As people age, they may experience a clouding of the human lens, called a cataract. While some cataract patients can correct their vision loss with eye glasses or contact lenses, only cataract surgery can help patients fully recover their vision.
Contact Lens Fitting
Contact lenses are small plastic discs shaped to correct an eyesight problemsuch as nearsightedness, farsightedness, presbyopia, or astigmatism. These are called refractive errors. They may also be used by people who have had surgery for cataracts. Contacts are placed directly on the eye, where they float on a film of tears in the front of the cornea. Correct design and fitting of the lenses are essential for comfort, safety, and accurate correction.
The eye depends on the flow of tears to provide constant moisture and lubrication to maintain vision and comfort. Tears are a combination of water, for moisture; oils, for lubrication; mucus, for even spreading; antibodies and special proteins, for resistance to infection. These components are secreted by special glands located around the eye. When there is an imbalance in this tear system, a person may experience dry eyes.
Routine thorough eye exams are a valuable aspect of maintaining good eye health. The ophthalmologists at North Country Eye Assoicates untilize some of the most advanced technologies and techniques to test for potential vision problems, as well as enhance patients' vision. Performing comprehensive eye exams, the doctors and trained technicians evaluate all aspects of a patient's vision, including refractive error, amblyopia, strabismus, and other eye diseases.
The ophthalmologists at North Country Eye Associates are highly skilled at diagnosing and preventing glaucoma, the second leading cause to blindness. They use sophisticated imaging programs and tonometers to detect high levels of intraocular pressure (IOP), the main sign of glaucoma. If glaucoma is detected, our ophthalmologist can start treatment right away with medication.
Pediatric Eye Exams
Your child should have his or her first eye exam done by a pediatrician of family doctor sometime during the first year of the child's life. If you or your child's doctor decides that your child's eyes should be further examined, make an appointment with a qualified pediatric ophthalmologist. Then, with recommendation from your pediatric ophthalmologist, your child's next eye exam will be at the age of 3, and once again before entering kindergarten. From there on, your child should receive a comprehensive eye exam at least every two years.
Strabismus, also known as crossed eyes, is a condition in which the eyes don't look toward an object together. One of the eyes may look in or out, or turn up or down. The eye turning can occur all of the time or only sometimes, such as during stressful situations or illness.
The retina is a delicate, light sensitive tissue covering the interior wall
of your eye. When the retina is damaged by injury, illness or as a result of aging, your vision becomes impared. North Country Eye Associates provides medical treatments for diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. Wet age-related macular degeneration is a chronic condition and there is no cure, but it can be managed with regular treatment with LUCENTIS or AVASTIN.
LUCENTIS injections - LUCENTIS is a prescription medicine for the treatment of patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and macular edema following retinal vein occlusion (RVO). LUCENTIS is an injection given into the eye. Before you get your LUCENTIS injection, your eye will be prepped, or cleaned thoroughly, to help you avoid eye infections. Then your Ophthalmologist will numb your eye to limit any discomfort you might feel. Many people who get injections for wet AMD feel some pressure on their eye. After your Ophthalmologist gives you the injection, the pressure should go away.