Optometry Office News & Updates

Lindsay The Seeing Eye Dog Has Been Placed!

We are pleased to announce that our sweet Lindsay has been placed with her human!  Lindsay is Dr. Lukaszek’s 6th seeing eye dog she has trained and is currently training her 7th.  Lindsay will forever be a member of the Suburban Eye Institute family and we could not be more proud of her!

Lindsay in her Seeing Eye harness!

 

 

 

Use It Or Lose It!

As we approach the end of 2018 we wanted to send out a friendly reminder to everyone, do not forget to use your benefits before the year is over! Spots are limited this time of year with the rush of people trying to get their eye exams in and their FSA or HSA used up before the year is over! We want to make sure everyone can be seen in a timely fashion so they don’t lose out on their benefits for the year!! Call our office as soon as possible to make an appointment with one of our doctors!!

Here is a list of the insurances we currently participate with:
-Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield (most plans)
-Aetna (specific doctors only)
-Medicare (with or without supplements)
-Qualcare (most plans)
-PVCN (discount plan)

We also accept FSA and HSA cards as forms of payment as well!!

**THIS DOES NOT GUARANTEE PAYMENT FROM INSURANCE COMPANIES, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR INSURANCE TO FIND OUT YOUR EXACT BENEFITS**

**Unfortunately we DO NOT participate with any SEPARATE VISION PLANS. If you have a separate vision plan through any of these companies the visit will need to be paid out of pocket and submitted to the insurance company independently.**

Why Do I Need The Visual Field Test?

A Look At The Visual Fields Test

In the 50 years our practice has been open, the question our technicians and staff get most often is, “Why do I need this test?”.  Today we would like to take a minute and explain to you the importance of our most common screening test, the visual field (or as it is more commonly known as “the video game test”).  This screening is part of the standard of care set by the doctors in our practice. Patients that come to our practice for their annual exam get the visual field screening as part of the exam. This test is very important in the diagnosis, early intervention, and treatment of many common ocular diseases such as Glaucoma and Cataracts. While the visual field can be used early on to detect changes due to Glaucoma and monitor the progression of Cataracts, it can also be used to diagnose neurological conditions such as brain tumors, strokes, and aneurysms.

Glaucoma is known as “the silent killer of eyesight” because in most cases there is no pain or symptoms associated with the condition until the patient notices a loss of vision. If it is left untreated, Glaucoma begins to effect a patients peripheral visual field. If it remains untreated, it will continually decrease the patients usable central field of vision. The visual field screening is used as one of the initial tests to assist clinicians in early diagnosis of Glaucoma. For those patients who have been diagnosed and treated for Glaucoma, we use a more in depth version of the visual field test to track the peripheral visual field more closely. This in depth version is used to monitor and track potential changes to the patients usable visual field before and during the treatment process. Our doctors do this to make sure there are no major changes that would need to be addressed within the prescribed treatment.

Visual field screenings can also be used to monitor the progress of Cataract growth. They are an excellent early detection tool, as well as a key component in monitoring these previously diagnosed conditions. For this reason our doctors have found it imperative to make visual field screenings part of our standard of care.

As we approach the end of 2017 we wanted to send out a friendly reminder to everyone, do not forget to use your benefits before the year is over! Spots are limited this time of year with the rush of people trying to get their eye exams in and their FSA or HSA used up before the year is over! We want to make sure everyone can be seen in a timely fashion so they don’t lose out on their benefits for the year!! Call our office as soon as possible to make an appointment with one of our doctors!!

Here is a list of the insurances we currently participate with:
-Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield (most plans)
-Aetna (specific doctors only)
-Medicare (with or without supplements)
-Qualcare (most plans)
-PVCN (discount plan)

We also accept FSA and HSA cards as forms of payment as well!!

**THIS DOES NOT GUARANTEE PAYMENT FROM INSURANCE COMPANIES, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR INSURANCE TO FIND OUT YOUR EXACT BENEFITS**

**Unfortunately we DO NOT participate with any SEPARATE VISION PLANS. If you have a separate vision plan through any of these companies the visit will need to be paid out of pocket and submitted to the insurance company independently.**

Complete Solar Eclipse August 21st 2017

Don’t Get Caught Unprepared!  You do not want to miss this!

Image result for images of solar eclipse 2017

On August 21, for the first time in 26 years, the United States will experience a total solar eclipse! This is all very exciting right?? Well there are some things you should keep in mind while preparing to watch this amazing event. Check out this article provided by NASA on the eclipse and eye safety during the eclipse.

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)

Heidelberg’s Optical Coherence Tomographer (OCT) at Suburban Eye Institute

This month we are going to take a look at a piece of equipment called an Optical Coherence Tomographer (OCT) which was brought in to the office last May.  This instrument is used on patients who have conditions that can affect the retina and optic nerve.  The entire staff is pleased to bring this new piece of technology into the practice for our patients.

An OCT is a non-invasive test that takes images of the retina and optic nerve. While an OCT is similar to an ultrasound, these instruments use light to take cross section images of the retina; whereas an ultrasound uses sound to take the images.  The images taken with an OCT allow the doctors to map out and monitor the thickness of each of the retinal layers. The images obtained during the test are used to monitor Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), Glaucoma, and other Diabetic Eye Diseases.

Furthermore OCT testing allows doctors to track and monitor changes to the fibers of the optic nerve for glaucoma patients . Therefore, patients with these conditions will return to the office several times in between their regularly scheduled eye exams to monitor the progression of their treatment plans. In addition, doctors can track and compare the results of progression and treatment over time as shown in the image below.

Results of OCT Performed on the Optic Nerve Head of a Glaucoma Patient.

A question patients often ask is if an OCT can be performed without having to dilate their eyes. This is up to the doctor and patient to decide.  A proper OCT image cannot be captured if the pupil is too constricted.  Therefore, a dilation will allow the pupil to open more, allowing optimal light to get through for the images. However, if the doctor does decide to dilate the patient for the test, the dilation can cause light sensitivity and up close vision may be blurry for several hours after the exam.

Finally, OCT testing requires very little effort from the patient.  The only thing patients need to do is look where the technician asks them to look and sit as still as possible. The technician and the instrument will do the rest of the work.  This makes the testing quick and painless for the patient.  To conclude the testing process, all of results are sent to the doctor for a final review.  These final images will allow the doctor to determine the patients prognosis and continued treatment plan.  Also, when the patient does return for their next follow up visit the doctor is able to compare the newest results to the previous visit.  This will allow the doctors to see if the patients condition is progressing, allowing for a more accurate and proactive treatment plan.

 

For the doctors specific appointment hours please give our office a call. We will be happy to find an appointment time that fits into your busy schedules. Don’t forget to keep checking in on our webpage and our Facebook page for the most up-to-date information!

https://www.facebook.com/suburbaneyeinstitute

 

Dr. Laura Lukaszek: Monday – Thursday

Dr. Brian Mackey: Tuesday & Thursday – Saturday

Dr. Brenda Lynly: Monday & Wednesday

Our Orthokeratology Program

Orthokeratology Program at Suburban Eye Institute

Topographer - Suburban Eye Institute
This is the topographer we use to map the surface of the cornea for our Orthokeratology Program.

This month we would like to take a quick look at how Orthokeratology works. Orthokeratology is a less invasive therapy that is used as an alternative to LASIK. This is a non-surgical process that allows patients to break free from their dependence on glasses and daytime contact lenses. This program can also be performed starting at a young age. At the end of this article we will also answer three of our most frequently asked questions.

How It Works:

Orthokeratology uses specially designed and patient specific lenses to gently reshape the cornea while the patient is sleeping. When the patient removes the lenses the next morning they are able to go about their day free of glasses or contact lenses. To determine candidacy, patients will need a consultation with the doctor. At this visit the doctor will perform a basic eye exam.  (It is recommended that patients have one every year to be sure their eyes are healthy.) The doctor will then perform tests and measurements that will be necessary later to determine if the patient is an appropriate candidate for the Orthokeratology program. Each exam, pair of lenses, and treatment program is patient specific. Each customized program is performed with the end goal of providing the patient with sharp, clear, and natural vision all day long.

Equipment:

Our office has all of the equipment necessary to participate in the Orthokeratology program. The piece of equipment used most often for our Orthokeratology patients is our Topographer. Topography is a non invasive way to look at the surface of the cornea. It is also one of the ways the doctor determines whether or not the patient is a candidate.  The results show how much correction the candidate will need to complete the program. These measurements will also help the doctor to determine the customized prescription lenses for each patient’s individual case.

Orthokeratology is reversible if the patient stops wearing the lenses as prescribed by the doctor. Many have found it to be an excellent and less invasive alternative to LASIK.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1.  Question: “Will Orthokeratology be covered by my insurance?”
    Answer: No, like LASIK, Orthokeratology is an elective procedure and will not be covered by most insurance companies. However, we do accept FSA and HSA accounts and patients are more than welcome to use them to pay for this program.
  2. Question: “Does Orthokeratology hurt?”
    Answer: No, this program is virtually painless. There is a break in period when the patients first begins wearing the lenses. Much like when you buy a new pair of shoes, the patient might have an awareness of the lens itself in their eye if they are thinking about it. There will be no sensation of physical changes to the cornea itself. Our goal is that the patient will notice visual improvements as soon as the lenses are removed from their eyes.
  3. Question: “How long does the Orthokeratology Program take to correct my vision to 20/20?”
    Answer: The answer to this is case specific.  Most patients should notice a marked difference in their vision within the first couple of days in the program. After that, the vision should gradually improve over the next couple of weeks until patients have reached their optimal vision as determined by the doctor.

 

All of our doctors are CRT Certified.

They can all be found on www.ortho-k.net or

http://www.paragonvision.com/consumer/find-a-doctor

 

For the doctors specific appointment hours please give our office a call. We will be happy to find an appointment time that fits into your busy schedules. Don’t forget to keep checking in on our webpage and our Facebook page for the most up-to-date information!

Dr. Laura Lukaszek: Monday – Thursday

Dr. Brian Mackey: Tuesday & Thursday – Saturday

Dr. Brenda Lynly: Monday & Wednesday