Eye Exams for Every Eye Problem

When you are having problems with your eyes, it is important to get eye exams.  If you do not see an optometrist, the problem could get worse or you could experience other physical symptoms, like headaches and strained eyes.  It is important to take good care of your eyes to make sure that they are healthy and that you can see well.

schedule eye exams for you or your family

Most people go in for eye exams because they are having problems seeing. If you are having vision problems like blurry vision, or if you see dark spots, you need to get an eye exam as soon as possible. The optometrist can figure out what is wrong and can correct the problem.

You should also schedule an eye exam if you notice that your vision has gotten worse. If you are having trouble reading street signs or restaurant menus, it might mean that you need a new prescription if you are already wearing contacts or glasses. If you have never worn glasses or contact lenses, this might mean that your eyes have changed, and you now require vision correction.  If you notice you are having a hard time seeing things that you normally could see, schedule an eye exam.

Eye exams are also beneficial if you have sore eyes, eyes that are watery, itchy, dry, or that appear to be infected. An optometrist will look at your eyes and will be able to tell you what the problem is.  They will also be able to help you get relief by prescribing something that will help your condition.

If you are looking to schedule eye exams for you or your family, call us today at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry. We accept most major insurance plans.  We will make sure that you are comfortable during your visit and we will take good care of you.

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Is LASIK Right for You?

When you can’t see, and you need vision correction with contacts or glasses, it can become a real pain. You need to constantly change contacts and have to clean them and store them. You need to clean your glasses and make sure that you are careful with them and do not break or scratch them. If you are tired of contact lenses and eyeglasses, you might wonder if you are a good candidate for LASIK.

LASIK will eliminate the need to wear contacts

LASIK is where a doctor will surgically correct your vision. They use lasers to correct your vision and restore it to 20/20 vision or as close as they can get to perfect vision.  It is a minimally invasive surgery with good success rates and short recovery times.  LASIK will eliminate the need to wear contacts or glasses and will allow you to see perfectly without them. You have to meet a few requirements to see if you are a good candidate for LASIK, so a visit with an optometrist is required to make sure it is right for you.

You might think that the cost of LASIK is not worth it.  However, LASIK is actually more affordable than you might think it is. Plus, if you add up the amount you spend on eye exams, glasses, contact lenses, contact lens cases, lens solution, and eye drops every year, it just might surprise you.  You are already spending more a year then you might think and putting the cost towards LAKSIK might make good financial sense.

If you want to find out if LASIK is right for you, call us today at DR. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry.  We can schedule an appointment with one of our excellent doctors to go over all of your options and to see if you are a good candidate for LASIK.  We can handle all of your pre-op and post-op exams as well if you decide to get the surgery.

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An Eye Clinic that Will Take Good Care of You

When it comes to your eyes, you want to make sure that they are in good, qualified hands.  You want to go to an eye clinic that has experienced and knowledgeable doctors on staff. You want to find someone who has time to sit down with you and take time to really understand what is going on with your eyes.  You then want them to explain what they are going to do to fix it.  You want an eye clinic with friendly staff that will make you feel comfortable and welcome. When you feel like all your needs are being met, you will be more at ease and will trust your optometrist.

eye clinic with friendly staff

It is important to find an eye clinic that is a good fit for you because you will be visiting with them at least yearly if you have contacts or glasses.  Yearly check-ups are important for your eye health.  It is important to make sure that your eyes are healthy and that your prescription has not changed. It is also important for a yearly check up to make sure you do not have any eye problems such as glaucoma, cataracts, or evidence of any other eye disease. When you feel comfortable with your doctor and staff, it will be easier for you to go in for visits.

You will also need an eye clinic if you are having any problems with your eyes such as infection, red eyes, dry eyes, or sudden blurry vision.  They will be able to get you in quickly and solve the problem so that you can get better.

If you are looking for a great eye clinic, contact us today at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry to schedule an appointment.  We will work well for your entire family. Our staff is friendly and helpful.  We will make sure to not rush your appointment and to make you feel comfortable and at ease.

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Get Vision Problems Solved for Good

Problems with your eyes can be very frustrating. Vision problems can make your entire body hurt or feel out of sorts when your eyes are hurting you or when you can’t see properly.  A visit to the optometrist can help solve all of your eye problems and can help your eyes feel better fast.  When your eyes feel good, your body will feel good.

vision problems usually occur when you need contacts or glasses

The most common vision problems usually occur when you need contacts or glasses.  If you have never worn contact lenses or glasses before, you might notice that it is a little harder to see things that are far away.  It could also be getting harder to see things up close.  This probably means that your eyes have changed, and you no longer have 20/20 vision. You might also notice that you have frequent headaches, your eyes feel tired or strained, or that your vision is blurry. These problems are often a sign of vision problems as well. If you have already been wearing contacts or glasses, you may also experience these symptoms. These symptoms will indicate that your prescription has changed and that you need to schedule a visit with an optometrist.

If you are looking for experienced and reliable optometrists to help with your vision problems, contact us today at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced doctors. We can help solve your vision problems for you for good. We care about our patients and will make sure you feel comfortable and well taken care of at your appointments.

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“Does it Hurt?” and Other Common LASIK Surgery Questions

When you’re able to see clearly, the world is much more enjoyable. Whether you want to be able to dive with your kids in the ocean and search for buried treasure or would just like to be able to see the clock when you wake up in the morning, more and more individuals are turning to LASIK surgery to get the vision they want without glasses or contacts.

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Because LASIK is a surgery on the eyes, many people have understandable apprehension towards the procedure. We have complied a list of several common LASIK surgery questions and their answers for you if you’re considering the procedure.

“Does it hurt?” Optometrists get this question all the time and thankfully, the answer is no! You’ll most likely be given a small sedative before the procedure for relaxation and then have numbing eye drops administered, so you won’t feel pain.
“Will I be put under anesthesia?” Because surgery and anesthesia go hand in hand, you might think anesthesia is present during LASIK, but it actually isn’t. The optometrist needs your eyes facing forward, not rolled back into your head like they would under anesthesia.
“What is the recovery like?” Compared to other surgeries, LASIK recovery is fairly easy. You’ll have certain restrictions for one to two days and may feel some eye discomfort or irritability during that time. Afterwards, many people can resume normal daily activity without issue.
“Am I a good candidate for LASIK?” Only an optometrist can determine if LASIK surgery is a good idea for your individual eyes with an eye exam and a look into your medical history.

We hope these frequently asked questions have been helpful for you. If you would like to know more about LASIK surgery, contact us at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry today.

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4 Ways to Tell if Your Optometrist is a Keeper

Finding a doctor you enjoy seeing can be an enormous benefit to your health. After all, a doctor you enjoy seeing is a doctor you’ll see on a more consistent basis! When it comes to choosing your optometrist, there are a few ways that you can tell if your optometrist is a keeper, including:

1. Appointment Policies– If you can’t ever get in to see your optometrist, it will be nearly impossible to develop a good working relationship with them. Making sure that you can work with the doctor’s appointment times is just as important as making sure that you can work with the optometrist.

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2. Time spent with optometrist– Optometrists, like all doctors, are often busy and overscheduled. If you feel rushed during your appointments and didn’t get to ask the optometrist any questions you might have had, choose an optometrist that will take the time needed for a comprehensive exam.

3. Level of caring– Knowing that the optometrist cares about you as a person and a patient makes it easier to schedule your appointments. If you feel like the optometrist doesn’t care about your wellbeing, then it can make appointments unpleasant and uncomfortable.

4. Office Environment– Is the office clean? Organized? Do you feel comfortable there? While these things don’t necessarily reflect the level of care you can get from your optometrist, they can keep you from wanting to schedule your appointments.

We hope that by following these guidelines, you’ll be able to find an optometrist that you can enjoy seeing for many years to come. If you’re currently searching for an optometrist who is a keeper, please try our practice at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry.

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Surprising Diagnoses You Can Get from Routine Eye Exams

Routine Eye ExamsIt’s been said that the eyes are the window to the soul, but did you know that the eyes can be a window to your overall health as well? While many of us go to the optometrist for our routine eye exams to determine the quality of our eyesight and get corrective options if necessary, there are far more things your optometrist can diagnose than whether or not you have 20/20 vision.

For example, during a routine eye exam, your optometrist uses specialized instruments to look at the back of your eyes and inspects the retina, lenses and vessels. Many optometrists can see evidence of diabetes due to the way the disease affects the eyes with excess fluid buildup and leaky blood vessels.

Another disease you might not know you have until you visit your eye doctor is hypertension. Known in medical circles as “the silent killer,” hypertension (or high blood pressure) is an issue that is a problem for many people and has virtually no symptoms. Chronic hypertension can cause or aggravate many health problems, and is manifested in the eyes by kinks, bends, and other issues with the tiny blood vessels located there.

Just a look at the shape of your eyes can tell your optometrist if you have a thyroid condition, since thyroid deficiencies can cause your eyes to bulge slightly. While you might not be able to tell the difference, an eye expert can!

These are just a few examples of surprising diagnoses that you can get from routine eye exams. Because of these issues, many optometrists recommend routine eye exams every one to two years, even if your eyesight hasn’t changed. If you’d like to come see our excellent optometrists here at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry, we would love to see you. Contact us today!

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What Qualifies as an Ocular Emergency?

Ocular Emergency
An unplanned visit to the emergency room is something that every parent dreads and hopes will be a rare occurrence! Most of us know the protocol when it comes to something that constitutes a visit to the emergency room versus something that can wait for regular office hours. When it comes to our eyes, however, do we know what qualifies as an ocular emergency? Many of us don’t know much about what we should do in an ocular emergency, so we have come up with a few warning signs that you need to look out for and can qualify as an ocular emergency. They include:

• Sudden and/or persistent eye pain
• Damage to the eye or eyelid
• Partial or full vision loss
• Ingrown eyelash
• Excessive tear production
• Redness or infection
• Seeing flashing lights in your vision
• Floaters and flashing lights in your vision
• Chemical exposure

While this is a lengthy list of ocular emergencies, it’s also important that you use your best judgement when it comes to ocular emergencies. Many, if not all, optometrists would much rather have you come in and be able to tell you there’s nothing to worry about than have you wait and end up with irreversible damage to your eyes or vision!

If you have an ocular emergency, try to make it to your optometrist rather than heading to a standard emergency room. Many optometry offices will try to accommodate you if you experience these symptoms. A medical emergency room, however, isn’t always equipped or able to deal with ocular emergencies.

At the office of Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry, we see ocular emergency patients on a walk-in basis on Thursdays and will work you in on other days. Don’t risk your sight or eye health, if you are having an ocular emergency, come see us!

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What Every New Contact Lens Wearer Needs to Know

Making the decision to get contact lenses can be an exciting one. No longer do you have to be worried about broken frames for your glasses, figuring out how to keep glasses on during sporting activities, or the lenses fogging up after exiting a cool space into a warm one. When it comes to contact lenses, you need to take certain precautions to ensure the health of your eyes. We have come up with a few tips to ensure that your eyes remain healthy as you transition to contact lenses.

Contact Lenses

First, see a professional optometrist when looking for contact lenses. Not only can they make sure you have the right prescription, but they can also let you try out several different types of lenses to see which ones fit most comfortably. Just like shoes or pants, people have different preferences for how their lenses fit most comfortably.

Second, educate yourself thoroughly on contact lens hygiene. Contact lenses can cause problems like irritation and infection when not cared for properly, so clean lenses are crucial. Make sure you wash your hands before handling your lenses. Clean them with contact lens solution and let your lens case dry out during the day. All of these can help you prevent common issues with your contact lenses.

Finally, be careful of which lenses you use. Switching from brand to brand can be irritating on your eyes and it can be helpful to be consistent with ones you like. Furthermore, be wary of decorative lenses that aren’t sold for vision corrective purposes and don’t require a prescription for purchase. These lenses are not regulated and can lead to many problems with your eyes, some of them permanent.

If you would like to know more about contact lenses, contact Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry for great care and advice!

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Optometrist Tip: Eat Healthy Foods

You probably turn to your optometrist to correct vision issues and treat other ocular conditions. You might also find that you can gain plenty of important information and tips about eye health as well. One of the tips your optometrist may tell you is to eat healthy foods. We often hear about eating carrots to improve vision, but there is more you should know about how diet can affect eye health. Since your eyes require certain minerals, nutrients, and vitamins to function properly, a few changes in your diet could help you enjoy healthy eyes for a lifetime.

Optometrist Tip: Eat Healthy Foods

  • Eggs & Leafy Greens – These are the two best sources for the lutein and zeaxanthin that your eyes need to reduce the chance of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Leafy greens are also a good source of beta-carotene.
  • Nuts & Sweet Potatoes – These contain vitamins C and E, which are antioxidants that can protect your eyes from free radicals that lead to the loss of visual acuity. These foods will also help you avoid or delay the development of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.
  • Fish – Fish and other foods that provide omega-3 fatty acids are known to play a role in retinal function and visual development, not to mention having plenty of other health benefits.
  • Oysters – While other foods also offer vitamin A and zinc, oysters are the highest per serving. You can also get vitamin A from those carrots so heavily touted, but without zinc to help it, the vitamin A won’t make the vital trip from your liver to your retinas. Vitamin A is vital for eye health – a deficiency can lead to blindness. By the way, if you don’t like carrots, you can also opt for other fruits and vegetables that offer beta-carotene, such as yellow and orange fruits and vegetables.

As a trusted optometrist, here at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry, we are dedicated to helping you enjoy good eye health for a lifetime. We recommend you visit us every couple of years even if you aren’t having any vision problems, so we can provide you with even more tips and be sure your eyes are doing well.

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