- Comprehensive Eye Exams
- Contact Lenses
- Hard To Fit Contact Lenses
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Macular Degeneration/AMD
- Computer Vision
- Diabetic Eye Care
- Surgery Co-management
- Dry Eye Treatment
- Designer Eye Wear
- Pediatric Eye Care
- Ocular Services Diseases (allergies, etc.)
Comprehensive Eye Exams
We offer a variety of contact lenses from monthly, to daily, to colored contacts that best fit you and your prescription.
During your contact lens trial period, we will give you the latest and greatest contact lenses for you to try that the doctor thinks will best suit you.
Dr. David Eldred strongly believes in the health of your eyes and Dailies contacts are the safest bet for many reasons.
Because I consider Alcon DAILIES contact lenses to be a healthy option in contact lens wear, I have prescribed them for 68% of my patients- David Eldred, OD.
Are you satisfied with buying solutions every month and cleaning your lenses every night, or would you rather skip those steps?
This is a cost and convenience issue. Most people would rather not clean their lenses. Dailies contacts offer a convenient no solution option.
Schedule a contact lens fitting at the time of your exam. If you have a current glasses prescription call to schedule your contact lens fitting.
Nowadays, most people prefer to wear contacts instead of glasses. If you are interested in contact lenses, please let your eye doctor know prior to your appointment. During your exam, we will discuss the various contact lenses available and determine the best option based on your individual needs and lifestyle.
Hard To Fit Contact Lenses
Here at Eldred Eye Center, we specialize in hard to fit contacts cases. We strive to provide the most comfortable and cost effective contact lens for each and every one of our patients. We begin with a specialized fitting to help determine the ideal match for your specific condition.
Diabetic retinopathy causes problems with your retina, the part of your eye responsible for transferring visual information to your brain for processing. Diabetic retinopathy can cause blood vessels in the retina to leak fluid or bleed, resulting in distorted vision.
Age-related macular degeneration or AMD is the leading cause of adult blindness in developed countries and affects nearly 1 in 8 adults over the age of 60. AMD is a chronic, progressive disease that attacks the macula, a part of the retina that allows us to see objects located straight ahead of us. The macula is responsible for your central vision, which allows you to do things like recognize faces, read, and watch TV.
Stages of Age-Related Macular Degeneration
As a progressive disease, AMD reveals itself in stages.
- Subclinical AMD
This the earliest detectable stage of age-related macular degeneration. The first warning sign is trouble seeing at night. Many people blame poor night vision on the normal aging process and don’t report the symptom to their doctor. Don’t make that mistake. If you begin having difficulty reading in dim light or adjusting to seeing in the dark, let us know. Identifying AMD at this point is critical to proactively manage the disease.
- Early to Intermediate AMD
Before we learned that trouble seeing at night is the first symptom of AMD, eye care professionals relied on diagnosing the disease during the early or intermediate stages by identifying drusen - yellow fatty deposits under your retina - which is a physical indicator of AMD.
- Advanced AMD
Patient notice central vision blurriness as the disease advances. The transition from early-stage AMD can happen rapidly. If left untreated, it can lead to legal blindness in as little as six months. While treatment options can slow the progression of late AMD, nothing can reverse the damage already done.
AMD Symptoms and Risk Factors
The earliest symptom of AMD is difficulty seeing at night, also known as impaired dark adaption. We can test for impaired dark adaption using the Adapt Dx®, As the disease progresses, symptoms may include distortion of straight lines or dark and blurry central vision.
The primary risk factors for AMD include:
- Age 50 or older
- Family history of AMD
- Caucasian (white)
- Smoker or past smaoker
- Heart disease, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol
Age is the biggest risk factor. In fact, 1 in 8 adults over the age of 60 have age-related macular degeneration (AMD). If you are experiencing a symptom of AMD or have multiple risk factors, let us know and we may test your eyes with the AdaptDx.
What Happens if AMD is Detected?
If you are diagnosed with AMD, we have valuable time to develop a plan to delay further symptoms. Proactive steps to delay or prevent vision loss:
- Lifestyle changes, such as improved diet and exercise and smoking cessation.
- Eye health supplements
- Blue light protection
- UVA and UVB protection
We will also want to monitor your vision regularly. It is very important to follow up with testing as indicated, so we may promptly intervene should complications occur. If needed, you’ll be able to begin additional treatment as soon as late-stage AMD is detected.
Cataracts cause a clouding of the lens in the eye, making your vision appear to be foggy. Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over 40 and are the leading cause of blindness in the world.
Glaucoma occurs from damage to the eye’s optic nerve and can often lead to loss of vision and blindness. To detect glaucoma, our highly trained doctors will perform a proper screening to determine severity, examine the damage, and help you manage your glaucoma.
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 utilize 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.
Farsightedness, known as hyperopia, makes it difficult to see objects close by. If you are experiencing farsightedness, corrective lenses such as glasses or contact lenses will be prescribed. After a thorough examination, we will determine the prescription that’s best for you.
LASIK stands for laser in-situ keratomileusis and is a popular surgery to correct vision problems. LASIK can help people who are nearsighted or farsighted, as well those who have astigmatism.
Diabetic Eye Care
While it’s true that the primary symptom of diabetes is high blood sugar (hyperglycemia), it can lead to many other problems throughout the body, including wreaking havoc on your eyes. Some of the most common eye conditions caused by hyperglycemia are cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy, which occurs when the tiny blood vessels in your eyes become damaged by the high blood sugar levels over time.
If you are interested in laser surgery, we will begin with a comprehensive eye examination, which will let us know more about you and your needs. We may have to perform some testing to properly diagnose your eye conditions. During this time, the surgeon and staff will go over what you can expect before, during and after the procedure; we want to make sure to give you realistic answers for your unique vision.
Dry Eye Treatment
Eldred Eye Center is proud to offer dry eye treatment for our patients. Ocular Surface Disease, also known as dry eye, can occur from certain medications, naturally by aging, or as a symptom arising from systemic diseases such as Sjogren's syndrome, Rheumatoid arthritis, or Lupus. If you have a minor case of dry eye, you may be experiencing irritation, excessive tearing, fluctuating vision, and/or a burning sensation in your eyes.
Designer Eye Wear
Our optical carries a large selection of the name brand and high quality frames you love for men, women, and children. Our highly knowledgeable staff can help you pick the right frame and lens options for your lifestyle and your needs.
- Michael Kors
- Tory Burch
- Vera Bradley
- Scott Harris
- Jimmy Crystal
- Life is Good
- Air Lock
- Ray Ban