The more you know as a patient, the more confident you can feel in your treatment. Exploring the educational materials below empowers our patients to more fully understand some of the most common eye conditions — and the solutions available for each.
- Cataract Surgery
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Macular Degeneration
- Central Retinal Vein Occlusion (CRVO)
- Retinal Tear or Detachment
- Posterior Vitreous Detachment
- Intravitreal Injection
- Dry Eyes
Everyone needs regular eye exams. It’s important for adults to schedule eye exams to monitor their eye health and check for problems. Conditions that are often detected during eye exams include glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy. Early detection of these conditions allows for the widest range of treatment options and the best chance of slowing or reversing any symptoms.
While children often get their scheduled exams during pediatrician visits, adults have to remember to make time for check ups. This is especially important for adults who have a family history of eye problems or have higher risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure, work conditions or medications. All adults should have their eyes examined every two years, and those with eye or vision issues should visit their optometrist yearly or bi-yearly.
Contact Lens Exam
The field of optometry changes quickly, and now many more patients are able to enjoy the flexibility of wearing contact lenses to correct their vision. Computer Vision This allows us to schedule the extra time required for contact lens fitting or prescription updates.
Scheduling your general eye exam and your contact lens exam for the same visit will save you time and money. Performing these exams at different locations or with different optometrists can lead to repeated tests and additional fees.
Our contact lens exams include questions about your lifestyle and the various options available to you. There are a variety of contact lenses on the market that can be changed at different frequencies: daily, weekly, monthly. Rigid gas permeable (RGP or GP) contact lenses are an option that often provide sharper vision than traditional soft lenses. Bifocal contact lenses are an option to correct vision issues that develop with age (presbyopia). So is monovision, which is a special technique where one eye corrects for distance vision and the other eye corrects for near vision. Some contacts even allow you to change eye color.
Here at Central Utah Eye, we are pleased to offer multifocal contact lenses. We will do everything we can to ensure they fit properly.
Multifocal contact lenses are not your grandparents’ bifocals. They are designed to help people who have trouble with their vision, both close up and far away. This condition is called presbyopia.
Because multifocal contact lenses are more complex than normal contacts, it is important to have the perfect fit so you can see as well as possible. It may take a little extra time and cost a little bit more, but it is worth having good vision without needing your thick eyeglasses.
If you are concerned that you may be suffering from presbyopia but really want to try contacts, it is really important to find someone who is skilled at fitting patients who are hard to fit. These hospitals will have special equipment to measure your cornea even better so you can have the best fit possible.
At Central Utah Eye, our goal is for you to have the best vision possible. In addition to our eye exams, we measure how your eyes see with wall and reading eye charts. This allows us to describe your vision using a fraction scale, where 20/20 represents normal vision. Based on your vision, our optometrists will recommend vision corrections such as traditional glasses, contact lenses, surgery, or other alternatives.
We look forward to discussing your options so you can enjoy clear vision in the most comfortable way possible. Common issues that alter your vision are myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia. Factors such as lifestyle, environment, work setting, and age can all determine which solution is best for you.
Astigmatism is one of the most common vision conditions; most people have some form of astigmatism. Astigmatism can be caused by an irregular shaped cornea or curvature of the lens, and can lead to blurred vision.
Minor astigmatism may not affect your vision or require treatment. However, many cases lead to blurred or distorted vision, which can result in pain and headaches. Typically, astigmatism is present with nearsightedness and farsightedness. These conditions are described as refractive errors.
At Central Utah Eye, our examinations test for astigmatism using a phoropter and retinoscope, which measure refraction. Depending on the amount of astigmatism, we can provide eyeglasses or contact lenses to help correct your condition. A wide range of other solutions may be available and our optometrists will discuss your options during your consultation.
Near and Farsightedness
Here at Central Utah Eye, we are dedicated to caring for patients who have nearsightedness and farsightedness.
Nearsightedness, known as myopia, makes it difficult to see objects far away. It is caused when the light entering the eye is focused in front of the retina instead of on it. This typically occurs when the eyeball is elongated, which is common in children who are growing quickly. Changes in your child’s vision may happen often, so it is important for them to continue to visit the eye doctor regularly to update their prescriptions for their glasses or contacts.
Farsightedness, known as hyperopia, makes it difficult to see objects that are close. It is caused when the light entering the eye is focused behind the retina instead of on it.. This can be a result of the eyeball being too short. Many times, farsightedness occurs at birth. Some children outgrow the condition without experiencing many symptoms.
Both nearsightedness and farsightedness can be treated with corrective lenses such as glasses or contact lenses. After a thorough examination with a vision screening, we will be able to find the correct prescription so that you or your child will be able to see clearly.
There are many different styles, shapes, and materials to choose from when picking out the best frames for your lenses. This can sometimes be an overwhelming and difficult decision, but at Central Utah Eye, we are happy to help you find the best frames for your specific wants and needs. Although frames are primarily a style choice, they are also affected by prescription strength. High-index prescriptions may limit which frames can support your lenses, but our friendly opticians are happy to help you find the right solution!
Frame material is also an important choice that needs to be made when choosing your frames. For our patients with metal allergies, we offer several options in alternative frame materials such as plastic or acetate. Since plastic and acetate frames are generally not adjustable, it is crucial to get the proper fit. Stainless steel frames are also an option as it tends to be less irritating than other metals for those with sensitive skin. Titanium is another alternative, and they are incredibly lightweight as well as durable and hypoallergenic.
At Central Utah Eye, we want to help you find the very best frames, and we are confident that our wide selection will have multiple options for everyone in the family! Our opticians will guide you through the selection process and ensure your new frames fit your face and lifestyle perfectly.
Computer Vision is a relatively new term within the optometry field and refers to eye problems associated with the prolonged use of computers and electronics that use a digital screen. Although it can be temporary, there are times when computer vision can strain the eyes to a degree that permanently affects your vision as well. An existing eye condition can worsen as the eyes try to focus and adjust to a computer screen and precautions should be taken if you spend long hours in front of a computer screen. Some people with astigmatism will feel completely normal until they get in front of a computer and the condition seems to come back into play. Just as some people use glasses for driving at night there are glasses specifically designed for use with a computer.
Simple factors, such as proper lighting and posture, can make a big difference. Most people don’t realize how hard their eyes are working in front of a computer screen and preventive measures may sound obvious but are frequently overlooked or ignored. Adjusting the screen resolution or checking the brightness and contrast can instantly ease the tension on your eyes. Double check the screen settings for your computer and take breaks if you spend long hours in front of the computer as well. If you have been experiencing blurry vision, dry eyes, eye strain, headaches, neck or back pain, try adjusting the lighting, posture, and the distance in front of your computer screen. If computer vision symptoms persist, call us to set up a consultation and we can do a full diagnosis.
We will evaluate the best method in treating your digital eye strain so computer vision does not become an ongoing issue and lead to a bigger eye problem. This eye condition is quite common so don’t hesitate to take the proper steps to improve your vision by calling our office at (435) 287-0563 or request an appointment!
There are times when your vision can be improved without the use of glasses. Sometimes, this can be therapy to strengthen areas of the eye that have weakened and other times it can be training to improve your reaction and timing beyond the average person. Sports Vision training involves high level eye tracking, depth perception, and hand-eye coordination. Many athletes will practice these exercises to keep their eye health in peak condition.
There are various exercises and specific exams used for Sports Vision testing. Office tests and fields can both help determine how your eye will function beyond the realm of normal activity. We can customize a program to strengthen your vision based on your level of activity. If you are interested in what training method would be best for you, please call our office at (435) 287-0563 or request an appointment to go over any questions or set up a consultation.
Sunglasses are designed to protect your eyes from sunlight. While all tinted lenses help to protect your eyes from sunlight, some will protect your eyes better than others. Sunglasses with lenses that block ultraviolet sunlight are the best option. Although sunglasses can be expensive, there are many affordable brands that provide great protection from harmful sunlight as well. If you are interested in finding the best brand of sunglasses for your lifestyle, we can help you find them.
We have a variety of options for you to choose from that will comfortably fit your face and let you enjoy the warm weather in style. Prescription lenses can be applied to most sunglasses and we can help you order a specific brand if we don’t have them in the store.
Dry Eye Treatment
Here at Central Utah Eye, we are proud to offer dry eye treatment for our patients.
To keep your eyes healthy, you need to have tears to provide moisture and lubrication. This is not only for your comfort, but it helps with your vision. Tears are secreted by glands around your eyes. When you do not make enough tears, you have a condition called dry eyes.
There is no cure for dry eye. Instead, we have ways to make you more comfortable. There is a product called artificial tears. This comes in drops and ointments. Depending on your needs, one may work better for you.
We also perform temporary and non-dissolving punctal plugs. These are used to close the ducts that help with the overflow of tears. If you stop the tears from draining out of your eye, you will have more tears in your eyes. We start with a temporary one to see if it is going to help before trying a more permanent arrangement.
If necessary, we may also prescribe a medication for chronic dry eyes. We may also talk to you about other medications and your nutrition. Many supplements have been helpful for patients with dry eye.
Foreign Body Removal
Here at Central Utah Eye, we are proud to offer foreign body removal for our patients.
When you get something in your eye, it is very important to get it out as soon as possible. Foreign objects can damage your eye causing scratches, ulcers, and even more. It is also important not to try to remove them yourself, causing even more damage!
If you ever have something in your eye, we will happily remove it for you. We also use this time to ensure that you don’t have any damage from the foreign body.
Our Mount Pleasant Office Now Offers Additional Services Including:
Frames for eyeglasses and sunglasses
Prescription lenses for distance, computer/electronic device, and near use
- Lens options also include anti-reflective coatings and blue-light filter
- Bifocal, trifocal, progressive, polarized, mirror and Transitions lenses also available
Contact Lens Exams
Multifocal Contact Lenses