Reading an eye chart mounted or projected on a wall is a standard part of every visit to the optometrist today, but it wasn't always that way. Centuries ago, practitioners struggled to measure vis ...View Article
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At Kensington Optometry, we are committed to providing you the best possible professional and personalized eye care. We hope this information will help acquaint you with our office and the scope of services we offer. We encourage you to ask any of our staff if you have further questions.
The development of critical vision skills begins within the first weeks after birth. We recommend that parents take every opportunity to nurture proper visual development in their newborns by providing a variety of visual shapes, colors, textures, patterns and challenges which invite their child's curiosity and interest in their surroundings. This can be immensely rewarding to the parents as they watch their child reach their full potential. Of course, if any unusual behavior is noticed, such as frowning, eye rubbing or an eye turning in or out, you should call our office to arrange an appointment. Our doctors can quickly assess whether your child may have a problem that could affect their progress in the pre-school years and in school. Early detection and treatment is key to preventing visual impairment of learning. Children as young as 6 months of age can be examined. Even children who don't appear to have problems should have a thorough eye examination by age three, and again before entering school.
When your eyes are forced to work under adverse conditions, not only does your comfort suffer but so does your productivity. Although today's working world puts unique demands on your eyes with often less than optimal conditions such as lighting or extended use at inflexible distances or angles, our doctors can work with you to help lessen eyestrain and enhance visual comfort. For our patients needing multiple prescriptions, especially after age 40, we have a variety of state-of-the-art solutions, including specialized contact lenses and ophthalmic lens designs, which can be of great benefit!
We offer a wide array of choices in lens styles and materials, the latest in fashion frames, and contact lenses to suit almost anyone or any lifestyle. For those who prefer not to be dependent on glasses or contacts, many are now choosing to have laser vision correction, a safe, comfortable and accurate way of reducing the amount of visual correction needed. Our doctors and staff are ready to assist you in making the right choice for you and your specific lifestyle and needs.
As we get older, our vision is likely to change, even in the absence of any prior problems. Annual eye examinations become increasingly important to monitor changes, provide optimal vision and to allow early detection of vision-threatening disorders such as glaucoma or retinal problems. Some conditions, such as cataracts, may not necessarily result from disease. Our doctors can evaluate their impact on your visual function and can often delay the need for surgery by the use of special prescription lenses and materials.
A comprehensive eye examination can take up to one hour and will include: external and internal eye health evaluation (tests for glaucoma, cataract, visual field defects, etc.), refraction (careful measurement of you prescription), binocular vision assessment and consultation. More in-depth testing will be performed when required. Our doctors routinely provide solutions for patients with computer vision problems and eyes that are tired, strained, itchy, red, dry, light-sensitive, burning, or painful.
Comprehensive eye exams for contact lens-wearers will include additional testing to ensure that the lenses worn are appropriate for optimal vision, comfort, and eye health. The contact lens prescription, eye-teaming and focusing, and internal and external eye health are also evaluated. Contact lens fitting and follow-up services includes corneal and tear film evaluation, as well as assessment of the performance of the contact lenses with regard to vision, comfort and long-term eye-health. Our doctors prescribe the most advanced types of soft and rigid contact lenses including specialty designs for dry eyes, changing eye color, astigmatism, presbyopia (bifocal and monovision), orthokeratology, irregular corneas (post-corneal transplant, post-refractive surgery, keratoconus, scarred corneas), and theatrical and prosthetic uses.
Vision training can be considered for improving ocular-motor skills and visual-perceptual deficiencies. Non-surgical treatments are available for amblyopia, strabismus, convergence insufficiency, and accommodative disorders. Our doctors can diagnose and treat learning disabilities related to poor visual skills, and visually-based perceptual and attention deficits.
We offer low vision evaluations and visual rehabilitation for the vision-impaired. Our office provides specialized services for patients with poor vision due to conditions such as macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Patients can be prescribed optical and computer devices, such as stand and hand-held magnifiers, high-plus spectacles, telescopes, bioptics, and closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs). These aids allow patients to make the most of existing vision for activities like reading.
Problem-focused exams for eye emergencies including eye pain, "pink" eye, "flashes and floaters", and sudden vision loss are available. All our doctors are certified in the treatment and management of ocular disease. They prescribe certain topical and oral medications and perform minor therapeutic procedures such as superficial foreign body removal, epilation, punctal occlusion, and punctal dilation and irrigation.
We offer refractive surgery and cataract pre and post-operative care. Independent evaluations are available for patients desiring to know if they are a good candidate for refractive surgery, including LASIK, PRK, LTK, LASEK, wavefront or Custom-ablation, phakic-lens implants, as well as cataract surgery. We also will provide refractive surgery complications management and second opinions for patients experiencing less-than-optimal vision after LASIK, PRK, Intacs, incisional keratotomy, LTK, or other procedures.
Some procedures, including comprehensive examinations may require that your eyes be dilated. By the completion of the examination, you should be able to drive. However, should that not be comfortable for you, we suggest you arrange for someone to drive you home. Following your examination, the doctor will explain the results and answer any questions you may have. We will also make recommendations for any continuing eye care.