What to Expect
When you come to our office our highly trained staff of doctors and certified ophthalmic assistants will review your general and ocular health history as well as your visual needs for work and leisure. We will perform a refractive examination using the latest in refractive technology, assess your binocular function, and do a thorough evaluation of your ocular health which includes a dilated retinal examination looking for glaucoma, cataracts, and retinal disease. In addition, we offer the most advanced technology available for detecting dry eyes, early macular degeneration, and early optic nerve changes suggestive of glaucoma.
Ocular Disease Management
As our population ages, vision loss from eye diseases is increasing. According to the National Eye institute (NEI) the most common eye diseases in people over the age of 40 are:
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) damages, then destroys central vision, which is our fine detailed vision. This eye disease takes two forms, dry and wet. About 90% of AMD cases are dry. The remaining 10% are wet, a more advanced form. Wet AMD is more damaging causing about 90% of serious vision loss
Cataracts is a condition in which the eye's normally clear lens becomes cloudy. It eventually occurs in both eyes but may be more noticeable in one eye first. Since less light passes through a cloudy lens, vision blurs. Cataracts are small at first and may not affect vision. But the denser they grow, the more they affect your vision. Most cataracts are due to aging. Other risk factors include: Diseases like diabetes, eye injury or trauma, eye surgery for another problem, inheritance or pregnancy-related causes (Babies can be born with cataracts or develop them in childhood.), overexposure of eyes to the sun's damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays, smoking, and certain medications.
Diabetic Eye Diseases Diabetics are at risk for developing several eye diseases: Diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and cataracts. Diabetic retinopathy is the most common eye disease in people with diabetes. It affects over 5 million Americans ages 18 and older. Usually both eyes develop the disease. Diabetic retinopathy progresses in four stages. The most severe is proliferative retinopathy. More than a third of people with diabetes don't get proper vision care. This puts them at higher risk for blindness. If you have diabetes, be vigilant about eye and vision care. People with diabetes, even those without diagnosed eye disease, need to see their eye doctor once a year. Those with diabetic changes in their eyes need to be seen more frequently.
Glaucoma is a group of related eye diseases that can cause blindness. Many people who have it don't know it. Symptoms don't appear until glaucoma has already damaged the optic nerve. This nerve carries images from the eye to the brain. Glaucoma is usually associated with an elevated pressure inside the eye (intraocular pressure). The most common type of glaucoma is primary open-angle glaucoma. Its causes are not yet clearly understood. Glaucoma can also develop without an increase in eye pressure, called low-tension or normal-tension glaucoma.
To catch eye diseases early and help prevent vision loss, you should get a baseline eye exam when you are 40. If you are at high risk for an eye problem, yearly visits are recommended. If there are no issues, you should then see your doctor every 2 to 4 years until you are 54. Afterwards, visits should be more frequent - every 1 to three 3 years. By the time you reach 65, consider visits every 1 to 2 years.
Low Vision Services
Spectrum Eye Care Inc. helps to provide low vision care for our community in conjunction with The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio. Dr. Kurt Ebersole provides exams locally with the help of The Sight Center to allow continued independence among people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired.
There's no substitute for the quality of life good vision offers. Adding certain nutrients to your daily diet—either through foods or supplements—can help preserve your vision. Researchers have linked eye-friendly nutrients, such as lutein and zeaxanthin, vitamin C, vitamin E and zinc, to reducing the risk of certain eye diseases.
Lutein & Zeaxanthin are important nutrients found in green leafy vegetables, as well as other foods, such as eggs. Many studies show that lutein and zeaxanthin reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases, including age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is an antioxidant found in fruits and vegetables. Scientific evidence suggests vitamin C lowers the risk of developing cataracts. Also, when taken in combination with other essential nutrients, it can slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration and visual acuity loss.
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant found in nuts, fortified cereals and sweet potatoes. Research indicates it protects cells in the eyes from unstable molecules called free radicals, which break down healthy tissue.
Essential Fatty Acids are a necessary part of the human diet. They maintain the integrity of the nervous system, fuel cells and boost the immune system. Research shows omega-3 fatty acids are important for proper visual development and retinal function.
- Zinc is an essential trace mineral or "helper molecule." It plays a vital role in bringing vitamin A from the liver to the retina in order to produce melanin, a protective pigment in the eyes. Zinc is highly concentrated in the eye, mostly in the retina and choroid, the vascular tissue layer lying under the retina.
At the end of the day, eating to maintain eye health isn’t all that different from regular healthy eating.
Optical Dispensary & Contact Lenses
Our optical staff has a passion for finding the eye wear that is meant for you. All of our opticians are licensed under the Ohio Optical Dispensers Board. To maintain their certification, the staff attends optical dispensary training every year. We are the only optical dispensary in the area to offer this level of expertise. We offer a wide range of frames, from designer brands to value offerings, with prices to fit everyone's budget. Specialty lenses for computer glasses, prescription sunglasses, and safety glasses are also available, as well as lens enhancements such as transitions and glare/UV protection.
Brands we currently carry include:
Ray Ban | Jimmy Choo | Fossil | Juicy Couture | Ann Taylor | Kate Spade | Nine West | Liz Claiborne | Nicole Miller | Banana Republic | Carrera | Calvin Klein | Silhouette | Nike | Lacoste | Vera Bradley | Flexon | BeBe | Sperry | Boss | Oakley | Stepper | Columbia | Nautica | Ted Baker | Salvatore Ferragamo | Badgley Mischka |
It's no secret that a medical procedure requiring surgery can be a frightening experience. We make sure our patients receive the very best in care in these situations. We offer the latest in no-stitch, small incision ultrasound technology for the removal of cataracts and implantation of intraocular lenses. This procedure results in significant improvement in vision for most patients within the first few days following the procedure. Special implant designs for correcting astigmatism are also available.
Spectrum Eye Care is a full-service practice with Ophthalmologists, Optometrists and an on-site Optical Shop. Because we provide both medical and routine eye care, we accept a number of insurance plans to help cover the cost depending on your individual needs.
Medical Plans - We accept most Medical Plans. Please contact our office at (419) 422-6190 to receive more information.
Vision Plans - We accept Eye Med, Superior Vision, Vision Service Plan. We also accept some vision plans not listed. Some restrictions may apply.
Please contact our office and our staff will help you to determine your specific benefits.