Petaluma Eye Doctor
You may be seeing very well with your prescription lenses, but wouldn’t it be great to see the same or even better without having to use your glasses or contacts all the time? If you answered yes, then we at Dr. Shipley & Associates are pleased to help you with LASIK, the revolutionary eye surgery that is done with laser technology.
The purposes of this procedure is to reshape your corneas. If they were not curved improperly, you would not be managing difficulties seeing without corrective lenses at various or even all distances. Your glasses or contact lenses redirect light so that it strikes your retina more toward the ideal point of the center, which is associated with normal vision. LASIK done by our Petaluma eye doctor, however, makes that same correction by changing the curve of your cornea to one that is more effective in how it directs light to your retina. The result? You see more sharply and clearly. The best case scenario is that you can throw away your prescription lenses and be done with them. At minimum, though, you will not have to depend on them nearly as much as before. And as your vision continues to change throughout the years, LASIK can also be updated by our Petaluma eye doctor. The procedure has a success rate of around 96%, making it as close to a sure thing as can be had in the world of surgery. And because it is done with lasers, no stitches or bandages are required. Recovery time is almost zero. And you will start to notice the improvement in your vision later the same day, or the next day at the latest.
If you find that prospect exciting, you should call us to schedule an consultation and examination with our Petaluma eye doctor. Find out if LASIK is the right way to go for you.
Petaluma best optometrist
If you have begun to have problems seeing clearly when driving at night, or are having problems seeing images clearly on the television, you may be developing cataracts. Whenever you experience any type of vision change, you should make an appointment to come in to see us at Dr. Shipley & Associates so that you can have your vision assessed. Our Petaluma best optometrist will be able to determine the exact cause of your vision problem; should your problem be determined to be cataracts we will be able to provide you with expert cataract eye care.
Our three expert optometrists are Dr. Les Shipley, Dr. Margot Shipley, and Dr. Nicole Wood. When you come to our vision practice, our optometrist will provide you with a comprehensive eye exam and be able to easily determine whether or not you have cataracts. When you have a cataract you are developing a clouding in the natural lens of your eye. It is impossible to determine exactly how far a cataract will develop, however, most cataracts will eventually lead to blindness if left untreated. Luckily, today’s laser cataract surgery is a way that patients can safely and effectively have their damage lenses removed and have them replaced with clear man-made lenses. Yet, many patients do not want to have cataract surgery until it is absolutely necessary. Often times, patients are able to have their cataracts monitored by our Petaluma best optometrist, who will advise them as to at what point they should see an ophthalmologist regarding laser cataract surgery. Until that time, our patients vision will be able to be made better with new prescription eyeglasses which can be provided by our optometrists. However, almost all patients reach a point when their vision can no longer be corrected with a new lens prescription. At this point, cataract surgery is a great option to finally resolve your cataract problem.
For an appointment to meet with our Petaluma best optometrist for cataract eye care, contact us today.
Optometrist in Petaluma
Are your eyes constantly irritated and scratchy? Or do you seem to have blurry vision at times during the day? If so you may be experiencing dry eye. Dry eye is a very common condition for eyes to have, especially when patients are over 60. Dry eye can be caused by a variety of conditions, not only age. If your eyes are feeling dry and scratchy on a regular basis you will want to come in and see our optometrist in Petaluma at our practice, Dr. Shipley & Associates.
At our eye care practice we are very happy to have three top-notch optometrists available to help our patients. Our optometrists are: Dr. Les Shipley; Dr. Margot Shipley; and Dr. Nicole Wood. Dry eye in itself is not a serious eye condition. However, if the condition is allowed to persist the patient may develop scratching or other damage to the cornea. Tears are needed to nourish and cleanse the eye. They help to keep the surface of the eyes smooth and clear. Excess tears will leave the eye through small drainage ducts of the eyelids. The good news is that dry eye can generally be very easily treated by our optometrist in Petaluma. Dry eye is generally caused by one of two situations; either the eye is not producing enough tears, or the quality of tears that is being produced is inferior in some manner.
Dry eye can also be caused by environmental conditions such as wind and dry climates. When you have dry eyes your eyes may feel irritated, scratchy, burning, or you may feel as though you have something in your eyes. Your eyes may sometimes water excessively and you may experience blurred vision. If dry eye is allowed to progress to a certain state your vision may be impaired. Treatment will aim to restore or maintain the normal amount of tears found in your eye. This will minimize dryness and discomfort. Hormonal changes can also cause dry eye, and is often the course of dry eye in women. Medications can also cause this problem including blood pressure medications and antidepressants. Dry eye can be treated with over-the-counter teardrops, prescription medications and eye drops, and even with minor eye surgery if necessary. This surgery can either put removable silicone plugs into the tear ducts, or close the tear ducts permanently. Our optometrist in Petaluma will be able to accurately diagnose your dry eye condition and advise you as to the best treatment options.
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At the offices of Dr. Shipley & Associates, our Petaluma eye doctor performs laser vision correction and free LASIK consultations for no extra charge. Many people find that LASIK surgery helps them to have better vision than they ever thought possible, and without the need for eyeglasses or any other corrective devices.
LASIK surgery is one of the most commonly performed eye surgeries done in the United States today. The procedure itself is safe and highly effective when done by a trained professional such as our Petaluma eye doctor. During the procedure, we first numb the eye with eye drops before preparing the patient for surgery. A protective flap is then created to get inside the corneal eye tissue. The laser then reshapes the cornea to improve vision and to eliminate the need for glasses in most patients. The flap is finally repositioned and aligned back to its original position and a protective shield placed over the eye to prevent any rubbing that can damage the newly healing cornea. The entire procedure usually takes no more than 15 minutes, and most patients find their vision is improved within the day, if not immediately. Slight discomfort may be felt, but overall, most patients find they have no irritation and are comfortable.
There are a few different kinds of LASIK performed by our Petaluma eye doctor. The first is custom LASIK, in which the laser vision correction helps us to customize the treatment to your individual eyes. The second is called bladeless LASIK, in which the laser is gently used to create the uniform corneal flap. The eye surgery uses no blades and is highly customizable to each patient. A newer form of LASIK is called Wavefront technology. This type of LASIK creates a customized map of the unique aspects of your visual field which is then transferred to the laser. This enables us to treat each case individually and in a custom-made manner. This type of technology is used in both regular custom LASIK and custom bladeless LASIK. For more information on this and other types of eye treatments and corrections, call our office to make an appointment today. Our knowledgeable staff is equipped to answer any concerns or questions.