Keratoconus

Keratoconus

Keratoconus is a condition in which the cornea of the eye gradually thins and begins to bulge outward and become cone-shaped. This leads to progressive vision impairment, including blurred vision and increased sensitivity to glare and light. As keratoconus progresses, it can become difficult to read, drive, or perform other simple tasks. The condition affects an estimated 1 in 2,000 people. Most people with keratoconus are diagnosed in their teenage years or 20s. The condition often progresses for up to 20 years before finally stabilizing around middle age.

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Diagnosing Keratoconus:

One of the latest methods for diagnosing keratoconus involves corneal topography mapping. This test can be performed by our eye doctors. Corneal topography mapping measures the thickness of the cornea and creates a detailed map of the surface of the eye. This technology also makes it possible to categorize the severity of the disease.

Treatments for Keratoconus:

Early-stage keratoconus is typically treated with soft contacts or glasses. Frequent prescription altercations may be needed as the disease progresses. The contacts may also need to be switched from soft to rigid gas permeable to ensure adequate vision correction. Recent developments in contact lens technology have made the treatment of keratoconus a bit easier, specifically Scleral Contact Lenses. Scleral Contact Lenses cover the entire corneal service and rest on the sclera of the eye. Due to this larger form factor, they provide a more stable fit on the eye.

It is also important to note that advanced keratoconus may require surgical treatment. One surgical option involves inserting crescent-shaped rings into the cornea to correct its shape and improve vision. In cases where there is extensive corneal scarring and thinning, a corneal transplant, also known as a keratoplasty, may be required. This procedure replaces the damaged cornea with a cornea from a healthy donor.

At Performance Eyecare, we are committed to the early detection of different eye diseases by offering our patients the latest in diagnostic technology, including corneal topography and scleral contact lens fitting. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment. We have eye care locations in Creve Coeur, MO as well as Swansea, IL, and Alton, Illinois.

Now Available: Online Appointment Scheduling

Time for an Eye Exam?

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Performance Eyecare now offers online appointment scheduling. Scheduling eye exams for yourself or your family has never been easier, or more convenient!

Your days are busy – we get that! Between work and family, it seems like you’re always on the go, and finding the time to call and schedule doctors’ appointments sometimes seems impossible. Or maybe you remember that you need to schedule an appointment, and it’s after hours. Now you can make an appointment with your eye doctor when it’s convenient for you, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

To schedule your appointment online, visit our website. There you will find the heading “Schedule an Appointment” with links to each of our locations: Creve Coeur, Missouri; Swansea and Alton, Illinois. Select your preferred location, and the link will take you to a page where you can select your preferred provider, the type of appointment you would like to make (routine eye exams or medical visits) and then the day and time that works best for you. You will need to enter your contact information, any symptoms or problems, and your insurance provider (if applicable). Click “Request Appointment” and you’re done! One of our receptionists will be in touch to confirm your appointment.

Performance Eyecare is a full-service eye care practice, serving the needs of adults and children requiring routine vision care, specialized medical eye care, LASIK eye surgery, and an optical boutique. Our friendly staff and caring doctors look forward to seeing you soon!

For more information please contact us. PS – Did you know you can order your contacts online now too?

Schedule an Eye Appointment in Swansea, Creve Coeur, or Alton!

Customer Appreciation Month 2016

In Honor of Customer Appreciation Month – 50% Off Frames!

September is customer appreciation month at Performance Eyecare, and to show how much we really do appreciate you we’re offering an incredible 50% off frames! That means you can get a complete pair of glasses for a whole lot less all this month!

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Come in and browse our great selection of frames from names like Calvin Klein, Kate Spade, Jones New York, Lucky Brand, Converse and many more. And for the rest of September, enjoy a whopping 50% discount on the frame of your choice!

It’s an opportunity that definitely doesn’t come along every day, so don’t waste a single moment. Need an eye exam? Our Optometrists use the latest digital technology for a complete and comprehensive vision and eye-health exam, including “puff-free” Glaucoma testing that’s state-of-the-art accurate. Bring the kids, even the little ones — we see kids as young as three years old, and we have all the necessary equipment and eye charts to give them a complete and thorough exam as well. We’re also famous for our revolutionary vision retainer shaping system, a non-surgical vision corrector that prevents kids who are near-sighted from worsening as they grow. (Ask us about how it works!)

We have three convenient locations in Creve Coeur, Swansea and Alton, and every one on our staff at all three locations is psyched up for this special event and ready to show you a little customer appreciation! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get the best care possible for you and your family, and save some serious money in the process! If we can answer any questions or be of service before your visit, please contact us.

Three Different Eye Diseases Diabetics Need to Watch Out For

People with diabetes are at a greater risk for eye disease.

High glucose levels can damage the blood vessels in the eye, which can lead to vision loss or blindness; many eye diseases have no symptoms in the early stages, so regular eye exams are a must for diabetics.

There are many different eye diseases that can plague the diabetic; the list is long, however; this article will focus on three particularly serious eye problems: cataracts, glaucoma, and retinopathy.

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Cataracts

Diabetics are 60% more likely to get cataracts; and at a younger age than people without diabetes. Poor control of blood sugar speeds it up so tight control over your blood sugar and regular eye doctor visits are most important.

Cataracts are cloudy areas that develop within the eye lens, thereby blocking light to the retina where images are processed, and making it harder to see. They don’t cause symptoms like pain, redness or tearing, and some might stay small enough to not affect your eyesight at all.

Large, thick cataracts are generally removed via surgery.

Glaucoma

People with diabetes are 40% more likely to get glaucoma, and the longer you have diabetes, your chances become greater. Glaucoma usually has no symptoms, but it can cause bright halos or colored rings around lights. Left untreated, it can cause an increase in eye pressure damaging the optic nerve and resulting in vision loss and blindness.

Glaucoma can be diagnosed by your ophthalmologist performing these five exams: tonometry (measuring the pressure in your eye), gonioscopy (inspecting your eye’s drainage angle), ophthalmoscopy (inspecting the optic nerve), a field vision test which tests your peripheral vision, and pachymetry, which measures the thickness of your cornea.

Treatment may include eye drops, pills, laser surgery, traditional surgery or a combination of these methods.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is damage to blood vessels inside the retina caused by blood sugar buildup. During the early stages there is no pain and vision is not likely to change until the disease increases in severity. Over time, however; the walls of your blood vessels may leak fluid, and after having diabetes for a while, blood vessels can form scar tissue and pull the retina away from the back of your eye, leading to severe vision loss and possibly even blindness.

Retinopathy is diagnosed during a thorough eye exam using a special dye to find leaking blood vessels.

Treatment in early stages is a laser surgery that seals the blood vessels and stops them from leaking and growing. It can’t restore lost vision, but combined with follow-up care, it can lower the chance of blindness by as much as 90%. Later stage treatment may consist of surgery to remove scar tissue, blood and cloudy fluid from inside the eye, improving vision.

As you can see from these three different eye diseases, keeping control of your blood sugar is most important if you wish to keep your eyesight. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help.

Protection and Quality

Summer is just around the corner: protect yourself with sunglasses

Our eyes, like our skin, need protection from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.

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According to the National Eye Institute, sunglasses protect eyes from UV rays and can lessen the incidence of the following health conditions:

  • Cataracts, a clouding of the eyes’ lens which can blur vision. (An estimated 20% of cataracts cases are caused by extended UV exposure).
  • Macular degeneration, a disease resulting from damage to the retina which destroys central vision or our ability to focus straight ahead with acute detail. (Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in the United States).

Eye care protection

Sunglasses are the simplest and single-most effective method of eye protection; coupled with polarized lenses which contain reflective surfaces can offer many of the following benefits:

  • Elimination of glare
  • Neutralization and blocking of most UV rays
  • Stylish comfort and quality frames
  • Protection of sensitive eye tissue

Quality Sunglass Frames and Lenses

Sunglasses containing polarized lenses can block multiple ultraviolet rays and help shield sensitive eye tissue from the sun. At Performance Eyecare, we offer a wide selection of designer sunglass frames including Maui Jim. Maui Jim developed PolarizedPlus2®, a special lens technology which provides nearly 100% protection from harmful UV rays. Maui Jim sunglasses offer waterproof, anti-reflective lenses with an option of four, color polarizing lenses that block light reflection and glare to produce a crisper, sharper view. Maui Jim sunglasses are available in prescription and non-prescription lenses as well as four, distinct lens material types to provide individuals with maximum flexibility to select lenses for high performance sports or everyday wear.

Quality Eye care Services

At Performance Eyecare, we supplement the benefits of sunglass ownership by providing patients with digital imaging exams to carefully monitor the condition and health of their eyes. Further, our experienced team of eye care professionals work closely with each patient to develop custom lenses in our state-of-the-art, on-site, Specialty Eyeglass Lens Creation office.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment for quality eye care services and to view our selection of frames from designers like Maui Jim.

LASIK Eye Surgery: Safe and Effective

If you’re an eyeglass or contact lens wearer, you may have experienced a desire at one time or another to permanently discard your glasses or contact lens. However, despite that desire, fear is one of the primary reasons why many eyeglass and contact lens wearers have not elected to use LASIK eye surgery to correct their vision.

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Fortunately, in 2014, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) conducted a study and affirmed that LASIK eye surgery is not only safe but effective.

Specifically, the FDA LASIK Quality of Life Collaboration Project (Project) revealed that over 95% of survey respondents achieved 20/20 or better binocular vision. The Project’s study also indicated that the prevalence of symptoms such as ghosting, glare, halos, and starburst did not increase postoperatively after LASIK. In fact, according to Lance Kugler, MD, President of the Refractive Surgery Alliance, “Patients with ghosting actually decreased from 33% before surgery to 6% after surgery.”

LASIK eye surgery is an easy and simple procedure which has helped millions achieve improved vision without the aid of glasses or contact lenses. So let’s walk through the basics of LASIK eye surgery to demonstrate the efficacy and safety of this procedure.

What is LASIK Eye Surgery?

LASIK eye surgery is a laser-assisted procedure which reshapes the cornea or the clear dome in the front of the eye to improve how the eye focuses on light rays and corrects vision.

Prime candidates for LASIK eye surgery

LASIK eye surgery is safe and there are a few criterion if met that may facilitate the process and identify prime LASIK candidates. For instance, good LASIK eye surgery candidates should generally possess the following attributes:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Healthy eyes are preferable
  • Good general health
  • No history of dry eyes

The Surgical Procedure

LASIK eye surgery is an outpatient, surgical procedure where an eye drop of anesthetic numbs the eye surface. The surgery requires 10 to 15 minutes for each eye and both cornea are often reshaped during the same procedure. Healing usually occurs within a few days with minimal recovery time.

Performance Eye Care Commitment

Performance Eye Care, through a partnership with TLC LASIK Eye Center provides premium LASIK eye surgical services. Dr. Stephen Wexler and Dr. Massies of the TLC LASIK Eye Center possess a commitment to ensure superior, post operative care and follow-up exams. TLC LASIK Eye Center also provides a Lifetime Commitment to Clear Vision which ensures satisfied customers by offering lifetime enhancements to clear their newfound LASIK vision upon request at no additional charge. Contact us online or call us at (314) 380-4129 for our St. Louis location or (618) 223-6281 for the Swansea location to schedule a consultation and discuss the benefits of LASIK vision.

Vision over 40 – Reading Glasses Make Life Easier

Most people have natural vision changes after they reach age 40.

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The main issue with vision over 40 is presbyopia, which means that you find yourself holding that restaurant menu at arm’s length to see it better. When you begin to see blurry text and have trouble with computer glare it is time to get a good pair of prescription reading glasses.

Presbyopia is normal but progressive. The lens of your eye becomes less flexible and cannot focus on close objects. This is why you are suddenly holding books at a distance. Other issues can be glare or color shade distinction. Presbyopia continues to decline through your 40s and 50s but slows down by age 60.

While it is tempting to buy reading glasses at the dollar store, you will use them daily and need a comfortably fitting frame with a prescription tailored to your eyesight. Also, after age 40 it is best to have a licensed optometrist examine your eyes every two years. They are trained to look for many different kinds of eye problems, not blurry vision. Diabetes, high blood pressure and medications for various other health issues are all linked to vision changes.

Some people who wear single vision glasses balk at the idea of switching to dowdy bifocals. Consider progressive lenses, which look better than bifocals and hide the need to use reading glasses. The lens is made with a seamless integration of distance, middle and near visions. Progressive lenses fit your natural gaze with no jump in vision as you look up and down.

We’d love to talk to you about how to adapt to vision changes after age 40. Contact us to set up an appointment and explore our wide range of eyecare services.

What You Need To Know About Colored Contacts

Colored Contacts are all the rage these days, giving people the option to change the look of their eyes in an instant. Even if you don’t need contacts to correct your vision, you can purchase them for cosmetic reasons, just like you can purchase glasses with non-prescription lenses. There are 3 types of colored contact lenses that can change your eye color and look.

Enhancement contacts change light-colored eyes into different shades of blues, greens and grays. Each will look different depending on your original eye color, as the two blend together uniquely. These contacts do not change eye colors that are originally darker.

Opaque contact lenses are very popular because they totally change the color of your eyes whether you have light or dark eyes. They can give you a dramatic new look.

Special effects lenses are used to add flair and reality to Halloween costumes and for stage performances, such as to look more like a vampire or zombie and the like. They can create a special effect or simply be a bold fashion statement. Some companies are making new types of lenses called circle lenses that widen the look of the iris by adding a black circle around the outside of the lens. This is especially popular in Korea.

What You Need to Know About Colored Contacts

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Unfortunately, there are companies selling contacts that are non-prescription and are not approved by the FDA. This is against the law and very dangerous to the health of your eyes. If you are considering purchasing colored contacts it is very important to have a vision exam with a certified optometrist to make sure the prescription is correct, as well as to obtain the proper fit. Our eyes are all unique and even if you have 20/20 vision, you will need to be professionally fitted for contacts.

Purchasing contacts without a prescription can lead to problems such as infections, a scratched cornea, pink eye, decreased vision, and blindness. This can be due to the wrong prescription, poor fit, poor care of the lenses, and improperly made lenses. According to FDA optometrist Bernard P. Lepri, O.D., M.S., M.Ed., “Bacterial infections can be extremely rapid, result in corneal ulcers, and cause blindness–sometimes within as little as 24 hours if not diagnosed and treated promptly.”

There are colored contacts to fit most eyes including those with vision correction. They can be purchased from our clinics in Creve Coeur, MO; Swansea, IL; and Alton, IL, in long-wearing styles, daily disposables, or gas permeable. We specialize in fitting even the most difficult to fit contact lens wearer. Contact us today to find out more about the vision exams and colored contacts we offer.

Etnia Barcelona Brings Fresh European Styling to Eyewear

Etnia Barcelona Now Available!

Performance Eyecare is proud to announce that we now offer the Etnia Barcelona line of frames. You are an individual, and your style is your own. Express it!

David Pellicer, founder of Etnia Barcelona, is the third generation of his family to produce eyewear. As a young boy growing up in their family factory, he never understood why glasses only came in two colors: brown and black. Why not reds and yellows? Why not more colors, patterns, or designs? When he started his own company, he set out to change the way we see and are seen.

David combined his family’s heritage of high-quality eyewear production with Barcelona’s colorful spirit. The result has been over 15 years of beautiful elegance built on 70 years of tradition.

Whether acetate, metal, or a resilient Nanoflex frame, Etnia Barcelona allows you to be you. Available in both modern and vintage designs, there is an Etnia Barcelona frame that was made for you. Ask about lens tints and coatings that can help you stand out from the crowd. We are excited to offer this new line to reflect your personality!

Whether you live in metro St. Louis (Creve Coeur, MO) or the metro East St. Louis area, Performance Eyecare has a location close to you. Contact us to schedule an appointment so our patient and courteous staff can see to your eyecare and eyewear needs. Our on-site eyeglass laboratory lets us service your needs locally without the lengthy “order and wait for it” process that can last weeks from other eyewear providers.

March Madness 2016

Save During March Madness

We sent out special gift cards in the mail for customer’s to receive $150 off their next purchase before March 31, 2016. But, we decided that wasn’t enough madness and wanted to extend the offer it to anyone who visits our website, or Facebook Page! If you would like to save on designer computer glasses, reading glasses, sewing glasses, driving glasses or even if you are looking for a spare pair of eyeglasses then this is the deal perfect for you! Simply show us this deal from your phone when you are in our Creve Coeur, MO or Swansea, IL offices!

Please note that this offer is not valid on contact lenses, nor does this offer qualify for redeemable refunds on previous purchases. For questions about this promotion, or for inquiries as to inventory please call us at 314-380-4129 for our St. Louis location, or 618-223-6281 for our Swansea location.

As always, you can make an appointment online to see one of our eye care doctors, or contact us using our online form.
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