If you have an eye emergency during our regular office hours, please feel free to call us (307-638-6610 or 307-634-EYES). Let us know what the emergency is and we will do our best to see you promptly. We can assess your condition, and either start treatment, or make the necessary prompt referral.
If you have an after-hours eye emergency, you should call us immediately.
Eye emergencies include:
Burns Cuts and blows to the eye
It is important to get medical attention for all eye problems. Since the eye is easily damaged, a delay in getting medical attention can cause permanent eye damage and loss of sight. If you have a critical injury to the eye or a sudden loss of vision, call us directly.
Seek medical attention immediately if you, or a family member, have any of these symptoms:
Loss of vision Pain or redness in the eye
Cut or torn eyelid Scratched eye
Abnormal pupil size or shape
Nausea accompanying eye pain
Sudden onset of "floaters," or seeing spots in your vision
Seeing flashes of light
Seeing a "curtain" over any portion of your vision, including your peripheral vision
Sensitivity to light
Stinging and burning
Blood in the white of the eye
Something embedded in the eye
Something under the eyelid that cannot be removed
There appears to be any visible scratch, cut or penetration of your eyeball
Any chemical gets in your eye
Lack of movement in one or both eyes
What to do in the case of eye injuries, these simple tasks can help save vision:
Direct blow to the eye - Rest a protective shield, such as a Styrofoam cup, on the bone surrounding the eye. Take care not to add pressure to the eye. Call us immediately.
Black eye - Apply an ice pack or cold cloth over the eye. Call us immediately.
Foreign object - Most small particles can be flushed out with eye wash saline solution, available over the counter. If saline solution is not available, use clean fresh water. Call us immediately.
Chemical burn - Rinse the eye with fresh water for at least 15 minutes. Hold your head under running water (a shower is good) or use a clean container to pour water into the eye. Roll your eye to ensure the water reaches all areas that may have come in contact with the chemical. DO NOT use an eye-cup. Metal shavings in the eye - Do not attempt to remove metal by rinsing, using a magnet or pushing on the eye. Call us immediately.
Cuts and Punctures of the Eye or Eyelid - Cover the eye with a rigid shield without applying pressure. The bottom half of a paper cup can be used. DO NOT wash out the eye with water or any other liquid. DO NOT try to remove an object that is stuck in the eye. & see a doctor at once.
What NOT to do:
DO NOT press on an injured eye or allow the victim to rub the eye(s)
DO NOT attempt to remove a foreign body that is resting on the cornea (the clear surface of the eye through which we see) or that appears to be embedded in any part of the eye—get medical help
DO NOT use dry cotton (including cotton swabs) or sharp instruments (such as tweezers) on the eye
DO NOT attempt to remove an embedded object
DO NOT let a burn become contaminated. Avoid putting oils or creams on a burn until a doctor has treated it and given you instructions. Be Prepared.
Wear eye protection for all hazardous activities and sports--at school, home, and on the job. Wear protective eye wear when working with chemicals. Keep sharp objects out of the hands of children. Supervise children carefully. Stock a first aid kit with a rigid eye shield and commercial eyewash before an eye injury happens.
DO NOT assume that any eye injury is harmless. Call us immediately.
The information provided here should not be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition.
We are proud to offer you a 24 HOUR ON CALL SERVICE FOR EYE INJURIES. If you, your family or friends are injured after hours and it involves your eye, CALL US FIRST rather than going to the emergency room, urgent care doctors or your general physician. Our experience in emergency eye care and state-of-the-art instruments allows for a better outcome of your vision threatening eye injury. Remember, we are always there for you DURING CLINIC HOURS for such things as eyeglasses, eye examinations and contact lenses. From eyeglasses and contact lenses to medicine and eye injuries, our goal is to keep you seeing for your lifetime.
Comprehensive eye exams can be as important to your health and well-being as dental check-ups or routine physical exams. Detecting and treating problems before they become big ones can help you maintain the good vision you treasure. The Cheyenne Vision Clinic is here to prevent blindness...that's our purpose and that's what we stand for!
Many of our patients tell us our eye examinations are the most thorough they've ever experienced. Our comprehensive eye examination goes beyond 20/20 to evaluate many important areas of vision, eye health and body health. In addition to measuring for your correct glasses prescription, our doctors check eye muscle coordination, focusing skills, depth perception, color vision and much more. The eye health portions of the eye exam include a thorough evaluation of the entire eye, glaucoma test and dilated eye examination. Patients often have the choice for having their retina photographed.
Please bring all the glasses you use, including any over-the-counter magnifying glasses. If you wear contact lenses, bring the individual lens packages if possible. If you have a copy of your previous glasses and/or contact lens prescription, it is helpful to bring it. Bring your vision care insurance card and your your medical insurance card. (In some cases your medical insurance insurance card is also your vision care insurance card.) You may print print a copy of our Patient Information Forms and our Confidential confidential Health History Form for completion prior to your your appointment on the patient forms page. If you have trouble trouble seeing your computer clearly, or if you get eyestrain working working on your computer, please see Computer Vision Problems Problems for suggestions on what else to bring to your appointment Appointment. Plan on being here for about an hour.
An Annual Medical Eye Examination May
Save your Sight or Save your Life
Blinding eye diseases and fatal body diseases may have no symptoms but are often discovered in an annual medical eye examination.
The prevention of blindness and preservation of life starts with an annual eye examination. Many diseases like diabetes, glaucoma and macular degeneration in their early state have no symptoms. Early intervention and prevention methods are often successful if a disease is caught early.
As medically based Optometrists we have unique qualifications and education that vastly separates us apart from other physician providers that are just surgeons, sub-specialists or medical doctors.
Annual eye care should be of the medical variety from an eye doctor (medical based Optometrist) not just an eyeglass doctor (often found in malls or big box stores) or sub-specialist.
A medical eye examination should include the following:
1. A comprehensive family and patient medical history including medications, allergies and surgeries
2. Visual acuity to assess eyesight (the eye chart)
3. Muscle testing to assess specific cranial nerve function and eye alignment
4. Pupils to evaluate neurological function
5. Eyeglass prescription to assess eyesight and body diseases that affect eyesight
6. Side vision to assess loss from glaucoma, stroke or other diseases
7. Microscope examination to assess front of the eye health
8. Dilation or Optomap retinal photos to evaluate retinal health, the back of the eye that produces seeing
9. Eye pressure to assess in the diagnosis of glaucoma
10. Optic nerve evaluation to diagnose glaucoma and body diseases like multiple sclerosis and brain tumors
11. Depth perception to assess high level two eyed vision
12. Color vision to evaluate color perception deficiencies
13. Blood pressure to assess general health
Our Doctors recommend that your yearly health care include seeing your dentist twice a year, your medical doctor yearly and have a medical eye examination.
Also, to keep your eyes and body healthy our doctors recommend a balanced low fat diet rich in fruits and vegetables (if appropriate), prescription grade sunglasses, staying active and avoiding cigarette smoke.
THE ONE MINUTE EYE EXAMINATION
•Do you or a family member wear glasses for reading, distance vision or both?
•Do your children, grandchildren, or other children you care for sit too close to the TV, have trouble with hand-eye coordination or complain of headaches?
•Has your school-age child or grandchild not received a thorough eye exam from an eye doctor within the past two years? (A school exam doesn't count.)
•Do you or does anyone in your immediate family have high blood pressure or diabetes?
•Do you or a family member spend several hours each day looking at a computer screen or experience frequent headaches after working at a computer?
•Have you or a family member been diagnosed or treated for cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration or other eye problems?
•Do you spend time outdoors without sunglasses that have 100% UV and glare protection?
•Do you have tired or burning eyes or rub your eyes frequently?
•Do you or a family member have difficulty seeing at night?
•Do you or a family member take medication?
If you answered yes to more than one question for yourself or a family member, or if it's been longer than one to three years (depending on your age or doctor's recommendation) since you or a family member last had an eye examination, it's time to schedule an appointment.
Dilation is very important to an eye examination. But with our newest technologies we now offer the option of doing pictures of the back of the eye, called retinal photography. Below you will find more information on this technology and it is important that you check it out because prior to your exam you will be asked if this is a technology you would be interested in taking advantage of.
First see the benefits of dilation in general,
You can see in this simple diagram the difference that the doctor see's. In the first image the pupil size restricts the light from projecting very much light on to the back of the eye, which in return means that this small portion is the only portion of your eye the doctor can check for the actual eye health. The second photo shows the eye not resisting the light, allowing the doctor to easily see a larger portion of the back of the eye.
What the Optomap retinal photography option offers you, is the same ability to see the back of the eye, but even more so. The retinal photography allows us to actually evaluate the health of up to 200 degrees of the eye.
Children with uncorrected vision conditions or eye health problems face many barriers in life—academically, socially and athletically. High-quality eye care can help overcome these obstacles and help enable children to reach their highest potential. We love taking care of kids! A school vision or pediatrician's screening is not a substitute for a thorough eye examination. Our comprehensive vision examination goes beyond 20/20 to evaluate important vision skills that relate to learning, such as eye teaming (binocularity), eye focusing (accommodation), eye movements (tracking), and convergence.
The American Optometric Association recommends that children receive complete eye examinations at the ages of six months, three years and five years. This recommendation is particularly important if you notice any signs that may indicate a vision development problem, including:
An eye that "wanders" out or "crosses" in
Any whitening or discoloration in the pupil (the round black center of the eye)
Short attention span for the child's age
Difficulty with eye-hand-body coordination in ball play, games and bike riding
Difficulty learning shapes, colors and letters
Avoidance of coloring and puzzles and other detailed activities
It is particularly important that a child have a comprehensive eye examination prior to starting kindergarten. While in school, yearly evaluations are recommended.
If important vision skills are not functioning properly, a child may experience :
Excessive eye rubbing
Tired eyes, sore eyes or general fatigue
Red eyes, itchy eyes or "crusty" eyelids
As a parent, be alert for school-related difficulties that may indicate your child has a vision or visual processing problem:
Losing place while reading
Difficulty copying from the board
Avoiding close work
Holding reading material closer than normal
Turning or tilting head to use one eye only while reading
Making frequent reversals when reading or writing
Using finger to maintain place when reading
Omitting or confusing small words when reading
Consistently performing below potential
Here are some tips to make your child's optometric examination a positive experience:
Make the appointment for a time of day when your child is usually alert
Allow about one hour
Talk about the examination in advance and encourage your child's questions
Explain the examination in your child's terms, comparing the E chart to a puzzle, and the instruments to flashlights and a kaleidoscope
If it turns out your child needs glasses, you can be assured we will use the safest, most shatter-resistant lens materials. We carry a variety of children's eyewear, so your child can choose a durable, stylish frame he or she really likes.
See what Bill Nye the Science Guy says about Kids' Vision on YouTube.
Dr. Carroll, Dr. Wells and Dr. Lahiff believe so much in Children's eyecare, you should see what they are doing now. For the 24th year our doctors will be performing a free vision screening for all students who attend Head Start. We are big proponents of preschool experiences. It builds academic and social skills that children can build on. Because over 80% of learning is associated with vision, early detection of vision and medical eye conditions is important. In this age group the detection of amblyopia (lazy eye) is paramount. If detected and treated early in life most cases of amblyopia (lazy eye) have good outcomes.
Many patients are confused by the differences in eye examinations and their costs. Why are some eye examinations hundreds of dollars while others are less than fifty dollars? The difference is that one doctor provides you with a several hundred dollar eye examination and the other doctor gives you a fifty dollar eye examination.
EYESIGHT EYECARE are services related to obtaining a glasses or contact lens prescription. While valuable, alone these services are limited. Because this is basic care, fees are generally less. One often finds EYESIGHT CARE services in malls or department stores.
MEDICAL EYECARE includes eyesight eyecare with additional in-depth testing for diseases of the eye and diseases of the body that may affect the eye. To provide medical eyecare, doctors must be thorough and use state of the art technology. Medical eyecare has been compared to a full service – vs - self-service gas station.
Patients with vision problems may have hidden eye or body diseases that affects their vision. These patients require multiple tests to monitor their eye and body health thus ensuring that they do not lose their sight, become disabled from vision loss, or have a condition that may be life threatening .
SIGNS OR RISK OF POTENTIAL EYE DISEASE
•Sudden painless loss of vision
•Painful loss of vision
•Slow loss of vision
•Mission areas of side vision
•Temporary loss of vision in one or both eyes
•Broken blood vessel on eye
•Flashes of light
•Extreme light sensitivity
•Bulging eye (s)
•Gritty burning eyes
If you have a medical eye or body condition you need medical eyecare not just eyesight eyecare. This will ensure that you will have maximum VISION for as long as you live.
INSURANCE benefits for medical eyecare are billable to most companies, including Medicare. Some insurance companies offer EYESIGHT eyecare benefits for eyeglasses and contact lenses.
Patients seeking eyecare can be confused about what insurance they should use for their eye examination. If you need eyeglasses or contact lenses you would use your vision benefits. If you have a disease of your eye such as cataracts or body diseases such as diabetes you use your medical benefits.
Often patients use both vision (eyeglasses and contact lenses) and medical (disease) benefits when seeking eyecare. In some cases, unless a visit is vision or life threatening, patients receive vision eyecare first and are rescheduled for their medical eyecare.