At FocusVision, we strive to provide comprehensive, primary eye care for the whole family. Preventative and routine eye exams are important to maintaining good eye health. Often, eye and vision problems do not have obvious symptoms or signs, but are easily diagnosed by a licensed optometrist. By diagnosing eye and vision conditions early on, our optometrist is able provide treatment options and in many cases restore or prevent vision loss. The American Optometric Association recommends yearly or bi-yearly eye and vision exams, depending on whether you are at-risk or not.
No matter what you need we provide the eyecare service that you need to improve your vision health.
During an eye exam, Dr. Kevin Cottrell will ask you questions about any symptoms or issues you are experiencing, medications your are currently taking, any blurry vision, your work environment, and your overall health. Family history and previous eye or vision conditions will also be discussed during this part of the examination. Dr. Cottrell will consider this information when determining any treatments or recommendations.
Regular vision testing and evaluations ensure that you always have the clearest vision possible. Our Longmont optometrist provides regular vision acuity test as part of a comprehensive eye exam. Dr. Cottrell will measure how each eye is seeing by using a wall eye chart and a reading eye chart. The results of these tests are portrayed as a fraction, with 20/20 being the standard for normal distance and reading vision. Depending on the results of your vision test, Dr. Cottrell may prescribe corrective glasses, contacts, or eye exercises. Your eye exam in our Longmont office will be a pleasant and informative experience.
In addition to vision testing, an eye exam in our Longmont office includes testing eye functionality. Our optometrist performs several tests to evaluate depth perception, color vision, eye muscle capabilities, peripheral vision, and responsiveness to light. Several other simple tests are completed to determine whether the eyes are focusing, moving, and working together properly. The test results enable Dr. Cottrell to diagnose any underlying conditions that may be impairing the eyes ability to focus or work together.
New technologies are changing the field of contact lenses at an amazing rate. With the advent of new polymers and wearing schedules, almost everyone can enjoy the freedom, comfort, and convenience of contact lenses. After your examination, we will be happy to discuss contact lenses and, if applicable, offer you a trial pair to “test drive”.
At FocusVision, we strive to meet all of your eye and vision care needs. Corrective lens evaluations and prescription management are provided by our optometrist in Longmont. After a comprehensive eye and vision evaluation, Dr. Kevin Cottrell will discuss the variety of contact lens options with you to select the type that best fits your vision needs and lifestyle. If you suffer from dry eye, allergies, or recurring eye infections, speak with our staff to determine whether contact lenses are right for you.
At FocusVision, you are not just buying contact lenses- you are buying the expertise and competency of the doctor who’s prescribing them specifically for your needs.
Prior to prescribing contact lenses, Dr. Cottrell determines what level of vision correction you require. Refractive error (commonly known as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism depending on the error) is evaluated by measuring how the eyes focus when a series of different lenses are placed in front of them. An optometrist may use either a phoropter or an automated instrument to take these measurements
After determining the level of refractive error, Dr. Cottrell works with you to determine whether contact lenses or glasses are best for your lifestyle. If you suffer from certain conditions, such as dry eye or allergies, glasses may be the most comfortable corrective solution. Contact lenses are available in either soft or rigid gas permeable form. Contact lenses need to be changed daily, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, depending on what type of lens you select. Specialized contact lenses, such as multifocal/bifocal contact lenses are also available for patients looking to reduce their dependence on reading glasses and improve their near vision.
Squinting at computer, tablet, or mobile screens for hours at a time is a normal part of our lives in the 21st century. Unfortunately, eye problems associated with this activity are also on the rise. Even if you have never had eye problems before, you may have noticed computer vision syndrome symptoms after two or more hours of screen time.
- Blurry vision
- Eye strain and discomfort
- Dry, scratchy eyes
- Neck and/or shoulder pain
Even if your symptoms are mild, they can worsen and cause other vision problems if not addressed. Our optometrist, Dr. Cottrell, can help.
The severity and length of computer vision syndrome symptoms depends on how long you stare at the computer, your posture, lighting, glare, the angle of the monitor, and whether or not you have other diagnosed or undiagnosed vision problems. If you already suffer from astigmatism, farsightedness, presbyopia, aging eyes, and/or diabetic eye problems, your computer vision symptoms may worsen. This can even be the case if you already have prescription contacts or glasses. Many regular eyeglasses and contact lenses are not designed to deflect the problems caused by computer screens.
Dr. Cottrell will take your symptoms, pre-existing conditions, and potential undiagnosed conditions into account and help you with your computer vision needs.
We work closely with and refer to vision specialists for eye disease and surgery.
The field of ophthalmology includes multiple sub-specialties where an ophthalmologist can focus on treating and curing specific types of eye problems. This can make it easier to address specific needs of eye patients.
These ophthalmology sub-specialties include:
Cornea and External Disease: Diagnosing and treating diseases related to the cornea, sclera and eyelids are the primary focus of this specialty. Training within this specialty includes doing corneal transplant surgery and other types of corneal surgery.
Glaucoma: This specialty concentrates on medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma and other age related vision disorders that can create optic nerve damage through increased ocular pressure.
Neuro-ophthalmology: A nonsurgical specialty focused on diseases affecting the optic nerve and visual pathways. It deals with the relationship between neurologic and ophthalmic diseases and can be combined with eye and orbital surgery.
Ophthalmic Pathology: An ophthalmic pathologist examines tissue samples culled from the eye and adnexa in helping to diagnose eye diseases and vision problems.
Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery: With this specialty, the focus is on reconstructive surgery in facial and orbital areas. It can include complex surgeries on eyelids, orbits, certain facial bones, and the lacrimal system.
Pediatric Ophthalmology: This specialty focuses on dealing with vision problems and eye diseases affecting children. Pediatric ophthalmologists offer medical and surgical treatment of genetic ocular abnormalities and serious eye diseases before a patient reaches adulthood.
Vitreoretinal Diseases: Medical and surgical treatment of diseases affecting the retina and vitreous are the focus of this specialty. These diseases can be genetic and systemic in origin. A vitreoretinal ophthalmologist uses tools like ultrasound fluorescein, angiography and electrophysiology to make a diagnosis. From there, they treat vitreoretinal diseases through using such procedures as laser therapy, cryotherapy, retinal detachment surgery and vitrectomy.
Eyeglasses have been a traditional solution for correcting vision problems for many centuries. When contact lenses arrived on the scene, they offered a new practical solution for restoring vision. Now an increasing number of eye surgery options have displaced glasses or contacts as the only solutions for healthy vision.
Advanced technology has made it possible to reshape eyes and restore vision to healthy levels for many people from all walks of life. Surgical techniques and tools have rapidly evolved over the past two decades to create procedures that are both safe and helpful.
Corrective surgeries for eyes now include everything from using lasers to reshape the cornea surface to inserting artificial lenses. These procedures correct how light entering the eye is processed – leading to much sharper vision in patients.
The state of the cornea is a determining factor in these surgeries. Thinner corneas with a high degree of myopia, for example, usually require a more invasive surgery to reshape the eye surface enough to improve vision.
Types of Eye Surgeries
Laser correction surgeries offer a snapshot of evolution in eye surgeries. Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) became the first successful surgery to change the shape of the cornea through removing tissue. The FDA approved PRK in 1995 and it is still widely used early in the 21st Century. With PRK, it only takes a few days for vision improvements to be realized.
LASIK followed on the heels of PRK. It involves cutting a thin flap in the outer covering of the eye to reshape the cornea. Unlike PRK, it only takes a few hours to gain sharper vision with LASIK surgery. There is some risk of suffering dry eye and other complications such as halos around bright lights until the flap fully heals. LASIK can be done with the aid of a mechanical cutting tool, using all lasers or incorporating wavefront technology that measures how light hits the eye.
Nearsighted patients are not alone in benefiting from surgeries. Farsightedness can be corrected through Conductive Keratoplasty (CK). It uses a small probe and low heat radio waves to create spots around the cornea periphery. CK steepens the cornea to give patients better near vision.
Some eye surgeries require implanting new artificial lenses to produce vision improvements. Implantable lenses similar to contact lenses can correct more severe levels of nearsightedness. These artificial lenses go permanently over the natural lens on the eye. Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) takes it a step further and replaces the natural lens with an artificial lens of a different shape. RLE is done to correct extreme farsightedness.
Eye Surgery Considerations
Our eyes change as we age, so some corrective surgeries are not a good option for everyone. People under 18, for example, are not good candidates for laser eye surgeries because their eyes change rapidly as their bodies are growing.
Health also factors into eye surgeries. If you have diabetes or other medical conditions that impact eyesight, certain eye surgeries may pose serious risks.
LASIK EYE SURGERY
As an optometrist, Dr. Kevin Cottrell offers pre- and post-operative care for patients undergoing LASIK eye surgery or other eye surgical procedures. Our goal is to help you attain the clearest vision possible using advanced technologies.
Evaluation and Referral
LASIK (laser assisted in situ keratomileusis) surgery uses the latest advancements in technology to provide faster recovery times and precise results. LASIK surgery has been effective in treating myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and other eye conditions. At FocusVision, we provide evaluations and referrals for patients interested in LASIK surgery. Dr. Cottrell performs a complete review of your patient history as well as a full assessment of your eye health and vision. A current exam is important to determining if you are a candidate for LASIK surgery and if there are any other factors that may affect your results. The history review enables our optometrist to determine if your prescription is stable and you are healthy enough to consider surgery.
Once Dr. Cottrell has performed the evaluation and determined whether you are a candidate for LASIK, you will be given a referral to the LASIK surgery center we have worked with on an ongoing basis. The center will perform advanced diagnostic testing and will evaluate your eligibility for surgery. Various surgery options will be discussed with you if you are determined to be a surgical candidate. We will be in correspondence with the center regarding your evaluation and surgical determination. If you are considering LASIK surgery, call us at 303-776-1620 to schedule a consultation.
Once your surgery is scheduled, we will schedule follow-up appointments for you in our Longmont office. Typically, you will begin these follow-ups the day after the surgery and continue at prearranged times over the following six months. After 1 year, a full exam is recommended to determine the long-term results of your procedure. Dr. Cottrell is experienced in working with patients pre- and post-operation and will answer any questions that you have along the way. If you have questions about LASIK surgery, call 303-776-1620 to speak with our knowledgeable staff or email us.
Advantages of LASIK
If you have worn glasses or contact lenses for a long time, you may have wondered if LASIK surgery is a good choice for you. While not everyone is a candidate for LASIK, it does have some great advantages. People who play sports, have allergies, or who are looking for simplicity will all benefit from LASIK.
The American Optometric Association recommends that children should receive their first complete eye exam by age 4, or soon-er if symptoms are noticed, since 80% of what children learn is through vision.
Our caring staff makes the child’s visit a not-so-scary experience. We use special kid-friendly instruments to gather data on visual health, binocular function, and eye coordination…all of which are critical to learning. We only prescribe glasses when they are truly necessary, and we dispense high quality frames and lenses with kid-tough guarantees.
We also fit children and teenagers with con-tact lenses and teach them how to handle them safely. Our selection of children’s frames and sunglasses is excellent with lots of fun variety.
Immediate emergency services are provided to our patients. Should you need immediate attention for an eye emergency please contact our office at 303-776-1620.
If you are not able to reach us, please contact the local hospital emergency room at 303-651-5111. After assessing the extent of the injury or infection a treatment plan will be formulated and explained to you. Treatment may include medications and supportive care. Follow-up visits to monitor your recovery will be scheduled as needed.
In our continued efforts to bring the most advanced technology to our patients, we are proud to announce the inclusion of the Optomap Retinal Exam as an integral part of your exam today.
Our doctors are concerned about retinal problems including macular degeneration, glaucoma, floaters, retina holes or detachments, and systemic diseases such as diabetes, stroke, and high blood pressure. These conditions can lead to serious health problems, including partial loss of vision or blindness, and often develop without warning and progress with no symptoms. Many of these diseases do not even show symptoms; therefore, a yearly exam with Optomap Retinal Imaging is imperative in helping us find these issues. The sooner they are caught, the quicker your eye doctor can begin to maintain and treat them.
An Optomap Retinal Exam provides:
- An eye wellness scan
- An in-depth view of the retinal layers (where diseases can start)
- The ability for you to view your Optomap image at the time of your exam
- An annual, permanent record of your medical file, which gives doctors
- Comparisons for tracking and diagnosing potential eye disease
Digital retinal imaging is a quick, painless procedure for all ages that allows for early detection and treatment of diseases which have no symptoms in their early stages. Protect your vision…have digital retinal imaging annually as a part of your exam.
At FocusVision our doctor and support team are dedicated to caring for your vision and eye health. Our comprehensive vision services include examinations for patients from toddlers to seniors, as well as treating a wide variety of eye conditions, both minor and serious. All eye conditions can affect your sight and make changes to your lifestyle. Our goal is to diagnose and treat your eye conditions, getting you back to eye health and perfect vision as quickly and easily as possible.
Vision Eye Conditions
Some of the most common eye conditions directly affect your vision. You’re born with these conditions, but they generally don’t appear until some time later in life. When you come to see our eye doctor for an eye exam, he’ll be able to determine whether you have one of the many different vision eye conditions possible. The most common of them are nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. All three of these conditions can be successfully treated with either eyeglasses or contact lenses, both of which will correct your vision back to normal levels.
Eye Care for Conditions Due to Outside Factors
Not all eye conditions are congenital. A great many of them happen because of some outside factors. Many of our patients come in complaining of a variety of symptoms, and after a thorough eye exam, our optometrist can diagnose the particular condition that bothering them.
We work with patients on many conditions. The following are just a few:
- Myopia (Nearsighted)
- Hyperopia (Farsighted)
- Conjunctivitis (Eye infections)
- Dry Eye
- Retinal Issues
- Macular Degeneration
- Vision Problems
- Diabetic Eye Disease
- Computer Vision Syndrome
- Presbyopia (Age Related Near Vision Issues)
- Eye Trauma
- Corneal Abrasion