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Eye Care for All Ages

Services

Falcon Family Eye Care offers a wide scope of Medical Eye Care and Optical Services:


Comprehensive Vision and Eye Health Evaluations

At Falcon Family Eye Care, we provide comprehensive Vision and Eye Health Evaluations using the latest technology, but we also take the time to listen to your needs and explain your options. Each evaluation is broken down into two categories: Vision Evaluation and Eye Health Evaluation.


Vision Evaluation

The vision evaluation focuses on your specific visual needs. In this part of the examination, we use various types of equipment, both automated and manual testing is used to determine your unique eyeglass prescription. Each person uses their eyes differently on a daily basis. For example, a computer software engineer would have different visual needs than a police officer, an accountant vs a mechanic, etc. Therefore, we specifically address the visual demands of an individual's occupation. We also address recreational and hobby visual needs. After all, glasses that work well for you in the office may not work as well for you on the golf course.

Specifically, here are some of the tests we use to conduct your vision evaluation:

  • Refraction — This test determines your eyeglass prescription and we perform precise measurements in several different ways to determine the lens formula that will work best for you. Instruments used include a computerized autorefractor, phoroptor and retinoscope, but an important part of prescribing lenses is for the doctor to understand how you use your eyes at work and leisure.
  • Binocular vision testing — We test your eye coordination to be sure your vision is comfortable and that your eyes work well together. This includes an analysis of the eye muscles used for movement, focusing and depth perception. If you have a problem with binocularity, your doctor may correct it with prescription glasses or vision therapy. If you are having difficulty appreciating 3D images during a 3D movie or from a 3D television, you may benefit from this type of testing.

Eye Health Evaluation

The eye health evaluation is the second part of the evaluation. This involves examining the eyes and surrounding tissues and structures for signs of disease and ocular ailments such as: Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Cataracts, Diabetes, Ocular Allergies, Eye and Lid Infections and Retinal problems. Every eye health exam includes the testing and evaluation for the following (partial list of conditions):

  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Ocular Melanoma
  • Eyelid Disease, Infections and Lesions
  • "Lazy Eye" or Amblyopia
  • Vein or Artery Occlusions
  • Diabetic Retinopathy — Retinal Disease from Diabetes
  • Retinal Holes, Tears or Detachments
  • Hypertensive Retinopathy — Retinal Disease from High Blood Pressure
  • Dry Eye Disease and Inflammation
  • "Eye Turn" or Strabismus
  • Cholesterol Plaques — in individuals with High Cholesterol

Specifically, here are some tests we use to analyze the health status of your eyes:

  • Physical eye health exam — The external and internal parts of the eyes are examined using special instruments like a slit lamp biomicroscope, binocular indirect ophthalmoscope and special focusing lenses. Your pupils may be dilated with eye drops for some of these tests.
  • Tonometry — This is one of several risk factors for glaucoma that we evaluate. It is a measure of the fluid pressure inside the eye. We offer several ways to do this test: 1) a new generation of air puff test that is very gentle and quiet, 2) Goldmann tonometry, which is a device with a blue light that shines at the eye, or 3) a tonopen which is a gentle probe that touches the cornea for a moment (after anesthetic eye drops are instilled).
  • Visual field test — A screening of your peripheral vision with a computerized autoperimeter. You click a hand-held button when you see small lights off to the side. It takes about 2 minutes per eye and it can help diagnose or rule out neurological disorders of the visual system.
  • Optomap retinal photography — A special camera takes a digital color photograph of the back of your eye. This test is recommended on a routine basis to provide your doctor with a baseline record of the appearance of your retina, internal blood vessels and optic nerve. It is also used to document diseases and anatomical abnormalities and monitor them over time.

What makes Optomap Retinal Imaging unique?

Optos technology offers unparalleled views of the retina.

  • View up to 200 internal degrees (approximately 82%) of the retina at one time and in correct orientation.
  • Simultaneous view of the central pole, mid periphery and periphery
Conventional exams
Optomap Retinal Exam

At the conclusion of you evaluation, Dr. Royer will review all findings, discuss concerns and answer and questions you may have. Our personal mission it to ensure our patients leave our office confident that their eye health was thoroughly evaluated, satisfied that they have been educated on all of their vision correction options and pleased to know their glasses and contact lenses were fit with great care and accuracy.


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Emergency Eye Care

Eye emergencies can happen in an instant and can range in their severity. Here at Falcon Family Eye Care, we see eye emergencies every day. Ocular (eye) emergency symptoms include eye pain, redness, discharge, sudden loss of vision, flashes of light and floaters, embedded foreign particles or other injuries. If you ever have any of these symptoms, do not put it off. These symptoms can be an indication of significant ocular health problems and may be vision threatening. Please call our office and we can see you that day. We diagnose and treat eye infections, abrasions, chemical burns, foreign bodies, eye lid lumps and bumps, corneal ulcers, glaucoma, allergies, inflammatory disease and many other eye problems.


Treatment of Ocular Disease

Our Optometrist, Dr. Andrew P. Royer, is trained and licensed to diagnose and treat diseases of the eye. He can prescribe topical and oral medications for infections, inflammations, pain, dry eyes, glaucoma and allergies. He also works with top specialists and surgeons in the area to make referrals and co-manage when indicated Common eye diseases disgnosed, managed and treated are (but not limited too):

  • Conjunctivitis
  • Uveitis
  • Keratitis
  • Chalazion
  • Hordeolum
  • Blepharitis
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataract
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Vitreous Detachment

Contact Lens Evaluations and Services

In the past few years, there have been some very exciting advances in contact lens technology in regards to both Contact Lens Solutions to Contact Lens Materials. In both aspects, these improvements in technology have improved the overall health and comfort of contact lens wear. We stay abreast of these changes and use only the best quality, healthiest and most breathable contact lenses available.

We expertly fit and offer the following types of contact lenses:

  • Breathable Contact Lenses
  • Contact Lenses for Dry Eyes
  • Contact Lenses for Astigmatism
  • Monovision Contact Lenses (Bifocal Alternative)
  • Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses
  • Cosmetic Contact Lenses
  • Gas Permeable Contact lenses (also know as "hard" or "rigid")
  • Specialty Lenses (Keratoconus, etc.)
  • Custom Contact Lens designs

If you are NEW to CONTACT LENS WEAR, we must first determine your candidacy of becoming a contact lens wearer by performing a Vision and Eye Health Evaluation as well as take measurements of your cornea. The Vision and Eye Health Evaluation is a very important step in determining if your eyes are healthy enough to wear contact lenses. Once we have determined that your eyes are healthy enough for contact lens wear we can proceed with the contact lens fitting and training. The training involves instructions on proper care and handling of the lenses, as well as insertion and removal techniques. Once you are comfortable with handling, caring and inserting and removing your contact lenses, we will schedule a follow-up examination to evaluate the contact lens fit, comfort, vision and answer any questions you may have. If no problems exist, you are then able to order your annual contact lens supply.

If you are a CURRENT WEARER OF CONTACT LENSES, we must first determine that your eyes are healthy enough to continue contact lens wear by performing the Vision and Eye Health Evaluation. Once determining that your eyes are healthy enough to continue contact lens wear, we will evaluate how your current contact lenses fit and discuss all of your contact lens options. After the optimal lens is fit on your eyes, you will be scheduled for a follow-up exam to recheck the lens fit, comfort and your eyes health. If no problems exist, you are then able to order your annual contact lens supply.

For your convenience, we carry a large supply of diagnostic "trial" contact lenses in our office so we may expedite your contact lens fitting process; however, sometimes we must order your diagnostic lenses and have you return to the office when they arrive to evaluate the fit, design and performance of the contact lens once on your eyes.

DID YOU KNOW: We keep our prices for contact lens products as low as possible with annual supply purchase discounts, military discounts and any available manufacturer rebates, we are competitive and often beat major online retailer contact lens pricing. You can even have them delivered directly to your home or office at not charge (annual supply purchases only).

PLEASE NOTE: Some insurance plans do not consider a contact lens evaluation as part of an annual comprehensive examination (not a covered service). Therefore, unless specified by your insurance company, a contact lens evaluation is an out-of-pocket expense. Please check with your insurance company or call our office for more information.


Pediatric Vision


Pediatric Vision — Eye Examinations for Children

The American Optometric Association recommends that pre-school children receive a complete vision exam at the ages of six — twelve months, three years and five years. It is particularly important that a child have a complete evaluation prior to entry into Kindergarten. While in school, yearly evaluations are recommended. It is not necessary for the child to verbally respond in order to do an evaluation. The American Optometric Association (AOA) and The Vision Care Institute of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., have partnered to create InfantSEE®, a no-cost public health program developed to provide professional eye care for infants six — twelve months of age. Through InfantSEE®, Dr. Royer will provide a one-time, comprehensive eye assessment to infants, offering early detection of potential eye and vision problems at no cost regardless of income. For more information on InfantSEE®, go to www.aoa.org/infantsee.xml


Comprehensive Eye and Vision Examination

Please visit http://www.aoa.org/ for more information on comprehensive eye exams.


Recommended Eye Examination Frequency for Pediatric Patients

Patient Age Examination Interval
Asymptomatic/Risk Free At Risk
Birth to 24 Months At 6 months of age By 6 months of age or as recommended
2 to 5 years At 3 years of age At 3 years of age or as recommended
6 to 18 years Before first grade and every two years thereafter Annually or as recommended

Children considered to be at risk for the development of eye and vision problems may need additional testing or more frequent re-evaluation. Factors placing an infant, toddler, or child at significant risk for visual impairment include:

  • Prematurity, low birth weight, oxygen at birth, grade III or IV intraventricular hemorrhage
  • Family history of retinoblastoma, congenital cataracts, or metabolic or genetic disease
  • Infection of mother during pregnancy (e.g., rubella, toxoplasmosis, venereal disease, herpes, cytomegalovirus, or AIDS)
  • Difficult or assisted labor, which may be associated with fetal distress or low Apgar scores
  • High refractive error
  • Strabismus
  • Anisometropia
  • Known or suspected central nervous system dysfunction evidenced by developmental delay, cerebral palsy, dysmorphic features, seizures, or hydrocephalus http://www.aoa.org/infantsee.xml

Vision Therapy


We Provide Vision Therapy as a Treatment Option

Good vision involves more than 20/20 eyesight or just "seeing clearly." Some visual conditions and/or hand-eye-body coordination problems cannot be treated adequately with just glasses, contact lenses, or surgery and are best resolved through a program of Vision Therapy.

Most vision problems can be very easily corrected with eyeglasses. In fact, about 90% of the people we examine who are complaining of vision problems are treated with glasses or contact lenses and feel better.

However, approximately 10% of the population with symptoms of blurred vision and eye strain has vision problems which cannot be treated successfully using eyeglasses alone. It is this group of people who need vision therapy. Vision therapy is generally required to treat problems of eye teaming, focusing, tracking, amblyopia, strabismus (crossed eye), and visual perception. Individuals with these problems experience eyestrain when reading or doing other close work, inability to work quickly, sleepiness, inability to attend and concentrate, double vision and loss of vision. Even more significantly, children with amblyopia and strabismus face the possible loss of vision if an appropriate vision therapy program is not initiated in a timely fashion. Children with visual perceptual problems may have difficulty learning.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns that you or someone you know is having visual-related difficulties.


What is Vision Therapy?

Vision Therapy is an individualized, treatment program designed to correct visual-motor and/or visual-perceptual-cognitive deficiencies. Vision Therapy sessions include procedures designed to enhance the brain's ability to control:

  • eye alignment,
  • eye teaming,
  • eye focusing abilities,
  • eye movements, and/or
  • visual processing.

Visual-motor skills and endurance are developed through the use of specialized computer and optical devices, including therapeutic lenses, prisms, and filters. During the final stages of therapy, the patient's newly acquired visual skills are reinforced and made automatic through repetition and by integration with motor and cognitive skills.


Cataract and PRK/LASIK Refractive Surgery Consultation and Co-management

Myopes (people with nearsightedness), hyperopes (people with farsightedness) and astigmats now have alternatives to glasses and contact lenses. Laser technology offers several procedures to correct these refractive problems. We have guided hundreds of patients through refractive surgery with comprehensive pre-operative and post-operative care.


What is PRK?

PRK stands for Photorefractive Keratectomy. During this procedure, the surgeon gently removes the top layer of cells on the cornea. The excimer laser is then used to sculpt the cornea by removing microscopic layers of tissue.


What is LASIK?

LASIK stands for Laser Assisted Intrastromal Keratomileusis. During this procedure, the surgeon uses an instrument called a microkeratome to create a thin flap of tissue within the cornea. The corneal flap is then returned to its original position, adhering without stitches. This procedure is nearly painless and is performed under topical anesthesia.


Who is a candidate?

Candidates should be at least 18 years old with a stable prescription. They must be within the range of the procedure, have no active eye disease and not be pregnant or nursing. There should also be no restrictions mandated by the candidate's employer.

What are realistic goals?

Realistic goals for these procedures should include less dependence on glasses (e.g. having the ability to see the clock without spectacle correction or being able to swim without contacts). You should be able to enjoy an active lifestyle without being totally dependent on corrective lenses.


What are potential side effects?

Side effects may include minor discomfort and blurred vision for one to five days following PRK. Although very rare, loss of corneal cap or irregular astigmatism from malpositioning of the cap can occur following LASIK. Transient dryness, nighttime halos and/or glare or a decrease in best-corrected visual acuities following either procedure are potential complications.

People who are most satisfied after having refractive surgery clearly understand the potential risks and side effects and have realistic expectations of what their vision will be like after surgery.

Many people will eventually need to rely on reading glasses or bifocal lenses due to a condition called presbyopia. This is a normal aging process in which the muscles that move the lens lose their elasticity. A condition called monovision, in which one eye is corrected for near vision and the other is corrected for distance vision, is one option with refractive procedures.

We would love to discuss these procedures with you in greater detail and decide which option will be right for you.


What is a Cataract?

A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens, the part of the eye responsible for focusing light and producing clear, sharp images. The lens is contained in a sealed bag or capsule. As old cells die they become trapped within the capsule. Over time, the cells accumulate causing the lens to cloud, making images look blurred or fuzzy. For most people, cataracts are a natural result of aging.

In fact, they are the leading cause of visual loss among adults 55 and older. Eye injuries, certain medications, and diseases such as diabetes and alcoholism have also been known to cause cataracts.


How are Cataracts Diagnosed?

Cataracts are relatively simple to diagnose by an ophthalmologist or an optometrist during a routine eye examination. It is important, when making the diagnosis of cataract, to also examine the entire eye for evidence of any other eye disease which may be compromising the vision. In addition to taking a medical and ocular history and visual acuity test, the eye doctor will check eye movements and pupillary responses, measure the pressure inside the eyes and examine the front and back of the eyes after the pupils have been dilated with drops.


What is the Treatment for Cataracts?

People with early cataract will find that changing their glasses, using sunglasses to decrease glare and having better lighting to read can significantly alleviate their symptoms. Magnifying lenses for close work and reading fine print may also be helpful.

Many cataracts are not bothersome, causing few symptoms. In that situation, no surgical treatment is necessary. However, the only true treatment for cataract is surgical removal of the cloudy lens. Surgery is suggested if the patient loses the ability to perform necessary activities of everyday life, such as driving, reading, or looking at computer or video screens, even with glasses, and there is the expectation that vision will improve as a result of the surgery.

Depending on a patient's specific visual needs, surgery is sometimes done on cataracts that are not very dense or surgery can wait until the cataract and the vision gets more cloudy. Patients' responses to cataracts vary as a cataract in only one eye may be disturbing to a particular patient and may not cause significant symptoms in another patient.

Cataracts usually do not harm your eye, so you can have surgery when it is convenient for you. Once you understand the benefits and risks of surgery, you can make an informed decision about whether cataract surgery is right for you. In most cases, delaying cataract surgery will not cause long-term damage to your eye or make the surgery more difficult.

If the eye has other diseases that have caused visual loss such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy or optic nerve damage from glaucoma, cataract surgery may not improve the vision.

Occasionally, your doctor may recommend removal of a cataract if it prevents diagnosis or treatment of another eye problem, such as macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy.

If both eyes have cataracts and surgery is agreed upon, the surgery on the second eye is generally planned at least a week after the first eye. There is usually no harm in waiting a much longer period of time between the two eye operations.

Since the lens of the eye is necessary to accurately focus light onto the retinal surface and removal of the cataract involves removal of the lens, modern cataract surgery combines removal of the lens with placement of a new artificial lens into the eye. Measurements for the size, shape, and power of this lens will be taken at least a week prior to the surgery so that the lens can be ordered and available at the time of surgery.

More than 2 million cataract surgeries are performed annually in the United States. It is extremely safe and effective, improving vision in the vast majority of patients.


Surgery Co-Management

Our office provides many of the surgical services such as Cataract surgery, Laser surgery, Refractive surgery and Strabismic surgery. We offer this in conjunction with the hospital and local eye surgeons.

Additionally, we have working arrangements established with other specialized eye care doctors to manage such things are retinal detachments, retinal tears and hemorrhages.