The following checklist will help you in preparing to make the most of your next eye examination. Print the list and check each item off before you arrive for your examination. Please remember that there may be a co-pay required by the insurance company for each examination and/or service. Payment arrangements must be made prior to the time of your exam.
Current Insurance Card
List of Medications and Personal Health History Update
Past Eye Examination records from other providers
Current Glasses and Prescription (if from other providers)
Prescription Sunglasses (or prescription)
Current Contact Lenses and/or Prescription (if from other providers) and/or boxes with information
Co-payment amount (check, credit card or cash) for examination/service
A complete eye examination will measure your vision and provide a thorough assessment of your eye health. Most of our patients comment that they have never had an eye examination so thorough and that they have never seen such high technology equipment used during the examination. We pride ourselves in cutting edge technology to determine the visual and health status of your eyes. Our patients comment that they really enjoy their visit to our offices as well as the recommendations our eye doctors provide following the examinations.
The eye is one of the only places in the body where the doctor can view blood vessels directly. This is important to determine whether you may be at risk for high blood pressure or diabetes. Also, the most important area for vision is checked for the possibility of developing macular degeneration, one of the most common reasons for loss of central vision as one becomes older. A measurement of eye pressure is taken to determine whether or not you may have a greater risk for glaucoma.
We accept many insurance plans, call today to make an appointment for one of your most precious senses - an assessment of your eyesight and eye health at 833-3937 West, 251-0251 Downtown and 241-3737 on the east side.
For more information, check out our Vision Library.
Disposable contact lenses, contact lenses for astigmatism, bifocal contacts, contacts that enhance or change your eye color - we have them all and probably in-stock to dispense to you today! That's what Eye Contact is all about - anticipating your needs and exceeding your expectations.
If you have experienced dry eyes when wearing contact lenses, we may be able to help. Following a thorough examination to determine your contact lens history, medications, wearing schedules and the type of contact lens solutions you use, we may make recommendations that allow you to wear your contact lenses more comfortably - without dryness. Contact lenses are are actually very complex products, made of varying materials, designs, curves and water contents to allow doctors the flexibility to custom fit each patient depending upon their eye shape and size, tear makeup and wearing schedule requirements.
Check our practice news areas for special values in contact lenses programs today. Don't miss special savings that may have a limited time offer. Call today for an appointment at one of our three locations west 833-3937, downtown at 251-0251, or on the east side at 241-3737.
For more information, check out our Vision Library.
Eye Contact provides a full selection of frames, lenses and special coatings in all price ranges to enhance and protect visual performance. We have thousands of frames and an on-site laboratory to increase our turn-around time for your eyeglasses.
OK, so maybe you don't want glasses - but we don't carry everyday glasses. Eye Contact has stylish, high-performance, vision-enhancing fashion acessories that make you look distinctive and attractive. We are particularly proud of our wide selection of unique eyewear and we work hard to keep our frames cutting-edge current. Some of the frame collections found at Eye Contact have been previously seen only in larger cities like New York and San Francisco. Some of the names to look for are Lunor, Retrospecs, Robert Marc, O & X, Lafont and Kio Yamato. This is in addition to commonly seen frames such as Calvin Klein, Marchon, Tura and Silhouette. We also have Madison'w widest selection of Oakley Sunwear (in prescription and non-prescription)as well as their newest addition - frames made specifically for prescriptions without sun lenses.
Combine our complete selection of frames in all price ranges with expediant service to our excellent, friendly and knowledgeable technicians and you will see why Eye Contact was voted in the top three of all Madison-area optical service firms.
Thin/High index plastic to reduce weight and thickness
Scratch resistant coating
Ultraviolet radiation protection
Prescription sunglasses not only reduce light levels, but adding polarization can eliminate glare and eye discomfort from sun, snow and water. We have an on-site laboratory for faster service and custom edging for the frame of your choice. We carry thousands of frames in the latest styles, many collections previously available only in New Your, Chicago and Los Angeles. Ask our staff today for a description of our exclusive collections and our one-year frame warranty.
Frame and Lenses
We have thousands of frames in stock from Calvin Klein, Silhouette and Flexon to "only seen in New York, Paris and San Francisco" styles such as Lunor, O & X, Robert Marc and Retrospecs . We pride ourselves in a very diverse and unique selection of frames - you must stop by to appreciate!
See examples of our newest thin and light materials - high index, polarized sun lenses, anti-reflective coatings, no-line bifocals and sports glasses. Our on-site fabricating lab allows faster service on producing customized prescription eyewear.
- Allows exam without dilation
We can now examine your eyes without dilation! Eye Contact West is proud to annouce the addition of Optomap retinal imaging technology to our pratice, greatly enhancing our ability to assess and monitor your eye health.
This imaging system allows our doctors to more easily detect eye problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, macular degeneration and glaucoma. In most cases, the Optomap eliminates the need for dilation (the eye drops that make it hard to see and makes you more sensitive to sunlight for hours).
Make sure you choose to have the Optomap during your next appointment at Eye Contact West. If you are a patient on our eastside or State Street office, call the west side to schedule a short appointment to image your eyes. We keep a record and can e-mail to other offices for future appointments! For more information log on to www.optos.com.
Interested in reducing your dependence upon eyeglasses or contact lenses? Then laser vision correction at Eye Contact may be your answer. Although we do not perform the procedure in our office, we have been helping hundreds of patients obtain excellent vision through our office services of consulting, testing and personable follow-up care after the procedure. Information is so important with this procedure that the doctors at Eye Contact offer complimentary laser vision consultation appointments. Preliminary testing is performed to determine your suitability as a candidate in addition to time to discuss whether or not the procedure is right for you.
Call today to see if you are a candidate for laser vision correction on the east side at 241-3737, downtown at 251-0251 or on the westside at 833-3937.
Vision, in the broadest sense, is the global ability of the brain to extract, process and act on information presented to the eye. This complex process can be thought of as three major but related areas: visual acuity, which is largely dependent upon refractive status and eye health; visual efficiency skills, representing eye focusing, teaming, and tracking skills; and visual information processing, representing the ability to recognize and discriminate visual stimuli and to interpret them correctly based upon previous experience. Every examination we provide, regardless of age, has these thoughts in mind.
Eye Infections, Eye Injuries, Dry Eyes
Our office provides emergency services for eye infections and eye injuries. Please call our office at 608-833-4242 during office hours or after hours or on weekends. Our staff will work with you to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. State of the art microscopes allow us to examine the front surface of the eye and facial areas around the eye for infection or injury. After assessing the extent of the injury or infection a treatment plan will be formulated and explained to you. Treatment may include medications and supportive care. Follow-up visits to monitor your recovery will be scheduled as needed.
Dry Eyes: Symptoms include scratchy eyes, burning, mild redness and gritty feeling eyes. Oral medications, reading, computer tasks and dry environments may aggravate marginally dry eyes. Dry eyes can be diagnosed by using dyes to observe tear patterns, evaluation of the amount of tears on the front of the eye and from review of your symptoms. Treatment may include artificial tears; eye drops for treating allergies; and/or punctal plugs inserted in the tear drainage canals.
Eye Diseases; Cataracts, Glaucoma, Diabetes
Cataracts: The natural lens in the eye gradually becomes less clear as we get older. When opacities develop in the lens and the lens gets too hazy, vision will be impaired. Our office can diagnose and manage cataract care. When the cataract affects the vision to the extent that you cannot read or see distant objects comfortably, we will recommend cataract surgery. Our office co-manages with cataract specialists that are proven experts in cataract surgery. Cataract surgery can provide you with a bright new world of vision.
Glaucoma: Glaucoma gradually destroys the optic nerve tissue in the back of the eye. The greatest danger of glaucoma stems from the fact that the disease is painless and without obvious symptoms until significant damage has occurred. The most common cause is from pressure being too high inside the eye, but vascular disease and other diseases can also cause glaucoma. We always monitor for glaucoma during routine eye examinations. Tests include checking the pressure of the eye, screening for peripheral vision defects and analyzing the appearance of the optic nerve. If you are diagnosed with glaucoma, we typically prescribe medications that lower the eye pressure. Most forms of glaucoma are successfully treated with eye drops. Laser treatments and eye surgery are secondary treatments that offer alternative ways to treat more advanced glaucoma.
Diabetes: Diabetic patients should have a dilated retinal examination each year. Laser treatments have proven to slow the progression of retinal eye disease for many patients. Diabetes often stimulates the growth of new blood vessels in the back of the eye, which ultimately leak and damage the retina. If this condition is discovered early, laser treatment can destroy these vessels. We have the latest instruments used to detect changes in the back of the eye. If we discover advancing diabetic eye disease that can be treated or needs further evaluation, we will refer you for consultation and further testing to a board certified retinal specialist.
For more information, check out our Vision Library.
People who have lost eyesight due to injuries or eye disease need special types of products to help them function as independently as possible. We offer a full range of these products through our office. Our paraoptometric staff is trained to demonstrate the use of some of these devices. They range all the way from a simple hand magnifier to a closed circuit TV system.
In addition, we can direct those who have low vision problems to products that will help them carry on the day-to-day tasks that they need to perform. In some cases we can set up a program for the low vision patient with the National Library of Congress to receive "books on tapes", which is a service for the blind.
Seeing clearly is not enough. For many people, reading and hand-eye coordination tasks can be very difficult. The act of sight not only includes ones eyes, but it also includes the neurological activity that processes the visual information. Throwing a ball or skiing down a hill, is a learned activity; to do either well takes practice. Those who do it best are those who started learning at the earliest age. Sight plays an important role in the learning of these activities. Sight is the steering mechanism; it is the main activity that provides feedback regarding what really is happening. We provide Vision Therapy to help individuals learn how to process visual information and develop better hand-eye coordination skills.
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