At Indigo Vision Center, Dr. Owen C. Johnson and our entire Georgetown optometry team are committed to providing advanced vision care in a professional and comfortable environment. As an optometrist in Georgetown, our primary eye care service includes a complete eye exam that analyzes eye health and vision function. In addition to eye exams and vision testing, Dr. Johnson and our team of optometry professionals provide testing for glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. Our Georgetown optometrist also offers glasses, contact lenses, and pre- and post-operative care.
Dr. Johnson and the Indigo Vision Center team take even routine eye exams very seriously. During a yearly or bi-yearly examination, our Georgetown patients will receive a patient history review, a series of vision and eye tests, assessments of eye focusing and movement, and an eye health evaluation. Our optometrist will discuss any additional testing that may be required to diagnose an eye disease or condition. Call us a today at (843) 546-2244 to schedule an appointment.
Not sure that glasses are for you? Ask our Georgetown staff about contact lenses. Advances in the field of optometry have produced a variety of different types of contact lenses with a range of benefits. Rigid gas-permeable (RGP), daily-wear soft, extended-wear, extended-wear disposable, and planned replacement are the various types of contact lens options available today. Our Georgetown optometrist will discuss the various options with you to determine which type will best fit your needs and lifestyle. Schedule your examination today by calling (843) 546-2244. They are many advantages to consider when determining if contact lenses are right for you and our knowledgeable staff is here to answer any questions.
Cutting Edge Technology
Here at Indigo Vision Center, we incorporate the best technology to assist the evaluation of spectacle prescriptions, peripheral vision, intraocular pressure and eye health. Computerized examination instruments are used to supplement rather than replace personalized care. See EXAM TECHNOLOGY for more information regarding this technology.
Full Service Optical
Through the use of premium products from Zeiss, Verilux, Crizal, Hoya and our own lens technology, we have optional same day service availability as well as elite products to guarantee patient satisfaction and quality vision.
Laser assisted in situ keratomileusis, commonly referred to as LASIK, is a corrective alternative to glasses or contact lenses. Like glasses or contact lenses, LASIK is a method for treating refractive conditions including nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. At Indigo Vision Center, Dr. Johnson provides pre- and post-operative exams for LASIK and other eye procedures. Call (843) 546-2244 today to schedule an examination to see whether you are a candidate for LASIK.
Optional Lens Treatments
Scratch Protection Coating
Light weight hard resin lenses can be more easily scratched than glass lenses. Special coatings have been developed to help protect lenses from normal scratching. The modest additional cost for such scratch coating is usually a prudent investment.
It is generally accepted that the ultraviolet rays in sunlight pose potential harm to the eyes. Special treatment is available for hard resin lenses that completely blocks hazardous UV light. Lenses live polycarbonate and high index include built in UV protection at no extra cost.
Special anti-reflective coatings are now available for spectacle lenses, much like those used for fine camera lenses. These coatings are particularly effective for reducing eye fatigue for computer operators and anyone driving at night. And, of course, AR lenses enhance appearance by removing all distracting reflections.
With the formation of a cataract, activities like reading and driving can be difficult.
So What is a Cataract?
It is the clouding of the lens of the eye. Normallyk, light passes through the clear lense and is focused onto the Retina. The Cataract or cloudy lens blocks the passage of light through the eye and causes distorted or blurred vision, glare or difficulty seeing in poor lighting conditions.
While the development of cataracts is generally part of the natural aging process, it can be caused by: Diabetes, Trauma, Certain medications, Excessive sun exposure and even Genetic predisposition.
There are 20.5 million cases of early cataracts among Americans aged 40 and older, and 50 percent of people older than 65 have developed significant cataracts. Cataract surgery is the most common operation in the world. In the United States, more than 2.7 million procedures are performed annually.
If you need more information about cataracts, check with your Indigo Vision Specialist.
Diabetic retinopathy is the medical term for the most common diabetes eye problem. It is the leading cause of blindness in American adults. It damages the blood vessels in the retina, the light sensitive nerve tissue in your eye that sends visual images to your brain.
With early detection and treatment, irreversible vision loss can be prevented. This is just one of the reasons it is so important to have your eyes checked on a regular basis. In addition to testing your vision, we will look for any symptoms of eye disease.
Retina damage happens slowly! Your retinas have tiny blood vessels that are easy to damage. Having high blood glucose and high blood pressure for a long time can damage these tiny blood vessels.
First, these tiny blood vessels swell and weaken. Some blood vessels then become clogged and do not let enough blood through. At first, you might not have any loss of sight from these changes. This is why you need to have a comprehensive eye exam once a year even if your sight seems fine. As diabetic retina problems get worse, new blood vessels grow. These new blood vessels are weak. They break easily and leak blood in to the vitreous of your eye. The leaking blood keeps light from reaching the retina. You may see floating spots or almost total darkness. Sometimes the blood will clear out by itself. However, you might have to have surgery to remove it.
Call us right away if you are having any vision problems or if you have a sudden change in your vision.
For many, the feeling of grittiness, dryness, burning or stinging or even excessive tearing cannot be relieved simply, or with over the counter methods. It may be the sign of chronic condition known as dry eye syndrome. Yes, even tearing eyes area a sign of dry eye.
The tears your eyes produce are necessary for overall eye health and clear vision. Dry eye means that your eyes do not produce enough tears or that you produce tears that do not have the proper chemical composition. Often, dry eye is part of the natural aging process.
If you have symptoms of dry eye, see us immediately for a comprehensive examination. Dry eye cannot be cured, but we may be able to prescribe treatment so your eyes remain healthy and your vision is unaffected. Any conditions that reduces the production, alters the composition, or impedes the distribution of the preocular tear film (POTF) may cause a noticeable irritation to the structures of the front surface of the eye and a degradation of vision.
These conditions are often related to problems with the structure or function of the eyelids, cornea or conjunctiva. Depending upon the severity of symptoms, individuals may be limited in their ability to see clearly and comfortably and may be at increased risk of developing secondary infection or chronic inflammation that may not respond to treatment.