Comprehensive Eye Exams
We offer comprehensive vision and eye health examinations for the whole family, from six months of age through senior adulthood. Our examination is exceptionally thorough and is designed to be periodic, for the general checkup of the eye and visual system. The exam is designed to detect a wide range of problems from blurred vision to the detection of many eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and more.
An annual eye exam is one of the most important diagnostic and preventative measures you can take to protect your vision and health.
Dr. Lewis and Dr. Pajot work patiently with you to ensure that your prescription is accurate, comfortable and best suits your vision requirements. Binocular vision is carefully assessed to check eye coordination, muscle control and focusing ability. The health evaluation includes determination of intraocular pressure, an important risk factor in glaucoma.
Dilation of the pupils enables the doctors to comprehensively view the interior structures of the eyes to detect disorders of the retina as well as certain systemic diseases.
Visual Field Testing
Visual field testing aids in detecting early signs of ocular and neurological diseases.
Digital Retinal Imaging
Digital retinal imaging allows our doctors to evaluate the light-sensitive lining inside your eye. The high magnification and sharp resolution of the retinal tissue helps detect subtle vision-threatening eye disease and can indicate underlying health issues like diabetes and high blood pressure.
We recommend an evaluation of the retina with each comprehensive eye exam. We recommend digital retinal imaging since it allows for comparison over time and shows you what our doctor is examining. Although retinal imaging is a valuable tool, and something we frequently utilize, it does not completely replace the need for dilation. Our doctors routinely dilate patients during a comprehensive eye examination.
Contact lenses can be prescribed to anyone who requires corrective eyewear. There are two different types of contacts: soft and rigid. Many soft lenses are made from the newer silicone hydrogel material. These silicone materials allow far more oxygen to pass through the lens, thus providing a healthier environment for the cornea.
Rigid lenses are made from one of the many gas permeable materials. Gas permeable materials allow for increased oxygen transmission to the cornea. Some have been approved for overnight wear in order to reshape the cornea, thereby reducing or eliminating the use of contact lenses or glasses during the day. Soft and rigid contact lenses can be prescribed for patients with nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia (the need for reading glasses).
With many years of combined expertise and a large selection of contact lenses, we offer countless contact lens options. Regardless of your current success with glasses, there’s bound to be a lens for you.
Contact Lens Types
Soft Contact Lenses are made from soft, flexible plastics that allow oxygen to pass through to the cornea. Soft contact lenses may be easier to adjust to and more comfortable than rigid gas permeable lenses. Newer soft lens materials include silicone hydrogels to provide more oxygen to your eye while you wear your lenses.
Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses (RGPs) are more durable and resistant to deposit buildup. They are occasionally less expensive over the life of the lens since they last longer than soft lenses. They are easier to handle and less likely to tear. However, they are often not as comfortable initially as soft contacts and it may take a few weeks to get used to wearing RGPs, compared to a few days for soft lenses.
Disposable Contact Lenses are now the most common type of contacts prescribed because of their convenience and health benefits. Depending on the brand, they’re disposed daily to yearly, with the most common replacement modality at once every 2-4 weeks. When the lenses are removed they should be cleaned and disinfected before they are reinserted. We provide a thorough evaluation to help determine the best wearing and replacement schedule for you.
Toric Lenses were designed so that people with astigmatism can also enjoy the freedom of contact lenses. Toric contact lenses are designed in a way that compensate for an irregularly shaped cornea. Toric contact lenses have special designs to help keep the contact lens stable on the eye when you blink or look around. Toric lenses are made from the same material as regular or spherical contacts lenses, so they can be either soft or RGP.
Multifocal Lenses are an alternative to bifocal glasses. Available in either soft or RGP materials, bifocal contacts are used to correct presbyopia, a condition where the eye loses the ability to focus up close. Bifocal contact lenses work much like bifocal glasses. They have two powers on one lens, one to correct distance vision and the other to correct near vision.
Contact Lens Fitting Fees
Contact lenses are medical devices that can cause serious consequences, such as infection, inflammation, permanent damage and loss of vision if not fit and taken care of properly. Examining a contact lens patient takes additional time and expertise. For that reason, there are separate, additional charges for contact lens examinations that patients without contact lenses do not pay.
Your total contact lens fees are determined by the complexity of your prescription and the type of lenses designed for your specific vision needs. The total fee is based on three components, outlined below.
1. Examination Services
A comprehensive eye examination is required prior to placing any diagnostic lenses on your eyes. This evaluation is necessary to establish your baseline prescription, and to determine if the ocular structures are healthy and can support safe and comfortable lens wear.
2. Contact Lens Design & Follow-up Services
With recent advances in technology, most patients have the opportunity to wear contact lenses. The more complex the lens specifications, the more services are required to provide you with lenses that fit properly and perform well on your eyes. These services include: diagnostic assessment of lenses; lens design determination and calculations; laboratory ordering, inspection, and verification; a visit for training in care and handling; and finally, all required office visits.
3. Contact Lens Materials
Beaumont Vision is committed to excellence in contact lens care. Our doctor will provide you with specific recommendations regarding the replacement schedule for your contact lenses, in addition to instructions on contact lens care. It is important to note that contact lens prescriptions expire in one year as mandated by law, and your doctor will need to see you again in one year to check that your eyes remain healthy for continued safe lens wear.
This resource for information regarding the proper use of and care for contact lenses has been developed by the American Optometric Association’s Contact Lens and Cornea Section in cooperation with the American Academy of Optometry.