Most eye exams consist of a vision component, or refraction, in addition to an ocular health evaluation. During the refraction the doctor will measure how well you are able to see, and then determine if any optical correction would assist you to see better.
The ocular health component consists of examination in and around the eyes to identify any current or emerging pathology. For a thorough evaluation of ocular health, dilation is needed to be able to fully examine the interior of the eye. Dilation is recommended annually for anyone who has a history of ocular pathology which is being monitored, or who is at high risk for development of any ocular health issue. For patients who see well and have no history or ocular symptoms, it is wise preventative medicine to still have an eye exam with dilation about every 2-3 years to monitor for anything inside the eye which might progress to cause problems if left unidentified and untreated.
Whether you’re a new contact lens wearer or a long-time veteran, our clinic can help you find lenses that fit safely, comfortably, and provide clear vision. Proper contact lens wear is extremely important, since contact lenses rest on the only part of your body that must remain crystal clear in order to have sharp vision. We have a wide array of products available, and our doctor is experienced and can recommend which lens is likely to suit your needs best. Our staff is exceptional at training in how to clean and take care of your lenses so that they stay clean, clear, and comfortable.
We understand that problems with your eyes sometimes can’t wait, and we’re here to help. Our clinic is ready to provide urgent evaluations. We are generally able to provide after-hours emergency service as well. Don’t wait if you have a serious problem with your eyes! Call us and let us help you.
At our clinic we are pleased to serve patients of all ages. We know how important it is that children be able to see and explore the world in high definition!
The American Optometric Association recommends that children should have their first eye exam at about 6 months. If the first exam shows that their eyes are healthy, they should have their next exam when they are 2-3 years old. Even if eye problems do not run in the family and your child hasn’t displayed any symptoms, they should visit the optometrist every year after the age of 3 to ensure their eyes are in good health.
While many schools offer annual vision checks, it is important to recognize that they are not complete vision exams, and can easily miss important vision and eye health problems. Early detection is very important to make it easier to treat any condition, but is particularly important in children, whose visual systems are still developing and can be seriously and permanently affected by undiagnosed vision problems. If you think your child might be having trouble with their vision, schedule an appointment with our doctor. Some possible symptoms to watch for in children with potential vision problems are:
1) Frequent squinting
2) Closing one eye to focus
3) Rubbing the eyes
4) Frequent or excessive blinking
5) Headache complaints
Our clinic can address any questions you have regarding your child’s first visit to the eye doctor before the appointment so they know exactly what to expect. Our eye exams are complete, the practice is comfortable, and the appointment with your doctor will not take very long. We look forward to getting your little one back on the go with clear vision and healthy eyes!
At Tillamook Vision Center we are pleased to be able to provide the latest in Ocular Imaging to identify, diagnose, and monitor diseases of the eye. We offer routine screening photography as part of your comprehensive exam so that you can see and appreciate what the doctor is looking at when your eyes are being examined. We also provide more detailed photographic evaluation when ocular disease is present. Digital photography can help us monitor medical conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes, and even identify neurological problems like impending strokes and brain tumors. Often changes in the health of your eyes might not affect your vision until they are advanced, and photography can help us detect and treat these conditions sooner.
Our clinic is also excited to now offer the latest in optical coherence tomography for the identification and monitoring of glaucoma, retinal disease, and disorders of the cornea and anterior segment. This camera gives us a high-definition cross-sectional view of the tissue in your eye, which can help us assess eye diseases and watch them over time for progression. Our doctor can also use these photos to discuss with you exactly what they’re watching for in your eyes at your exam.
Our clinic is able to fit and provide advanced contact lens services for medical conditions which require contact lens correction. These conditions include numerous disorders of the front of the eye which typically cannot be corrected with glasses, such as keratoconus and other ectasias which distort the normal shape of the eye’s optics.
Tillamook vision center is also able to fit and provide scleral lenses for the treatment of ocular surface diseases, where the surface of the eye requires help to remain healthy and maintain clear vision. These conditions can include corneal scarring, post-surgery, and severe dry-eye.
We are also excited in the near future to begin offering ortho-keratology services. Similar to a retainer, these lenses are only worn at night while sleeping, and they re-shape the front of the eye to provide clear vision during the whole day without correction. Studies have also shown that they provide a significant effect in slowing or stopping the development of near-sightedness in kids.