehensive eye exam done annually to ensure that vision is corrected as the child develops.
A vision screening at a local health department or by a local pediatrician will not meet this requirement. These health care offices are not adequately equipped to administer comprehensive eye exams and do not typically have an eye doctor on staff to do a thorough examination. That is why the state requires that the eye exam be administered in the office of an optometrist or an ophthalmologist.
Not only is a child’s vision part of his or her overall health, it has also been connected to a child’s ability to excel in school. If your child is able to see well, he is much more likely to enjoy school and to be a good student.
Back to school eye appointments at The Eye Center of Paducah fill up quickly so call 270.415.5080 to make an eye appointment for your child today.
LASIK is a form of refractive eye surgery that can eliminate the need for glasses and contacts. It is a refractive eye surgery, which reshapes the cornea of the eye using a laser. At our office, we can run a series of tests to determine whether you are a candidate for the LASIK procedure. Those who qualify will be referred to a refractive surgeon to perform the procedure. We will care for patients eye care needs after their refractive surgery.
For those who are too near-sighted for LASIK surgery to be an effective form of treatment, there is an alternative option called phakic IOL implantation. This surgery implants a lens between the cornea and the iris.
An Optomap Retinal Exam is one of the most advanced eye care technologies available today. The eye’s retina behaves very much like film in a camera. It’s the part of the eye that allows a person to capture the images that he sees. Problems with the retina are not always easily detected. The Optomap Retinal Exam allows the optometrist to determine the overall health of a person’s eyes. A scan of the retina using this therapy is the best way for an optometrist to detect eye diseases and other health problems early.
Optomap Retinal Exams can aid in early detection of eye diseases including:
· Macular degeneration
· Retinal tears and detachments
· Other health problems, such as diabetes and high blood pressure
The information gathered from this exam is used as a comparative tool that the eye doctor can refer back to if eye problems present themselves in future exams.