- Comprehensive Eye Exams
- Contact Lenses
- Hard To Fit Contact Lenses
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Macular Degeneration
- Computer Vision
- Myopia Control
- Diabetic Eye Care
- Surgery Co-management
- Dry Eye Treatment
- Photosensitive Epilepsy
- Photosensitive Migraine
- Pediatric Eye Care
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.
Hard To Fit Contact Lenses
Here at Cantrell Eye Care, 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 stands for laser in-situ keratomileusis and is a popular surgery to correct vision problems. LASIK can help people who are nearsighted or farsighted, as well those who have astigmatism.
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
Cantrell Eye Care 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.
Do flashing lights ever cause you to have a seizure? Has the light from your computer or television screen made you feel strange or confused? Does the sunlight flickering through the trees bother you? Do video games make you feel funny? Have you blanked out and then awakened not realizing what happened? If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, there is a possibility that you have photosensitive epilepsy.
A photosensitive response occurs in some individuals who are diagnosed with epilepsy. Patients with photosensitive epilepsy may have seizures or unusual feelings that are triggered by flashing emergency vehicles, flickering of lights, rapidly changing patterns or images (such as television, video and games), ceiling fans, or shopping in certain stores.
New advances in eyeglasses and contact lenses are now available to filter certain wavelengths of light that cause or “Trigger” a seizure. Many patients report a decrease or complete elimination. Patients have been seizure free for several months to years and enjoying a normal life.
Do you experience a migraine headache triggered by light? Working under flourescent lights, on coming headlights, bright flashes and other lighting has been shown to trigger migraine headaches.
Precision tinted lenses can help reduce the discomfort experienced by some migraine sufferers by normalizing activity in the brain, a study suggests.
Some people who suffer migraines are highly susceptible to stressful visual stimuli. The stimuli produces discomfort and perceptual illusions, illusions of color, shape, and motion. Earlier studies found that this susceptibility to visual stimuli is linked with excess activation in the brain's visual cortex.
The excessive brain activity can induce a migraine.
Specially tinted glasses or Contact Lenses may normalize brain activity and reduce or eliminate Migraine frequency. Ask Dr. Cantrell if this could be an option for you.
Pediatric Eye Care
Dr. Cantrell has a special interest in the early development of vision. Your child will benefit from early eye exams especially if you, your pediatrician or your child care provider notice anything that may signal a vision concern in your young child.