Why Routine Eye Exam?
Routine eye exams are not only necessary to assess the need for glasses and contacts to see better but also to detect many eye diseases that initially do not have any symptoms. One such disease is glaucoma which is associated with higher than normal eye pressure and can eventually lead to peripheral vision loss and blindness if not treated in a timely manner. Many systemic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease and thyroid disease also effect the eyes and as a result yearly exams are essential in these cases.
Eye Diseases Diagnosis
We provide a wide range of care including:
- detect and diagnose eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, retinal disorders, lid disorders and infections such as conjunctivitis or red eyes
- prescribe oral and topical medications to treat the eye diseases
Dr. Kazem is trained to recognize critical health issues such as diabetes and hypertension while examining the eye. Having an eye exam can save your life as well as your vision. Click here for a letter written by one of Dr. Kazem's patients. Dr. Kazem found a malignant melanoma while looking in her eye. Timely detection of the tumor not only saved the patient's vision but her life.
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) — This device can scan the 10 layers of the retina, which is less than 1mm, to detect early changes in diabetic patients. It is also used to measure the nerve fiber thickness of the optic nerve to detect and manage glaucoma.
Glaucoma is often called silent thief of sight since at the initial stages the individual does not perceive any loss of peripheral vision. If undetected and not treated, it can lead to gradual side vision loss and ultimately blindness. Glaucoma is usually associated with increase in the pressure in the eye which is measured during a routine eye exam with an instrument called a tonometer. The optometrist can also get valuable clues by getting a complete medical history, looking at your optic nerves, and performing additional tests such as visual fields and OCT (a device that measures the thickness of your optic nerve fibers) if necessary.
Low Vision Care
Low Vision refers to a visual condition that cannot be corrected by conventional eyeglasses or contact lenses or through surgical or pharmacologic means. A variety of disorders that affect the eye (many age-related) can cause an individual to become visually impaired and these include: Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Glaucoma and Retinitis Pigmentosa.
Low Vision Care is the evaluation and management of those that are visually impaired by eye care and rehab professionals. The goal of the care is to help those with low vision to overcome the handicapping effects of their visual impairment. Based on individual lifestyle needs, solutions will be sought to help each patient achieve their visual goals. This may include the recommendation of products known as Low Vision Aids.
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The American Optometrist Association recommends having your child's first eye exam at six months of age. This is best done by an eye care provider that specializes in children. At Lawrenceville Family Eyecare we first see pre-schoolers between the ages of three to five. At this age, it is not only important to assess the need for glasses and check the health of the eyes, but also to make sure their eyes are aligned and there is not a potential for development of amblyopia or lazy eye. If this condition is not resolved early on, it may become permanent and will not be amendable to any treatment once the nerves of the eyes are fully developed. School aged children need to be examined every year since their eyes like the rest of their body is constantly growing and changing, giving rise to frequent changes in prescriptions.
At Lawrenceville Family Eyecare we carry a diverse selection of high quality frames and sunglasses at affordable prices. Come and visit our showroom to see our latest styles. All of our frames have a one year manufacturer warranty. Learn More...