High-quality Vision Care
At Eye Health of Somerset, we strive to provide comprehensive, primary eye care for the whole family. Preventative and routine eye exams are important to maintaining good eye health. Often, eye and vision problems do not have obvious symptoms or signs, but are easily diagnosed by a licensed optometrist. By diagnosing eye and vision conditions early on, our optometrists are able to provide treatment options and in many cases restore or prevent vision loss. The American Optometric Association recommends yearly or bi-yearly eye and vision exams, depending on whether you are at-risk or not.
WE PROVIDE DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF:
Glaucoma, Cataracts, Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Eye Disease, Dry Eye, Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye and Infections), Corneal Abrasions, Seasonal Allergic Eye Problems and Eye Injuries, among other eye problems.
Eye Exam & Consultation
During an eye exam, Drs. Murray and Nichols will ask you questions about any symptoms or issues you are experiencing, medications you are currently taking, any blurry vision, your work environment, and your overall health. Family history and previous eye or vision conditions will also be discussed during this part of the examination. Our optometrists will consider this information when determining any treatments or recommendations.
Regular vision testing and evaluations ensure that you always have the clearest vision possible. Our optometrists in Somerset and Stanford, Kentucky, provide regular vision acuity test as part of a comprehensive eye exam. Our eye doctors will measure how each eye is seeing by using a wall eye chart and a reading eye chart. The results of these tests are portrayed as a fraction, with 20/20 being the standard for normal distance and reading vision. Depending on the results of your vision test, our optometrists prescribe corrective glasses, contacts, or eye exercises.
Eye Function Testing
In addition to vision testing, an eye exam in our Somerset and Stanford offices includes testing eye functionality. Our optometrists perform several tests to evaluate depth perception, color vision, eye muscle capabilities, peripheral vision, and responsiveness to light. Several other simple tests are completed to determine whether the eyes are focusing, moving, and working together properly. The test results enable Drs. Murray and Nichols to diagnose any underlying conditions that may be impairing the eyes’ ability to focus or work together.
Protect Your Eyesight
Glaucoma, cataracts, and age-related macular degeneration are just a few of the common eye diseases which affect older patients. Even if your vision is fine, annual eye health exams can detect eye and systemic diseases in the early stages when it is easier to prevent vision loss. Help maintain quality of life with good eye care. People with diabetes, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis and taking certain medications are especially at risk for eye diseases and vision loss.
Everyone wants to protect the eyesight and overall health for themselves and their loved ones – that is why annual eye exams are important. Regular eye care and exams can protect and prevent many eye diseases, if detected early. Today, a whole range of eye problems can be treated successfully without total vision loss. Many vision problems can begin at an early age too, so it’s important for children to receive proper eye care from the time they are infants.
Eye Health for Children
According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age. Children then should receive additional eye exams at 3 years of age, and just before they enter kindergarten or the first grade at about age 5 or 6.
For school-aged children, the AOA recommends an eye exam every two years if no vision correction is required. Children who need eyeglasses or contact lenses should be examined annually or according to their eye doctor’s recommendations. It’s important for parents to make sure their children’s eyes are healthy.
Good eye health and vision is important to your child’s learning, and vision problems can affect their performance in school. Undetected or untreated vision problems can hinder a child’s ability to perform to their full potential in school. Approximately 80 percent of all learning during a child’s first 12 years comes through vision. In fact, many eye diseases can impair vision or lead to vision loss, which is why it is important for people of all ages to have their eyes checked regularly.
At least 10 to 15 percent – or 8 to 12 million – children are at risk for vision impairment. Prevention of these conditions can be easy and can help your student perform his or her best at academics and sports, so schedule your child’s eye exam today! While you’re at it, schedule your exam too!
routine eye Testing
Did you know that your annual visit for testing with your optometrist also serves as an early detection checkup for a variety of health conditions?
The eyes are the single place in the human body where there’s an accessible, unobstructed view of nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue—without the need for surgery. During a comprehensive eye exam, your optometrist can gain an overall understanding of your health and see the beginning stages of many health concerns before they manifest in painful symptoms. Early detection of health concerns is a big benefit to optometric patients because knowledge is power. Knowing about a health condition early gives more time for effective treatment.
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
Our OCT helps us better manage glaucoma and diseases of the retina because this technology allows the eye doctor to see the deep tissue layers in the eye. These high-definition images are the only way that they can actually see beneath the surface to the nerve fiber layers where damage occurs. Up until now, eye doctors had to use other tests to indicate damage in this critical area of sight. Common eye diseases such macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma are detected early by the OCT when the diseases can be more effectively treated.
Visual Field Testing
Visual Field testing can help save vision because it is another test used to diagnose or rule out glaucoma and other neurological disorders that affect vision. This simple, but effective service has saved lives by detecting various medical conditions such as strokes, brain tumors, and other neurological defects.
Dry Eye Disease & Inflammation
Dry Eye Disease
Dry eye disease is a condition in which there are insufficient tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye and for providing clear vision. People with dry eyes either do not produce enough tears or have a poor quality of tears. Over time, a dysfunctional tear film may damage or scar the front surface of the eye, impair vision, and increase risk of infection. Dry eye is a common and often chronic problem.
Approximately half of symptomatic dry eye patients have clinically significant inflammation of the ocular surface. The InflammaDry test can determine the presence or absence of ocular surface inflammation. The InflammaDry test requires a small tear sample collected with a fleece that is gently dabbed along the lower eyelid. The test does not hurt, but some patients may experience slight discomfort. InflammaDry provides test results in 10 minutes; a positive result indicates the presence of ocular surface inflammation.
By using InflammaDry to “rule in” or “rule out” ocular surface inflammation, doctors can better determine the best and most appropriate therapy or combination of customized therapies for each patient. Patients with confirmed inflammation may benefit from anti-inflammatory therapy. Repeated InflammaDry testing after initiation of therapy can confirm if the patient response to therapy is adequate, or if additional therapy is required.
LASIK Vision Correction
In our office, you will receive a thorough and detailed assessment to determine your candidacy for laser vision correction. You will have an opportunity to ask any questions that you may have. Our doctor is fully certified and experienced in laser vision correction pre- and post-operative care.
We know that laser vision correction is a considerable decision, and your needs and expectations will be taken into account in the evaluation process. You will receive an unbiased recommendation as to your suitability for the procedure.
We use tear analysis for the diagnosis for various ocular surface diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, allergy, and dry eye.
A pachymetry test is a simple, quick, painless test to measure the thickness of your cornea. With this measurement, your doctor can better understand your IOP reading, and develop a treatment plan that is right for your condition. The procedure takes only about a minute to measure both eyes.
Fundus photography is an advanced digital retinal photograph. By taking a digital fundus photo image of the back portion of the eye (the retina), the doctor can detect and monitor ocular health. The screening picture that is produced captures a clear view of the optic nerve, blood vessels, macula and fovea. Fundus photos can be a baseline measurement for future comparison. A look at the internal view of the eye can be key in detecting Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Diabetic retinopathy, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Retinal detachments and many more eye issues detectable at very early stages.
Restore Your Vision
At Eye Health of Somerset, we provide comprehensive care to meet the vision needs of our patients. As optometrists, Dr. Tamela Murray and Dr. Josh Nichols offer pre and post-operative care for patients undergoing LASIK eye surgery or other eye surgical procedures. Our goal is to help you attain the clearest vision possible using advanced technologies.
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