Vision Care Services at Texarkana Eye Associates
Texarkana Eye Associates serves several communities in Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas. At all of our office locations, we provide a number of vision care services to ensure your eyes are as healthy as possible. Be sure to make an appointment with us for an eye exam, disease testing, or other care services – give us a call today!
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Our expert staff can help you pick out the frames that best suit your style, budget, and everyday needs.
Never been able to see well out of normal contacts or glasses? You may be a great candidate for specialty contact lenses, such as Scleral gas permeable lenses or hybrid lenses that can correct for irregular corneas from keratoconus, dry eye, post-LASIK or RK surgery, and many others. We use state-of-the-art technology to diagnose and treat these issues with lenses that are custom made to your eye!
Learn more about contact lenses at Texarkana Eye Associates.
For some, soft contact lenses are the best option because of the soft materials used to make them and the free flow of oxygen that can pass through to reach the cornea. This type of lens is often a bit more comfortable and easier to adjust compared to rigid contacts.
Rigid Gas-Permeable Contacts
The advantage of rigid gas-permeable contacts (RPGs) is that they are durable and resistant to deposit buildup. Over time, they have a tendency to be less expensive than soft lenses as well. However, if your eyes are especially sensitive or your biggest priority is comfort, RPGs may not be for you as they take a few weeks to adjust to as compared to a several day adjustment period for soft lenses.
As the name implies, extended-wear contact lenses can be worn for long periods of time – overnight and up to 30 days. Most are made of flexible plastics, like regular soft lenses, though there are some RPGs available in extended-wear versions. Make sure to rest your eyes for at least one night after scheduled removal. Your eye care doctor will be able to tell you which type will work best for you according to your condition and lifestyle.
Most soft contact lens wearers have prescriptions for frequent replacement. “Disposable,” as defined by the FDA, means used once and discarded. With a true daily wear disposable schedule, a brand new pair of lenses is used each day. Our Dailies line are perfect for people on the go.
Take advantage of testing protocols used at Texarkana Eye Associates to test and monitor conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetic and hypertensive retinopathy, and glaucoma. Early detection can make a world of difference, which is one of the reasons why we invest so much in new technology.
Allow us to use our equipment for your betterment. The use of corneal topography at Texarkana Eye Associates allows our doctors to determine the current quality of your vision more easily. It helps you receive a thorough diagnosis faster.
Get the whole picture. Have you ever wanted to see a picture of your retina? The Optomap captures up to 200 degrees of the retina in one image. It makes it easier to detect problems, and it is completely comfortable.
The Cirrus HD-OCT gives high definition pictures of ocular structures that are rich in detail. Comparing yearly pictures to previous ones can allow us to find abnormalities easier.
We perform routine and extensive diabetic eye testing that involves photos of the back of your eye, an ERG to detect abnormalities in the electrical conduction of your eye, visual field testing, and OCT testing that can measure your retina down to the micron. All of this in conjunction with our doctors’ extensive experience will give you the peace of mind that your diabetic eye needs are thoroughly met.
Dry Eye Questionnaire
Dry Eye Disease is one of the most frequent reasons that patients visit eye doctors. Some patients do not even realize that they suffer from Dry Eye Disease. If you feel that you have experienced difficulty with night driving, sensitivity to light, it feels like something is in your eye, burning/stinging sensation, eye fatigue, eye redness, or blurred vision, please take a few moments to fill out and submit the pdf below. After submitting, call one of our convenient locations closest to you and schedule an appointment to have your results analyzed. During your visit, treatment options will be recommended with the goal of finding the fastest path toward relief.
By completing a patient history form, you give the medical staff treating you an indication of what they should be looking for during the examination. They’ll know all of the medications you are taking, symptoms you may be experiencing, and any environmental or occupational conditions that could be affecting your vision. Your overall health can make a difference in your vision, so your doctor will want to know about other medical conditions and family history as well.
Before you see one of our optometrists, there are several tests that must be performed. Stereoacuity tests are done to assess a patient’s depth perception. Blood pressures are taken and blood sugar levels are checked with all diabetic patients. Texarkana Eye Associates use a top of the line machine that assesses intraocular pressure (sometimes referred to as the “Glaucoma Test”), keratometry (the curvature of the front surface of your eyes), and refraction (an estimation of your prescription that the doctor uses as a starting point while refining your prescription).
Visual acuity measurements evaluate how clearly each eye is seeing. As part of the testing, you are asked to read letters on distance and near reading charts. The results of visual acuity testing are written as a fraction such as 20/40. The top number in the fraction is the standard distance at which testing is done, twenty feet. The bottom number is the smallest letter size read. A person with 20/40 visual acuity would have to get within 20 feet of a letter that should be seen at 40 feet in order to see it clearly. Normal distance visual acuity is 20/20.
Refraction tests are conducted to determine the appropriate lens power needed to compensate for any refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism). The power of the eye, estimated by our auto-refractor, is then refined by your responses to determine the lenses that allow the clearest vision. This testing may be done without the use of eye drops to determine how your eyes respond under normal conditions, but in some cases, eye drops are used to keep your eyes from changing focus while testing is done.
Eye Health Evaluation
External examination of the eye includes evaluation of the cornea, eyelids, conjunctiva, and surrounding eye tissue using bright light and magnification. Evaluation of the lens, retina, and posterior section of the eye may be done through a dilated pupil to provide a better view of the internal structures of the eye, but if you do not prefer to be dilated, Optomap testing is a great option.