When it comes to eye care, why entrust your vision and the well-being of your eyes to just anyone? In the same way that you are careful to select your primary doctor, dentists, and other specialists, so it is with your optometrist. At Vision Center, we are committed to your eye health and to helping you see your very best, all the time. With our experience and high level of professionalism, you can feel completely confident with us. Unlike some large chains, our Bayshore optometrist treats you like the unique and valued individual that you are. You won’t feel like a number here, and our approach is personal, not assembly line. We want each and every one of our clients to feel at home and comfortable here.
Of course, you can get your yearly comprehensive eye exam done by our Bayshore optometrist. The fundamentals of excellent eye care lie in regular checkups. There are two very good reasons for this. First, your vision changes constantly. If you’ve never worn corrective lenses before, you may be able to benefit from them now. And if you do wear eyeglasses or contact lenses already, you may be in need of an update for your prescription. Seeing just okay should not be good enough. We want you to achieve the highest level of eyesight that you’re capable of having. The second reason is that common eye diseases, such as glaucoma and cataracts, form and progress without revealing any symptoms for you to identify that something is wrong. Very often, by the time you notice something unusual, it’s because you have suffered some degree of eye damage or vision loss, either of which might not be reversible. Early detection is strongly associate with the best outcomes.
Our Bayshore optometrist is also pleased to offer services such as vision therapy and neuro-optometric rehabilitation. When we refer to vision therapy, we mean addressing visual problems that cannot be treated with glasses or contacts. And if you experience symptoms such as headaches, difficulties maintaining your balance, dizziness, sensitivity to light, fatigue, and double vision due to traumatic brain injury, we can help to offer relief with neuro-optometric rehabilitation. We provide a full range of vital eye care services to make certain that your every eye-related need is taken care of.
When thinking about contact lenses, the optometrists at our Bayshore optical store, Vision Center, will perform a standard eye exam that will test your visual clarity. Once your exam has been finished, your eyes are measured to make sure that lenses sit properly over your corneas. Our eye doctors are able to offer you several contact lens options, choosing between multifocal, bifocal, rigid or soft lenses. You also have the choice to change the color of your eyes with colored lenses. Because there are so many lens choices, our educated doctors will listen closely to your goals and choose the lens that best suits your needs and lifestyle.
Bayshore Contact Lens Exams
Once chosen, fitted and being worn, correctly caring for your contact lenses is crucial. Proper maintenance will not only help to guarantee your total satisfaction with your contact lenses but that they last as long as they are supposed to and function properly. At our Bayshore optical store, we make sure our patients and customers know that proper care of their contact lenses will prevent neglect and guarantees their excellent quality during the time they are worn. We do our best to offer the most appropriate solution for each type of lens, customizing our care suggestions to our specific patient’s needs.
Soft contact lenses are made of flexible plastics that allow oxygen to pass through to the cornea. They may be easier to adjust to and are more comfortable than rigid gas permeable lenses. Rigid gas permeable contact lenses (RGPs) are more durable and resistant to deposit buildup, and usually offer crisper, clearer vision. RGP’s tend to be less expensive over the life of the lens since they last longer than soft contact lenses. Although they are easier to handle and less likely to tear, RGP’s are not as comfortable initially as soft contacts and it may take a few weeks to get used to wearing them, compared to several days for soft contacts. Extended wear lenses are usually soft contact lenses made of flexible plastics that allow oxygen to pass through to the cornea. The length of continuous wear depends on the type of lens and at our Bayshore optical store we will evaluate your tolerance for overnight wear. It’s important for the eyes to have a rest without lenses for at least one night following each scheduled removal. Disposable lenses mean “used once and discarded”. We are well educated in the fitting as well as the care of all types of contact lenses and make sure all our patients know how to get the most out of their choices.
For millions, contact lenses provide a safe and effective alternative to eyeglasses. Like the proper fit of shoes, contacts must be expertly fitted for cornea health and comfort with a Contact Lens Exam at one of our 5 Vision Center locations in Long Island. It’s important to remember: one contact lens size doesn’t fit all, which is why you should visit your Long Island eye doctor for a proper examination and fitting. If the curvature of a contact lens is too flat or too steep for your eye’s shape, you could experience corneal discomfort or even eye damage.
Long Island Contact Lenses
During an eye exam fitting at a Long Island Vision Center, you will be asked general questions about your lifestyle and preferences regarding contact lenses, such as whether you’re involved in sports or if you’re interested in options such as daily disposable lenses or overnight (extended) wear. Your Greenlawn eye doctor may also discuss the option of rigid gas permeable (RGP or GP) contact lenses. Although most people today are fitted with soft lenses, some patients with high amounts of astigmatism or other irregular corneal conditions benefit from the high degree of vision correction offered by GP lenses.
Your eye doctor may ask you about how you might want to correct vision problems related to aging. At about age 40 or maybe older, you may develop a condition known as presbyopia that decreases your ability to see clearly at close distances. To correct presbyopia, your eye doctor at Moriches Vision Center may offer you the choice of multifocal or bifocal contact lenses or monovision. With monovision one contact lens corrects for near vision and the other contact lens corrects for distance vision.
To fit your contacts, the doctor or contact lens technician will use an instrument called a keratometer to measure the curvature of your eye’s clear front surface called the cornea. These measurements or K-readings help your eye professional determine the proper curve and size for your contact lenses. Some types of contact lens fitting require that your Whitestone eye doctor knows the size of your pupils in different lighting conditions as well as the diameter of your cornea. Pupil and iris measurements help achieve a proper sizing and orientation of your contact lens.
For the last part of your Long Island contact lens exam, the health of your cornea will be evaluated using a biomicroscope or slit lamp. This information is critical for determining the type of contact lens & wear schedule, as well as establish a baseline for your doctor to evaluate any future changes to your eyes related to contact lens wear.