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Supplemental tests are performed when standard tests indicate a potential problem that requires further investigation or confirmation. See below for description of additional tests.
Pediatric Eye Exams cover the same eye functions as adults (described above), but may be performed with different techniques or instrumentation. Young children (infants and toddlers) do not have to be verbal to have a complete eye exam, nor do they need to know the alphabet. Examination results and expected norms are discussed with parents, as well as recommendations for proper eye development and prevention of future eye problems. Children with fears about going to the doctor are handled with unprecedented care. Dr. Bloch is residency trained in pediatric eye care and is a semi-professional magician. He will finesse his way through the exam with games, clever chatter, showing cartoons, and performing magic tricks. Your child will won’t even realize their being examined. In many cases, children have so much fun they want to do it again.
Contact lenses come in all prescriptions including nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and bifocal. Not all prescriptions are available in all types of contact lens materials, some patients will do better with soft contacts others will do better with gas permeable contacts. Patients with higher prescriptions have fewer options and require more expensive lenses. Special contact lens fits for irregular shaped eyes and post-surgical cases are also available, but will require extra time and fees. During the exam, the doctor will discuss which lenses are best for you and their cost.
If glasses are not for you, we dispense contact lenses from all major contact lens manufacturers. We sell both conventional and disposable contact lenses, including lenses for astigmatism, to change your eye color, and bifocal lenses. We can refill your most recent prescription or provide a new one for you. If needed, contact lenses can be order by phone and mailed to you.
Your child can be tested for uncontrolled focusing, improper tracking, poor eye coordination, visual memory and other visual organizational skills that impact reading, spelling, writing, math, and comprehension. See the tabs on Warning Signs for Vision problems and Not All Vision Problems Require Glasses for more information.
Many children show signs of vision problems which can develop into vision-related learning problems in school. Ask about our highly successful, comprehensive vision therapy program. With regular vision therapy sessions of treatment, our trained professionals can help turn these problems around. Watch the delight in your child's eyes as their learning skills improve and they begin to have greater success in school, and in life.
Retinal Photography is a recommended procedure for all new patients and patients with medical problems that could damage the inside of their eye. Retinal photography is a camera that photographs the inside of the eye. It documents the optic nerve, retinal blood vessels, and other important retinal features. The photos are used to compare eye health from year to year. The procedure can be done with or without dilation(open pupils).
Cycloplegic Refraction is a procedure used to accurately determine a person’s prescription. In some cases, patients are unable to respond favorably to the eye exam due to overactive focusing muscles. Therefore, the doctor will use eye drops to relax the overactive eye muscles and then retest for a prescription. After the procedure, the patient will see blurry and be more light-sensitive for up to 24 hours. Consequently, avoidance of desk work, outdoor activity, and possibly driving may necessary during that time.
Threshold Visual Fields is a computerized procedure for determining peripheral and central vision loss. It tests for damage to the optic nerve and nerve pathways in the brain. It is indicated when the doctor notices a problem with a screening visual field or sees suspicious looking optic nerves. It is also used for patients who have suffered head injury, stoke, headaches, and some chemical imbalances in the body.
Corneal Topography is a procedure used for determining the surface structure of the cornea(the clear top surface of the eye that covers the colored part). It measures any surface irregularities that may interfere with determining an accurate prescription, fitting contact lenses, or performing corrective laser surgery.
Visagraph Test is a computerized procedure to evaluate eye movements used while reading. From this test, multiple eye movement abilities as they relate to reading can be recorded and played back. The Visagraph instrument measures how often the eyes stop, start, move forward, move backward, skip around, and coordinate during reading. It provides essential information about reading speed, reading efficiency, and comprehension. This procedure is recommended for anyone with poor reading ability or comprehension problems.
Vision Perception Testing is an evaluation of a person’s ability to remember and organize visual information. It tests skills in the areas of discrimination of details, spatial orientation, size and shape classification, foreground versus background recognition, filling in missing details, visual memory of single items, visual memory for sequential items, letter/number reversals, left-right awareness, hand-eye coordination, and copy skills. These tests are recommended for any student that is having trouble learning in school or with poor sports performance.
Decoding/Encoding/Dyslexia Testing is an assessment of person’s ability to read, write, and spell correctly. It determines whether a person uses the proper assembly and sequencing techniques necessary to analyze word structure. This testing is recommended for anyone having difficulty learning to read or spell.
Are you are tired of wearing glasses or contact lenses? If so, Laser Vision Correction may be a good option. Laser Vision Correction is a surgical procedure that permanently improves your vision by using a laser to reshape the surface (cornea) curvature of your eye. The over or under curvature of the cornea is what creates nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
By using special computerized equipment, the eye doctor can obtain very precise measurements about the curvature and thickness of the cornea to determine if your eye is compatible with laser eye surgery. Depending on your specific measurements and eye health, Dr. Bloch can recommend which laser procedures are best for you.
The first step in considering Laser Vision Correction, is to get an updated eye exam. Then, based upon the most current findings, the doctor can better discuss your situation. If everything appears favorable, a complimentary consultation will be set up with NVISION Laser Eye Centers. At that consultation, you can tour the impeccable surgical facility, have additional tests, meet the surgeon, get more information about what to expect, and discuss payment options. You are not charged for the laser correction work-up until you decide to have the procedure.
Your satisfaction and confidence in us is our highest priority. That is the reason Dr. Bloch and NVISION want you completely informed about the procedure and comfortable with the people handling your eye care. When you are ready, NVISION will perform the eye surgery and Dr. Bloch will manage your pre-operative and post-operative care.
Carlsbad and North County San Diego residents get the best adult or children's eye doctor eye exam, eyecare, eyewear, eye glasses, vision / eye prescriptions, contacts, laser vision correction, vision therapy, reading therapy, eye infection treatment, eye allergy treatment, and vision problem diagnosis in the Carlsbad offices of Bloch Vision Care and Children's Optometric of North County. We are trained and qualified pediatric / children's eye doctor eye specialists and children's vision therapy specialists. We service the vision needs of patients residing in Carlsbad, North County San Diego, San Marcos, Oceanside, Vista, La Costa, Encinitas, California.