Eye Care Services

Routine Eye Exams

Prepare for Your Exam

Eye Disease Diagnosis and Management

Emergency Services

Refractive Procedures

 

ROUTINE EYE EXAMS

Adult And Young Adult Eye Exams

Our eye examinations begin with the staff registering you into the office (collecting your information and taking a photograph for your electronic record).  One of our Paraoptometric assistants will bring you back to the Pre-Testing area.  They will test your vision with a StereoOptical telebinocular (distance and near visual acuity, depth perception, color vision, eye alignment), obtain automated refraction (eyeglass prescription) and keratometry (curvature of the front of the eye), perform a screening visual field test (Zeiss Meditec FDT), and photograph your retinas.  You will then be taken to the exam room where the doctor will test you further.  This will include:
 

  • External measurements  and evaluation, binocular assessment,  and pupillary testing.
  • Refraction – determination of your eyeglass prescriptions
  • External health evaluation – transilluminator gross evaluation and biomicroscopic viewing.
  • Intraocular pressure measurement/tonometry – a test for glaucoma or anterior uveitis.
  • Internal health evaluation – Binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy (78/90/20D) of the central and peripheral retinas.  This usually includes dilation.  The dilating drops require 15 to 20 minutes to take effect before finishing the examination.

The doctor will then discuss his findings and recommendations and you will return to the front of the office for eyeglass selection, contact lens ordering, additional testing, or finalization of insurance.  If you did not bring sunglasses, make sure you are given a disposable pair for your journey home.

Pediatric Exams

These examinations vary considerably based on the age and status of the child. We recommend that you bring your child in at a time that he or she is generally calm and interactive.  This would frequently be in the morning or after a nap, when they are not fatigued.  Infant exams frequently involve objective techniques (where we take measurements without requiring an answer).  As children age, we can utilize conversation and questions.   In all cases we must work quickly as attention spans are generally short.  It helps us if you can come with information prepared (the PreExam Questionnaire completed and insurance card).  Frequently the adult will be part of the exam (“look at Mommy” or have your child sitting in your lap so they will feel more relaxed).

PREPARE FOR YOUR EYE EXAM
     
Before coming to the office, you should download the ‘PreExamination Forms’ on the home page and fill these out.  This will ask you questions about personal and family eye and medical issues as well as current contact lens and eye information.  It will also require you to enter information about contact, emergency, and insurance information.   These forms must be completed and signed by the individual or a responsible adult.
   
All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied to the office by an adult who is responsible for their care.  Some procedures or tests may require consent of that adult and issues and outcomes of the examination will be discussed with them.
   
Bring your insurance cards with you to the examination as they will be scanned into your record.  If you have questions concerning coverage of routine care or medical care and your insurance, please contact the insurance company or your benefits counselor.  Our staff may be able to answer many of your questions, but you should call in advance of your examination in case we need to obtain authorizations.
   
We provide a dilated retinal examination as part of your annual exam.  This may blur your near vision for about one and half hours and you will be sensitive to bright light for 3 or 4 hours.  Please bring sunglasses with you to the visit.  We will supply you with disposable sunglasses to wear home if you do not have sunglasses.  If you do not feel comfortable driving after the dilation, please bring along someone to drive you home or schedule the dilated portion of the exam for another time.

EYE DISEASE DIAGNOSIS AND MANAGEMENT 

If your examination reveals ocular disease, we will help you manage or cure that disease.  Very common disorders such as conjunctivitis (“pink eye”), corneal abrasions, “styes”, infected or inflamed lid cysts are treated immediately on your visit.  Other more chronic diseases, such as glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration will be evaluated at your examination.  In many cases these will require other specialized testing. This may occur on the same day as your visit or on another day.  If management is required, we will discuss options for treatment and begin therapy based on our discussion of those options.  If you require surgical intervention, we have many colleagues who are experts in these areas.  Our staff will assist you by either booking those appointments or giving you the information to schedule one yourself (at your preference). 
 
For more information on some of these conditions, read more below:
     
Glaucoma:  http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/glaucoma.htm

Macular Degeneration: 
http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/amd.htm

Cataracts:
http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/cataracts.htm

Diabetes and the Eye:  
http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/diabetic.htm
 
The American Diabetes Association:
http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/

Other Diseases and Disorders: 
http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/

EMERGENCY SERVICES

Timing is critical in emergency eye care.  What should you do and where should you be seen?  

 If you have had a CHEMICAL SPLASH in the eye, rinse the eye out with sterile irrigating solution, saline, contact lens rinsing or multipurpose solution, or tap water if none of the others are available. Do   this for 20 minutes and then call the office immediately.
 
   We should see you as soon as possible if you have:
     

  • Had a corneal abrasion (tree branch or fingernail  abrasion)     
  • Welder’s flash (pain, sensitivity after exposure to welding)     
  • Red eyes, especially with light sensitivity and/or tearing or exudation     
  • Mild blunt trauma such as absorbing a hit from a soccer ball or falling   
  • A foreign body in the eye (metal, dust, sand, grass or leaves)   
  • Sudden loss of vision (heat waves, blackouts, faded vision, double vision)  
  • Sudden onset of new  floaters or flashing lights
  • Developed eye pain especially if accompanied with blurred vision   
  • Pain, redness and blurred vision from contact lens wear, especially if you have slept in your lenses

                                    If you have had significant eye trauma:

                                            -Penetrating orbital trauma/Fractured orbit or skull

                                            -Penetrating eye injury – laceration of the globe, nail or pencil embedded in the eye

We would recommend that you immediately call the emergency room at Yale-New Haven Hospital (203-688-4242) to tell them you are on the way (20  York Street, New Haven, CT 06510).

Do not attempt to remove penetrating objects.  If you have ruptured the globe (eye), do NOT apply pressure, but cover the orbit without touching the eye.  Do not attempt to rinse the eye.

If you are unsure, call the office (203) 248-3937: the answering service will contact the On-Call Doctor who will respond to your situation.

For more information on eye injuries and prevention at home or at work, see the AOA website:
http://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/caring-for-your-vision/protecting-your-vision#4

REFRACTIVE PROCEDURES 

Refractive technologies are constantly being refined or created.  Currently, the most common refractive procedure is LASIK.  PRK and phakic intraocular lenses are common alternative therapies. 

At Hamden and Wallingford Eye Associates we provide comprehensive pre-operative and post-operative care for these procedures.  Initially, we examine your eyes and take readings to determine your eligibility for these procedures.  Many individual factors such as magnitude of corrective prescription, stability of your correction, your body’s scarring potential, age, hormonal changes, pregnancy, dry eye, medications, and corneal thickness can affect your likelihood of success.

We then refer you to a trusted surgeon for additional operative measurements and procedure itself. 

After the surgery we will monitor your progress and alter your medications or therapy.  In some cases, enhancements or other interventions may be required.  Your post-operative care requires a minimum visit schedule of one day, one week, one month, and a six month progress assessment.

A description and discussion of refractive procedures can be found at AllAboutVision: http://www.allaboutvision.com/visionsurgery/

Also see : TLC website:    http://www.tlcvision.com/centers/connecticut/

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Dr. James D. Weston

Dr. Thomas R. Conrod

Hamden Eye Associates

2300 Dixwell Ave.
Hamden, CT 06514
At the Hamden Mart

Phone: 203-248-3937

Hours:
Monday   8 :30  – 5 :00
Tuesday  8 : 30 – 5 :00
Wednesday 8 :30 – 5 :00
Thursday :  9 :30 – 8 :00
Friday :  8 :30 – 5 :00
Saturday :  8 :00 – 12 :00

Wallingford Eye Associates
314 Main St.
Yalesville, CT 06492
At Route 150,
Next to the New Post Office,
Just Off Route 68

Phone: 203-269-3000

Hours:
Monday 8 :00 – 5 :00
Tuesday  8 :00 – 5 :00
Wednesday  8 :00 – 7 :00
Thursday :  Closed
Friday :  8 :00 – 5 :00
Saturday :  8 :00 – 12 :00
Office closes 12 :30 – 1 :30 daily for lunch