It’s important to have regular comprehensive eye exams regardless of your age or health every year. Your vision is one of the most vital and precious gifts, maintaining your vision is Dr. Carroll’s life mission.
During your comprehensive eye exam, Dr. Carroll will determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Your comprehensive eye exam will include a number of tests utilizing the latest technology to examine the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision.
Macular Degeneration is the leading cause for loss of vision, having affected more than 10 million Americans. Occurring as a result of the degeneration of the central part of the retina — called “macula” —responsible for focusing our vision. This is the part of the eye responsible for facial recognition, reading, driving, and more vital functions. There’s no cure for macular degeneration. However, if diagnosed in the early stages, its progression can be slowed down dramatically. At Double Creek Eye Care we specialize in early diagnosis and treatments.
Diabetes can cause a number of eye related problems including early cataracts and Diabetic Retinopathy, a condition where diabetes can harm blood vessels in the retina. Most patients don’t realize they have a problem until the eye has been significantly compromised. Getting an annual regular Diabetic eye exam can help diagnose the conditions earlier for a more rapid response and treatment.
Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) is a medication used for dermatologic and rheumatologic inflammatory conditions. However, a common side effect of Plaquenil is permanent loss of vision.
Dr. Carroll recommends an annual eye exam for early diagnosis and management of retinal toxicity.
Glaucoma is a common eye condition caused as a result of fluid buildup in the eye. The increased pressure of the fluid can damage the optical nerve gradually. If left untreated, it will eventually lead to permanent loss of vision.
Dr. Carroll recommends an annual eye exam to identify early signs of Glaucoma and initiate treatment before vision loss becomes noticeable.
Keratoconus is a condition where the cornea becomes thin and may come to a point or “cone”. This leads to blurry vision, light sensitivity, nearsightedness, double vision, or astigmatism. Dr. Carroll is proficient in the fitting of various contact lenses for the treatment of this disease.
Types of Lenses:
1. RGP Lenses: Using Rigid Gas Permeable lenses are the primary means of correcting Keratoconus. It becomes a new refractive surface for the eye.
2. Scleral Lenses: These are large diameter gas permeable lenses that stretch over the entire corneal surface. As such, the cornea is replaced with a smooth optical surface that can help correct vision.
3. Hybrid Lenses: These are contact lenses with a rigid gas permeable center and a soft lens periphery. The rigid lens helps in the correction of vision, whereas the outer soft lens optimizes comfort.
4. Soft Lenses: If the Keratoconus has been diagnosed in the early stages, you can use non-specialty soft contact lenses with a thickened central optic zone so as to cover the irregular cornea. KeraSoft and RevitalEyes are examples of specialty soft lenses designed for Keratoconus
Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is where a person has trouble focusing objects in the distance. Dr. Carroll believes it is important to slow the progression of myopia while the eye is developing to prevent future conditions like retinal detachments. There are several ways a patient can slow myopic progression, however the most common technique is called orthokeratology. ( braces for the eye).
Orthokeratology ( ortho – K) is a non surgical procedure where a patient wears rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses while they sleep. In the morning when the patient removes the RGP lenses, their cornea still retains the shape of the contact allowing the person to see clearly at distance without using glasses or contacts.
Dry eye, also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), is the most common eye disease today. Dry eye is an inflammatory condition where a patient does not have enough tears to keep the eye lubricated and nourished. The two main types of dry eye are aqueous deficient and evaporative dry eye. Patients experiencing dry eye syndrome will often complain of burning, gritty, red eyes, and often state they feel like they have a film covering their eye. Here at Double Creek, Dr. Carroll will perform extensive testing to determine the type of dry eye, and develop a treatment plan to bring the ocular surface back to a normal healthy state.
A Cataract is the gradual clouding of the lens of the eye. It prevents images from appearing on the retina, leading to blurred vision. Cataracts usually progress gradually, and are commonly found in patients over the age of 55. Cataract surgery is the most routinely performed surgery today, and is a very quick procedure that takes about 30 mins. During surgery the natural cloudy lens is replaced with a synthetic lens. Dr. Carroll will evaluate the type of cataract present, and if necessary will provide pre and post operative care to ensure the visual outcome is optimal after surgery.
Refractive surgery is routinely performed today on patients that wish to become less dependent on optical correction such as glasses or contact lenses. If you are interested in refractive surgery, it is important to have a comprehensive exam to determine if you are good candidate for surgery. The most commonly performed refractive surgery today is LASIK which can correct most types of refractive errors such as : myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.