The VISION & EYE MEDICAL DIAGNOSTIC LASER CENTER specializes in glaucoma and diabetic eye medical management. We provide many levels of service for your total eyecare needs. Whether you have diabetes and need to be followed closely for diabetic retinopathy or whether you just have a little trouble seeing to read the newspaper, we can provide you with outstanding service. Maybe you just need to have a prescription filled from another office… we will be glad to help you with that as well. Your extraordinary satisfaction is a priority.
Laser Vision Correction
We keep up-to-date on all the latest developments in laser vision correction and other corrective surgical approaches. We offer a free consultation to determine if you are a candidate for laser vision correction. Dr. Duke will talk with you about the pros and cons of laser surgery. He will also cover your options such as Intraocular Contact Lenses, Wavefront LASIK, Surgical Reversal of Presbyopia, and more. Our goal is for you to make a well-informed decision about corrective surgery. Once you have made your decision to proceed with surgery, Dr. Duke can provide pre-operative as well as post-operative evaluations and follow-up.
Eye Exams for Children
We can’t express enough how important it is to have your child’s eye development checked by a thorough eye exam. The recommended age for your child’s first eye exam is between the ages of 6 months and 2 years old. That may sound very young and you may ask how in the world we check their eyes that young. From birth to 6 years old is known as the critical period of development. At that time your child’s eyes are forming connections in the brain which will determine how well your child sees for the rest of his life. If there are any problems with an eye turning even slightly or blurred vision in one eye, the brain will shut that eye off ignoring its development. If it is not found before the age of 5, your child may never see well with that eye no matter what is done after that. That is what we call amblyopia or “lazy eye”. Someone with amblyopia will not have good depth perception if any at all. What that means for your child is trouble in many activities such as catching a ball, hitting a ball, walking down uneven steps safely, and judging distances while driving (later of course) just to name a few. Many jobs require accurate depth perception that will eliminate someone without that ability…. someone with amblyopia. It has been reported that as many as 70% of pediatricians miss detecting amblyopia in children, so it is important to have a comprehensive eye exam for your child before 2 years of age. The best news we can give you is that your child’s eyes are developing normally. It’s a great feeling to know that your child has the vision skills required to do well when he starts school. For more information on pediatric vision care visit the website of the American Optometric Association.
Eye Exams for Adults
Many people feel that if they see well, they don’t need an eye exam. The truth is many eye diseases that eventually lead to blindness have no early symptoms to let you know something is wrong. Waiting for symptoms could mean irreversible loss of vision. There is no substitute for early detection and treatment of diseases such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy which may have no early symptoms. So even if you see “20/20”, you will benefit from a thorough eye exam every 12 to 24 months. Our adult eye exam covers your vision as well as your eye health. If problems are detected, early treatment may keep you seeing for the rest of your life. So, don’t take chances with your eyes when a hour of your time with advanced eye medical testing every year is all that is needed.
Contact Lens Fitting and Evaluation
In addition to an eye exam, you may want to be evaluated and fit with contact lenses. Dr. Duke is a Contact Lens Specialist Contact lenses is one of the areas in which he excels. Since he keeps up with the latest developments in contact lens designs, he can provide you with most up-to-date contacts on the market today. Visit our section on contacts for more information on the types of contact lenses available.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Eye Diseases
As mentioned above many eye diseases have no early symptoms. So it is important to have your eyes checked every 12 to 24 months. Dr. Duke is capable of diagnosing and treating many eye diseases. For specific questions on eye diseases, we would be more than happy to set up a consultation with Dr. Duke for you. He loves talking with people, listening to them, and helping them get the most from their visit. Sometimes that may require a referral to a specialist in a certain area such as retinology, neurology, cardiology, or endocrinology just to name a few. It may require further specialized testing such as a threshold visual field, nerve fiber layer analysis with laser diagnostics, blood sugar analysis, CT-Scan, or MRI for example. You can rest assured that Dr. Duke will use the full range of his expertise, experience, and resources to find an answer to your questions.
Diagnosis and Treatment for Dry Eyes
There have been some wonderful advances in the area of dry eye treatment over the past few years. One of the best options currently for severe dry eyes is the use of punctal plugs. These are tiny plugs that slow the flow of tears from your eyes allowing your natural tears to lubricate your eyes instead of having to repeatedly instill artificial tears throughout the day. For more information on this technology visit the Eagle Vision Website.
One of the most scary things that can happen is trauma to your eyes. Should that happen, Dr. Duke is on call for emergency care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. He can treat many traumas including the following:
- Chemical Burns
- Welding Flash Burns
- Foreign Bodies such as metal, sawdust, etc.
Dr. Duke can remove foreign bodies in the office. Removal of the object is done under a biomicroscope with topical local anesthetic. After removal, Dr. Duke will usually apply a patch with antibiotic ointment and see you back the next day. Since a patch will most likely be applied, you may want to bring someone with you who can drive you back home.
We are privileged to provide Nursing Home care to twenty-eight facilities in northeast Oklahoma. Our goal is to bring the utmost in patient care to those who are unable to come to us. By taking some of our office equipment to the facilities, we are able to provide state of the art care to your loved ones. Patients receive care, not only for their vision, but also for glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, dry eyes and much more.