Eye Life Eye Care
Complete eye care is more than just a vision exam.
The Eye Life Institute offers both comprehensive medical exams and vision exams. A comprehensive medical exam consists of various procedures to evaluate the health of your eyes. Our doctors examine the inside of your eye to check for cataracts, retinal problems such as macular degeneration, and evidence of systemic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Glaucoma and dry eyes are also evaluated. We recommend a comprehensive eye exam every one to two years.
We perform vision exams to determine the need for glasses. The refraction is a series of lens tests to determine the proper prescription for glasses or contact lenses. Your special needs and preferences are taken into consideration before the final correction is determined. Visit our Optical Boutique for the latest in frames and lens options.
For more information and educational tools, visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology website at www.geteyesmart.org
Ophthalmologists call glaucoma the "sneak thief of sight" as there is seldom an indication that you have the disease until it is in its advanced stages. Glaucoma is the disease of the optic nerve often associated with high pressure inside the eye. Blind spots and eventually blindness may result. If you are over 40 with a family history of glaucoma, be sure to schedule a comprehensive eye examination. Early detection and treatment can prevent permanent loss of vision.
Diabetic Eye Care
Diabetes can affect vision by causing cataracts, glaucoma, and most importantly, damage to the blood vessels inside the eye. Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that is caused by changes in the blood vessels of the eye. People with untreated diabetes are said to be 25 times more at risk for blindness. Early detection of diabetic retinopathy is the best protection against loss of vision. Those with diabetes should schedule an exam with an ophthalmologist at least once per year – with careful monitoring treatment can begin before sight is affected.
Pediatric Vision Care
Is your child seeing as clearly as they should? Children should be examined by the family doctor, pediatrician, or ophthalmologist during infancy and preschool years to detect potential eye problems. Children may be born with impaired vision or strabismus. Modern advances have made it possible to treat these conditions safely and comfortably. If your child is of school age and has not yet had an eye exam, call Eye Life today to schedule an appointment. Dr. McPherran is experienced in diagnosing and correcting pediatric eye conditions. Our Optical Boutique carries the latest designer frames especially for children.
Low Vision Service
Helping people with partial vision lead independent, fulfilling lives.
At Eye Life Institute we are fully aware of the growing number of visually impaired patients who need Low Vision care. Our Low Vision Specialist, Gina Gavett, provides a variety of effective solutions for overcoming the difficulties associated with vision loss. Gina equips and trains each patient to function using the vision they have left. With over 20 years-experience, Gina helps patients regain independence, discover adaptive technology, and learn coping skills.
Eye Care Testimonials
"I saw Gina because I have Macular Degeneration and have lots of trouble reading and seeing far away. Gina showed me how to use vision aids that were very helpful. I got a nice lighted magnifier and TV glasses. Now I enjoy reading the Bible and watching TV. Next I'm going to get an aid to help with my computer."
Eva Jo Kanning
"For those visually impaired individuals like myself who want to be independent, correspond with friends and relatives, enjoy reading and hobbies there are powerful tools available to enable you to better enjoy your senior years. Eye Life Institute can help you with a support group, and various visual aids when possible at no charge to you."
"The Eye Life Institute helps those with failing eyesight to read by helping them obtain CCTV Merlin. For me, the ability to read a book or a newspaper is a prime goal. Help is also available to fill other needs for living our every day lives. In addition, the Institute has given us Gina Gavett to rely upon, and we certainly do. She provides us with a superb example of making the best of our lives, despite our handicaps. I will always remember Gina reporting on a camping trip, how she and her friends hiked to the top of Mt Lassen. She added, with a smile, "I only fell down once." We would be lost without her leadership."
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