Eyecare Services from Our Lewiston Optometrist
At Family Eye Health & Contact Lens Center in Lewiston, ME, Dr. Reginald Mailhot, conducts comprehensive eye and vision exams to treat existing vision problems, screens for serious ocular conditions and tries to prevent additional eye problems from occurring.
Comprehensive Eye Exam
A comprehensive eye exam will begin with a complete history to determine if the patient has any eye conditions or if there is a family history of eye problems or diseases.
Visual acuity will then be checked at a distance and for near (reading) vision with and without corrective lenses or contact lenses. Testing will also be done to check for red/green color blindness, normal depth perception and to check for normal motion of the extraocular muscles.
Dr. Mailhot will examine the pupils for normal reactions to light and will also examine the retina (back layer of the eye) usually after dilating the eyes with an instillation of eye drops. He will also perform a Refraction procedure in which a machine known as a Phoropter is placed in front of the eyes to determine if the patient is myopic (nearsighted), hyperopic (farsighted), has astigmatism (an irregularly shaped cornea) or is presbyopic (needs reading glasses or bifocal lenses)
Our optometrist will also conduct a Slit Lamp exam in which the structures of the eye including the cornea, pupils, iris, and lens are examined under magnification to check for such conditions as cataracts or corneal problems. He will also check for glaucoma (increased pressure within the eye). A computerized machine will be used also to check for normal visual fields and loss of peripheral vision.
Contact Lens Exam
During the contact lens exam our optometrist will check visual acuity and obtain a complete history of eye conditions and lifestyle concerns. He will take measurements with a Keratometer which is an instrument that measures the curvature of the cornea. Other computerized measurements of the cornea will also be obtained to determine the “topography” of the cornea. In addition, a measurement of the tear film can determine if a patient suffers from dry eyes.
Our optometrist will then conduct a Slit Lamp Exam to ensure that trial lenses are properly aligned, fit well and move properly on the surface of the cornea.
He will then design contact lenses with an appropriate prescriptive power, size and consistency that are the best fit for the individual patient. Contacts can be either rigid gas permeable lenses, soft lenses, toric lenses for astigmatism cosmetic colored lenses, daily wear or extended wear lenses or bifocal lenses for those with presbyopia.
Hard to Fit Contacts
Family Eye Health & Contact Lens Center specializes in Hard to Fit Contact Lenses for conditions such as Keratoconus, Astigmatism, Dry Eyes, Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC), Post Refractive Surgery (LASIK) and Presbyopia.
Keratoconus which is a progressive disease in which the corneal thins and bulges can often be treated with rigid gas permeable contact lenses which help retain the cornea’s normal shape and contours.
As an additional option, Dr. Mailhot also can fit scleral lenses (large rigid gas permeable lenses which sit on the sclera (“white” area of the eyes) which can be used for increased comfort in patients with astigmatism or corneal diseases.
Dry Eyes Treatment from our Lewiston Optometry Team
In addition to using medicated eye drops, Dry Eyes, a very common condition, can often be successfully treated with special soft contact lenses that retain more moisture than standard soft contacts.
Post Refractive Surgery Patients
Post Refractive Surgery patients who had a high astigmatism prior to surgery can often benefit from toric lenses post- surgery to help deal with any remaining astigmatism. In addition, if patients continue to have problems with glare, rigid gas permeable can be attempted.
Screening for Diabetic Eye Disease
According to the National Eye Institute, when blood sugar levels remain chronically high due to diabetes, damage occurs to the tiny blood vessels in the retina. This leads to a condition called diabetic retinopathy in which fluid can leak from vessels or bleeding can occur distorting vision. This can also lead to increased growth of blood vessels on the surface of the retina which can also decrease vision. By dilating the pupils and examining the retina, Dr. Mailhot will screen for diabetic changes allowing for early and effective treatment.
Schedule Your Next Eye Exam With Your Lewistown Optometrist
Dr. Reginald Mailhot and the team at Family Eye Care & Contact Lens Center provides the very best in comprehensive exams and services. Call 207-782-9501 today for a comprehensive exam and the very best in eye care.