Maintaining healthy eyes requires regular vision and eye exams. Our eyecare professionals are committed to providing the highest quality, most comprehensive eye care possible. Along with our state of the art facility we have a caring and efficient staff and are on the forefront of our ever-changing and improving field of medicine.
We encourage all of our patients to have a routine eye exam once a year – even if you have “20/20” vision. During your exam, the doctor will evaluate three areas that contribute to your vision: refractive status, binocular vision, and ocular health. After a detailed patient history your doctor will perform a careful refraction to determine your unique prescription. Next, we test how well the eyes work together, the focusing ability and eye tracking efficiency. Finally, we will evaluate both the exterior and interior structures of your eye to detect for any eye disease. Using dilation, the doctor can detect non-vision-related health issues and systemic diseases, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes. A retinal evaluation for degenerations, retinal holes, and detachments will also be performed.
Our practice is dedicated to your overall ocular health. Both Dr. Sarah Hill and Dr. Sarah Kirkpatrick bring experience as residency trained optometric physicians in pediatric eyecare and ocular disease to the Gallatin Valley. We pride ourselves on having the most elegant up-to-date technology in diagnostics, including a combined OCT retinal camera, which allows for the early diagnosis of glaucoma, macular degeneration and other retinal conditions. If you are noticing anything unusual with your eyesight including redness or dry eye, styes, pink eye, or generalized irritation we encourage you to visit our office for a consultation. For more urgent matters, such as flashes of light, a loss or sudden change in vision, double vision, floaters, or “extreme” pain please call our office immediately.
Not all eye exams are the same, especially when it comes to your child. Although vision screenings at the pediatrician and preschool do catch some visual deficits, your baby’s initial vision checkups should occur at 6 months, 3 years, and 5 years of age and should begin with a qualified pediatric eyecare professional. This is particularly important if there is a family history of vision problems or if your child displays any of the following: an occasional eye turn, slight uneveness in the eyelid position, avoidance, fatigue or inattention with reading or school activities, mild headaches, rubbing of the eyes, occasional squinting, or a slight head turn.
Dr. Sarah Hill is certified in pediatric eyecare and vision therapy. During your child’s initial eye exam she will check the alignment of your child’s eyes, determine whether or not a prescription for glasses is indicated, and finally, evaluate the retina for any eye disease. Both doctors participate in the InfantSEE program, which provides comprehensive eye examinations in their first year of life, free of charge.
Our practice uses corneal topography to map your cornea allowing our doctors to customize each contact lens fit to your eyes. We fit all types of lenses including contacts for astigmatism, multifocals, dry eyes, and keratoconus. During your contact lens evaluation the doctor will evaluate your prescription, the corneal health followed by the fit of your contact lens. We recommend our patients take their contacts for a “test drive” prior to purchasing an annual supply to determine whether or not the contact lens brand will work in each individual’s environment. We have many trial contacts in stock so you will likely have new lenses when you leave.
Dr. Sarah Kirkpatrick is certified in Orhto-Keratology, a contact lens treatment that involves sleeping in a specialty contact lens that re-shapes the cornea overnight to produce 20/20 vision without the use of glasses or contacts during the day. The advantages to the treatment are it’s non-invasive nature as well as the ability to be performed at young ages. During your consultation, Dr. Kirkpatrick will perform a careful evaluation of the corneal structure as well as an up-to-date refraction to determine whether or not Ortho-Keratology is right for you.
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