Comprehensive Eye Exams
Regular eye exams are an invaluable tool in maintaining healthy eyes by detecting and preventing disease in both adults and children. Some diseases develop slowly without causing pain or vision loss. Early detection of any problems can reduce the risk of further harm and allow for a choice of treatment options. Part of your exam includes the following procedures: Vision Check, Eye Pressure Check, Slit Lamp Examination, Dilated Eye Exam, Refraction for Glasses & Contact Lenses and Glaucoma Screening Testing as well as a series of other computerized tests to determine the health of your eyes.
Contact Lens Examinations
Thanks to the advances in optical technology, almost everyone is a candidate for contact lens use. This includes patients with astigmatism and also those who prefer bifocal or multifocal lenses. At Excel Eye Care of Texas, we offer a comprehensive array of contact lenses to suit each individual patient's needs. We offer daily disposables, extended wear soft lenses to gas permeable contact lenses. We offer regular and custom lens service for both healthy and difficult to fit patients.
Pediatric Eye Care
We take pride in maintaining the vision of our younger patients in an environment that is lighthearted and fun. We want to insure the good sight, vision, and eye health for the rest of your child's life and take a preventative approach to his/her general health and eye health. We will work with your child's primary care physician to help keep his/her eyes healthy. It is important that all of our pediatric patients have healthy and efficient visual systems to help make the visual demands of learning in school easier. All eye exams for children 12 months and under are free.
As we all know with the advancing technology, many patients are candidates to have their vision surgically corrected with corneal refractive surgery (LASIK or PRK). We offer surgery through co-managed care to allow you the convenience of efficient and timely pre- and post-operative visits at our office, instead of the typically longer wait times at surgical clinics. This process includes a LASIK-specific examination at Excel Eye Care of Texas, discussion of the best surgery and surgeon for your eyes, coordinated care with your surgeon of choice, followed by post-operative check-ups at our office.
Glaucoma Diagnosis and Management
Glaucoma, the leading cause of blindness and visual impairment in the United States, is an eye disease that can lead to a permanent loss of vision. We provide diagnostic and treatment options for glaucoma care. Glaucoma generally provides no warning signs or symptoms of disease, making testing an important part of a full vision exam. For those who require treatment options, there are many, including topical eye drop self-administration, laser treatment, which can be utilized for precise, quick healing, and more advanced surgical options, for those difficult and advanced cases of glaucoma.
Diabetic Eye Care
Dr. Hopkin has extensive experience evaluating and treating patients with diabetic eye disorders. Diabetic retinopathy is a disorder of the lining of the back of the eye called the retina. The retina functions like the film of a camera and allows images to be focused and transmitted to the brain. The vasculature is affected by diabetes and can result in blindness if retinopathy goes undetected. Two types of retinopathy develop form diabetes, background and proliferative. The background type results in swelling of the very center of the retina and can lead to loss of sight. Proliferative retinopathy is a more serious condition which may require laser and/or intraocular treatment.
Treatment of Eye Infections and Trauma
Eye trauma and infections are conditions which need to be treated as soon as possible to avoid further injury or complications. It is our goal to diagnose and treat these injuries, provide home care instructions and follow up visits to ensure proper healing and proper restoration of function and vision.
The usual symptoms of dry eyes include stinging or burning, scratchiness or gritty and sandy feeling, stringy mucus, excess irritation from smoke or wind, discomfort when wearing contact lenses and even tearing.
Dry eye may be caused by decreased tear production which often happens as we age and is most common in women especially after menopause. Poor quality tears due to an abnormality of any of the three layers of the natural tears can cause symptoms of dryness.
It may also be associated with many of the autoimmune or collagen vascular diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or Sjogrens syndrome. It may also be present in some types of thyroid disease and as side effects of some common medications.
Diagnosis of the condition is made by taking into account both the history and findings on the exam. This may include measuring the tear production or looking for signs of dryness on the surface of the eye. Treatment may include replacement of the natural tears with lubricating artificial tears or prescription drops which help to produce more and better quality natural tears. Other treatments may include methods to keep your own tears in contact with the eye for longer periods of time, adding certain supplements to your diet and avoiding certain environmental situations which can worsen the drying effects of the tears.