When you come to Bayfront Eyecare, we know you are trusting us with your most important sense: your good vision. We have been honored to be given the opportunity to provide eye care needs for more than 30 years, and we will continue to work towards earning your ongoing trust for years to come.
It’s our mission to provide the best possible eye care to each and every patient, along with the highest quality products available. This high level of performance demands that we remain informed and trained in the latest eye health care techniques and procedures. We require every member of our team to be ever vigilant in meeting our patients’ needs. Our goal is 100% patient satisfaction.
BRAIN INJURY & STROKE VISION EVALUATION
Because a stroke or traumatic brain injury can have a significant impact on the visual system, a neuro-optometric evaluation should be performed as early as possible. Dr. Villella performs neuro-optometric evaluations to determine if a visual deficit is present. He will prescribe a rehabilitation program that may consist of prism glasses, vision therapy and occupational therapy
Please fill out the “Traumatic Brain Injury Questionnaire” , under New Forms in the Patient Center, prior to your visit.
DRY EYE TREATMENT
Patients who experience redness, burning, itching, gritty feeling, or excessive tearing may have what’s known as Dry Eye Syndrome. Dry Eye Syndrome is a disease that occurs when a patient’s eyes do not produce enough natural tears, or their natural tears are in poor quality. With the help of TearLab, doctors can determine if a patient has dry eyes and what the severity is. This device takes a sample of tears and measures the osmolarity, or saltiness of tears. Just like you get a blood pressure or cholesterol number from your Primary Care Physician, you get a tear quality number from a TearLab test that can be monitored for changes every year.
With new technology we are able to help treat Dry Eye Syndrome as well as Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and sties like never before. Home therapy has been the usual treatment for these conditions, with the use of warm compresses, artificial tears, and medications like Restasis. We have recently introduced MiBo Thermoflo (MiBo Flo) to the practice. One of our trained technicians uses ultrasound gel and a wand that contains a controlled and constant heat to be applied to the outer parts of the upper and lower eye lids in a massage like motion. This heat gets absorbed by the lid tissue to break down any of the hardened oils that are located in the Meibomian Glands. By heating up the oil, it becomes free flowing and leads to production of healthier tears. Most patients could feel the difference just after the first treatment. On average a patient will have three individual treatments roughly two weeks apart, then the doctor will follow up a month after the last treatment to revi ew the results.
LASIK is not for everyone. Eye conditions can differ greatly from person to person, so even though you may have had a friend who has had LASIK, it may not be the best course of treatment for you. If you are interested in laser vision correction, we will be happy to guide you in picking the right surgeon, procedure and laser appropriate for you.
What is Vision Therapy?
Vision Therapy is an individualized, supervised, treatment program designed to correct visual-motor and/or perceptual-cognitive deficiencies. Vision Therapy sessions include procedures designed to enhance the brain’s ability to control:
- Eye alignment
- Eye teaming
- Eye focusing abilities
- Eye movements
- Visual processing
Learning-related Vision Problems
Vision Therapy can help those individuals who lack the necessary visual skills for effective reading, writing, and learning (i.e., eye movement and focusing skills, convergence, eye-hand activity, visual memory skills, etc.).
Poor Binocular (2-eyed) Coordination
Vision Therapy helps individuals develop normal coordination and teamwork of the two eyes (binocular vision). When the two eyes fail to work together as an effective team, performance in many areas can suffer (reading, sports, depth perception, eye contact, etc.).
Strabismus (Crossed Eyes, Eye Turns, etc.) and Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)
Vision Therapy programs offer much higher cure rates for turned eyes and/or lazy eye when compared to eye surgery, glasses, and/or patching, without therapy. The earlier the patient receives therapy the better, however, our office successfully treats patients well past 21 years of age.