When you are suffering from blurred vision, or think you may have an eye infection, or when you simply have run out of your contact lens supply, we have the optometrists and staff to take care of your needs without waiting for an appointment. Our professional team of board-certified Optometrists and technicians are equipped to handle a comprehensive eye examinations and urgent medical injuries.
You can be assured – we have a commitment to excellence when it comes to the level of care we provide
Twenty-first century lifestyles demand more from our vision than ever before. Adults in our technological society constantly use their near vision at work and at home. Environmental stresses on the visual system (including excessive computer use or close work) can sometimes induce headaches and/or visual difficulties which can be effectively treated with corrective lenses. Regular vision examinations are important for the prevention of vision problems created or aggravated by today's academic and professional demands.
Your vision is evaluated by the optometrist using a method called refraction. Refraction is a clinical test in which a series of test lenses in graded optical powers are presented to determine which lens power provides the sharpest and clearest vision. This will determine if you are nearsighted or farsighted, with or without astigmatism.
At Merchant Eyecare, we understand that your life’s visual needs are as unique as you are! Our experienced eye health professionals offer comprehensive vision care with a commitment to improve the quality of life through enhanced vision.
Vision Exams for Children
The American Optometric Association recommends that pre-school children receive a complete vision exam at the ages of six months, three years and five years. It is particularly important that a child have a complete evaluation in the summer prior to entry into Kindergarten. While in school, yearly evaluations are recommended. We see children as young as 3 years of age at Merchant Eyecare.
Contact lenses have come a long way in comfort and design. Dr. Merchant and Dr. Sepehri are experienced in fitting all types of contacts: Single vision, Astigmatism, Bifocal, RGP (hard) and Monovision. At Merchant Eyecare, we take the time to listen to your daily routine and lifestyle needs to fit you in the right brand and type of contact lenses (2-week, monthly, color, dailies, extended wear). Come in and let us get the right pair of contacts on your eyes.
Eye Health Evaluation
A complete evaluation not only consists of a vision exam, but also includes a complete eye health evaluation. Your eye health evaluation may be the most important part of the comprehensive eye exam.
Some eye conditions do not cause immediate obvious changes in a patients' vision. Therefore, regularly scheduled eye examinations allow the doctor to evaluate the current status of the patients' eye health, as well as look for any sight threatening conditions which could occur in the future. The professional doctors at Merchant eyecare evaluate risk factors, clinical signs, and patient symptoms to determine the presence of conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, retinal tears and detachment and/or disorders of the optic nerve.
Signs of systemic diseases can also be seen through an ocular health evaluation. Two of the most common systemic diseases, Diabetes and Hypertension, can cause significant vision loss if left untreated. As well as other systemic conditions like Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Thyroid disease that can be detected and managed by annual eye health evaluations.
Visual Field Testing
A visual field test is a method of measuring an individual's entire scope of vision, that is their central and peripheral vision. Visual field testing actually maps the visual fields of each eye individually. It is most frequently used to detect any signs of glaucoma damage to the optic nerve. In addition, visual field tests are useful for detection of central or peripheral retinal disease, eyelid conditions such as ptosis or drooping, optic nerve disease, and diseases affecting the visual pathways within the brain. The visual pathways carry information from the eye to the visual or occipital cortex in the brain, where this information is processed into vision.
Dilation is the process of using pharmaceutical eye drops that dilate the pupils large enough that allow the optometrist to view the interior of the eye for any potential harmful eye diseases before they become problematic. The eye is the window to the body because it is the only organ that we can view your arteries and veins without surgery. Thus, there are a lot of systemic diseases that can be detected from the dilation of your eyes... think of it as your annual health physical for the eye.
Urgent / Acute Eye Care
Merchant Eyecare doctors and staff are prepared to treat urgent care during regular business hours.
Conditions requiring urgent eye care:
Pain in one or both eyes
Scratches or abrasions to the front of the eye (by fingernail, paper, corner of sharp objects)
Sudden loss of vision
Redness, discharge, burning from one or both eyes
Foreign body in the eye ( metal, lawn debris, make-up, etc)
Acute onset of headache
A bump or blister on the eye or eyelid
Ocular trauma due to accidents to the eye
Acute onset of severe photophobia/light sensitivity
Steps can be taken to prevent serious damage and permanent visual loss when certain eye injuries occur.
Harmful chemical exposed to the eye – immediate irrigation of the eye with water for 5-10 minutes, even before you call for help.
Blunt or penetrating injury to the eye - Cover the eye with a makeshift shield like a Styrofoam cup. Manipulation of the eye should be avoided to prevent further damage to the eye.
Dr. Merchant also provides free consultations, pre-testing, and post-operative care for those interested in LASIK. LASIK is commonly referred to as laser eye surgery or laser vision correction, is a type of refractive surgery for the correction of myopia, hypermetropia, and astigmatism.
You may be a good candidate if:
Are at least 18 years of age
Have healthy eyes that are free from severe retinal disorders, corneal disorders (such as keratoconus, thin corneas), and cataracts.
Have had stable vision for the past two years
Have no abnormalities that could affect healing (such as severe diabetic eye disease).
Come in for a complimentary screening and let the doctors at Merchant Eyecare see if Lasik is for you.