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Hard to fit contact lenses
Astigmatism is a very common condition where the curvature of the front of the eye isn’t symmetrical in all meridians (like a baseball). Instead, the cornea is shaped more like a football or the back of a spoon — with one meridian (from 12 o’clock to 6 o’clock, for example) being relatively flat and the meridian 90 degrees away (3 o’clock to 9 o’clock) being significantly steeper.
In most cases, you can still wear contacts successfully if you have astigmatism — you just need a different kind of lens.
Soft contact lenses specially designed to correct astigmatism are called “toric” lenses. Toric soft lenses have different corrective powers in different lens meridians, and design features to prevent the lens from rotating on the eye. These stabilizing features keep the lens powers aligned in front of the proper meridians of the eye for clear vision.
Pediatric Eye Care
We take great pride in obtaining the most advanced ophthalmic diagnostic technology and equipment available. The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend a first eye exam at 6 months of age, again at the age of 3 or 4 and then every year or two thereafter. At OPTX, we treat children with care and concern that frequently leads to a lifetime relationship.
Parents may accompany children throughout their exam and get answers to any questions. Our staff is very sensitive to making every child’s experience pleasant.
Computer Vision Syndrome
Staring at a computer monitor for hours on end has become a part of the modern workday. And inevitably, all of that staring can put a real strain on your eyes.
The name for eye problems caused by computer use is computer vision syndrome (CVS). CVS is not one specific eye problem. Instead, the term encompasses a whole range of eye strain and pain experienced by computer users.
Research shows computer eye problems are common. Somewhere between 50% and 90% of people who work at a computer screen have at least some symptoms of eye trouble.
In addition, working adults aren't the only ones vulnerable to computer vision syndrome. Kids who stare at portable video games or tablets or who use computers throughout the day at school also can experience eye problems related to computer use, especially if the lighting and computer position are less than ideal.
EYE INFECTIONS AND EYE DISEASES
Your eyes can get infections from bacteria, fungi, or viruses. Eye infections can occur in different parts of the eye and can affect just one eye or both. Two common eye infections are
Conjunctivitis - also known as pinkeye. Conjunctivitis is often due to an infection. Children frequently get it, and it is very contagious.
Stye - a bump on the eyelid that happens when bacteria from your skin get into the hair follicle of an eyelash.
Symptoms of eye infections may include redness, itching, swelling, discharge, pain, or problems with vision. Treatment depends on the cause of the infection and may include compresses, eye drops, creams, or antibiotics.
Over 50 years combined experience our professionals will be able to answer your questions while providing for all your eye care needs in one location. We provide direct primary eye care, including urgent, specialized, and routine care.