Laser Correction

Our office is equipped with the Humphreys Atlas Corneal Topographer and Ultrasonic Pachymetry to measure the thickness of your cornea. These two high tech instruments are crucial to determine Laser Vision Correction (LVC) suitability and to provide proper follow-up care. We will coordinate your LVC with one of the top LASIK surgeons in the country.

Pre-operative and post-operative visits can be performed conveniently in our office,both Dr. West and Angela Burkett, our office manager, had LVC. We are both enjoying freedom from glasses or contact lenses and an improved quality of life! We want our patients to have the best surgical outcomes possible!  Visit www.carolinacataract.com for more info.

Eye Exams

COMPREHENSIVE EYE EXAM includes a routine vision and eye health examination.  This examination is designed to detect a wide range of problems affecting vision function, such as blurred vision or eye discomfort.

Evaluations for eye health disorders are also performed.  The American Optometric Association recommends that all people should have a periodic, comprehensive eye examination every one to two years depending on ones particular needs.

Here at our office we incorporate computerized technology to assist the evaluation of spectacle prescriptions, peripheral vision, intraocular pressure, and eye health.  Examinations include tests for glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and the ocular effects of many general health disorders such as diabetes, high blood pressure, as well as effects of medications.

A dilated pupil examination allows us to provide the best assessment of eye health.

Optical Frames & Lenses

At Dr. Caryn M. West & Associates, PC, we are happy to recommend the latest in lens and frame technology. We strive to customize a lens and frame selection for you that will optimize your vision while creating a unique look. We are excited to work with high prescriptions and are eager to combine our optical knowledge and experience with premium products to give you the thinnest, lightest, and most attractive eyewear.  Come see what we can do to optimize your vision and maximize your comfort and appearance. We offer the following premium products, services, and guarantee: 

WIDE SELECTION OF FRAMES IN ALL PRICE RANGES LISTED ARE JUST A FEW OF THE BRANDS WE HAVE IN STOCK:

 *Lily Pulitzer  * DAKOTA SMITH * HICKEY FREEMAN  FAVORITE CHILDREN & TWEENS FRAMES FROM:   * BABIATORS  * GUESS  * LIBERTY SPORT RX AND NON-RX POLARIZED SUNWEAR * FIT-OVERS   CUSTOMIZED POLARIZED CLIP-ONS  * BABIATORS   *Port Royale  *Cafe  *Laura Ashley *Vera Bradley  *Cashmere  *Elizabeth Arden  *Badgley Mischka *Icecream  *IZODS *XXL  *BMW  *Cole Haan *Ducks Unlimited  *Perry Ellis *Bill Blass  *Greg Norman *Turbo Flex  *Crocs

LATEST LENS TECHNOLOGY  * PHYSIO DRX * DEFINITY PROGRESSIVE LENSES * ESSILOR COMPUTER LENSES * ASPHERIC LENSES   * POLYCARBONATE LENSES * HIGH INDEX LENSES * NON-GLARE LENSES * UV PROTECTION * TRANSITIONS * SPORTS EYEWEAR  * OCCUPATIONAL AND HOBBY EYEWEAR

WE ALSO OFFER A 30 DAY 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE, FREE RE-EXAMINATIONS IF YOU EXPERIENCE DIFFICULTY ADJUSTING TO YOUR RX, FREE REPAIRS, FREE EYEWEAR SERVICE PLAN AND A  2 YEAR BREAKAGE AND SCRATCH PROTECTION PLAN DEPENDING ON EYEWEAR PURCHASED.

*We have a wide range in pricing to get you the best quality lenses for you specialized needs*

Contact Lenses

Dr. West enthusiastically incorporates new contact lens technology to bring you healthy, comfortable, convenient contact lens wear with optimized vision. Rapid advances in contact lens materials and designs are expanding the number of people who can successfully wear contact lenses.

Most contact lens prescriptions are available the day of your contact lens examination. My staff and I will guide you through the fitting process whether you are a first time, established, previously unsuccessful, or challenging fit. Advanced contact lens technology combined with experience, sophisticated examining instrumentation, and a genuine interest in helping you achieve your goals is the key to your success with contact lens wear.

These are some of the things our contact lens patients tell us they enjoy the most about our practice:

    Price Match Guarantee.  We are confident that we can offer you competitive pricing on year supply purchases with other local retailers, including big box low price leaders.  Contact lenses covered by a Unilateral Price Policy will always be priced at minimum allowed price.

    We Make Manufacturer’s Rebates Easy.  Our expert team is passionate about helping you get every rebate possible.  It’s simple…we do the work for you.

    Order from Us Online 24/7.  Our pricing is competitive with major online vendors.

    Free Shipping.  We offer free shipping to your home or work.  Most orders received in 5 business days.  Express shipping available for $13.95.

    Emergency Replacement Lenses.  Miscalculated and out of lenses?  We offer emergency replacement lenses as an exclusive service for those patients who buy from us.

    Easy Exchanges.  We want you to be 100% satisfied with your contact lenses.  We are happy to exchange damaged lenses or unused lenses if your power changes.

    We are just a phone call or secure message away.  If you have questions or concerns, you can call or secure message us.  We know your eyes
 
    We are your eye care experts!  We care about you and your eyes.  We value your business.

If you are considering trying contact lenses, we would love to help you experience the freedom of seeing without glasses or surgery!

           Thank you for trusting us to care for your eyes!

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Low Vision Services

We are committed to offering innovative solutions to the visually impaired to improve their quality of life and independence. Often, simple assistive devices or minor modifications to daily life can reduce the effects of vision loss, and improve a personal quality of life.

WHAT IS A VISUAL IMPAIRMENT?
Reduced central and / or side vision that can't be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, or surgery. You can still see something and with the help of vision aids, you can still be independent.

WHAT CAUSES A VISUAL IMPAIRMENT?
Visual impairments can be caused by an injury, birth defect, or disease. Common eye diseases that cause loss of sight are macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and cataracts.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
The symptoms of a visual impairment vary depending on the cause of the vision loss.

Symptoms can include:
    * Blank spots, dark spots or wavy lines in the center of your vision
    * Blurred, hazy or cloudy vision
    * Double Vision
    * Loss of side (peripheral) vision

INNOVATIVE VISION REHABILITATION SOLUTIONS

THE PEBBLE: DO YOU NEED HELP SIGNING CHECKS OR READING  LABELS, NEWSPAPER, ADDRESSES, PHONE NUMBERS? THE PEBBLE MAY BE YOUR SOLUTION!

THE MERLIN: DO YOU NEED HELP READING SMALL PRINTS YOUR BIBLE, MAGAZINES, CROSSWORD PUZZLES? THE MERLIN MAY BE YOUR SOLUTION!

THE MAXTV: DO YOU NEED HELP WATCHING TV? THE MAXTV MAY BE YOUR SOLUTION!

Eye Disease Management

WHATS NEW IN DRY EYE & ALLERGY MANAGEMENT?

25% of all visits to eye care professionals are due to dry or allergic eyes. About 75 million Americans suffer from dry eye symptoms on a regular or occasional basis. In addition, approximately 1/3 of dry eye patients also suffer from allergic conjunctivitis. About half of all adults suffer from allergies and about 80% of allergy sufferers who take medication experience swollen eyelids and/or itchy, watery, red eyes. We take your complaints seriously and we are armed with the latest treatments.

RESTASIS is the first available prescription treatment for chronic dry eyes due to decreased tear production. It works by increasing the production of your eyes own tears. Artificial tears do not increase tear production. Learn more about retasis.

TEAR DUCT CLOSURE  

SmartPlug:  Temporary closure of the tear duct (punctal canal) is accomplished by inserting a tiny PUNCTUM PLUG (like a sink stopper) to prevent tear drainage.  This allows your own tears to bathe your eye for a longer period of time.  In about one week this plug will dissolve and wash away with your tears.  You and your doctor can then evaluate the benefits of tear duct closure for you.

Long-term closure of the tear drainage ducts involves the use of non-dissolvable, yet removable, plug to seal the tear duct.  This non-surgical procedure is painless and takes only a few minutes in your doctor's office.

RELIEF from the discomfort of dry eyes may be immediate for some patients, while for others relief may be more gradual.  Artifical tears may be used in conjunction with punctal plugs for severe cases of Dry Eye.

BETTER DIABETIC AND HYPERTENSIVE EYE CARE

Diabetes and other vascular diseases can cause damage to the blood vessels in the back of the eye (retina) resulting in blood leakage and other changes. If left untreated, blindness can result. We offer the Optomap retinal exam to monitor you for diabetic retinopathy and Heidelberg retinal tomography to monitor you for diabetic macular edema. These are two of the most sophisticated instruments used to detect and monitor diabetic eye disease.

If you suffer from diabetes or hypertension, you should have your eyes checked as recommended by your eye care provider or at least yearly to maintain healthy eyes and good vision. Other factors that play a role in reducing your risk of developing diabetic eye disease include good systemic control of your diabetes and all associated conditions (hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, hyperlipidemia), proper diet and exercise, and not smoking. (www.diabetes.org)

THE LATEST IN GLAUCOMA DETECTION AND MANAGEMENT

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness affecting millions of people. Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes damage to the optic nerve, the pathway that carries the image to the brain. If left undetected and untreated, glaucoma can painlessly destroy your vision. Since most people with glaucoma experience no noticeable symptoms, a thorough eye examination is needed to detect glaucoma. If glaucoma is suspected during your eye examination, specialized testing will be recommended.

The Heidelberg retinal tomographer is used to precisely measure the size, depth, and shape of the optic nerve and may help to diagnose glaucoma years before symptoms become apparent to the patient. In addition, its especially useful at detecting changes over time to follow your progress.

Other tests that are commonly used to diagnose and/or manage glaucoma are ultrasonic pachymetry (measures the thickness of the front surface of the eye), gonioscopy (allows the doctor to view the drainage system of your eye), visual field testing (measures how well you see off all points of your retina and the optic nerve pathway), and tonometry (measures the internal eye pressure).

The key to controlling glaucoma is catching it early. Those at increased risk for glaucoma include the following:

    * Over age 35
    * African-American Heritage
    * Diabetes
    * Hypertension
    * Family History
    * Long-Term Steroid Treatment
    * Injury or Trauma to the Eye
    * Nearsightedness
    * Elevated Intraocular Pressure
    * Decreased Corneal Thickness
    * Enlarged Optic Nerve Cup

The best way to prevent vision loss from glaucoma is to know your risk factors and to have eye examinations as recommended by your eye care provider or yearly after age 35.

CATARACTS

What is a cataract?

When the normally clear lens within your eye becomes cloudy or opaque. Cataracts range from extremely small areas of cloudiness to large opaque areas that cause a noticeable loss of vision.

How are cataracts diagnosed?

A comprehensive eye examination includes biomicroscopy, a procedure that allows the doctor to view your lens with a specialized microscope and determine if you have a cataract forming.

How are cataracts treated?

If a cataract develops to a point that your daily activities are affected, we will schedule you an appointment with an eye surgeon who may recommend the surgical removal of the cataract. The surgery is generally performed in an out-patient surgery setting using local or topical anesthesia. After making a small incision, the surgeon will remove your clouded lens and typically replace it with an intraocular lens implant. A clear shield is placed on the eye for protection. Eye drops are generally needed a few days before and for several weeks after surgery.

What happens after cataract surgery?

You are typically seen in our office for several follow-up visits to monitor healing and prescribe your final glasses. We find that most patients are thrilled with their vision following cataract surgery!

SUDDEN ONSET OF SPOTS, FLOATERS, OR FLASHES

Almost everyone sees a few spots at one time or another. They occur more frequently and become more noticeable as you grow older. If you notice a sudden change in the number or size of the spots or see associated flashes of light, you should contact your eye care provider right away for an examination to be sure they are not the result of a more serious problem.

Drops will be put in your eyes to dilate your pupils so that I can examine the health of the inside of your eye. Special instruments, such as a biomicroscope and an indirect opthalmoscope will help me see the inside of your eyes and determine the cause of the spots.