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Astigmatism

Astigmatism is a very common eye condition that's easily corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses and on some occasions, surgery.

FAQs of Vision Insurance Plans

Vision insurance is designed to provide routine eye care, prescription eyewear and other vision-related services at a reduced cost. Learn about types of plans, coverage and payment options.

Are Transitions® Lenses Right For You?

Indoors, outdoors, day and night—while working, reading, playing or just kicking back with family or friends, your life is unique. And uniquely busy. In a perfect world, your everyday lenses would help you see better, feel better and look better; all while protecting your eyes day-in and day-out.

UV Protection

The UV rays in sunlight can be harmful to the eyes. Lenses that block 100% UV help to ward off various eye conditions and damage.

Specialty Eyewear Overview

Glasses for All Seasons, for All Reasons

Bifocal Lenses

Bifocals are lenses with two distinct viewing areas to help correct vision that fails at two or even three distances.

Sunwear Video

Watch a short video about sunwear.

Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)

Commonly called "lazy eye", amblyopia can be treated successfully if detected early enough in childhood.

Cataracts

Cataracts are a common cause of vision loss after age 55. Learn more about recognizing cataracts symptoms, protecting your eyes and understanding cataract surgery.

Corrective Eye Surgery Basics

Start here for an overview of the different types of surgery to correct myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism; and the merits and drawbacks of each.

Children's Vision Video

Early professional eye care for children is highly recommended – even before kids start school. Watch this short video to see why.

Why are Eye Exams Important?

Catching problems in their early stages can prevent vision loss. An eye exam can do this by catching things you haven’t yet noticed.

Protecting Your Eyes From UV Rays

Read facts and watch a short video on UV rays.

Overview

Macular degeneration (also called AMD, ARMD, or age-related macular degeneration) is an age-related condition in which the most sensitive part of the retina, called the macula, starts to break down and lose its ability to create clear visual images.

Overview of Diabetic Retinopathy

Since the retina is the light-sensitive region of the back of the eye responsible for processing visual images, diabetic retinopathy can affect your vision in mild, moderate or even severe ways.

Cataracts Video

Watch a short but informative video about cataracts.

Autorefractor

Autorefractors are machines that automatically determine the correct lens prescription for your eyes.

Appointment Request Form

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Contact Lens Basics

If you need vision correction for nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, contact lenses are a popular and effective option. In the United States, approximately 20% of the population who requires vision correction wears contact lenses. Currently dating back more than 125 years, contacts are presently available in a wide variety of...

Lens Options for Eyeglasses

An in-depth look at eyeglass lens options, that goes beyond basic glass or plastic lenses.

Dry Eyes

Dry eye syndrome (DES) is a chronic condition that develops when your eyes do not produce and maintain enough tears to keep the eye’s surface lubricated.

Specialty Contact Lenses

Challenges such as astigmatism, presbyopia, keratoconus and dry eyes needn’t be a barrier to contact lens wear, but they do require more time and patience.

Kids' Vision & Learning

Vision plays a crucial role throughout childhood and beyond. Many parents don't understand how vision helps their children develop appropriately.

What’s in Your Vision Insurance Plan

Make the most of your vision insurance plan by understanding your particular vision coverage.

Original Transitions Lenses

Transitions® Lenses everyday lenses can help you through your busy day. This dynamic eyewear is designed to be worn indoors and to automatically adapt when outdoors to give you a more comfortable viewing experience while protecting your eyes from damaging UV light.

Scratch Resistant

Scratches on lenses are distracting, plain and simple. And they can interfere with lens performance. Scratch-resistant treatments imbued into the lens surface toughen up the lenses making them more durable.

Safety and Sports Glasses

Enjoy sports to the fullest, with no worries about eye safety. Learn more about the benefits of protective sports eyewear for you and your kids.

High Index and Aspheric Lenses

Manufactured to be thinner at the edges of the lens and lighter in weight overall—a good choice for people with stronger prescriptions.

Nonprescription Sunglasses

Think fashion and function when choosing the right shades for you.

Eyeglass Frames

How can you narrow down your options and choose the style of frames that are best for you?

Welcome to Vision Park Family Eye Care

WELCOME TO VISION PARK FAMILY EYE CARE Since 1929, one of the greatest joys of our practice is helping people experience clearer, sharper vision. At Vision Park Family Eye Care, we see things differently…and you will too! Vision Park Family Eye Care proudly serves Central Iowa with quality eye care...

Women’s Eyeglass Frames

Women’s eyeglasses have come a long way in the last few decades and in today’s eyewear market there is an abundance of options. With constant innovations in style, comfort, and quality, eyeglasses have become as much a fashion accessory as a medical device to improve vision. In addition to all...

Eye Care Services

Comprehensive vision exams and so much more.

Presbyopia Treatment

As we reach middle age, particularly after age 40, it is common to start to experience difficulty with reading and performing other tasks that require near vision. This is because with age, the lens of our eye becomes increasingly inflexible, making it harder to focus on close objects. This condition is called presbyopia and eventually it happens to some extent, to everyone as they age.

Testimonials

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CareCredit

As a service to our patients, we are pleased to offer the CareCredit card, the nation's leading patient payment program. CareCredit lets you begin your procedure immediately—then pay for it over time with low monthly payments that are easy to fit into your monthly budget.

Transitions® Lenses XTRActive

Features include: Slight indoor tint, darkest everyday Transitions® Lenses for those who spend most of the day outdoors, moderate tint behind the windshield to provide some comfort while driving.

Anti-Reflective

For fashion, comfort and clarity anti-reflective treatments are the way to go. They make the lens nearly invisible, and cut glare from headlights, computer screens and harsh lighting.

Eyewear for Swimming, Snorkeling and Scuba Diving

The proper sports eyewear will help you see as clearly in the pool and underwater as you do on dry ground.

Photochromic Lenses

Photochromic lenses change from clear to dark based on the intensity of UV radiation.

Prescription Sunglasses

Prescription sunglasses will allow you to enjoy (and see!) your time outdoors, hassle-free.

Our Eye Care Clinics

Welcome to our online Practice! Our team of eye doctors and staff are here to care for all of your vision needs. Contact us today to see how we can help.

Transitions® SOLFX Sunwear Products

Transitions® Lenses SOLFX™ performance sun lenses are specifically designed for outdoor activities to help enhance visual performance. Crafted with functionality in mind, Transitions® Lenses SOLFX lenses automatically adjust to optimize lens color and darkness in changing outdoor lighting conditions.

Shooting Glasses and Hunting Eyewear

Good vision is critical when hunting or using a firearm, so look for the right features when buying "shooting glasses.

Polycarbonate Lenses

Polycarbonate lenses are up to 10 times more impact resistant than regular plastic lenses.

Sunglasses for Kids

Because children spend so much time outdoors in direct sunlight, they need sun protection even more than adults.

Hours & Locations

Get directions to our office and see when we are open. Click here for more!

Comprehensive Eye Exams

Complete eye exams are not just for updating your prescription. Learn more about what your eye doctor will screen for, what to expect at your appointment, some of the advanced technology we use, and special considerations for pediatric and infant eye care.

Eyeglasses

Our staff will help you find the best fit for your specific needs and explain how different lenses and frames will impact your vision.

Glossary of Eye Care Terms

While certainly not a complete eye care dictionary, the EyeGlass Guide Glossary covers many of the common eye care conditions, terms and technology you’ll commonly discuss with your eye care professional.

Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetes and vision go hand in hand. If you have diabetes, you need to know that having this systemic disease puts you at greater risk for developing vision problems.

Transitions Lenses Video

See Transitions® Lenses in a whole new light! There are now two distinct families of lenses for the comfort, convenience and UV protection that best fit your lifestyle.

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Contacts & Glasses that Enhance Performance

Sports eyewear does more than just protect your eyes from injury - it offers performance advantages as well.

Progressive Lenses

Progressive lenses allow multiple vision fields to be incorporated into a single lens without any clear distinction between the fields themselves. This is why progressive lenses are often referred to as “no-line” bifocals or trifocals.

Prescription Sunglass Treatments

Pamper your eyes while in the sun, driving or playing at the beach—all the while delivering the vision correction you need in a second pair of glasses.

Age & Your Vision – Changes & Solutions

Not surprisingly, our eyes decline with age, perhaps even with accelerating declination from age 60 onward.

Multifocal Eyeglass Lenses

Multifocal lenses technically refer to any lens that provides more than one zone of corrective power and would therefore include bifocal, trifocal and progressive lenses. Multifocals are designed for the many individuals over 40 who struggle with presbyopia - the age-related near vision loss that requires us to use eyeglasses...

Astigmatism

Often mistakenly called “stigmatism,” this common vision problem can be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses or refractive surgery.

Diabetes and Eyesight

How does diabetes affect vision? What does diabetes mean for eyesight? Learn more about eye problems resulting from diabetes including diabetic retinopathy, the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading contributor to blindness for adults in America.

LASIK

It’s the most popular vision correction surgery, by far. Learn what to expect before, during and after the procedure.

Preparing for an Eye Exam

Make the most of your exams by knowing how often to get them, and what information to bring with you.

Protecting Your Eyes From Glare

Read facts and watch a short video about glare and anti-relective lenses.

Forms of Macular Degeneration

Dry macular degeneration symptoms include: consistent, slightly blurred vision within your central visual field. You may have difficulty in recognizing faces. And have a sudden need for more light while reading or working. The dry form of this disease gets progressively worse, over time. Wet macular degeneration symptoms include: a distortion of straight lines and an inability to focus properly on a single point within a grid. Wet macular degeneration is an advanced stage of the disease, and often results in blind spots and loss of centralized vision.

Signs and Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy

If you have diabetes, you probably know that your body can't use or store sugar properly. When your blood sugar gets too high, it can damage the blood vessels in your eyes. This damage may lead to diabetic retinopathy. In fact, the longer someone has diabetes, the more likely they are to have retinopathy (damage to the retina) from the disease.

Signs & Symptoms

The lens of the eye works much like a camera lens, it’s vital that it remain clear and healthy for clear vision. Learn the signs and symptoms that indicate cataracts.

Eye Dilation

Eye dilation means your pupil in front of the eye has been opened using special drops.

How to Cope with Low Vision

Any signs of vision loss should prompt a doctors visit; if you have a problem that can't be corrected with eyewear or surgery, low vision aids can help.

Our Eye Doctors

Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision - many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand...

Glaucoma Testing & Treatment

Glaucoma is a condition that causes damage to your eye's optic nerve and gets worse over time, so nipping it in the bud will always be better for the person being tested.

Contact Lens Exams

A routine exam won’t provide some of the measurements and testing that are required to determine if your eyes are suitable for contact lens wear, though we are able to fit most patients even hard-to-fit, and to generate your contact lens prescriptions.

Consider a Second Pair of Glasses

So often, one pair of eyeglasses simply can’t do it all. Watch a short video about the benefits of having a second pair!

Performance and Sport Sunglasses

Activity-specific lenses can enhance whatever activities you enjoy.

Eyeglass Basics

Eyeglasses are more popular today than ever, despite the availability of contact lenses and vision correction surgery.

Sunglasses

Whether or not you require vision correction, sunglasses can add an element of comfort and enhanced performance to your activities, while helping you look great.

Healthy Sight

While certainly not a complete eye care dictionary, the EyeGlass Guide Glossary covers many of the common eye care conditions, terms and technology you’ll commonly discuss with your eye care professional.

Seven Tips For Optimal Vision

To protect your eyesight and stay eye-healthy as you age, follow these basic guides.

Occupational Bifocal and Trifocals

Occupational bifocals and trifocals are specialized multifocal lenses created for specific jobs, hobbies or tasks. They are designed for people - generally over 40 - who have developed presbyopia, a condition in which the lens of the eye weakens and it becomes difficult to see objects that are close up....

Blepharitis

Red, swollen eyelids and crusty debris at the base of your eyelashes are signs you may have blepharitis.

Glaucoma

Early detection is key, so knowing the early symptoms of glaucoma could go a long way toward preventing and treating this common eye disease.

LASIK Risks and Complications

Complications from LASIK are few, but they do happen. It’s important to understand the risks, and how to minimize them.

Children's Vision – FAQ's

How often should your child's eyes be examined? What's the difference between a school vision screening and a comprehensive eye exam? and more.

What to Expect

Going to the eye doctor? Here’s what to expect, and what to remember.

Symptoms & Risk Factors of Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration symptoms vary based on the particular form of the disease (dry or wet), and the stage the disease at the time it is discovered.

Causes of Diabetic Retinopathy

Changes in blood-sugar levels increase your risk of diabetic retinopathy, as does long-term diabetes.

Causes of Cataracts

Learn more about the factors that may cause cataracts.

Glaucoma Test

Glaucoma testing involves measuring internal eye pressure and a detailed scan of the retina for signs of disease.

Children and Computer Vision Syndrome

Fact: More children use computers and digital screens than ever before. How does it affect their vision and eye health? Optometrists weigh in here.

Blue Light/High-Energy Visible (HEV) Light and Your Eyes

Research is still being done to determine the long-term effects of blue light or high-energy visible (HEV)  light emission, however it is known is that blue light is a cause of computer vision syndrome (CVS) and sleep disruptions.

Low Vision Aids for Computer Users

Innovative low vision devices for computers can help visually-impaired people stay connected with friends and the online world.

How the Eye Works

The human eye is a marvel of built-in engineering, combining reflected light, lens imaging capability, multiple lighting adjustments and information processing—all in the space of your eyeball. When working properly, the human eye converts light into impulses that are conveyed to the brain and interpreted as images.

Macular Degeneration

The macula is the portion of the retina which provides sharp, central vision, and is involved in processing the fine details of the image. The breakdown of the macula is a disease called macular degeneration.

How Progressive Lenses Work

Progressive lenses or progressive addition lenses (PALs) are the most popular multifocal lenses today, offering an effective and great looking vision solution for individuals with presbyopia (age-related near vision loss). The main advantage of progressive lenses over standard bifocals or trifocals is that they don’t have a visible line bisecting...

CMV Retinitis

AIDS or other diseases that affect your immune system can increase your risk of serious eye problems from cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection.

Macular Degeneration Information

Macular Degeneration is an eye disease that affects the portion of the eye responsible for processing fine detail and providing sharp central vision (called the macula).

LASIK – How to Measure Success or Applicability

Successful LASIK surgeons get that way from experience and the ability to screen out poor candidates for the procedure. Here’s the list of what makes you a good candidate.

Your Infant's Visual Development

Knowing the expected milestones of your baby's vision development during their first year of life can ensure your child is seeing properly and enjoying their world to the fullest.

Visiting Your Eye Care Professional

Eye exams often begin by sharing information at the front desk, so be prepared.

Treatment of Macular Degeneration

There is as yet no outright cure for macular degeneration, but some treatments may delay its progression or even improve vision.

Treatment for Diabetic Retinopathy

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, 95% of those with diabetic retinopathy can avoid substantial vision loss if they are treated in time.

Cataract Surgery & Treatment

Prescriptions, lens treatments and surgery are all options you can explore.

Ophthalmoscope

An ophthalmoscope is a handheld device used to examine your eye’s interior structure, including the retina.

Computer Glasses

Digital devices have impacted our world in so many positive ways, allowing us to connect, work, play, and get information at the speed of light. In fact, many people have a hard time when they “disconnect.” But all of this good brings with it a measure of concern: Digital Eye...

Prescription Eyeglasses

Get tips on caring for your lenses and frames and learn about the benefits of bifocals, progressives, high index lenses and prescription sunglasses.

Caring for Lenses

These lens care and maintenance tips will go a long way toward maintaining your healthy sight.

Eyeglasses & Contacts

Making a decision about your eyewear goes beyond good vision and makes a statement about who you are. Your decision affects how you see and also how you want to be seen by others. But with so many different styles to choose from, getting the right look for your face...

Specialty Eyewear

Sports glasses, Protective eyewear, SCUBA diving... we can help you with glasses for your specific needs.

What to Expect

Going to the eye doctor? Here’s what to expect, and what to remember.

Protecting Your Eyes

If you work in a hazardous environment like a construction zone or workshop, or participate in ball sports or extreme sports—sturdy, shatter-and-impact-resistant eyewear is a must. This is particularly important when considering eye protection for both children and adults.

Suggestions For Age-Related Vision Loss

Age-related vision loss can be addressed with practical solutions.

Reading Glasses After 40

You have never worn glasses and now after 40 you can't seem to read your text messages without holding the phone at arm's length.

Corneal Transplant

People with serious vision problems from an eye injury or disease affecting the front surface of the eye can often regain vision with a cornea transplant.

PRK

An alternative to LASIK, PPK is a no-flap eye surgery. Learn about the advantages and disadvantages, as well as what to expect.

Are Contact Lenses a Good Choice for Kids?

Contact lenses offer advantages in the areas of sports and self-esteem. But when is your child old enough for contacts?

What to Ask

You may want to ask some of these questions before or during your next eye exam.

Intraocular Lenses (IOLs)

If you need cataract surgery, you may have the option of getting new presbyopia-correcting IOLs that potentially can restore a full range of vision without eyeglasses.

Optomap

Optomap® is new technology that allows for detailed retina examination without dilating pupils.

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Insurance

The cost of routine eye exams and prescription eyewear can be of real concern, especially for large families. In many cases, vision insurance can lower these annual expenses.

Lens Treatments

Today’s eyeglass lens treatments make a real difference in what you see, and what you don’t see. Scratches, glare, ultraviolet rays—all are potential hazards to healthy sight that can be minimized or eliminated by a lens treatment.

Eyeglass Frame Materials

Which frame material is right for you? Learn about the different types of metal and plastic, and the advantages of each.

Transitions® Lenses

Transitions® Lenses Optical, Inc. has developed the world's most advanced photochromic lens technology—the ability of a lens to darken in the presence of invisible UV light.  Transitions® Lenses are the #1 brand of photochromic lenses recommended by eye care professionals worldwide.

Frame Maintenance

Tips for Keeping Your Frames Properly Maintained.

Patient Center

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Kid’s Optical

Help your child choose eyewear that suits their lifestyle. The right frame and lens will help them in school, work and at play.

Adult History

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Child History

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EyeGlass Guide

Visit our interactive on-line tool and we'll guide you through a series of questions about you, your lifestyle and your specific eyewear needs to help you choose the glasses that are right for you!

Eye Exams

Seeing clearly is just one part of your overall eye health. It’s important to have regular eye exams whether or not you wear glasses or contacts, and even if your vision is sharp. The articles below explain what problems can be spotted with an eye exam, what’s involved in a comprehensive exam, and special considerations for kids and contacts.

Dry Eye After Menopause

The risk for dry eye increases with age, especially for women.

Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye syndrome is a common condition, especially in women over age 40. Many treatment options are available.

Surgery for Presbyopia

A number of relatively new procedures are addressing the age-related decrease in ability to focus on near objects, that was once correctable only with bifocals.

Your Comprehensive Eye Exam

Learn what common tests and procedures to expect during a routine eye exam.

More About Cataracts

Additional information including lifestyle factors that could impact cataracts.

Peripheral Vision Test

Peripheral vision testing is the part of the eye exam that tests the “outside” of your vision.

Eye Condition Treatment

Eye problems can range from mild to severe; some are chronic, while others may resolve on their own. Here's a short list of common eye conditions we treat, such as astigmatism, dry eye syndrome and presbyopia.

Guardian-Parent Release Form

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Sports Performance Training History

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Eye Disease Management

We diagnose and manage ocular diseases such as Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy and Cataracts.

Sports Performance Training Behavioral Assessment

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Eye Allergies

Are you bothered by red, itchy eyes? You may have allergies.

Corneal Inlays and Onlays

These small lenses or optical devices are inserted into the cornea to alter its shape and correct vision problems.

Eye Exams for Contact Lenses

A routine exam won’t provide some of the measurements and testing that are required to determine if your eyes are suitable for contact lens wear, and to generate your contact lens Rx.

Phoropter

A phoropter is an instrument used to test individual lenses on each eye during an exam.

Computer Eyestrain

Digital eye strain, eye fatigue and computer vision syndrome (CVS) are conditions that result from extended exposure to digital screens.

Contact Us

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What’s New

Keep up-to-date on the latest vision-related news and eye care events in our Practice. Welcome to our New Website Aug 06, 2018 We invite you to take a look around our new site to get to know our practice and learn about eye and vision health. You will find a...

Children's Vision

Use these articles to proactively care for your child's eyes, spot potential trouble, and maximize the opportunity for crisp, convenient and healthy vision.

Eye Floaters and Spots

“Floaters” are usually normal and harmless. But if you notice a sudden increase in floaters or floaters accompanied by flashes of light, see your eye doctor immediately.

Corneal Transplants

Sometimes because of disease or injury, the cornea becomes so damaged that problems cannot be corrected with eyeglasses, contacts, or refractive surgery such as LASIK.

Controlling Nearsightedness in Children

Certain types of contact lenses and eyeglasses may play a role in slowing the progression of myopia, or nearsightedness.

Eye Exams for Children

When should your child have their first eye exam? Plus, learn about special considerations for developing eyes.

Puffer Test

A puffer test is a specific form of glaucoma testing measuring eye pressure (intraocular pressure).

Worker Productivity and Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer vision syndrome (CVS) and blue light exposure are becoming increasingly serious threats to our vision, health and productivity.

Privacy Policy

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Vision Surgery

Tired of wearing glasses or contact lenses? Today, several surgical methods can correct your eyesight and, in most cases, give you the freedom of seeing well without corrective lenses.

Farsighted (Hyperopia)

Also called farsightedness, hyperopia is a common vision problem that can cause headaches, eyestrain and trouble reading.

Common Tests

You may be given these common tests during a routine eye exam. Find out what you can expect.

Retinoscope

Retinoscopy is a procedure using a retinoscope that helps to see if you need a prescription.

Eye Diseases

Read more about some of the most common eye diseases including cataracts, diabetes, glaucoma and macular degeneration.

Keratoconus

This eye disease causes the cornea to grow thinner and bulge forward in an irregular cone-shape. Treatment options range from gas permeable contact lenses to a cornea transplant.

Medications

It's important to understand the relationship between your eyes and any medications you may currently be using.

Slit Lamp Exam

A slit lamp exam is a magnified analysis of your eye from front to back.

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Eye Emergencies (Pink/Red Eyes)

Did you know your optometrist can help you with red eyes, pink eye, or sore eyes, foreign body removal and eye emergencies?

Eye Conditions

Eye problems can range from mild to severe; some are chronic, while others may resolve on their own, never to appear again. The articles below will give you a basic understanding of some of these problems and their implications. The cardinal rule is if your eyes don't look good, feel good or see well, you should visit your doctor.

Snellen Chart

The “Big E” chart—or Snellen eye chart—is the most familiar type of visual acuity test.

Vision Over 40

If you are among the 85 million Baby Boomers in the United States and Canada (born between 1946 and 1964), you've probably noticed your eyes have changed. Most notably, presbyopia - the normal, age-related loss of near focusing ability - usually becomes a problem in our 40's, requiring new vision correction solutions. Learn about measures you can take to keep seeing clearly for years to come.

Nearsighted (Myopia)

Also called nearsightedness, myopia is a very common vision problem, affecting up to one-third of the U.S. population.

Vision Screening

Vision testing and vision screening can each be a window of opportunity for healthy sight - find out how they are different.

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Vision Over 60

Just as our physical strength decreases with age, our eyes also exhibit an age-related decline in performance - particularly as we reach our 60's and beyond. Some age-related eye changes are perfectly normal, but others may signal a disease process. It's important to recognize signs and symptoms, and perhaps even more important to mitigate the effects of aging with some simple and common-sense strategies.

Ocular Hypertension

You’ve heard of high blood pressure, but what about high eye pressure?

Vision Testing

Vision testing includes vision testing equipment and procedures that either measure or gauge your visual ability, or look closely at specific structures of the eye.

LASIK & Refractive Surgery Co-Management

If you're ready for an alternative to glasses and/or contacts look to us for co-management of LASIK, cataract, and other ocular surgery.

Photophobia

All types of light, ranging from interior lighting fixtures to streetlights and to the bright rays of the sun, have the potential to cause eye discomfort or pain. Photophobia refers to this ocular sensitivity to light. An eye irritation or infection may cause photophobia. Other culprits include albinism, migraines, recent...

Pingueculae & Pterygia

Pingueculae and Pterygia are both benign growths that develop on the surface of the eye. While often grouped together, there are some differences in expression, symptoms, causes and treatment so here is an explanation of each condition and the differences between them. Pinguecula Pingueculae (pinguecula in singular) are growths that...

Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

This acute and contagious form of conjunctivitis is particularly common among preschoolers and school-age children.

Low Vision

Low vision is the term used to describe reduced eyesight that cannot be fully corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses or eye surgery.

Presbyopia

As we reach middle age, particularly after age 40, it is common to start to experience difficulty with reading and performing other tasks that require near vision. This is because with age, the lens of our eye becomes increasingly inflexible, making it harder to focus on close objects. This condition...

Sports Vision

Your vision, just like the strength in your arms and the speed in your legs, plays an important part in how well you play your game.

Ptosis

Ptosis is a pathological eye condition in which the eyelid falls or droops. It is a condition that can affect adults and children (although it is most common in the elderly) and the degree to which the eyelid droops can vary from barely noticeable to completely covering the pupil (the...

Retinal Detachment

A retinal detachment is a serious eye emergency in which the retina (the lining of the back of the eye) becomes separated and pulls away from the surrounding tissue. When the retina is out of place, the eye cannot properly process incoming light and if not fixed quickly, permanent vision...

Vision Therapy

Many visual skills affect the ability to read, process and understand information.

Retinitis Pigmentosa

These inherited disorders, commonly abbreviated as RP, cause progressive peripheral vision loss, night blindness and central vision loss.

Styes

This common problem is simply an infected lid gland. Learn how to prevent and treat styes.

Uveitis

Uveitis is a general term for an inflammatory response in the eye that can be caused by a broad range of diseases or conditions. It is called uveitis because the area that is inflamed is the uvea, although the condition can also affect other areas in the eye such as...

Your Eye Health

We invite you to browse through these articles to find information about vision and eye health for you and your family.

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