Routine Eye Care

Eye Exams

The doctors at Valley Eye and Laser Center are dedicated to the complete eye health of all their patients.  The biggest key to healthy eyes is regular eye exams, not only to determine if prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses are needed, but also to help prevent future eye diseases.

Here are a few things your doctor will be looking for during your exam:

Refractive error – Your doctor will examine your eyes with different lens combinations to determine if your vision would be improved with a prescription, which can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.  Refractive surgery is also an option, such as Lasik.  See our section on Lasik for more information.

Amblyopia – Lazy eye (amblyopia) usually affects just one eye, but can affect both eyes as well. Lazy eye is often the result of abnormal visual development.  When this happens the eyes to not function properly together; this in turn can result in vision problems. If left untreated, vision impairment can become permanent.

Strabismus – This is when you have crossed or turned eyes.  Strabismus causes problems with depth perception and can also lead to amblyopia.

Eye teaming issues – Your eyes may be properly aligned but still not working well as a team, which can cause headaches and eyestrain.

Focusing problems – These range from childhood underdeveloped focusing skills to age related decline in focusing ability.

Eye diseases – Many eye diseases have no symptoms in their early stages. Early detection by your doctor can reduce the risk of permanent vision loss.

Contact Lenses

Like eyeglasses there are many different options today in contact lenses. Options include:

Extended Wear:  Extended wear contacts allow the wearer to leave contacts in for up to seven days. Some newer kinds can be worn for even longer.

Disposable: Disposables are replaced every two weeks or sooner. They are very common for their heath benefits and convenience.

Bifocal:  Bifocal lenses have two prescriptions in the same lens.

Toric:  Toric lenses are used when you have astigmatism. There are two different powers in the lenses and are made to stay in place so the fitting is a little more extensive and requires more expertise from you eye care professional.

Gas Permeable: GP lenses are firm and durable. Oxygen passes through the lens, which results in better eye health and comfort.

Eye Glasses

If your doctor determines that you would benefit from corrective eyewear, and you decide that eyeglasses are the best option, you’ll want to find a pair that suits your lifestyle while complementing your looks.  Your doctor or optician at Eye to Eye Optical can help advise you about different frame and lens options.

Eye to Eye Optical offers the best in European and American frame designs and many different brands including:

  • Coach
  • Takumi
  • Fendi
  • Flexon
  • Cazal
  • Carrera
  • Silhouette
  • Nike
  • Escada
  • Tura
  • Calvin Klein
  • and many more!

You can choose from different lens materials such as plastic, high index, photochromatic, and polycarbonate.  Our lens designs include single vision, multi-focals, industrial safety glasses, sport lenses, and polarized sunglasses. Different coatings are also available that add durability and protection.