Our Services

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As a fully licensed and equipped optometric practice, Complete EyeCare Associates offers a complete range of eye care services to all our patients.

Whether the eye care issue involves correcting refractive errors with eyeglass or contact lenses, helping a student find amazing frames, or diagnosing/treating eye conditions and diseases, our experienced team will identify and implement the best eye care solutions for you.

Eye Health Evaluation

With our years of experience in diagnosing and treating typical vision disorders such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, amblyopia, presbyopia, cataracts, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy, Dr. Baxter, Dr. French, and Dr. O'Connor and their team are equipped to provide appropriate therapeutic medical eye care.

At the same time, the Complete EyeCare Associates team offers a wide array of high-quality eye care products at reasonable prices. Our patients never pay too much for the best quality in eyeglasses, contact lenses, sunglasses, progressive and bifocal lenses, and outstanding service.

Treatment of Eye Disease

If you are diagnosed with an eye disease, you want the best treatment available to get your eyes healthy again. At Complete EyeCare Associates, we stay current with best treatment practices. Based on your diagnosis, we may recommend a wide variety of approaches, including improved nutrition, prescription medicines, therapy and vision exercises, or medical procedures.

Good Eye Care Begins With A Yearly Eye Exam!

Although many do not realize it, the best way to protect your vision is with a yearly eye checkup.  Even a basic eye exam can instantly detect many health-threatening conditions, such as tumors, vascular irregularities, and diabetes-related injury to the retina. At Complete EyeCare Associates, that basic checkup is brief and painless.

optomap retinal exam

In our continued efforts to bring the most advanced technology available to our patients Complete Eye Care Associates is proud to offer the Optomap Retinal Exam as an integral part of your eye exam.

Many eye problems can develop without warning and progress with no symptoms. Early on, you might not notice any change in your vision. However, diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal tears or detachments, as well as other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure, can be detected with a thorough exam of the retina. The retina is the part of your eye that catches the image of what you are looking at, similar to the film in a camera.

 

An Optomap Retinal Exam provides:

  • A scan to confirm a healthy eye or detect the presence of disease.
  • An overview or map of the retina, giving your eye doctor a more detailed view than he can achieve by other means.
  • The opportunity for you to view and discuss the Optomap images of your eye with your doctor at the time of your exam.
  • A permanent record for your medical file, enabling your optometrist to make important comparisons if potential problems show themselves at a future examination.

Some visual conditions cannot be treated adequately with just glasses, contact lenses and/or patching, and are best resolved through a program of Vision Therapy.

What is Vision Therapy?

Vision Therapy is an individualized, supervised, treatment program designed to correct visual-motor and/or perceptual-cognitive deficiencies. Vision Therapy sessions include procedures designed to enhance the brain's ability to control:

  • eye alignment
  • eye teaming
  • eye focusing abilities
  • eye movements
  • visual processing

Visual-motor skills and endurance are developed through the use of specialized computer and optical devices, including therapeutic lenses, prisms, and filters. During the final stages of therapy, the patient's newly acquired visual skills are reinforced and made automatic through repetition and by integration with motor and cognitive skills.

Who Can Benefit From Vision Therapy?

 

Patients of all ages can benefit from vision therapy. The nature of the therapy program varies with the condition treated. For example, a three-year-old child with amblyopia, or "lazy eye", may simply have the better eye patched for a short period of time. An eight-year-old child with strabismus, or "crossed eye", may require therapy for a period of a year. A thirty-year-old computer programmer may require three to six months to solve a visual problem that causes significant eye strain.

Children and adults with visual challenges such as the following are often benefitted by vision therapy.

  • Learning-related Vision Problems
    Vision Therapy can help those individuals who lack the necessary visual skills for effective reading, writing, and learning (i.e., eye movement and focusing skills, convergence, eye-hand activity, visual memory skills, etc.).
  • Poor Binocular Coordination
    Vision Therapy helps individuals develop normal coordination and teamwork of the two eyes (binocular vision). When the two eyes fail to work together as an effective team, performance in many areas can suffer (reading, sports, depth perception, eye contact, etc.).
  • Strabismus and Amblyopia
    Vision Therapy programs offer much higher cure rates for turned eyes and/or lazy eye when compared to eye surgery, glasses, and/or patching, without therapy. The earlier the patient receives Vision Therapy the better, however, our office has successfully treated patients well past 21 years of age.
  • Stress-induced Visual Difficulties
    21st century lifestyles demand more from our vision than ever before. Children and adults in our technological society constantly use their near vision at work and at home. C.V.S. (Computer Vision Syndrome) is one of the fastest growing health concerns in the workplace today. Environmental stresses on the visual system (including excessive computer use or close work) can induce eyestrain, headaches, and/or visual difficulties which can be effectively treated with corrective lenses and/or Vision Therapy.
  • Visual Rehabilitation for Special Populations
    Vision can be compromised as a result of neurological disorders or trauma to the nervous system (such as traumatic brain injuries, stroke, whiplash, developmental delays, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, etc.). Vision Therapy can effectively treat the visual consequences of trauma (including double vision).
  • Sports Vision Improvement
    Strong visual skills are critical to sports success. Not much happens in sports until your eyes instruct your hands and body what to do! Accurate vision and athletic visual skills can be measured, developed, and enhanced through Vision Therapy. We measure and successfully improve eye-hand coordination, visual reaction time, peripheral awareness, eye teaming, focusing, tracking, and visualization skills (to mention just a few).

Vision Therapy can be the answer to many visual problems. Don't hesitate to contact us with your questions. To read definitions for Vision Therapy by outside sources, visit children-special-needs.org.

Vision therapy is administered in our office under the guidance of your doctor. Sometimes a number of office visits are required over a period ranging from several weeks to several months. Usually the patient performs several exercises, then the doctor teaches the patient techniques to be practiced at home to reinforce the developing visual skills.

Vision therapy can effectively treat eye movement disorders, inefficient eye teaming, misaligned eyes, poorly developed vision, focusing problems, and other visual information processing disorders.

Frequently Asked Questions About Vision Therapy

Is Vision Therapy New?

Although it is a dynamic optometric specialty that improves visual function and performance, vision therapy is actually an outgrowth of orthoptics. Orthoptics, which literally means "straightening of the eyes,” was introduced to this country by physicians in the late 1800s. As physicians became more focused on eyeglasses, medication , and surgery, the benefits of orthoptics were taught to fewer and fewer practitioners. However, optometrists in the mid 1900's took the best that orthoptics had to offer, and pioneered the development of vision therapy.

What Is Involved in a Vision Therapy Program?

Patients typically come to the office twice weekly for thirty minutes each visit. In addition, a workbook is included which contains instruction for activities to be done at home to reinforce what was learned during the office therapy sessions. Commitment to the therapy program and maintaining a schedule of weekly visits are important in the success of the program.

Can I Just Do the Therapy at Home by Myself?

Vision therapy programs are individualized for the patient, and careful guidance and frequent monitoring are required for success. When attempted by patients without guidance, poor visual habits may actually be reinforced. In addition, specialty computer programs with liquid crystal polarizing goggles and other specialized instrumentation are used which do not lend themselves to unsupervised use at home.

Will My Insurance Cover Vision Therapy?

Some of the better health insurance policies cover the medical aspect of vision therapy. Coverage has no relationship to vision care plans which cover eye examinations, eyeglasses, or contact lenses once every year or two. Do not allow insurance companies to make arbitrary decisions that prevent you or your child from receiving necessary care.

How Long Does Vision Therapy Last?

When the program is complete, the benefits of vision therapy will last for a lifetime. Accurate focusing and the efficient use of both eyes together is a reflex which, when conditioned, should operate effortlessly. Self-monitoring activities are prescribed at the end of each therapy program. Non-medical vision therapy, as related to visual perception, prepares children for lifelong learning, and it fills in gaps for many adults who have lost visual skills and abilities.

Few things affect the quality of your life more than your eyes.  Please don’t put them at risk!  Start off right by seeing an eye care professional who provides full-service care in assessing your medical needs, your lifestyle, and the highest quality contact lenses available to meet your needs, and proper training to ensure great vision.

It is important to remember that contact lense are prescription medical devices.  Various brands are designed and manufactured differently.  The selection of a particular contact lens needs to be based on your vision problems, prescription, eye health, comfort requirements, lifestyle, age and physiological factors like tear flow.  We’ll discuss the different lens types and brands with your and advise you about the lens choices that are best for your eyes.  Because everyone’s eyes and vision needs are different, contact lenses are available with varying schedules for removal and replacement.  We’ll teach you how to properly clean and wear your new contacts lenses to maximize vision and minimize potential risks.

At Complete Eye Care Associates, we make sure that vision correction not only helps you see better, but also helps you feel better.  That’s why we offer contact lens evaluations.  Contact lenses aren’t right for everyone, but theymay be right for you.  Even if you have astigmatism or need bifocal lenses, we may have a solution.  Your evaluation will include:

  • A look at your visual history
  • An examination of your corneas
  • A consultation with your doctor, including recommendations and options
  • Call or email us today for a contact lens evaluation.  Enjoy the freedom contact lenses provide!

    lasik

    Refractive procedures manipulate the eye to improve vision.  Though there are several types of refractive procedures, the most popular is known as LASIK (laser assisted in situ keratomileusis).  LASIK involves reshaping the cornea using incicsion and lasers.  An incision creates a flap which is folded back.  Lasers are then used to reshape the middle layer of the cornea and correct the vision.  The flap is folded back and allowed to heal, resulting in much clearer vision.

    Is LASIK For Me?

    Not everyone should consider a LASIK procedure.  Candidates should be over 19 years of age.  If you are pregnant, nursing, or suffering from a number of diseases, you probably are not eligible for LASIK.  You are also not eligible if your prescription has changed a great deal over the past year.  Talk to your eye doctor about LASIK.  They will be able to assess your eligibility, the risks you may encounter, and they can recommend how to move forward.  At Complete Eye Care Associates we co-manage with LASIK surgeons in the Lincoln, Omaha and Denver area, thus limiting the amount of travel patients have to undergo after the procedure.

    Did you know that 80% of everything a child learns, understands, and remembers is acquired through his or her visual system? Vision is very important in the learning process.  What’s worse is that one in four children have undiagnosed vision problems that affect their learning.  Sometimes the problem is misdiagnosed as ADD (attention deficit disorder), ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) or dyslexia.

    It is important that children receive comprehensive visual exams starting as early in life as possible.  In Nebraska, a child entering kindergarten is required to have a visual exam at the provider of their choice prior to starting school.  Vision screenings at school are not sufficient as a basis for diagnosing vision problems.  A comprehensive exam may find a visual problem missed during screenings, and your eye doctor can recommend treatment.  Your child may suffer from a visual problem if they exhibit any of the following characteristics:

    • Struggles with reading
    • Grows tired or frustrated with reading
    • Can’t sit still or stay a a task for any length of time
    • Reverses, word, numbers, or letters
    • Has difficulty remembering the spelling of words
    • Frequently loses their place, skips words, or skips lines of text while reading

    OptoVue_Photo_2OPTOVUE  RTVue Optical Coherence Tomgrapher

    We are proud to be the only practice in North Platte to offer this new generation of high resolution OCT technology. OCT technology has been around since 1991.  The RTVue is a Fourier-domain based OCT. This simply means it is extremely fast and accurate.  Older OCT scanners captured approximately 400 scans per second of the retina. The RTVue can capture about 26,000 scans of the retinal layers per second.  It is also allows us to see greater detail of the retina, down to 5 micron resolution. What this means to you, is we are able to identify retinal irregularities sooner and easier and with greater detail, which can lead to earlier  treatment, potentially saving vision loss.  This is very useful when following macular degneration and diabetes and other retinal diseases.  This machine can also be very useful in the earlier detection of glaucoma and other optic neuropathathies.   The RTVue can image the retinal nerve fiber layer.  This layer contains the approximately one million nerve cells that give us vision.  Glaucoma can cause thinning and loss of retinal nerve ganglion cells, and detecting this nerve fiber layer loss early can aid in early diagnosis of glaucoma.  Instigating treatment sooner, can potentially prevent vison loss many years later.

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