Our services include Vision Therapy, Optomap Retinal Exams, Myopia Control (Corneal Reshaping), Dry Eye Clinics, Infant Exams, and LASIK. We also offer an on-site on-site optical laboratory which allows us to custom make your glasses the same day in many prescriptions.
Vision Therapy (VT) develops, improves and enhances people's visual performance. Nearly 80% of all information we receive is visual, therefore, efficient visual skills are a critically important part of learning, working and playing. A person can have 20/20 vision and still have difficulty with important visual skills such as:
Tracking, Focus and Fixation
Common signs or symptoms of vision problems can include frequent headaches or eye strain, blurring of distance or near vision, avoidance of close work or visually demanding tasks, double vision, difficulty changing focus, dizziness and much more.
Dozens of studies involving thousands of children and adults demonstrate that when visual skills are enhanced through VT, then learning is easier, reading levels rise, and in some cases, IQ scores have increased.
Vision therapy is a program of specifically designed vision exercises using various equipment and lenses to alleviate vision problems permanently. We offer a no-cost vision screening which can determine whether vision therapy will be helpful. It checks eye alignment, focusing and eye movement.
Our vision therapy program is generally four months long with weekly office visits. Each visit lasts approximately 40 minutes. We work on vision therapy exercises in the office and go over homework for the following week. Home vision therapy consists of a few exercises that are done five days a week and should not take more than 20 minutes a day.
Optomap Retinal Exam
Our Optomap Retinal Exam can give you a much larger view (200 degrees) of the back of the eye - your retina - than conventional eye exams. The images can be taken without dilating your pupils, which for some patients, can be uncomfortable.
The image of your retina can be viewed and used immediately by your Doctor as opposed to dilation which takes 15 to 20 minutes.
The image that this provides your Doctor can help find problems that may otherwise go undetected. This also allows the image to be sent to a retinal specialist if needed.
Ultra-wide view of the retina
Comfortable and Quick Capture
Provides permanent records for future comparison
Does not require dilation so you can resume normal activities immediately
The US has seen a 68% increase in myopia, or nearsightedness, in the last 30 years. As a parent, it’s alarming to see our children’s vision progressively deteriorate every year. Although genetics contribute to nearsightedness, recent research suggests environmental factors such as increased screen time and decreased outdoor time play an increasingly significant role in myopia progression. Organizations like the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control (http://www.orthokacademy.com/) as well as research groups across the globe are looking into what can be done to stop a child’s vision from getting worse.
The goal of the Myopia Control Clinic at EyeOptics is to not only correct your child’s vision, but to use an integrated treatment system to slow down how quickly their prescription increases. One type of treatment our office offers is Corneal Reshaping Therapy.
Corneal Reshaping Therapy (also commonly known as orthokeratology, Ortho K, corneal shaping, and corneal molding) uses customized lenses designed to correct nearsightedness. These lenses gently reshape the cornea while sleeping. When the child wakes up in the morning, the lenses are removed, and he or she can enjoy clear vision all day long without glasses or contact lenses. Recent studies have shown that corneal reshaping lenses can slow down or even stabilize the progression of nearsightedness in children.
If you are worried about your child’s nearsightedness worsening, please ask your optometrist about myopia control at your child’s regular eye exam or schedule a consultation with our office. After careful evaluation, your optometrist will determine the best treatment plan for your child’s myopia.
Dry Eye Clinic
You could have ocular surface disease or “dry eye” if you experience 1 or more of the following:
- Stinging, burning, or scratchy sensation in eyes
- Stringy mucus in or around eyes
- Increased eye irritation from smoke or wind
- Eye fatigue
- Sensitivity to light
- Eye redness
- A sensation of having something in your eyes
- Difficulty wearing contact lenses
- Periods of excessive tearing
- Blurred vision, often worsening at the end of the day or after focusing for a prolonged period of time
The tear film is structured with three components that work together: a complex oil (lipid) outer layer, a watery (aqueous) layer, and an inner mucus layer. Dry eye is classified by two main causes. Aqueous deficiency dry eye is due to an inability of the lacrimal gland to produce enough of the aqueous layer of tears. Evaporate dry eye is due to a deficiency of lipid layer of tears which causes instability of the tear film and allows tears to evaporate too quickly.
Dry eye disease has become more and more prevalent today. With increasing use of computers, smart phones, and electronic devices, we are blinking much less. Over time, this causes a dysfunction of the meibomian glands, the small glands that secrete essential oils along the eyelid margins. Meibomian gland dysfunction is a chronic and progressive condition that leads to dry eyes.
Here at EyeOptics Optometry Center, we’ve invested in the latest technology for evaluating and treating your dry eye symptoms including:
TearLab tear osmolarity testing
Oculus 5M tear break-up-time analysis and meibomian gland imaging with infrared light
Lipiview tear lipid layer analysis
Lipiflow meibomian gland treatment
NEW! We are the only office in the Sacramento area to offer Lipiflow, the most effective treatment today for meibomian gland dysfunction. This twelve minute treatment provides heat and gentle pulsations to remove blockages from meibomian glands.
Baby's First Eye Exam
A baby's first visit to an optometrist should happen between 6 and 12 months of age. This is a critical time for eye and vision development and early detection of any problems can help with long term vision.
During the eye exam, the infant will sit on his or her parent's lap. Dr. Curtis uses different lights, toys, and lenses to check that the infant's eyes are working together and that there are no significant issues that will interfere with proper vision development. Specially formulated eye-drops are used to dilate the infant's pupils which afford Dr. Curtis a better look inside the eye to ensure good health. Infants generally find the eye exam painless and fun!
Did you know that 1 out of 10 children is at risk from undiagnosed vision problems, and 56% of mothers and expectant mothers are not certain of when the most critical age is for the development of eyesight
Lasik (Laser-Assisted in-Situ-Keratomileusis) uses a laser to reshape the cornea. It can be used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. We work with NVision in Sacramento. This system uses advanced laser beams capable of finer and more accurate treatments than any other laser system available today. This technology customizes the laser procedure to your individual eyes. The wavefront technology results in superior vision which can sometimes mean better vision than you previously had with glasses or contact lenses.
The optometrists at EyeOptics work as a team with Dr. Richard Meister. At EyeOptics Optometry Center, the doctors take careful pre-operative measurements which are combined with measurements taken at NVision to ensure the best possible surgical results. Following surgery, EyeOptic optometrists will carefully monitor the healing process through follow-up examinations.
When considering Laser Vision Correction, the most important question to consider is where to have the procedure performed. When you choose NVision for this life changing procedure, you are selecting an entire team of professionals from the various fields of eye care. Your surgeon is one of the most experienced in the region, selected by your local eye doctor for experience, background and outcomes.
On-Site Optical Laboratory
At EyeOptics Optometry Center we offer an on-site optical laboratory which allows us to custom make selected glasses the same day in many prescriptions. Our lab manager, Rey, has been cutting lenses to fit most frames since 2005. He has knowledge of all of the different lens materials and coatings available today.