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Exams/Eye Disorders

Eye Dilation

The Eye Examination

Please allow two hours for a complete eye examination. This provides sufficient time for dilation of your pupils and any other test that the physician deems necessary. Please bring in all eyeglasses and contact lens that you currently wear (NOTE: new patients should bring in their current contact lens prescription). Also, please bring a list of all your current medications.
 
In addition to assessing nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and other refractive abnormalities, we’ll perform a thorough check for sight-threatening problems like glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. 
After completion of the eye exam, the physician will clearly explain your particular condition, answer your questions and help you and your family to understand the nature of your illness and plan for treatment.
Contact Lens Fitting 
 
Patients who decide to wear contact lens for the first time will have a contact lens fitting appointment scheduled after their examination (the exam and fitting appointments cannot be performed on the same day). During this appointment, you will be trained on insertion and removal as well as the care of the lenses. You will be able to leave the office with a pair of trial lenses. A one-week follow-up appointment will be made to determine if the lenses are satisfactory and follow up with any questions you may have. 
 
Contact Lenses Ordering
Auburn Eye Physicians, PC will be happy to order your contact lenses at very competitive pricing. 
Cataracts

Cataracts

A cataract is clouding of the natural lens of the eye. The primary factor in cataract formation is increasing age, but there are additional factors, including smoking, diabetes and excessive exposure to sunlight. Cataracts can also be present at birth or be caused by injury to the eye. 
Approximately 21 million Americans have cataracts, and it is the leading cause of preventable blindness in the world. 
While a comprehensive eye examination can determine for certain if you have a cataract forming, there are several signs and symptoms which may indicate a cataract, such as:
  • Blurred or hazy vision where colors may seem yellowed
  • A tendency to become more nearsighted
  • A gradual loss of color vision
  • The feeling of having a film over the eyes
  • An increased sensitivity to flare, especially at night
Cataract surgery is a common outpatient procedure and one of the safest and most successful surgical procedures performed today. During the cataract surgery, the cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with a clear synthetic lens called an IOL (intraocular lens). After surgery, most patients return to their normal work and lifestyle routines within a few days.
 
Until recently, the only option was a fixed-focus lens, typically designed for faraway distances, which left the patient needing glassed to see up close. New multifocal lenses are now available that allow patient to see near, far and in-between without wearing glasses.
Glaucoma

Glaucoma

Glaucoma 
 
Glaucoma is the term used when the pressure inside the eye rises high enough to damage the optic nerve. The condition often develops over many years without causing pain and the patient may not experience vision loss until the disease has progressed. Glaucoma cannot be prevented, and vision lost due to the disease cannot be restored. Left untreated, glaucoma can cause blindness. For these reasons, regular eye exams and early detection are critical. 
Symptoms are occasionally present and should be taken as warning signs that glaucoma may be developing. These include blurred vision, loss of peripheral vision, halo effects around light and painful or reddened eyes. People at the greatest risk include those who are over the age of 40, diabetic, nearsighted, African-American or who have a family history of glaucoma.
Once diagnosed, glaucoma can be controlled. Some cases can be treated with medications. For others, laser surgery or traditional surgery is required to lower eye pressure.
diabetic retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that weakens the blood vessels that supply nourishment to the retina (the light-sensitive lining in the back of the eye where vision is focused). When these weak vessels leak, swell, or develop thin branches, vision loss occurs. Laser surgery is the treatment of choice. 
Fortunately, diabetic retinopathy is preventable. People with diabetes are most prone to developing it, but your risk is reduced if you follow your prescribed diet and medications, exercise regularly, control your blood pressure and avoid alcohol and cigarettes.
Regular eye exams are extremely critical in making sure your eyes are healthy as damage caused by diabetic retinopathy cannot be corrected. Once detected, it can be treated to slow its progression and prevent further vision loss.
flashers and floaters

flashers and floaters

Flashers and floaters are symptoms of the eye that commonly occur as a result of age-related changes to the vitreous gel. When we are born, the vitreous is firmly attached to the retina and is a thick, firm substance without much movement. As we age, the vitreous becomes thinner and more watery, and tissue debris that were once secure in the firm gel can now move around inside the eye, casting shadows on the retina. 
 
Flashes in vision occur as a result of a tugging on the retina in the back of the eye by the vitreous, and causes patients to see flashing lights or lightening streaks. Floaters occur when fibers move across the vitreous and into your field of vision, causing patients to see specks, strands, webs or other shapes as the fibers cast shadows on the retina. Flashers and floaters are common, especially as we age, but it is important to see your doctor if you experience them, as they may indicate a retinal tear or hole.
Your doctor can distinguish between harmless flashes and floaters and those that may require treatment for an underlying condition
Dry Eye

Dry Eye

Dry eye can make a person’s eyes dry, red or irritated. In addition to being uncomfortable, it can damage the eye’s tissues and impair vision. 
 
While most people begin experiencing dry eye symptoms as they age, the condition can also result from eyelid or blinking problems, environment, injury, certain medications and various health problems. Tear ducts that don’t produce enough tears, or because the tears themselves have a chemical imbalance, can cause the eyes to become dry,
Although dry eye is not preventable, it can be controlled before harm is done to your eyes. Regular eye exams can detect dry eyes early, even before your symptoms become noticeable. 
 
Non-surgical treatments for dry eyes include blinking exercises, increasing humidity at home or work and use of artificial tears, moisturizing ointment or Restasis. If these methods fail, small plugs may be inserted in the corner of the eyes to limit tear drainage.
Pediatric Strabismus

Pediatric Strabismus

Strabismus is a condition in which both eyes do not look toward the same object together. One eye moves normally, while the other points in (esotropia or “crossed eyes”), out (exotropia), up (hypertropia) or down (hypotropia). 
 
Newborns often have crossed eyes due to a lack of developed vision, but this disappears as the infant grows. True strabismus does not disappear as the child grows. 
 
The most common visible sign of strabismus is when a child’s eyes do not look at the same point in space at the same time. Children with strabismus often squint, close one eye in bright sunlight and tilt or turn their head to look at an object. The child may also complain about blurred vision, tired eyes and sensitivity to light. Strabismus can also cause double vision.
During an eye exam, ophthalmologists often can tell a child has strabismus just by looking in their eyes. The doctor may have the child look at an object while covering and then uncovering each eye. This allows the doctor to determine which eye turns, how much it turns and under what circumstance the abnormal eye turn occurs. The test will also help the doctor determine whether the child has amblyopia, often called “lazy eye.” In amblyopia, one eye is not used enough for the visual system in the brain to develop properly.
 
The most common treatments for strabismus are vision therapy, including patching or visual exercises, glasses with the correct prescription or bifocal or prism correction to aid in proper focusing, eye drops to help focus and finally, surgery in some cases. 
 
Children do not outgrow strabismus! Early detection and treatment are needed to correct the condition.

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Auburn Eye Physicians, PC
860 N. Dean Rd.
Auburn, AL 36830
Phone: (334) 826-8246
Fax: (334) 826-8742
Email: vsdevane@yahoo.com

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In Business Since 2008

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