optometry services Owensboro, KY
Here at Owensboro Family Eye Care, Family Eye Care of Henderson, Family Eye Care of Newburgh, we know how important proper eye care is. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of service so you can have the vision you deserve.

We truly believe in routine eye examinations so that you can see as clearly as possible. Once you have to get glasses or contacts, it is even more important to watch the health of your eyes. You also need routine checks to ensure your prescription has not changed.

To ensure good eye health and vision, we are very proud to offer the following services:

Cataracts Owensboro, KY

Cataracts

Cataracts cause a clouding of the lens in the eye, making your vision appear to be foggy. Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over 40 and are the leading cause of blindness in the world.

Your eyes are meant to naturally adjust to normal light changes, adjust focus, and allow us to see both near and far. Your lens is primarily made up of water and proteins. The proper arrangement of these proteins is what contributes to normal vision. Some of these proteins clump together forming a clouding of the lens.

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contact lenses Owensboro, KY

Contact Lenses

Nowadays, most people prefer to wear contacts instead of glasses. If you are interested in contact lenses, please let your eye doctor know prior to your appointment. During your exam, we will discuss the various contact lenses available and determine the best option based on your individual needs and lifestyle.

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Frames Owensboro, KY

Frames

There are many different styles, shapes, and materials to choose from when picking out the best frames for your lenses. This can sometimes be an overwhelming and difficult decision, but at Owensboro Family Eye Care, Family Eye Care of Henderson, Family Eye Care of Newburgh, we are happy to help you find the best frames for your specific wants and needs. Although frames are primarily a style choice, they are also affected by prescription strength. High-index prescriptions may limit which frames can support your lenses, but our friendly opticians are happy to help you find the right solution!

Frame material is also an important choice that needs to be made when choosing your frames. For our patients with metal allergies, we offer several options in alternative frame materials such as plastic or acetate. Since plastic and acetate frames are generally not adjustable, it is crucial to get the proper fit. Stainless steel frames are also an option as it tends to be less irritating than other metals for those with sensitive skin. Titanium is another alternative, and they are incredibly lightweight as well as durable and hypoallergenic.

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Hard To Fit Contact Lenses Owensboro, KY

Hard To Fit Contact Lenses

Do you find wearing contact lenses impossible? Are your regular contacts painful or constantly uncomfortable? You are not alone. Due to a variety of factors such as individual eye shape, specific conditions, impairments, or the aftermath of surgery, some patients are considered to have more difficulty wearing contacts than others.

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Hyperopia Owensboro, KY

Hyperopia

Farsightedness, known as hyperopia, makes it difficult to see objects close by. If you are experiencing farsightedness, corrective lenses such as glasses or contact lenses will be prescribed. After a thorough examination, we will determine the prescription that’s best for you.

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LASIK Co-Management Owensboro, KY

LASIK Co-Management

The traditional LASIK is a no suture procedure that uses a three-step process to correct refractive error. First, a flap is created in the outer cornea with a tool called a microkeratome, which is a very small surgical blade, to separate a thin top layer of the cornea. Second, an excimer laser is used to re-shape the inner corneal tissue to individual needs. Finally, the flap created in the first step is then placed back down on to the cornea.

IntraLASIK (IntraLase)

This is a procedure for mild to moderate degrees of nearsightedness or low degrees of farsightedness and/or astigmatism. It is an all-laser LASIK procedure where no surgical blade is used on the eye. Instead of using a microkeratome to create the flap, IntraLASIK uses a laser for the first step as well as the laser in the second step to re-shape the cornea. The major advantage of IntraLASIK over the traditional LASIK is a more clean and precise cut that reduces chances of post-operative complications such as corneal haze.

Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA)

This is a safe alternative for patients who do not fit the criteria for IntraLASIK or traditional LASIK. It is an excellent option for moderately to severe nearsightedness and for those individuals who have corneas too thin or irregular for LASIK options. This may also be a good choice for cases where a corneal flap would not be recommended such as for extreme contact sports, military aviation, or severe dry eyes. A flap is not created on the cornea as with LASIK procedures. The corneal surface is treated directly with an excimer laser. A bandage contact lens is placed on the eye and removed after 4-5 days which will allow the surface cells to reform creating a strong refractive system. The healing time is longer than LASIK procedures and it is recommended to plan for around 4-5 days off from work after the procedure. There will be slightly more discomfort post-operatively than LASIK.

Conductive Keratoplasty (CK)

CK is a non-laser vision procedure specifically for people over 40 who have presbyopia and for farsighted individuals. Presbyopia is where the eyes begin to lose the ability to focus on near objects. If treating presbyopia, monovision would be an option where one eye is used for distance vision and the other eye is used for near activities. CK uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to heat and shrink tissue instead of laser energy to remove tissue. There is no cutting of tissue and the procedure only takes 3-5 minutes and is virtually painless. CK changes how the cornea focuses light by reshaping the corneal surface on the front of the eye. There may be some discomfort and light sensitivity for a few days. There also may be some gradual change over time back to the original shape of the cornea.

The doctor at Owensboro Family Eye Care do not perform the actual surgical procedures above, but do perform the consultations and post-operative care for these procedures. We can help give you move information and recommend Laser Surgery Centers to you so that you can make the best informed decision about your eyes.

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Dry Eye Treatment

Owensboro Family Eye Care is now offering an alternate treatment method to reduce the dependency on eye drops for Dry Eye Disease and symptoms. Intense Pulsed Light therapy (IPL) has been used for years by dermatologists to treat a variety of skin conditions such as vascular facial lesions, rosacea, and pigmented areas as well as wrinkle and hair removal. More recently, it was discovered that patients who had undergone these skin treatments had improvement in their dry eye condition.

IPL is not a laser, but a light-based device. Filters are used to apply specific wavelengths of light to target abnormal blood vessels in the eyelids and skin that are often responsible for causing eyelid inflammation and resultant meibomian gland dysfunction (glands in the eyelids that produce parts of your tears). In addition, the light energy is absorbed by the glands themselves, melting and increasing the flow of impacted meibomian secretions out of the glands. Many patients with evaporative dry eye have associated rosacea and blepharitis and respond well to IPL therapy.

The light settings are based on your skin type. A protective eye shield is gently placed to cover your eyes. A cool gel is then applied onto the skin surface and then the IPL treatment is performed. Most patients experience a tingling and heating sensation as the light is applied. Lastly, if needed, the meibomian glands are expressed to relieve the gland obstructions.

The procedure is relatively comfortable and quick, with total time taking only about 10 to 15 minutes. Patients achieve best results with four treatments initially (one every 3-4 weeks) and then maintenance treatments may be needed on a semi-annual or annual basis. This can vary depending upon each individual patient’s disease severity. Many patients schedule treatments every 3-6 months regularly not only because of the beneficial effect on dry eye but also because they like the improved appearance of the skin from the photo-rejuvenation process.

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