We truly believe in routine eye examinations so that you can see as clearly as possible. Once you have to get glasses or contacts, it is even more important to watch the health of your eyes. You also need routine checks to ensure your prescription has not changed.
To ensure good eye health and vision, we are very proud to offer the following services:
Comprehensive Eye Exams
On average, we recommend scheduling an appointment once every two years to ensure your eyes are remaining healthy. If you have been diagnosed with an eye condition, however, we recommend scheduling an appointment once or twice a year depending on the severity.
During your appointment, we will review your patient history, visual acuity, perform preliminary tests, and evaluate your eyes’ overall health.
There are many different styles, shapes, and materials to choose from when picking out the best frames for your lenses. This can sometimes be an overwhelming and difficult decision, but at Niwot Vision, we are happy to help you find the best frames for your specific wants and needs. Although frames are primarily a style choice, they are also affected by prescription strength. High-index prescriptions may limit which frames can support your lenses, but our friendly opticians are happy to help you find the right solution!
Frame material is also an important choice that needs to be made when choosing your frames. For our patients with metal allergies, we offer several options in alternative frame materials such as plastic or acetate. Since plastic and acetate frames are generally not adjustable, it is crucial to get the proper fit. Stainless steel frames are also an option as it tends to be less irritating than other metals for those with sensitive skin. Titanium is another alternative, and they are incredibly lightweight as well as durable and hypoallergenic.
Vision rehabilitation is a service that can restore function after vision loss. It is just like physical therapy but for your eyes. Vision rehabilitation will allow people who have recently lost their vision or have low vision to continue to live normally and maintain their regular daily routine.
There may be many different parts of a vision rehabilitation session. Some of these include assessing and evaluating your needs and what your routine was like prior to your vision loss. Some others include teaching adaptive independent living skills, utilizing community support services, facilitating psychosocial adjustment to vision loss, and record keeping.
Concussion / TBI Vision Exam
A traumatic brain injury often affects a person’s vision. Most often, it can affect an individual’s ability to tolerate bright lights, and causes difficulty with reading and computer work, and tolerating busy visual environments. These issues can affect a person’s ability to successfully return to school, work, and sports. Vision problems are common after a TBI; between 40-60% of people who have visual symptoms and are referred to a developmental optometrist are found to have visual dysfunction as a result of their injury.
At Niwot Vision, we have a traumatic brain injury residency trained optometrist who treats our patients and oversees the vision rehabilitation. We believe this is the best mode of practice for treating patients suffering from visual dysfunction. The visual system is complex, and multiple factors need to be taken into consideration when developing a treatment plan, including, ocular health, refraction, visual motor and visual perceptual function. Very often patients have several issues affecting their visual function and these all need to be addressed concurrently. Lenses, prisms, filters, and tints can often be prescribed which can be a major help for a patient suffering from visual symptoms.
Neuro-Optometric Vision Rehabilitation
Neuro-Optometric Vision Rehabilitation is a sequential process by which the visual system is able to be rehabilitated through neuroplasticity. Using paper and pencil as well as dynamic computer programs we are able to improve the accuracy of eye movements on the two- and three-dimensional plane. Using increasing powers of lens and prisms we are able to build flexibility back into the visual system, so that the patient can adapt to difference focal points. These are just some of the treatment goals of NVR.
Neuro-Optometric Vision Rehabilitation is also used to treat patients with persistent dizziness and balance problems. Often patients who suffer from vestibular disorders such as Meniere’s disease, BPPV, vestibular neuritis benefit from Neuro-Optometric Vision Rehabilitation. If you or someone you know has a vestibular disorder and are experience symptoms of dizziness and nausea with reading, computer work, driving, or being in bright and visually stimulating environments, please contact us.
Contact Lens Examination
The field of optometry changes quickly, and now many more patients are able to enjoy the flexibility of wearing contact lenses to correct their vision. Computer Vision This allows us to schedule the extra time required for contact lens fitting or prescription updates.
Scheduling your general eye exam and your contact lens exam for the same visit will save you time and money. Performing these exams at different locations or with different optometrists can lead to repeated tests and additional fees.
Our contact lens exams include questions about your lifestyle and the various options available to you. There are a variety of contact lenses on the market that can be changed at different frequencies: daily, weekly, monthly. Rigid gas permeable (RGP or GP) contact lenses are an option that often provide sharper vision than traditional soft lenses. Bifocal contact lenses are an option to correct vision issues that develop with age (presbyopia). So is monovision, which is a special technique where one eye corrects for distance vision and the other eye corrects for near vision. Some contacts even allow you to change eye color.