Somers Vision Clinic provides consultations, treatment or referrals for these common vision problems.
Vision correction is a general term used to describe a variety of optometric techniques for correcting less-than-perfect vision. For your convenience, we have included a brief description of some of the most common vision correction services offered at Somers Vision Clinic. For more specific information about lenses and frames or contacts, please visit their respective pages.
Custom Contact Lens Fitting
Some patients have complex vision problems that can’t be corrected with eyeglasses because they have corneal deformities. Dr. Squillace uses corneal topography to map the surface of the cornea, obtaining curvature data from several thousand reference points on the eye. This information allows him to order contact lenses that are custom-fitted to unusually shaped corneas, providing the patient with a much more comfortable fit and better correction than conventional contact lenses.
There are many types of refractive surgery (e.g, LASIK, PRK, LASEK, Phakic IOL) to correct vision but LASIK is the most popular. LASIK uses a laser beam to reshape the cornea. Patients who are nearsighted, farsighted or astigmatic may benefit from this type of procedure.
While millions of patients have seen successful results from LASIK, the procedure is not right for everyone. Dr. Squillace will need to thoroughly examine your eyes to determine which type of vision correction best fits your needs. He will use corneal topography to analyze the surface and thickness of your corneas, and if surgery is a viable option, he will refer you to an opthalmologist who specializes in the type of corrective surgery that would be best for you.
Visual therapy can help adults and children with visual skills deficiencies to develop, improve and enhance their visual performance. It is sometimes used in conjunction with appropriate, judiciously selected lenses to achieve the following goals:
- Prevent vision and eye problems from developing.
- Develop the visual skills necessary to perform more effectively at school, work or play.
- Enhance functioning on tasks that demand sustained visual effort.
- Remediate or compensate for vision and eye problems that have already developed.
The ability to identify, interpret and understand what we see is learned and developed, beginning at birth. This is a step-by-step process, with one visual skill being the foundation for learning the next skill. Many people, however, miss or do not complete a step, which can make school, work or other visually demanding activities extremely difficult and stressful. Visual skills deficiencies may also cause reduced performance, headaches, fatigue and other problems.
Visual therapy must be preceded by careful screening. Dr. Squillace requires a recent eye exam report prior to scheduling visual therapy evaluation in order to determine if supplementary tests are needed. If testing indicates that an individual does have visual skills deficiencies, he designs a custom program of targeted visual exercises. Compliance is very important. “Learning visual skills is like learning a musical instrument, said Dr. Squillace. “Daily practice and concentration on the skill being trained are critical to the likelihood of success.”
Somers Vision Clinic has the experience and equipment necessary to provide treatment, consultation and referrals for the vision correction procedures and surgeries detailed above at our office. Request an appointment with Dr. Squillace, and we will be in touch with you shortly.