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As a fully licensed and equipped optometric practice, Potter Eye Care offers a complete range of eye care services to all our patients.

Whether the eye care issue involves correcting refractive errors with eyeglass or contact lenses, or helping a student find amazing frames, or diagnosing/treating eye conditions and diseases, our experienced team will identify and implement the best eye care solutions for you.

Eye Health Evaluation

With our years of experience in diagnosing and treating typical vision disorders such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, amblyopia, presbyopia, cataracts, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, Dr. Potter and his team are equipped to provide appropriate therapeutic medical eye care.

At the same time, the Potter Eye Care team offers a wide array of high quality eye care products at reasonable prices. Our patients never pay too much for the best quality in eyeglasses, contact lenses, sunglasses, progressive and bifocal lenses, and outstanding service.

Treatment of Eye Disease

If you are diagnosed with an eye disease, you want the best treatment available to get your eyes healthy again. At Potter Eye Care, we stay current with best treatment practices. Based on your diagnosis, we may recommend a wide variety of approaches, including improved nutrition, prescription medicines, therapy and vision exercises, or medical procedures.

Good Eyecare Begins With A Yearly Eye Exam!

Although many do not realize it, the best way to protect your vision is with a yearly eye checkup.  Even a basic eye exam can instantly detect many health-threatening conditions, such as tumors, vascular irregularities, and diabetes-related injury to the retina. At Potter Eye Care, that basic checkup is brief and painless.

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LASIK

LASIK, a form of refractive surgery, is an popular option for vision correction, often eliminating the need to wear glasses or contact lenses. Simply put, LASIK reshapes the cornea with a laser.

Other surgical alternatives have become available. Among these is a technique called phakic IOL implantation which involves implanting a lens behind the cornea, but in front of the iris. With this new option, many of those who were too highly nearsighted for LASIK are now candidates for refractive surgery.

If you are interested in refractive surgery, please let us know. Refractive surgery is not to be taken lightly. Detailed testing is necessary to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for the surgery.  If testing shows you to be a good candidate, we can help you choose the refractive surgeon who is most appropriate for your case. In addition, we provide post-operative care for refractive surgery. 

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Corneal Molding or Ortho-K

Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT) is a great advancement in refractive therapy options. CRT allows you to see clearly during the day without glasses or contact lenses. Specially designed therapeutic lenses gently reshape the front surface of your eye while you sleep.

Imagine great vision all day without contacts, glasses, or surgery. No more problems from dust, allergies, or dryness. CRT has also been shown to slow the progression of nearsightedness in children and teenagers.

Previously, if you were nearsighted and wanted to see clearly during the day, your options were glasses, contacts, or laser surgery. CRT offers a non-surgical solution. No more worry about broken frames or torn contact lenses. Additionally, while LASIK is usually recommended only for those over 18 years of age, CRT is ideal for our younger patients who are active in sports and do not like the hassle of glasses or contacts.

For more information on Corneal Refractive Therapy, call today to schedule your FREE CRT consultation or visit Paragon at www.paragoncrt.com.

One of the most technologically advanced instruments for examining the retina is the optomap. Your retina (located in the back of your eye) is the only place in the body where blood vessels can be seen directly. This means that in addition to eye conditions, signs of other diseases (for example: stroke, cancer, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes) can also be seen in the retina. Early signs of these conditions can show on your retina long before you notice any changes to your vision or feel pain.

Getting an optomap image is fast, painless and comfortable. Nothing touches your eye at any time. It is suitable for the whole family. To have the exam, you simply look into the device one eye at a time (like looking through a keyhole) and you will see a flash of light to let you know the image of your retina has been taken. The capture takes less than a second and the images are available immediately for review and saved for future comparisons. You can see your own retina, exactly what Dr. Potter sees.

The optomap ultra-widefield retinal image is a unique technology that captures more than 80% of your retina in one panoramic image while traditional imaging methods typically only show 15% of your retina at one time.

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The optomap helps Dr. Potter detect early signs of retinal disease more effectively and efficiently than with traditional eye exams.

Early detection means successful treatments can be administered
and reduces the risk to your sight and health.

erg 1The Diopsys® VEP / ERG vision tests are highly advanced, painless, safe, non-invasive tests that measures how well your entire vision system is working. The results of these tests help Dr. Potter diagnose various vision disorders. Data provided helps isolate the location of visual pathway abnormalities, monitor progression of disease, and give the physician objective, alternative testing methods when the patient or other test results have limitations.

When light from an image enters your eye, it is turned into electrical energy by cells in the retina – the light-sensitive layer at the back of your eye. These cells send the electrical energy back to the visual cortex, the part of your brain where the image is processed.

erg 2The test is administered by a technician who cleans and dries three small areas on the patient’s head, and places sensory pads on the cleansed areas. The patient covers one eye at a time while the tests are being run. Once the test begins, black and white patterns that seem to “flip” quickly over and over again appear on a computer screen and the patient focuses on the pattern during the test. The computer records the electrical energy that reaches the visual processing center of your brain and produces a report for Dr. Potter. It is similar to an EKG, but for your entire vision system.

regenerative healingDr. Potter uses industry-leading products when working with eye wounds, chemical burns or the prevention and healing of a wide range of eye surface diseases and disorders.PROKERA® bio tissue and BioDOptix are two of the products he employes. Whether Dr. Potter is managing eye disease, treating eye trauma, or performing post-operative care, healing of the surface of the eye is of paramount concern because it directly affects comfort, appearance and most importantly vision of his patients.

When use is indicated, Dr. Potter places either the BioDOptix Allograft or the PROKERA® lens on the eye, like a contact lens, and remains in place for the course of treatment and then is removed by Dr. Potter.

Amniotic membrane tissue* has natural therapeutic actions that help damaged eye surfaces heal. Eyes treated with this tissue experience quicker healing, less scarring and less inflammation, delivering better clinical outcomes than some eye wounds not treated in this manner.

*The placentas used to prepare PROKERA® and BioDOPtix are donated by consenting mothers after cesarean section (C-Section) births. Mothers who donate are fully informed, have healthy lifestyles and are tested against infectious diseases prior to donation. The amniotic membrane tissue is provided by a tissue bank regulated by the FDA.

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Persistent dryness, scratching and burning in your eyes can be signs of dry eye syndrome or allergic eye conditions and make your eyes feel uncomfortable. Both are ongoing conditions, and while depending on their cause, may not be completely curable, the symptoms can be managed. Dr. Potter is experienced in treating both dry eye disease and allergic eye conditions. Through testing preformed in our office, Dr. Potter can diagnose the reason for your symptoms and help you choose the treatment that will best fit your condition.

Eye Allergies (allergic conjunctivitis): If your eyes itch and are red, tearing or burning you may have eye allergies, a condition that affects millions of Americans. Many people will treat their nasal allergy symptoms but ignore their itchy, red, watery eyes.

Seasonal and perennial allergies can be caused by outdoor and indoor allergens and irritants and may be controlled with prescription or nonprescription medication depending on which is more effective for the particular allergy. After examination and testing, Dr. Potter will discuss the available treatment for your allergy with you.

Dry Eye Disease (keratoconjunctivis sicca): The most common form of dry eyes disease occurs when the water layer of tears is inadequate by quantity and/or quality. People with dry eye disease may experience irritated, gritty, scratchy or burning eyes; a feeling of something in their eyes; excess watering; and blurred vision. Advanced dry eye disease may damage the front surface of the eye and impair vision. Treatments for dry eye disease aim to restore or maintain the normal amount of tears in the eye to minimize dryness and related discomfort and to maintain eye health.

Dry eyes can be diagnosed through testing here in the office. With the information obtained from testing, Dr. Potter can determine if you have dry eye disease and advise you on treatment options.

Dry eye disease can be a chronic condition, but Dr. Potter can prescribe treatment to keep your eyes healthy and comfortable and to prevent your vision from being affected. There are four primary approaches used to manage and treat dry eye disease. Adding tears using over-the-counter artificial tear solutions, conserving tears by keeping natural tears in the eyes longer by blocking the tear ducts through which the tears normally drain, increasing tear production using prescription medication and supplements, and treating the inflammation of the eyelids or eye surface that contributes to the dry eyes.

Dr. Potter employs several other tests for use in diagnosing and monitoring eye diseases:

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) provides unprecedented high resolution and cross-sectional images of the eye. The OCT scan allows microstructures of the eye to be imaged showing individually color coded layers of the retina. The test is very quick to perform, non-invasive and completely painless. Results are instantly available to aid in the early diagnosis of retina disease including diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.

Visual Field Test is performed to assess the horizontal and vertical range and sensitivity of your vision. Visual field tests are used to detect blind spots which could be a sign of eye diseases. The size and shape of a blind spot offers important clues about the presence and severity of diseases of the eye, optic nerve and visual structures in the brain. Many eye disorders can cause peripheral vision loss and other visual field abnormalities. Brain abnormalities such as those caused by strokes or tumors can affect the visual field. In fact, the location of the stroke or tumor in the brain can frequently be determined by the size, shape and site of the visual field defect. Visual Field Tests are also used to measure the severity of vision loss caused by ptosis, or droopy eye lids. Insurance carriers will only cover the cost of upper eyelid surgery if the patient has obstruction of their visual field. This is be documented during an examination with formal visual field testing.

Corneal Topography (CT) is used to produce a three dimensional map of the surface of the eye and assists in the diagnosis and treatment of a number of conditions; in planning cataract surgery and intraocular lens (IOL) implantation; in planning refractive surgery such as LASIK, or in assessing the fit of contact lenses and CRTs. Corneal topography extends the measurement range to a grid of thousands of points covering the entire cornea. The procedure is carried out in seconds and is completely painless.

Genetic Testing Dr. Potter offers his patients with intermediate Dry Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) a DNA test to determine their risk of progression to advanced AMD based on their individual genetic risk profile. The test aids in the selection of appropriate eye supplement formulations for a patient diagnosed with intermediate Dry Age-related Macular Degeneration.

Sjo Testing is a diagnostic test for the early detection of Sjögren’s syndrome, which commonly presents as routine dry eye, effecting up to 4 million people in the U.S. Sjögren’s syndrome is a serious autoimmune disease that causes damage to the exocrine glands. Early diagnosis can result in patients being monitored for organ-specific manifestations, general symptoms, associated autoimmune diseases and malignancies.

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