Annual Eye Exams
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, 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 nonvision-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. Dr. Sarah Hill brings her experience as residency-trained optometric physicians in pediatric eyecare and primary care to the Gallatin Valley. Dr. Argenbright is amazing with specialty contact lens, and Dr. Blom is wonderful in pediatric eyecare. We pride ourselves on having the most elegant up-to-date technology in diagnostics, including an Optomap and OCT, 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 9 months, 3 years, and 5 years of age and should begin with a qualified pediatric eye care 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 unevenness 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.
Our practice uses corneal topography to map your cornea allowing our doctors to customize each contact lens fit to your eye. We fit all types of lenses including contact 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 your appointment.
A Contact Lens Treatment
Myopia and Ortho K
Ortho-Keratology is 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 advantage to the treatment are its’ non-invasive nature as well as the ability to be performed at young ages. Ortho-Keratology also works to slow down rapidly changing myopia (nearsightedness) in kids.
Myopia or nearsightedness (blurry distance vision) can affect us at any age. Myopia can be environmental or genetic and there are times in our life when the progression of myopia can happen rapidly. There are new developments in myopia, such as low dose atropine and Ortho-Keratology. Low dose atropine is prescribed by your doctor and the patient takes one drop at bedtime. Your doctor monitors your vision and progression of myopia over time.
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