Comprehensive Eye Care- Serving Encino & Los Angeles, California
We provide comprehensive eye care to patients of all ages. Our doctor are fully trained and experienced to diagnose, treat and prevent conditions from myopia and hyperopia to glaucoma, cataracts and everything in between.
We strive to provide our patients with safe, minimally invasive treatments to effectively relieve symptoms and preserve vision and overall eye health. As a comprehensive ophthalmology practice, our services include not only laser vision correction and small-incision cataract surgery but also treatments for a range of conditions such as glaucoma, the diabetic eye, dry eye and macular degeneration.
Regular Eye Exams
Regular eye exams are an invaluable tool in maintaining your eyes' health by detecting and preventing disease. Some diseases develop slowly without causing pain or vision loss. Early detection of any problems can reduce the risk of further harm and allow for a choice of treatment options. We regularly screen for diseases such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, which can develop without any noticeable symptoms.
Patients should see their doctor for a comprehensive eye exam every one to three years, depending on their age, risk of disease and overall physical condition. Children should have regular tests to ensure the proper development of their vision and prevent any interference with their academic achievements.
Common Eye Conditions
Within our comprehensive practice, we treat vision conditions such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism through visual aids and surgical procedures if desired, as well as conditions affecting the cornea, iris, lens, vitreous, retina, eyelid and surrounding areas. Some of the most common eye conditions include:
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Macular Degeneration and Dystrophies
- Dry Eyes
- Flashing Lights and Floaters
- Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
- Ocular Trauma
Certain advanced eye conditions may require surgery in order to restore or maintain vision and prevent serious complications. Surgery for cataracts, glaucoma, corneal disease and other serious conditions are an effective means of correcting these diseases and returning the eyes to a more optimal state of health.
Our doctors perform surgery only when needed to reduce the invasiveness of treatment and any associated trauma or downtime, and after less invasive treatment such as medications, eye drops and laser procedures have failed. We also perform laser vision correction procedures to improve vision and eliminate or reduce the dependence on contact lenses and glasses.
To learn more about the Comprehensive Eye Care services provided at our practice, please call us today to schedule an appointment.
The prevalence of myopia has been estimated at 25% among adolescents aged 12 to 17 years. Nearsightedness, or myopia, is a vision condition in which nearby objects are clear and distant objects appear blurry. This may be caused by excess corneal curvature or an oblong rather than a spherical shape of the eye, both of which affect the way light is bent upon entering the eye and whether it focuses properly on the retina. Almost a third of people in the U.S. experience some degree of nearsightedness, which normally emerges before age 20. There is some evidence that it is caused or worsened by sustained focus on nearby and small objects. Nearsightedness may also be hereditary. Eyeglasses and contact lenses are common methods of correcting nearsightedness. Eyewear may be used for certain activities, like watching television or driving, or for all activities. Alternatively, vision correction procedures such as refractive and laser surgery may rectify the problem.
The prevalence of hyperopia increases from about 20% among those in their 40s to about 60% among those in their 70s and 80s.Farsightedness, or hyperopia, is the condition in which the eye focuses on distant objects better than on objects closer to the eye, so nearby objects appear blurry. This happens when light rays refract, or bend, incorrectly in the eye. The eye is designed to focus images directly on the surface of the retina; when the cornea is incorrectly curved, light rays focus behind the surface of the retina, producing a blurry image. Hyperopia can be treated in a variety of ways. The most common is a pair of glasses or contact lenses. Hyperopia can also be treated with invasive or non-invasive medical procedures, including the laser surgeries PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) and LASIK.
45 million people in US have astigmatism, which is almost 15% of whole population. Tow thirds of people with myopia also have astigmatism. 70% of people who undergo cataract surgery do have astigmatism as well. Astigmatism occurs when the cornea is slightly curved in one direction and creates condition of the eye in which light rays from an object do not focus as a single point, causes blurred vision. Symptoms of astigmatism can include headaches, eye- strain, fatigue, and blurred or distorted vision. The severity of symptoms depends on the degree of astigmatism in your eyes.
Routine eye-exam is included testing for astigmatism. Once diagnosed, astigmatism can usually be corrected with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. Corneal modification techniques such as LASIK, LASEK and PRK are also useful treatment options.
Presbyopia is the gradual loss of accommodative response resulting from reduced elasticity of the crystalline lens and fibrotic changes in the ciliary muscles. Accommodative amplitude diminishes with age. When we are born, we have almost forty diopters of accommodation power, but we gradually lose them. Symptoms of presbyopia usually begin after age forty. The age of onset depends on preexisting refractive error, depth of focus (pupil size), the patient’s visual tasks, and other variables.
By age forty, we almost completely deplete our accommodative reserve. This depletion becomes a clinical problem when the remaining accommodative amplitude is insufficient for one to read and carry out near-vision tasks. There are many ways to correct this problem including monofocal, bifocal, and progressive glasses and contact lenses, lasers such as monovision LASIK and PRK, CK, and various surgical procedures, such as cataract surgery, and clear lens extraction with insertion of accommodative lenses and multifocal lenses such as Crystalens®, ReSTOR® and Tecnis. The newest procedure for correction of prebyopia is Corneal Inlay, which comprises of insertion of a very thin layer of biocompatible material inside the cornea.