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Do I Really Need to Check My Eyes?

Everyone, regardless of age or physical condition, is recommended to go for regular eye exams.

Thorough evaluations of your eye health and vision by Dr. Richard Sills are the best way to check for signs of vision conditions and ocular disease.

At Dr. Sills and Associates, our optometrists will inspect your eyes thoroughly, using first-rate skill and advanced diagnostic technology. Your vision matters to us, and we will consider the individual needs and health of each patient. We are located conveniently in Fort Myers, Florida , and we are pleased to serve patients from the greater area.

The importance of routine eye exams

Early detection of many typical adult eye diseases can have a powerful effect on the success of treatment. When we examine your eyes in our office in Fort Myers, Florida , we will take a very close look for signs of disease that may still be symptom less. To prevent future vision loss or complications, we’ll begin treatment as soon as possible.

With children, an undetected vision condition could harm their ability to learn properly.

Common eye problems that are diagnosed in children include astigmatism, nearsightedness, farsightedness and weak eye teaming. If your child is diagnosed with any of these problems during our comprehensive pediatric eye exam, we will determine the most effective treatments. Eye exams can thereby prevent or lead to resolution of many learning problems in school.

When should you schedule your comprehensive eye exam?

The American Optometric Association (AOA) issued the following guidelines:

Children

  1. First eye exam at 6 months old, to check that the visual system is developing normally
  2. Second eye exam at 3 years old
  3. Complete eye and vision evaluation prior to entering school, around age 5-6. If no vision problems are diagnosed, then follow-up examinations should be done at least every 2 years. If your child needs vision correction, then exams must be scheduled at least once a year.

Children who have any of these risk factors should come in for eye exams more frequently:

  1. Premature birth
  2. Crossed or turned eyes
  3. Family history of eye disease
  4. Other physical disease
  5. History of eye injury
  • Delayed development Adults Until age 40, if no vision correction (such as eyeglasses or contact lenses) is needed, then complete eye assessments should be performed every two or three years.
  • After 40 years old, annual eye exams are encouraged. The incidence of many common eye diseases and vision problems rises as you age, and we will check for conditions such as presbyopia, cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma.
  • Everyone over age 60 is strongly recommended to schedule frequent eye exams.
  • Any adult who has a health issue, such as hypertension or diabetes, may require additional eye exams, as advised by an eye doctor.

What will happen at your comprehensive eye exam?

Our team of experienced optometrists will use many different testing procedures to check your eyes. Our Fort Myers, office is fully equipped with the latest equipment. To determine visual acuity, you will be asked to read a standard eye chart and we will check refractive error. To diagnose or rule out any eye diseases, we will inspect your inner eye tissues with a high-powered lens. This exam also provides significant information about your overall health.

For more information about comprehensive eye examinations Call Dr. Sills and Associates on 239-330-4993 in Fort Myers, Florida to schedule an eye exam with our optometrist, Dr. Richard Sills.

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What’s In a Contact Lens?

Learn How Contact Lenses are Made

Contact lenses are immensely popular, with a wide variety of types to fit almost every individual and their vision condition. New materials and modern technology have led to increased comfort, higher convenience, and sharper vision with contacts. In response, many people are now making the switch away from wearing eyeglasses for vision correction. At Dr. Sills and Associates, our expert optometrist, Dr. Richard Sills, performs eye exams and fittings for contact lenses regularly.

How & What Are contact lenses made of?

There are two main types of lenses: Soft Contacts, and Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP).

Soft contact lenses are usually manufactured by a process called injection molding. The lens material is heated until melting point and then injected into a mold. Once the material dries, it takes on the contact lens shape of the mold. Sometimes, extra material must be removed before polishing this lens.

Most of the time, hydrogel is used as the material for soft lenses. This polymer is very water-absorbent, and high water content allows more oxygen to reach the eye. Some soft contact lenses contain as much as 70% water! One drawback is that a high quantity of water also increases the size of the lens, which some people find irritating. Less water leads to a thinner, more comfortable lens.

Soft lenses made from silicone hydrogel are newer on the scene. This advanced material enables increased oxygen permeability without the added size of larger lenses. Many of our patients in Fort Myers optometrist will help you choose the most appropriate colored contacts for your eyes!

Where Can I Find Quality Contact Lenses Near Me?

In addition to answering your questions about how contact lenses are made, our Fort Myers team is pleased to answer this question too!

If you’re looking for an alternative to eyeglasses, our optometrist will perform a thorough eye examination for contact lenses.

We’ll fit you with the ideal lenses – either soft contacts, rigid gas permeable, and specialty types, such as progressive lenses and colored contacts – in our hi-tech office.

Call Dr. Sills and Associates on 239-330-4993 in Fort Myers, Florida to schedule an eye exam with our optometrist, Dr. Richard Sills.

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