LipiFlow Treatment

4 Apr 2017 Video

A Lipiflow treatment would be an excellent way to use your tax return this year. This treatment is very soothing using heat to loosen hardened oil glands in your eyes. Patient’s have said it very relaxing like a spa treatment. Between the relaxing music that is played and our essential oil diffuser, we create a calming environment for patients to enjoy themselves. Call us today 610-410-5290.

Lasik - laser vision correction provided by Skippack Eyecare optometrists

Are You a Candidate for LASIK?

9 Nov 2016 Eye Health

LASIK

 

LASIK (an acronym that stands for LASer In-situ Keratomileusis) is not only the most commonly performed type of laser vision correction, but also the most effective. During the procedure, a small flap is first created with either a blade or laser (IntraLase) in the outer layer of the cornea. The flap is then folded back on its hinge, and the extremely precise and accurate excimer laser is used to remove minute amounts (microns) of underlying corneal tissue, reshaping the cornea and allowing the eye to correctly focus light on the retina.

Currently, LASIK is one of the most commonly performed health care procedures in the U.S.A., with an excellent record of success. LASIK offers faster healing time than other laser procedures and rapid visual recovery (patients usually see well within a few hours). Despite being a “quick” and seemingly “easy” procedure, LASIK is still surgery and, like any other surgery, is not perfect. With the use of the excimer laser, surgeons can achieve an unparalleled degree of precision and predictability. Each pulse of the laser can remove 39-millionths of an inch of tissue in 12-billionths of a second. This technology, coupled with the skill and care of our surgeons, can achieve remarkable accuracy while maintaining exceptional control throughout the procedure.

Are You a Candidate for LASIK?

You may be a candidate for LASIK if you:

  • Are 18 years or older with a stable prescription for at least one year.
  • Have a prescription within – 1.00 to 11.00 diopters of myopia or up to + 5.00 diopters of farsightedness. Astigmatism up to 5.00 diopters can  also be treated.
  • Have healthy eyes without disease or serious ailments.
  • Have realistic expectations and are educated and informed about the risks and benefits of surgery and the alternatives.

Excellent results start with your first visit to Hoopes Vision, through accurate diagnosis and measurements. Our surgeons, not “counselors”, perform our examinations and screenings. Then, our doctors’ expert surgical ability, combined with careful post-operative care, completes your new vision process. The key to it all is experience and the best technology. Your surgeon’s level of experience and skill in performing these delicate procedures is the critical factor in determining your outcome.

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Eye Health Problems due to Smoking

5 Nov 2016 Eye Health

Eye Health Problems due to Smoking

Smoking can take a negative toll on your body, but did you know that this bad habit could also affect your eye health? Studies have linked cigarette smoking to eye problems including:

  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Dry eyes
  • Optic nerve damage
  • Lazy eye
  • Conjunctivitis

Don’t be so discouraged if you are a smoker but want to avoid smoking-related eye problems and vision loss. Quitting smoking can improve your chances of avoiding eye disease and will have reduced risks of developing certain eye problems. But obviously, the safest thing you can do for your vision is to never start smoking at all. To learn more about the effects that smoking may have on your eye and vision, give us a call today!

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Causes of Watery Eyes

30 Oct 2016 Eye Health

Causes of Watery Eyes

When you produce too many tears or when tear drainage is blocked, your eyes may get watery. It isn’t such a bad thing to have watery eyes because tears are essential for nourishment and lubrication of your eye, but if you feel that you are overproducing tears, then you may want to find a remedy to fix the problem. The excess tears can be caused by several factors:

  • Dry eye syndrome
  • Allergies
  • Infections
  • Irritants
  • Blockage of tear ducts
  • Poor eyelid function

Most often, watery eyes are not a cause of eye distress, but rather just an eye symptom. Although they can be irritating and distracting, watery eyes are usually not a serious problem. To learn more about watery eyes and other ways to treat them, give us a call or visit our office today.

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Glaucoma

25 Oct 2016 Eye Health

Glaucoma
sometimes nicknamed “the sneaky thief of sight” is the second leading cause of blindness in the world.  It  is so called because its effects on your sight or visual field most often occur gradually over time and might only be realized after permanent damage has already happened.

Glaucoma is any of a number of diseases that cause damage to the optic nerves and therefore limit or eventually devastate vision. While it is usually a condition that can come with advanced years, it can also occur in eyes under 50. There are no known absolute causes of Glaucoma, though high intraocular pressure (fluid pressure in the eye) is certainly a factor as well as family history with the disease. Regular eye exams can detect if high intraocular pressure is present and many treatments of glaucoma focus on lowering the pressure.

But there is not yet a cure for glaucoma and medication, prescription eye drops and even laser surgery serve only to maintain the vision that has not yet been lost and help improve the patient’s quality of life.

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Macular Degeneration

20 Oct 2016 Eye Health

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Vision Loss

Age-related macular degeneration, also called AMD or ARMD, is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness among Americans who are age 65 and older. AMD is degeneration of the macula, which is the part of your eye’s retina responsible for the sharp vision that you rely for activities such as reading and driving.

The symptoms of AMD include shadowy areas in your central vision or unusually fuzzy or distorted vision and lightening of your eye color. The process is usually slow and painless which makes it more likely to go undetected for a time.

The causes of AMD are typically aging and genetics. Other common risk factors for developing AMD also include obesity, high blood pressure and smoking.

If you notice any symptoms of AMD and are beginning to see signs of vision loss, call us today to schedule an eye exam. There are some treatments available to delay its progression and even improve vision.

Dry Eye Syndrome

17 Oct 2016 Eye Health

 

 

DRY EYE SYNDROME
Dry, scratchy or burning eyes. The sensation that there’s something in your eyes. Watery eyes. It could be allergies. It could be something “in the air.” Or it could be Dry Eye Syndrome.

Dry Eye Syndrome is a chronic condition where the eyes either do not produce enough tears, or produce tears that evaporate too quickly. As a result, the eyes are denied sufficient moisture and lubrication.

Our office can determine if your symptoms are a result of Dry Eye Syndrome and, if so, recommend a treatment plan that may include:

  • Lubricating eye drops that can temporarily relieve
    some symptoms
  • Prescription eye drops that increase tear production
  • Inserts placed under your eyelid that slowly release lubrication throughout the day
  • Lacrimal plugs that prevent tears from draining
    away too quickly

The first step towards relief from Dry Eye Syndrome is a comprehensive eye examination, so please contact our office for an appointment, or let us know that you’re experiencing symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome at your next visit.

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Age-Related Eye Disorders

8 Oct 2016 Eye Health

 

SHARP VISION. SHARP MIND.


Age-Related Eye Disorders


After you turn 60, there’s a big chance that you may develop an eye or vision disease that can change your vision permanently. We recommend that you do your part to have those problems detected and treated as early as possible so that you can retain good vision. We will list some vision problems that can occur so that you are fully aware

  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Retinal detachment
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Dry eye

If you are close to the age of 60 and see some signs of those disorders, please give us a call. We want to find the problem as early as possible so that we can provide the best treatment option possible you.
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