We provide routine eye examinations including screening for glaucoma and complications from diabetes and other diseases. Refractive care includes dispensing glasses and contact lenses. After we’ve made sure your eyes are healthy (or are receiving proper treatment), we’ll discuss any needs you have for glasses or contact lenses. There are 200 frames of differing styles, colors and sizes in our dispensary. All types of contact lenses can be ordered. You are welcome stop by at any time for frame adjustments, or call us with your concerns regarding your eyes, vision, glasses, or contact lenses. Patients are welcome to stop by for repair and adjustment of older glasses too.
Services are available to Tribal Members and their children under eighteen, other Native Americans, and employees of the Tribal Government, Spirit Mountain Casino, and their families. Call us at 1-800-775-0095 x2097 or 503-879-2097 or walk in during clinic hours and ask to speak with someone in our program regarding services. All clients will need to fill out a Patient Registration Form.
The Optometry Clinic is open five days a week, and staffed full-time with a doctor of optometry and an optometric technician. Routine eye examinations are important, even if you see well without glasses or contact lenses. Some eye diseases require early detection – before you have any symptoms – if treatment is going to prevent permanent vision loss. Diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and amblyopia are examples of eye disorders that must be caught early to be treated successfully.
There are a few procedures used to detect eye disease. Your medical history involving general health, hereditary factors and medications can influence eye health. An external eye evaluation used by our doctor with a Bio-microscope to magnify the view of the front of the eye. This instrument can detect corneal problems, infections and cataracts. The doctor may also use the bio-microscope with special lenses to evaluate conditions associated with glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetes.
An internal eye evaluation, used by our doctor, with a Tonometer is to test for high fluid pressure in the eye, a sign of glaucoma. Using an Ophthalmoscope, our doctor sees through the pupil to the retina at the back of the eye. Ophthalmoscopes light up the retina and provide an enlarged 3-D image. By examining the back of the eye, our doctor can detect cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, retinal detachments and sometimes evidence of high blood pressure, diabetes, and neurological and vascular diseases. Before evaluating the internal eye, our doctor administers eye drops to dilate the pupils and maximize the view of the retina. Additional testing can also include checking for loss of peripheral vision, often associated with glaucoma and other diseases, with a computerized field-of-vision instrument. We measure contrast sensitivity, color vision deficiencies, and light sensitivity as indicators of eye disease. Internal or external structures of the eye are photographed if they need to be monitored for changes caused by disease. If disease is present, other tests may be performed.
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