FAMILY EYE CARE
We offer comprehensive eye exams and specialized services such as children’s eye exams, Laser Vision Correction and cosmetic procedures. We also manage glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and other eye conditions. We take pride in the thoroughness of our eye exams and our optical prescriptions are guaranteed to provide you with the best possible vision.
Designer Eye Wear
Thin & Light!
“Soda pop bottle” glasses and lenses that make your eyes look big or small are in the past. Today’s technology provides lenses that are extremely thin and light and also decrease the part of the lens that can make your eyes appear small (nearsighted) or large (farsighted).
Do you golf, hunt, play tennis or fish? You probably have equipment specific to each of these activities, right? BUT do you have sunglasses that protect your eyes and enhance your vision for your activity? Polarized lenses are the best sun protection for your eyes. They not only reduce the intensity of the sun but they are specially formulated to minimize glare from cars, water, snow, etc. Most importantly, we only provide you with sunglasses that offer 100% UVA and UVB protection. Unprotected eyes are at risk of retinal damage, accelerated growth of cataracts and surface irritation.
Polycarbonate & Trivex Lenses
Polycarbonate lenses are made of a special material that is more impact resistant than standard lenses. These shatter resistant lenses are always recommended for children for safety. Polycarbonate lenses are thinner and lighter weight than standard plastic lenses and have built-in scratch resistant treatments and UV protection. Like polycarbonate lenses, lenses made from Trivex are impact resistant and are also thinner and lighter weight.
Hi-Index lenses are thinner and lighter weight than standard plastic lenses. Additionally, they refract light differently and can thus produce better optical quality. These lenses are especially beneficial in patients with high prescriptions or astigmatism.
Anti-reflective (AR) treatment is applied to lenses to reduce the amount of internal and external reflections created by the lens surface. This improves the crispness and quality of vision as well as the cosmetic appearance of lenses. AR treatments are useful for decreasing glare and halos when driving at night, and reducing eyestrain when working at a computer.
Just as sunscreen is recommended to protect you skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays, it is important to protect your eyes from damage by UVA and UVB rays. UV damage is associated with early development of cataracts and increased risk for the development of macular degeneration.
Photochromic lenses, also know as Transitions Lenses, allow your glasses to double as sunglasses. These lenses are activated by UV rays to darken when you are outdoors in the sun and then return quickly to clear when you are indoors. They also offer 100% UV protection at all times. The amount of darkening will depend on how much UV the lenses are exposed to. Lenses will be darkest when in full sunlight and will darken to a lesser degree on a cloudy day or in the car because your windshield blocks UV rays.
Polarized lenses decrease bright glare and reflections by blocking horizontal polarized reflected light, and make for the best in sunglasses protection. Polarized lenses have been used by fishermen for years to better deal with bright light being reflected off water and to see deeper into the water.
Progressive Addition Lenses
Also known as “no-line bifocals,” progressive addition lenses (PAL) eliminate the visible line of a traditional bifocal or trifocal. Unlike traditional bifocals which provide only power for distance and near, PAL’s provide a seamless change in power for all viewing distances. This is especially useful for viewing things at an intermediate range such as the dashboard in your car or your computer screen. PALS’s may take up to two weeks to adjust to if you have never worn them before, or have previously worn lined bifocals. At Medical Vision Institute, we can provide the best progressive lenses on the market and will be happy to consult with you regarding your options.
There are unique visual demands associated with continued use of a computer that can lead to eyestrain, headaches, and fatigue. Patients that spend a majority of their day on the computer or those that experience such symptoms even after a short period of time may benefit from prescription computer glasses. Research shows that computer glasses increase worker productivity and end of the day discomfort. A prescription can be written for single vision lenses or for a custom bifocal or progressive lens for use at the computer. Anti-reflective treatments are always recommended for use on the computer to reduce glare and improve comfort.
Specialty Contact Lenses
We offer a variety of contact lenses and specialize in difficult fits.
School Eye Exams
Children are required by law to have a detailed eye examination by an ophthalmologist or optometrist before starting school. This helps to prevent eye conditions that can be avoided by early detection and treatment. Children may be unable to communicate their vision problems, so an early exam is important. We can complete the required forms for you during your child’s visit.