Comprehensive Eye Exams
Your Searcy eye doctor (Dr. Patricia Flippin Bell or Dr. Alexandra Reid Meredith or Dr. Ryan P Anderson) examines the retinas, optic nerves, corneas and other eye structures, using tonometry to measure intraocular pressure for signs of glaucoma. Eye function and vision testing are other essential parts of your comprehensive eye exams.
Your Searcy eye doctor can treat glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and other chronic eye diseases. If you're suffering from a more acute issue such as conjunctivitis or other infectious diseases, we can treat that condition as well. If you've got something in your eye, don't try to remove it yourself -- come to us! Your Searcy optometrist can perform quick, safe foreign body removal to relieve discomfort and prevent eye damage.
Your optometrist in Searcy can also administer a contact lens exam if you're interested in this form of correction. Contact lens exams include detailed measurements of the eye, ocular health evaluations and discussions of your lifestyle and intended lens wear schedule.
Your Searcy optometrist can help you select the perfect contact lenses for your needs. We offer toric lenses for astigmatism, multifocal lenses for presbyopia and many other specialized options.
Hard To Fit Contact Lenses
Here at Searcy Eye Care & Vision Therapy, we specialize in hard to fit contacts cases. We strive to provide the most comfortable and cost effective contact lens for each and every one of our patients. We begin with a specialized fitting to help determine the ideal match for your specific condition.
Diabetic retinopathy causes problems with your retina, the part of your eye responsible for transferring visual information to your brain for processing. Diabetic retinopathy can cause blood vessels in the retina to leak fluid or bleed, resulting in distorted vision.
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.
Cataracts cause a clouding of the lens in the eye, making your vision appear to be foggy. Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over 40 and are the leading cause of blindness in the world.
Glaucoma occurs from damage to the eye’s optic nerve and can often lead to loss of vision and blindness. To detect glaucoma, our highly trained doctors will perform a proper screening to determine severity, examine the damage, and help you manage your glaucoma.
Computer Vision is a relatively new term within the optometry field and refers to eye problems associated with the prolonged use of computers and electronics that utilize a digital screen. Although it can be temporary, there are times when computer vision can strain the eyes to a degree that permanently affects your vision as well.
Farsightedness, known as hyperopia, makes it difficult to see objects close by. If you are experiencing farsightedness, corrective lenses such as glasses or contact lenses will be prescribed. After a thorough examination, we will determine the prescription that’s best for you.
Nearsightedness, known as myopia, makes it difficult to see objects from afar. If you are experiencing nearsightedness, corrective lenses such as glasses or contact lenses will be prescribed. After a thorough examination, we will determine the prescription that’s best for you.
LASIK surgery is an exciting alternative to glasses and contacts for many patients. Our Searcy optometry clinic can help by providing pre and post-operative LASIK care. We can prepare you for your surgery, refer you to a skilled eye surgeon, and then track your recover through follow-up examinations.
Diabetic Eye Care
While it’s true that the primary symptom of diabetes is high blood sugar (hyperglycemia), it can lead to many other problems throughout the body, including wreaking havoc on your eyes. Some of the most common eye conditions caused by hyperglycemia are cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy, which occurs when the tiny blood vessels in your eyes become damaged by the high blood sugar levels over time.
If you are interested in laser surgery, we will begin with a comprehensive eye examination, which will let us know more about you and your needs. We may have to perform some testing to properly diagnose your eye conditions. During this time, the surgeon and staff will go over what you can expect before, during and after the procedure; we want to make sure to give you realistic answers for your unique vision.
Dry Eye Treatment
Searcy Eye Care & Vision Therapy 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.
Gentle Corneal Molding is a revolutionary non-surgical treatment for vision improvement. It works by wearing contact lenses that will essentially reshape the cornea while you sleep, and in turn the patient will need no correction throughout the day. Gentle Molding is a non-surgical procedure that Dr. Collins was passionate about throughout his Optometry career. Dr. Westfall hopes to continue his legacy with Gentle Corneal Molding at Jacksonville Vision Development Center.
Amblyopia ("lazy eye"), strabismus (eye misalignment), convergence insufficiency, focus problems and visual processing problems may occur for a wide variety of reasons, from eye muscle issues to neurological damage. We can prescribe a course of vision therapy to help you re-establish optimal function and communication between the eyes and the brain.
Optometric vision therapy is an individual treatment program designed to
improve visual function and performance. It is an approved treatment modality for disorders including, but not limited to:
- Ocular motility dysfunction/eye movement disorders
- Convergence dysfunction/inefficiency in using both eyes together
- Amblyopia/lazy eye
- Accommodative disorders/focusing problems
- Visual information processing disorders
- Visual sensory and motor integration
- Visual rehabilitation after traumatic brain injury or stroke
(All of which result in inefficient visual information processing)
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