Our Services and Comprehensive Vision Exams
Which is better? One or two? You can expect to hear that question at one of our comprehensive vision exams, and a whole lot more!
When you schedule an exam at our office, you can expect to spend about 45 minutes with an eye care professional. There’s more to our eye exams than just vision correction! You will be asked about your medical history, your family medical history, allergies, medications, and visual needs and uses. We then not only do a refraction to check your vision prescription, but we also conduct a thorough evaluation of the health of your eyes, including testing for: color blindness, depth perception, focusing abilities, glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, binocular vision disorders, and more! Warning signs for other serious medical conditions, such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, hypertension, high cholesterol, and stroke, often appear early in your eyes, so a complete check with a knowledgeable optometrist is an important part of your healthcare routine. If your condition requires surgery or further medical treatment, a referral to an appropriate specialist will be made and we will work as a part of your entire healthcare team.
Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease
From treatment of eye infections to the management of glaucoma, macular degeneration, and more, we provide thorough care, co-management with specialists as needed, and detailed patient education services.
Emergency Eye Care Needs
We are there for you whenever you need us, whether it be to remove a foreign body, treat a red eye, or adjust a distorted frame. Our goal is to be your resource for all eye care needs, even if they aren’t at the time of your yearly appointment!
Many children and adults need vision training and therapeutic assistance to optimally interact with the environment and with the demands of our world. We work with patients who have:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Attention Deficit Disorders
- Reading Problems
- "Lazy" eyes
- Motion Sickness Symptoms
- Sports Performance Enhancement Needs
Cataract Surgery Co-Management
We will work directly with your Ophthalmologist to prepare you for your surgery, and will closely monitor your ocular health during recovery.
Corrective Surgery Co-Management
Interested in Custom Lasik, PRK, Intacs, or CK? We work with the area’s most skilled surgeons to determine what options are right for you, and we will provide all pre-op and follow-up care.
InfantSEE program provides a FREE eye assessment to children under one year of age!
"One in four children has an undetected vision problem that can interfere with learning."
Dr. Filar and Dr. Metoxen participate in an important and exciting healthcare program designed to support the growth and development of your child. InfantSEE is a nationwide public health initiative implemented through the American Optometric Association. Eye assessment is an important component of the infant wellness routine that America’s parents provide for their babies. It complements the routine wellness care that a baby receives at the pediatrician’s office by broadening the review of an infant’s vision and eye health status.
Under the InfantSEE program, participating doctors provide a one-time, no-cost eye assessment for infants twelve months of age or younger. This assessment will check developmental ocular health, alignment and ocular movement, and the refractive status of the infant's eyes. Dr. Filar supports this program because he believes that the proper development of a child’s visual system is essential to their future motional and academic well-being. For more information about the InfantSEE program, visit the American Optometric Association's website at www.infantsee.org. To make an InfantSEE appointment for your child under 1 year of age, please call our office at 743-5053.
Vision problems can elicit a wide range of signs and symptoms. Some, like eyestrain or blurred vision, can usually be attributed directly to a vision dysfunction. Others, such as poor attention span at school, clumsiness in sports, or reduced productivity at work, may not immediately be recognized as possible signs of a vision problem. The following is a listing of common signs or symptoms of vision problems that indicate the need for a comprehensive vision exam:
- Frequent headaches or eye strain
- Blurring of distance or near vision, particularly after reading or other close work
- Avoidance of close work or other visually demanding tasks
- Turning of an eye in or out, up or down (even if only briefly)
- Tendency to cover or close one eye, or favor the vision in one eye
- Double vision
- Difficulty following a moving target
- Dizziness or motion sickness
- Poor reading comprehension
- Difficulty copying from one place to another
- Loss of place, repetition, and/or omission of words while reading
- Difficulty changing focus from distance to near and back
- Excessive blinking or squinting
- Can respond orally but cannot get the same information down on paper
- Letter and word reversals
- Difficulty judging sizes and shapes
- Turns or tilts head to see
- Uses finger to read
- Poor hand-eye coordination,or bumps into things or drops things frequently