Comprehensive Eye Exams
At Gleneagle Vision Center, we understand the importance of keeping eyes healthy for life. That is why we are committed to providing excellent care for all ages, from infants (please see the InfantSEE section) to senior citizens. We take the time to carefully examine your eyes for vision changes, and listen to your needs to provide solutions that help with your active lifestyle. This may include specialty eyewear for computer use, sports, or hobbies, or dietary changes to improve the health and comfort of your eyes. Vision is the sense that is responsible for 80 percent of all that we learn in life. We take the time to evaluate and find solutions for all of your visual needs.
Contact lenses provide the freedom from glasses that many of our patients desire. With so many lenses on the market, which is the correct type for you? We are experts at fitting all types of contact lenses, and will work with you to find the right lens for your eyes. Whether you need correction for just distance, or you need bifocal contact lenses, we can help. And we specialize in helping those individuals who have had to discontinue lens wear due to discomfort from allergies or dryness get back into contact lenses.
Dry Eye Treatment
In the past, you may have been told that you have dry eyes. Most likely, you were given a sample of eye drops and told to use them several times per day. While that was the treatment of choice many years ago, the understanding of dry eyes and its treatment have come a long way. We now can pinpoint the source of your dry eye, and assign specific treatments to really help your comfort all day long. If you have been dissatisfied in the past with the help you received for dry eyes, come see us for a modern evaluation and treatment plan.
Detection and Treatment of Eye Disease
We are committed to keeping your eyes healthy for life. We provide a thorough evaluation of the health of your eyes in order to detect eye disease in the earliest stages. With most eye diseases, the earlier disease is detected, the better the long term visual outcome. Some of the more common eye diseases include cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic eye disease. For a complete look at these and other conditions, please look at the community topic section of our website or visit the website of the American Optometric Association at www.aoa.org.
Glasses and Sunglasses
Whether you desire the latest in fashion eyewear, or need specialty eyewear for work or play, we have what you are looking for. From children's eyewear to designer fashion, our optical team is dedicated to finding the glasses that not only have you seeing your best but also looking your best. Whether you need thin and light lenses for high prescriptions or frames that withstand the punishment of toddlers, we can find the right solution for you. Living in Colorado has many advantages, but the high altitude and strong UV rays present special challenges to your eyes. Let us guide you to the best possible protection of your eyes to help keep them healthy for life.
Vision disorders are the most common handicapping condition of children. Many of these problems can be prevented if detected early in life. As we believe in healthy eyes for life, we participate in the InfantSEE program. This program provides free vision screenings for infants age 6 to 12 months. This exam is quite different from exams for older children and adults. It is designed to detect conditions that lead to delays or interference in normal vision development. Amblyopia (lazy eye) is often the result of these missed conditions. We also screen for retinoblastoma, a rare but potentially life threatening cancer of the eye. This condition occurs in 1 in every 20,000 children, making it the tenth most common pediatric cancer. For more information on the InfantSEE program, visit www.infantsee.org, and please share this information with all family and friends with infants. It can truly change a child's vision of the future.
Are you thinking about laser vision correction? Are you in need of surgery for cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, or other disorders of the eye? We will be happy to find the best surgeon for you. Often we are able to provide most of the pre and post operative care right in our office. This allows you to receive not only the best care, but makes it convenient by decreasing your travel time. Contact us for you needs with any of the above or other conditions.
- Blurry vision at distance and/or near
- Seeing words or print move on the page
- Difficulties with concentration and cognition
- Difficulties with balance and poor posture
- Being easily fatigued
- Sensitivity to lights and sunshine
- Double vision
- Anxiety in crowded spaces
- Difficulty driving
- Trouble going up or down stairs
- Bumping into doorways or walls
Often, patients will have there eyes examined only to be told that there is nothing wrong with their eyes. That's because the underlying problem occurs in the midbrain, not in the eyes. Traditional eye exams check the focus (focal visual system) and health of the eyes. A complete neuro-optometric examination also tests the function of the ambient visual system, which arises in the midbrain.
There are two basic visual systems in humans, the ambient visual system and the focal visual system. In order to see clearly and efficiently, the two systems must work together. The ambient visual system acts as an anchor, stabilizing the pictures being sent from the two eyes to the brain. This stabilization in turn allows the brain to merge the two images into one clear, stable image (focal visual system). Without the anchor of the ambient system, the eyes are left to drift, and the brain has great difficulty merging the two images. This in turn causes many of the symptoms experienced by brain injury and stroke patients listed above.
A complete neuro-optometric exam includes a thorough evaluation of the ambient visual system as well as the focal visual system. If an inefficiency between the two systems is found, treatment strategies can often be prescribed to reduce or eliminate the troublesome symptoms. If you or someone you know is experiencing problems after a brain injury or stroke, please call to schedule an appointment today.
Michael Saxerud, O.D., is a member of NORA (Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association), and has been successfully treating brain injury and stroke patients since 2006. For more information on NORA, visit http://www.nora.cc