Comprehensive Eye Health
What is a comprehensive eye health examination?
This is a full health evaluation, not only for eyeglasses or contact lenses, but most importantly and assessment of the health of the eye and how the eyes related to your systemic health.
- Refractive Status of the eyes (eyeglass power determination): myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism or presbyopia (older eyes).
- Evaluation for glaucoma and cataracts
- Evaluation of the retina and cornea (structures of the eye)
- Measurements of the anatomy of the eye
- Assessment of ocular health relations for potential systemic disorders such as diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid and neurological disorders, autoimmune disorders such as Lyme and Rheumatological concerns. All of these and other disorders and diseases can have direct effect on the eyes.
Contact Lens Evaluations:
Contact lens fitting and evaluations are considered as a separate exam and not part of the comprehensive exam. Contact lenses require specialized measurements and fitting to assure the best fit and optimization of the lens to the physiology of the eye.
Dry Eye Clinic
Dry eye is a condition in which there are insufficient tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye and for providing clear vision. People with dry eyes either do not produce enough tears or have a poor quality of tears. Dry eye is a common and often chronic problem, particularly in older adults.
With each blink of the eyelids, tears are spread across the front surface of the eye, known as the cornea. Tears provide lubrication, reduce the risk of eye infection, wash away foreign matter in the eye, and keep the surface of the eyes smooth and clear. Excess tears in the eyes flow into small drainage ducts, in the inner corners of the eyelids, which drain in the back of the nose.
What is Blepharitis?
Blepharitis is a chronic, inflammatory disease of the eyelids caused by an overgrowth of normal bacteria living along the lid and the base of the eyelashes. Anyone can get blepharitis at any age, but the prevalence increases with age, since as we get older, we make fewer natural antibodies in our tears. This overgrowth of bacteria causes crusting along the eyelid, and creates a sticky biofilm that harbors bacterial exotoxins. Since the eyelid margins are difficult to clean, this overgrowth of bacteria, scurf and biofilm can build up over many years. The sugary biofilm allows even more bacteria to flourish, not only causing a multitude of irritating symptoms, but eventually chronic inflammation, due to the inflammatory nature of exotoxins. The inflammation, in turn, adversely affects all of the structures in the eyelid, namely, the tear glands.
What are the symptoms of blepharitis?
The common symptoms of blepharitis are:
- Itching or scratchy eyes
- Foreign body sensation
- Dry eyes
- Eye rubbing
How is BlephEx different?
With BlephEx® the doctor thoroughly and precisely eliminates the scurf and bacterial debris and biofilm that builds up along the lid margin. These are the main causes of inflammatory lid disease. Properly performed, BlephEx® will reduce or alleviate these chronic and debilitating symptoms. Treatments are typically repeated at regular monthly intervals depending on severity of the disease. By eliminating the inflammatory etiology of blepharitis, the overall health of the eyelid is improved. Patients can then begin to produce more of their own tears and finally enjoy a life free from the chronic and irritating symptoms associated with blepharitis and its subsequent dry eye disease.
What is Optima IPL?
IPL is Intense Pulsed Light, a technology used for various skin treatments. Lumenis Optima IPL revolutionary treatment gently and effectively treats your skin and eyelid inflammation with maximal safety, comfort and full customization to your skin type and condition.
Is it Safe?
Lumenis IPL is trusted by leading professionals around the world and is FDA cleared for over 20 different skin indications. Lumenis energy-based treatments must be performed by a physician or an authorized provider in your region. Be sure to consult with your treatment provider before choosing this treatment.
How does it work?
With IPL technology, light pulses penetrate the tissue and create heat, targeting the abnormal vessels that are the root cause of the inflammation. The body’s natural reaction to the treatment removes the abnormal vessels and heals the inflammation threatening the skin and eyelid. IPL technology treats your skin and eyelid inflammation while improving overall skin appearance.
Optima IPL Treatment
To ensure utmost comfort, we will apply coupling gel on the treatment area. For your eyes safety, you will be wearing IPL protective goggles/pads during the whole treatment session. Each session lasts approximately 15 minutes. During the treatment, you might experience a warm sensation as light is applied to the skin, but the treatment is gentle and should not feel uncomfortable.
What Should I Expect After Treatment?
Immediately following treatment, you may experience some redness around treated areas that will usually disappear within a few hours. In most cases, makeup may be applied immediately, and daily activities can be resumed the same day. We advise for you to stay out of direct sunlight for a few days following the treatment and apply sun screen.
Skin and eyelid inflammation can be relieved with as few as 1-2 treatments. Typically 4 sessions with 3-4 weeks in between are needed to achieve optimal results.
Contact Lens Services
Flores Eye Care Clinic provides a variety of options for patients looking for simply an alternative to glasses or for patients who have medical ocular conditions that require specialty contact lenses. We evaluate and fit patients of all ages using the latest in contact lens technology and information.
- Nearsightedness, Farsightedness, Astigmatism, Distorted Cornea, and Presbyopia (distance and near correction)
- Had complex cataract surgery
- Has corneal transplantations
- Irregular or scarred corneas
We provide an extensive selection of contact lenses that can address many visual issues, including the specialty issues listed.
Evaluation and fitting of contact lenses:
- One Day disposable contact lenses
- Two week and Monthly Disposables
- Toric/Astigmatism correcting contact lenses
- Multifocal/ Bifocal
- Cosmetic/ colored contact lenses
- Rigid Gas Permeable (semi-hard lenses)
Specialty Contact Lenses:
- Keratoconus custom contact lenses
- Aphakic (after cataract surgery) contact lenses
- Post surgical (after LASIK or corneal surgery) contact lenses
- Multifocal Rigid Gas Permeables (hard lenses)
- Syneregeyes (soft/hard hybrid specialty lenses)
Hard To Fit Contact Lenses/Medical Contact Lenses
We excel in hard to fit cases and post surgical contact lens fitting. Many local doctors refer to our practice for our expertise in fitting patients with keratoconus (or cone-shaped eyes), pellucid degeneration, post corneal transplant, and more. Don’t hesitate to schedule an evaluation with our practice if you fit the description of a hard to fit contact lens patient or have medical Eye conditions that require specialty contact lenses to achieve the best level of vision possible.
We understand the needs for individuals with low vision and their requirements that may not be served properly with standard eyeglass, contact lenses and may not be appropriate for surgical intervention. These low vision problems would include such conditions as macular or corneal degenerations that leave the patient with lesser levels of vision.
We can work with the individual, based on their needs, and determine and identify various devices that can make their visual life more enjoyable and proficient.
At Flores Eye Care Clinic we understand medical care costs are rising and the treatment of eye disorders can be cost prohibitive, therefore, we have put together a list of contacts that can assist you with your pharmaceutical needs.
Medication Assistance & Education
American Academy of Ophthalmology
Medicare Pharmaceutical Assistance Program
Medicare State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs
Partnership for Prescription Assistance
Discount Card Program
Together RX Access
At Flores Eye Care Clinic we carry a wide variety of optical options, including a great selection of name brand frames. Here are just a few of the brands we carry:
- Marc Jacobs
- Tory Burch
- Ray Ban
- Real Tree Girl
- Tommy Hilfiger
- Mira Flex
- And more