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Our services are among the best!

Our services are among the best!

eye exam | eye care doctor exam vision | eye exams | optometrist 14/09/2018 0
It is super exciting to share this great news! At the end of August of 2017 we received a recognition letter regarding our services and professionalis...
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Doctors Issue Unusual Warning for Those Using Smartphones in the Dark

Doctors Issue Unusual Warning for Those Using Smartphones in the Dark

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 Warning: Looking at your smartphone while lying in bed at night could wreak havoc on your vision.Two women went temporarily blind from constantly che...
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Warning Signs of a Serious Eye Problem

Warning Signs of a Serious Eye Problem

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Eyes aren't exempt from the wear and tear of aging. Some of the age-related changes in the eyes are annoying but not serious — for example, it can bec...
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Contact lenses to slow progression of myopia

Contact lenses to slow progression of myopia

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Eye Exam Can Save Your Life

Eye Exam Can Save Your Life

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How an Eye Exam Can Save Your Life  The need for periodic optometric examination has been recognized for many years. Vision and ocular health conditio...
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Diabetes patients are TWICE as likely to develop cataracts

Diabetes patients are TWICE as likely to develop cataracts

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Repetitive strain from eye movement may play a role in glaucoma

Repetitive strain from eye movement may play a role in glaucoma

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Findings may explain why glaucoma develops in people with normal intraocular pressure. Common, unavoidable eye movements may be a cause of glaucoma in...
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Free Eye Exam for Children

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Eye Care Advantage Value

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Retinal OCT Photography

Retinal OCT Photography

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We strongly recommend the Retinal OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) test for patients with a history of, or if the patient has at least one relative ...
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Review us on google and get a discount!

Review us on google and get a discount!

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It is very exciting for us to announce that for March and April 2017 all the customers who give us a Google Review will be automatically winners of a ...
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Sun's UV rays are more dangerous in snow than on the beach

Sun's UV rays are more dangerous in snow than on the beach

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Carolina, a Latin Woman Who with Perseverance Reached her Dreams

Carolina, a Latin Woman Who with Perseverance Reached her Dreams

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Eye Emergency

Posted by eye exam | eye care doctor exam vision | eye exams | optometrist 09/02/2016 0 Comment(s) Eye Diseases,

If you notice suddenly reduced vision, flashes or floaters, eye redness, discharge or pain, have your eyes examined immediately by an eye doctor. We will make every accommodation possible to see you as soon as possible on the same day. It's always hard to know whether or not an eye problem is an emergency, but there are a few red flags that people should watch for.

 

Situation: Critical

First and foremost, and not surprisingly: if you suddenly can't see out of one eye, you should go to the Emergency room right away. Sudden blindness may mean you have a blocked artery in the blood vessels that lead into your eye (called a central retinal artery occlusion). A blocked artery usually won't cause any pain, but can lead quickly to severe vision loss. If this problem is discovered early, the blood clot can be dissolved, which could save your sight.

 

 

 

Sudden vision loss (whether total or partial) in one eye could also be caused by a detached retina, or by retinal bleeding from wet AMD (age-related macular degeneration). Both of these conditions can be treated more effectively if seen early, so at the first sign of vision loss, head to Emergency right away.

 

If your eye becomes very painful in a matter of hours, this is another red flag. You may have acute closed-angle glaucoma, which causes high pressure in the eye and can lead quickly to serious vision loss. If you have this form of glaucoma, your eye will be red and feel hard. You need to be seen in the Emergency room immediately to receive medicine to lower the pressure in your eye.

Sudden and extreme sensitivity to light (photophobia) is another danger sign. Severe light sensitivity, often coupled with eye pain, can mean you have iritis, an inflammation of the front of the eye. Although iritis is a serious condition that can lead to other eye diseases, it can be treated with steroids if caught early.

 

Any kind of trauma to the eyes should be looked at right away. If your eye has been struck by an object of any kind, it needs to be assessed to make sure that you don't have intraocular bleeding or scratches on your cornea.

 

Set Your Sights on a Doctor

If you have an eye problem, but you are not experiencing sudden vision loss, eye pain or light sensitivity, and you are fairly certain you haven't gone through any kind of eye trauma, you are safe to make an appointment with your eye doctor to get the problem diagnosed in a few days. For instance, if your eyes become terribly itchy, you may have the allergic. Your doctor can prescribe anti-allergy medicine to get rid of the itch.

 

Keep an Eye Out for Yourself

There's at least one instance in which you can safely self-treat an eye problem. If your eyes are red but not itchy and you have symptoms of a cold, but you don't have blurred vision, pain, or oozing secretions, you may have a case of viral pink eye. You can safely stay at home until the redness goes away. However, if you don't improve within a few days, you should see your doctor.

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