At Salem Vision Center, we are pleased to offer a wide range of optometry services for our community! Our experienced optometrists can provide you with thorough eye evaluations, determine if you need corrective lenses and your exact prescription strength, fit you with the appropriate specialty eyewear, and help you pick out the most flattering pair of glasses for your face shape and skin tone.
A comprehensive eye exam consists of a variety of tests that evaluate the health of your eyes and the sharpness of your vision. Your exam may include a pupil dilation and tests for visual acuity, color blindness, ocular motility, steropsis (depth perception), and glaucoma.
Contact Lens Exams
In order to protect the delicate tissue of your eyes, the doctor takes a variety of measurements to ensure that the contacts fit properly. For cornea measurements, an optometrist will use a keratometer or corneal topographer to analyze light reflections from your cornea and determine the curvature of your eye’s surface. Pupil and iris measurements and tear evaluations play a part of your contact lens exam.
Orthokeratology is a form of reversible, refractive correction involving the overnight use of gas-permeable contact lenses to reshape the contour of the cornea while you sleep. These oxygen-intense, “breathable” lenses work to temporarily reverse the effects of Myopia during the night so the wearer can experience clear vision the following day—without the use of glasses or contacts. Ortho-k is used primarily to slow the progression of mild Myopia in adults and children, although it can aid in the temporary correction of low-degree astigmatism, hyperopia, and presbyopia as well.
If you’re interested in learning more about temporarily correcting your vision overnight click here to learn about NightLens.
Dry Eye Treatment
Dry eye is a chronic and typically progressive condition. Depending on its cause and severity, it may not be completely curable. But in most cases, dry eyes can be managed successfully, usually resulting in noticeably greater eye comfort, fewer dry eye symptoms, and sometimes sharper vision as well. Successful treatment of dry eyes requires that you are willing to follow your doctor’s recommendations and that you use the products he or she recommends consistently and as frequently as directed.
Vision therapy is a non-surgical type of physical therapy for the eyes and brain serves as treatment for many common visual problems such as lazy eye, crossed eyes, double vision, convergence insufficiency and some reading and learning disabilities. Vision therapy can be prescribed when an eye exam indicates that it is an appropriate treatment option for the patient and consists of standardized tests, the needs of the patient, and the patient’s signs and symptoms. Programs typically involve eye exercises and the use of lenses, filters, specialized instruments, and/or computer programs. Therapy can last weeks or years, with occasional monitoring
by Dr. Onyon.
See an eye care professional right away if you have a sudden change in vision, if your vision becomes dim, or if you see flashes of light. Other symptoms that call for attention are pain, double vision, excessive fluid, and inflammation. Regular checkups lead to early detection which is your best defense against eye disease.
Listed are some common forms of eye disease:
- Retinal disorders
- Macular degeneration
- and Diabetic eye problems
Blunt force, Foreign Objects, Unusual Discomfort, Itchiness, Redness, or other sensations that cause concern can be evaluated and diagnosis and treatment plan can be established.
- Visit Your Eye Doctor Regularly: Everyone, even young children, should get their eyes examined regularly. It helps you protect your sight and see your best.
- Look Away From the Screen! Staring at a computer screen for too long can cause: eyestrain, blurry vision, trouble focusing at a distance, dry eyes, headaches, neck, back, and shoulder pain
- Eat Healthy for Good Vision: Protecting your eyes starts with the food on your plate. Studies show that proper nutrients help ward off vision problems such as macular degeneration and cataracts.
- Quit Smoking: Smoking increases the risk for cataracts, optic nerve damage, and macular degeneration.
- Wear Sunglasses: The right kind of sunglasses will help protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Abundant UV exposure increases the chances for cataracts and macular degeneration.
- Use Safety Eyewear: If you work with hazardous or airborne materials on the job or at home, wear safety glasses or protective goggles every time. This applies to certain sports such as baseball, racquetball, basketball, and lacrosse.