Whether you want to wear contact lenses for cosmetic reasons or need specialty contact lens fitting for medical eye conditions, they can help you. The staff at Family Eye Care Optometry are experience in all types of contact lens fittings including keratoconus, astigmatism, prosthetic and bifocal.
There is also a wide range of designer eyewear and contact lenses in stock. You will find collections from Calvin Klein, Escada, Elle, Esprit, Guess, Tommy Hilfiger, Laura Ashley, and much more.
Important for some, the office offers evening and Saturday appointments and accepts most types of insurance including Medi-Cal, Medicare and Tricar.
We offer comprehensive eyecare services, including:
- Comprehensive Adult & Childrens Eyecare
- Ocular Disease Diagnosis & Treatment
- The Highest Quality in Eyewear
- All Types of Contact Lenses
- Most Insurances Accepted
- Senior and Military Discounts
- Evening and Weekend Appointments
- Dry Eye Treatments and therapies
Accepting most insurance plans:
- Health Comp
- United Health Care (Tricare)
- Medical Eye
Comprehensive Eye Exams
A comprehensive eye exam will evaluate how well you see and maximize your vision based on your specific needs and identify any potential eye diseases. Often patients with certain eye diseases don’t experience any visual symptoms before vision loss occurs.
Your exam may include a:
- Visual acuity and refraction test to determine the degree to which you may be nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism.
- Color vision screening to see if you perceive colors properly.
- Eye muscle function test to check the efficiency and range of movement of your eyes in all directions. This test will identify any muscle weakness or involuntary eye movement.
- Binocular vision assessment to ensure that your eyes work together properly as a team. This is important for proper depth perception, eye muscle coordination and the ability to change focus from near to far objects.
- Eye pressure test. Your doctor may administer one or more tests to evaluate your intra-ocular pressure. High intra-ocular pressure may be a sign of glaucoma.
- Eye health assessment. Your doctor will use special instruments to evaluate the health of structures of the eye including cornea, lens, optic nerve and retina. We utilized the latest in technology to assist us in providing the most thorough eye examination possible.
- Visual field test to measure your peripheral vision, the area to the sides when you’re looking straight ahead.
- All appropriate treatment options, if necessary, will be presented at the conclusion of your examination.
Contact Lens Fitting & Training
Contact Lens Fitting
Whether you are considering contact lenses to be free of glasses, for sports and recreation, or just for looks you’ve made the right choice by contacting Family Eye Care Optometry. We take pride in providing our patients with the most advanced contact lens technology available in the industry and lens designs to ensure a lifetime of healthy vision and comfortable contact lens wear.
Once a comprehensive eye examination has been completed your doctor will evaluate your candidacy for contact lens wear. You will be matched with a trial pair of contact lenses appropriate for your eyes. In most cases, we can provide trial contact lenses the same day. For more complex prescriptions and specialty lenses it may be necessary to order trial contact lenses. A careful corneal health check is performed at each follow-up visit, and then once annually after successful lens wear has been established.
Contact Lens Training
For patients purchasing contact lenses of the first time, training is required. The patient will learn how to properly insert, remove and care for their new contact lenses to ensure that they have a positive experience with their new contact lenses.
Treatment of Eye Infections & Red Eye Problems
Our doctors are very experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of eye infections and red eye conditions.
Emergency Eye Care Treatments
(foreign body, trauma or eye pain)
For any type of foreign body, trauma or severe eye pain, you should seek immediate assistance! If you experience any of these conditions, please contact our office immediately and convey this to our staff. If you are not able to contact our staff, you must seek care from your nearest hospital’s emergency room. The doctors and staff at Family Eye care Optometry are experienced in removing the foreign body or treating the eye trauma to restore vision and minimize damage to the eye.
Diabetic Evaluation & Management
If you have diabetes, you probably know that your body can’t use or store sugar properly. When your blood sugar gets too high, your vision can fluctuate and damage the blood vessels in your eyes. This damage may lead to diabetic retinopathy. In fact, the longer someone has diabetes, the more likely they are to have retinopathy.
In later stages, the disease may lead to new blood vessel growth over the retina. The new blood vessels can cause scar tissue to develop, which can pull the retina away from the back of the eye. This is known as retinal detachment, and it can lead to blindness if untreated. In addition, abnormal blood vessels can grow on the iris, which can lead to glaucoma. People with diabetes are 25 times more likely to lose vision than those who are not diabetic, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Diabetic Retinopathy Symptoms and Signs
Floaters can be a sign of diabetic retinopathy. Sometimes difficulty reading or doing close work can indicate that fluid is collecting in the macula, the most light-sensitive part of the retina. This fluid build-up is called macular edema. Another sign is double vision, which occurs when the nerves controlling the eye muscles are affected. If you experience any of these signs, contact us immediately. It is very important that all diabetics see us at least once a year for a comprehensive eye exam.
You can significantly reduce your risk of developing diabetic retinopathy by:
- Keep your blood sugar under good control
- Monitor your blood pressure and keep it under good control, or seek appropriate care
- Maintain a healthy diet
- Exercise regularly
Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment
The possibility of early detection is why it is so important for diabetics to have a dilated eye exam at least once a year. Diabetic retinopathy can be treated with laser therapy to seal off leaking blood vessels and destroy new growth.
Cataract Evaluation & Management
A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which lies behind the iris and the pupil. The lens works much like a camera lens, focusing light onto the retina in the back of the eye. The lens also adjusts the eye’s focus, letting us see things clearly both up close and far away.
The lens is mostly made of water and protein. The protein is arranged in a precise way that keeps the lens clear and lets light pass through it. But as we age, some of the protein may clump together and start to cloud a small area of the lens. This is a cataract, and over time, it may grow larger and cloud more of the lens, making it harder to see.
Cataract Symptoms and Signs
A cataract starts out small, and at first has little effect on your vision. You may notice that your vision is blurred a little, like looking through a cloudy piece of glass or viewing an impressionist painting. A cataract may make light from the sun or a lamp seem too bright or glaring. Or you may notice when you drive at night that the oncoming headlights cause more glare than before. Colors may not appear as bright as they once did.
When symptoms begin to appear, you may be able to improve your vision for a while using new glasses, strong bifocals, magnification, appropriate lighting or other visual aids.
When your cataracts have progressed enough to seriously impair your vision and affect your daily life you may think about cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is a simple, relatively painless procedure to regain vision. Cataract surgery is very successful in restoring vision. During surgery, the surgeon will remove your clouded lens, and in most cases replace it with a clear, plastic intraocular lens (IOL). New IOLs are being developed all the time to make the surgery less complicated for surgeons and the lenses more helpful to patients.
Glaucoma Evaluation & Management
Your eye has pressure just like your blood, and when this intraocular pressure (IOP) increases to dangerous levels, it damages the optic nerve. This can result in decreased peripheral vision and, eventually, blindness.
The best way to prevent vision loss from glaucoma is early diagnosis and treatment. See us every year for a complete examination, including an IOP check. People at higher risk for glaucoma include: a strong family history, ethnicity and age.
A test called a visual field may be performed on glaucoma suspects to detect peripheral vision loss. It involves staring straight ahead into a machine and clicking a button when you notice a blinking light in your peripheral vision. The visual field test may be repeated at regular intervals for your doctor to determine the extent of vision loss.
Generally the first stage of glaucoma treatment is eye drops, which will lower fluid production in the eye. Many of the drugs used for glaucoma interact with common medication.
Infant Eye Exams
Infant eye exam offers early detection of potential eye and vision problems as a complement to the eye screening conducted in a pediatric well-care visit. A comprehensive exam between the ages of 6 months and 12 months is recommended to determine healthy development of vision. Risk factors for many eye conditions, including amblyopia (often referred to as lazy eye), muscle imbalances, and some ocular diseases, have no signs or symptoms and may not be detected in a well-baby check-up. Significant risk factors for eye and vision disorders are not detectable by base-level infant eye screening by a pediatrician.
Lasik Eye Exams
The Doctors and Staff at Family Eye Care Optometry work with a network of the very best LASIK surgeons in the Central Valley. We will thoroughly evaluate your eye health and prescription, taking into account many critical variables to ensure that you make a well informed decision. In many cases, we will provide your pre and post operative care right here in our office.
Dry Eye Treatments and therapies
Family Eye Care Optometry has the only Dry Eye Spa in the Central Valley and provides many advanced services to help patients find relief from dry eye and other conditions, including:
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light): Is a procedure that targets ocular rosacea, dry eye disease, and meibomian gland dysfunction. Treatment consists of pulses of light from ear to ear. Typically four sessions are scheduled two to four weeks apart with a maintenance treatment every six months.
iLux®: The iLux® System allows eye care professionals to provide safe, effective treatment using localized heat and compression therapy. This system safely applies a light based heat to your eyelid to melt the meibum. Then it will lightly compress your eyelid to express the melted meibum from the glands. This procedure can be scheduled at any time with maintenance treatments once a year.
MiBo Thermoflo is a therapeutic medical device providing a safe and effective alternative therapy for dry eyes. It uses a proprietary thermoelectric heat pump to help maximize liquefaction of meibum, thus improving preservation and function of the evaporative component of the tear film.
Zocukit®: Zocular® is the first and only company to pioneer the use of a refined extract of Abelmoschus esculentus (aka Hibiscus esculentus), commonly known as okra, for your eyes and face in its products. Zocular products contain our unique okra-infused Zocusome micelles that gently lift and clear the oil, debris, and residue on your eyelid margins to make your eyes and skin appear more natural and healthy. The Zocukit procedure is a clinically effective in-office procedure performed by your eye doctor to remove the residue and debris from your eyelid. No anesthetic or tea tree oil oil that can burn your eyes is used. Experience the power of the okra-based Zokrex platform for your eyes.
Blephex: BlephEx® is a painless in-office procedure performed by your eyecare professional. A revolutionary new patented BlephEx® handpiece is used to very precisely and carefully, spin a medical grade micro-sponge along the edge of your eyelids and lashes, removing scurf and debris and exfoliating your eyelids.
Demodex Treatment: Along with several colleagues, Dr. Garcia, OD has developed a technique to get demodex infestations under control. This in-office procedure uses tea tree oil to eliminate demodex.
Lid Debridement: this in-office procedure is aimed at removing any blockages from the meibomian glands. Dr. Garcia, OD will gently exfoliate the eyelids with a small tool. Research shows that this treatment alone improves dryness within one month.
Scleral Contact Lens fitting for Keratoconus and Hard to Fit Patients:
Featuring the most advanced Keratoconus Scleral Contact Lens fitting available in the world. We offer the highest level of technological precision for mapping the shape of the eye. Featuring 360-degree coverage and 10-micron precision, the sMap3D™ corneo-scleral topographer captures one million measurement points to create highly detailed maps of the cornea and sclera. The data collected informs the design of our totally customizable scleral lenses.
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