Comprehensive Eye Exams
On average, we recommend scheduling an appointment once every two years to ensure your eyes are remaining healthy. If you have been diagnosed with an eye condition, however, we recommend scheduling an appointment once or twice a year depending on the severity.
Nowadays, most people prefer to wear contacts instead of glasses. If you are interested in contact lenses, please let your eye doctor know prior to your appointment. During your exam, we will discuss the various contact lenses available and determine the best option based on your individual needs and lifestyle.
Macular degeneration is a deterioration of the central portion of the retina, the inside layer of the eye that records the images we see and sends them through the optic nerve from the eye to the brain for processing. The macula, or the center of the retina, is responsible for focusing central vision in the eye and controls our ability to see and process information.
Dry Eye Treatment
Astoria Park Eyecare is proud to offer dry eye treatment for our patients. Ocular Surface Disease, also known as dry eye, can occur from certain medications, naturally by aging, or as a symptom arising from systemic diseases such as Sjogren's syndrome, Rheumatoid arthritis, or Lupus. If you have a minor case of dry eye, you may be experiencing irritation, excessive tearing, fluctuating vision, and/or a burning sensation in your eyes.
If you are looking for an alternative to laser surgery that can improve your vision in a similar fashion, you may be interested in orthokeratology, or more commonly known as “ortho-k”. Ortho-K involves temporarily reshaping the cornea through the use of specialized contact lenses.
Many people are very confused when it comes to choosing the correct glasses. It can be hard to tell what looks best on your face, while also staying within your budget (and insurance). You also want to be comfortable in the glasses that you choose.
We also have frames for other purposes. We offer sunglasses for those who are outside a lot and need some protection from the sun. We also offer prescription safety glasses when customers need them to stay safe at work. Sports eye wear are available for those who are highly athletic and need protection when they are exercising, practicing, and playing games. If you work at a computer all day, you might want to look into our computer eye wear. They are designed to reduce strain on your eyes, allowing you to be more focused at work.
The most common infection we see is conjunctivitis caused by an adenovirus (the common cold). There are other types of bacteria and viruses that can cause eye infections. Fungal infections are also seen, though they are not as common.
There are times when eye infections get better without any treatment, though you should still see your eye doctor to make sure you don’t need to do anything. Most of the time, we prescribe medications to place right in your eyes to get rid of the problem. However, there are times when surgery is necessary. There are times when we have to cut out the infection.
Many people struggle with allergies which lead to itchy and uncomfortable eyes. However, long-term allergies can cause problems with scratches, ulcers, and even vision problems.
Most people treat their allergies with over-the-counter medications. Antihistamines are commonly used to help. It is also helpful to use eye drops to keep your eyes lubricated, decreasing your chances of harming your eye. Some people find it helpful to flush out their eyes when they have an irritant in it.
We are here for you if you are having allergies and are struggling with red and itchy eyes. We will go through all of your options until we find what works best for you!
Red Eye Treatment
Red eyes are a sign of ocular inflammation. Eyes are red and sometimes itchy and painful. You may notice discharge and have trouble with your vision. There are many different diseases that can cause red eye, including conjunctivitis, blepharitis, foreign body, scratches, allergies, and much more.
It is important to have a thorough examination that includes going over patient history to help determine what is causing your red eye. There are times when primary physicians and optometrists can handle red eye, though there are some cases which you need to be seen by an ophthalmologist.