At East Avenue Vision Center, we are pleased to offer a wide range of optometry services for our community! Our experienced optometrists can provide you with thorough eye evaluations, determine if you need corrective lenses and your exact prescription strength, fit you with the appropriate specialty eyewear, and help you pick out the most flattering pair of glasses for your face shape and skin tone.
Our new patient appointments always begin with a comprehensive eye exam. If you are unsure of your family’s eye health history, it’s helpful to research beforehand, so we can better evaluate your own eye health. If you have never had a comprehensive exam, don’t worry! All the tests and exercises are simple and painless.
Comprehensive Eye Exams
A complete evaluation of your eye health and assessing whether vision correction is needed. A dilated eye exam is recommended at least every 2 years for healthy individuals under 65 years old, and yearly when 65 and older to properly assess the health of the eye.
Children and Infant Eye Exams
Similar to comprehensive eye exams, Dr. Shaw does additional testing with children and infants to objectively determine the need for early intervention with glasses or vision therapy, to ensure your child is reaching their developmental milestones and learning to the best of their ability. (A legal guardian must be present for the exam.)
We are proud to have a state-of-the-art fundus camera to capture clear images of the back of your eye. Dr. Shaw will order these to be done if any pathology or abnormalities are seen. However, we do offer photos as a screening add-on to more completely monitor your eye health through the years, much like dental x-rays.
Ocular Coherence Tomography
Detailed scans and maps of various areas of the eye can be obtained with the OCT. Many conditions are monitored closely with the OCT, some of which include glaucoma, macular degeneration, papilledema, epiretinal membrane, diabetic retinopathy, macular holes, high-risk medications such as plaquenil-usage, and many more.
Adapt-Dx Pro by Maculogix
Dr. Shaw is excited to announce that East Avenue Vision Center is the ONLY practice in Buffalo to adopt the AdaptDx Pro™ test as part of our effort to detect and monitor age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The AdaptDx Pro is an innovative, wearable headset that offers a simple, non-invasive test to measure the time it takes a patient’s vision to adjust from bright light to darkness, a process known as dark adaptation. As one of the first signs of AMD, dark adaptation testing using the AdaptDx Pro, will provide Dr. Shaw the ability to diagnose AMD before vision loss occurs – and put a plan place to help preserve vision.
Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of adult blindness, and more than twice as common as glaucoma. It is a chronic disease that causes a part of your retina, called the macula, to slowly deteriorate as you get older making it difficult to recognize faces, read, watch TV, and drive. Many of our patients over age 50 have trouble seeing or driving at night – which can be the first symptom of AMD. With the AdaptDx Pro, we are able to quickly and easily measure dark adaptation to detect AMD in its earliest stages, which is critical to delaying vision loss.We are very excited to have this technology in our office as it provides a very patient-friendly test experience and helps us identify AMD in its earliest stages. While there isn’t a cure for AMD yet, there are lifestyle changes and supplements that have a proven track record of delaying the progression of the disease.
Dr. Shaw recommends AdaptDx Pro testing to patients over age 50, particularly those who have trouble seeing or driving at night. Other than age, risk factors for AMD include a family history of the disease, Caucasian race, smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or cardiovascular disease.
Humphrey Visual Field
Automated visual field machine that is used to monitor signs of glaucoma, visual field defects from strokes, the effect of high risk medication and many more.
Binocular Vision Evaluations
A medical exam to determine the skill and efficiency of your focusing system and how your eyes work together as a team. These tests may done in addition your eye exam, based on your vision problems and symptoms, or may be ordered as a separate visit after your initial comprehensive eye exam, based on examination findings. This evaluation determines if special treatment lenses or vision therapy is indicated to relieve your visual stress and improve your visual efficiency.
Contact Lens Fittings and Evaluations
A contact lens is a medical device that you wear directly on your eye that needs to be properly fit by an eye doctor on a yearly basis. Contact lenses are a great alternative to glasses. Toric lenses, that correct astigmatism, and multifocal contacts, that correct presbyopia, are also available. The most common types of contacts are daily disposable or reusable monthly disposal wear. Specialty lenses may also be indicated for certain ocular conditions. Ask Dr. Shaw about being fit for contact lenses at your next eye exam! And be sure to be diligent with your yearly exams as a contact lens wearer, to protect your corneas and long-term vision!