At Parenti-Morris Eyecare, your vision is our primary concern. We offer correction for vision conditions and disorders such as myopia (near-sightedness), hyperopia (far-sightedness), astigmatism, and presbyopia. We also specialize in the diagnosis and management of eye diseases such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and cataracts.
Our vision correction services aren't just about clear vision - they're about healthier vision. That's why we use the latest in diagnostic technology and prescription lens technology to assess your vision needs and provide optimal vision performance. For more information, please call or email our office.
What are Refractive Procedures?
Refractive procedures manipulate the eye to improve vision. Though there are several types of refractive procedures, the most popular is known as LASIK (laser assisted in situ keratomileusis). LASIK involves a custom laser reshaping of the cornea. This laser treatment essentially places your prescription into the cornea tissue to provide vision correction. The resulting shape change of the cornea is intended to correct light focus in place of presciption lenses.
Is LASIK Right For Me?
Not everyone is a proper candidate for a LASIK procedure. Candidates should typically be 21 years of age or older. If you are pregnant, nursing, or suffering from a number of diseases, you probably are not eligible for LASIK. You are also not eligible if your prescription has changed a great deal over the past year. Talk to your eye doctor about LASIK. They will be able to assess your eligibility, the risks you may encounter, and can recommend how to move forward.
Is the Procedure Safe?
In rare cases, there have been complications that have arisen after the procedure, including discomfort secondary to dry eye syndrome or the inability to wear contact lenses. In even rarer cases, there have been complications relating to infection and healing after the procedure. However, as technology improves, there will likely be a decrease in these instances.
Children's Vision and Learning
Did you know that 80% of everything a child learns, understands, and remembers is acquired through his or her visual system? Vision is very important in the learning process.
A troubling fact is that one in four children have undiagnosed vision problems that affect their learning. Sometimes the problem is misdiagnosed as ADD (attention deficit disorder), ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), or dyslexia.
It is important that children receive comprehensive visual exams starting as early as 6 to12 months of age. Vision screenings at school, although helpful, are not sufficient for diagnosing all vision problems. A comprehensive exam may find a visual problem missed during screenings, and your eye doctor can recommend treatment.
Your child may suffer from a visual problem if they exhibit any of the following characteristics:
- struggles with reading
- grows tired or frustrated with reading
- can't sit still or stay at a task for any length of time
- reverses words, numbers, or letters
- has difficulty remembering the spelling of words
- frequently loses their place, skips words, or skips lines of text while reading
- has poor reading comprehension
- has shown no improvement from medication or tutoring
Children suffering from uncorrected vision problems may face many barriers in life socially, academically, and athletically. Make sure your child's vision is developing properly. Call our office today to schedule a comprehensive eye health and vision examination for your child.