The Virginia Pediatric Eye Center provides a range of services to meet your ocular health needs including basic eye exams, specialized imaging and testing, and surgical interventions. Below is a non-exhaustive overview of the services we offer. Please feel free to ask your ophthalmologist for more information about any of these services.
Virginia Pediatric Eye Center provides thorough eye exams for all our patients. Routine eye exams are offered to our healthy patients, and medical ophthalmic evaluations are provided to patients with an ocular problem or disease. Our staff are able to evaluate children's vision from birth and are particularly skilled in issues related to visual development and eye alignment. We help our pediatric and adult patients manage a wide spectrum of medical conditions that affect the eyes, including cataracts, genetic conditions, glaucoma, retinal diseases, lid drooping, and ocular trauma.
Whenever possible, we recommend you obtain a referral prior to your eye exam. Even if you are scheduling a routine eye exam, a referral will simplify billing your insurance if a medical condition is found during the examination.
Prescriptions for Glasses and Contacts
We provide vision testing and refractions for patients of all ages. Refraction is the process of determining the proper prescription for glasses or contact lenses. A refraction determines the amount of myopia (near-sightedness), presbyopia (far-sightedness), and astigmatism that need to be corrected to allow a patient to see clearly. If needed, our office can even provide a refraction for a newborn infant.
Our optician has expertise in fitting glasses and participates with a number of vision plans. She is especially adept in fitting children who require glasses. Frames are offered from some of the latest designer brands including Ray Ban, Gucci, Kenneth Cole, and others for men, women, and children. The optical shop is located at our main office, at 880 Kempsville Road, Suite 2500, Norfolk, VA, 23505.
Contact Lens Fitting
Our staff are highly trained in routine and difficult contact lens fitting, particularly pediatric contacts, aphakic contacts, and toric contacts. Please ask for Gaylord when scheduling your contact lens fitting.
Motility and Sensorimotor Testing
Our staff and physicians can diagnose eye movement disorders and assess the extent of double vision through a variety of testing procedures. The results of this testing provide a basis for determining the most appropriate treatment plan for eye misalignment or double vision.
Visual Field Testing
Visual field testing is used to determine how large a patient's field of view is and whether there are any defects in their vision. An initial visual field test provides baseline information for a patient, and successive tests over time allow visual field changes to be monitored. Regular visual field testing is important for patients who have a disease such as glaucoma that can adversely affect their vision.
Color Vision Testing
We can provide color vision testing for patients interested in having their color vision assessed. Color vision testing is also performed in patients who may have certain retinal or neurologic diseases. Color vision problems can have a genetic basis, so family members of a person with color vision problems may also wish to be examined. Color vision problems can cause difficulties seeing in school and in meetings, particularly when viewing a projected presentation.
Clinical photography is available in our new digital photography suite. Photography can document anterior segment and posterior segment pathology, and it provides an important reference point for comparison in future exams.
Visual Evoked Response Testing
Visual Evoked Response (VER or VEP) testing measures the rate at which visual information travels down the optic nerve. VER is useful in diagnosing a variety of conditions.
Electro-retinography is a specialized test used in evaluating various retinal disorders and is useful in differentiating retinal pathophysiology for optic nerve pathology. The test is also recommended in monitoring drug interactions with the retinal physiology for certain medications.
Ultrasound examination allows an ophthalmologist to see parts of the eye that are not externally visible. This is useful for detecting injuries to certain portions of the eye or for measuring anatomic strutures.
Genetic testing for genetically-linked eye conditions is available. Specimens can be ordered and sent to a laboratory that specializes in genetic testing. We also can provide information on testing that is available through the eyeGene project sponsored by the National Institute of Health.
Visual Rehabilitation Therapies
We can instruct patients with amblyopia, strabismus, or other visual deficits on techniques and orthoptic exercises they can use to try to improve vision, both for reading and depth perception. Prism adaptation and occlusion modalities are also employed when indicated.
In addition to the non-surgical treatments we offer for ocular disorders and visual rehabilitation, we also provide surgical treatment for some conditions. All surgeries that we perform are backed by evidence-based medicine and scientific study. We perform surgery for certain eye misalignment problems, eyelid abnormalities and lesions, eyelid hemangiomas, ocular trauma, orbital tumors, intraocular diseases, glaucoma, and chronic tearing problems. Each treatment is tailored to the severity and disease process of a particular patient.