|The UC Davis Health System Eye Center’s optometrists are fully qualified providers who examine, diagnose and treat the visual system on patients of all ages. Our optometrists are an integral part of your healthcare team. They are skilled in vision care, contact lens fittings, glasses prescriptions, and work closely with our ophthalmologists. They examine the structures of the eye to detect and diagnose:
- Vision conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia
- Binocular vision conditions such as convergence insufficiency and strabismus, which can cause eye discomfort and difficulty reading
- Eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts and retinal detachments
- Ocular conditions caused by certain medications and systemic diseases (such as diabetes)
- Eye problems ranging from dry eye and allergies to foreign body removal and infections
Our Optometrists prescribe and/or provide eyeglasses, low vision aids and vision therapy.
Our Optometrists do testing to determine the patient's ability to focus and coordinate the eyes, judge depth perception, and see colors accurately. They also work in the refractive surgery service assisting with pre- and post-operative laser care.
Contact Lens Service
Our Contact Lens Service excels in fitting many different types of contact lenses for all types of eyes (ranging from a simple nearsighted eye to eyes with significant scarring and poor vision). Here are a few of the specialty contact lens modalities that are offered:
- Breathable (High Oxygen) contact lenses: these lenses are made of the newest, healthiest material to reduce eye redness and dryness, while improving overall lens comfort.
- Bifocal contact lenses: these lenses come in both soft and gas permeable materials and help the patient who needs correction for viewing both distant and near objects.
- Toric contact lenses: these lenses are best suited for patients with astigmatism. Custom toric lenses are available for those with significant amounts of astigmatism.
- CRT or Corneal Refractive Therapy: this is a method of fitting a specially designed gas permeable lens on the eye to alter the shape of the cornea. The lenses are worn at night while you sleep and removed in the day, providing clear vision without the need for glasses or contact lenses.
- Medically Necessary Contact Lenses: these therapeutic lenses are fitted on eyes with corneal disease or conditions which limit visual acuity in glasses. Some conditions include keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, aphakia, or eyes that have had corneal transplants or other surgeries.
- Prosthetic Custom Colored Lenses: these lenses are designed to improve the appearance of a disfigured or scarred eye. They are available in both a computer generated color or a custom hand-painted iris.
- SynergEyes Lenses: these lenses are a hybrid hard gas permeable lens center with a soft outside skirt. They are designed to have the superior optics of a standard gas permeable lens, with improved comfort similar to a soft lens. They are available in keratoconic, post-surgical, and multifocal designs.
- Scleral lenses: these custom therapeutic lenses are large diameter gas permeable lenses that rest on the sclera of the eye and vault over the corneal surface. They are designed to treat a variety of eye conditions and have proven successful in treating irregular corneas that have not been able to be fit with other contact lens designs. Due to the fact that the lenses provide a tear layer between the lens and the eye, scleral lenses are also helpful in treating severe dry eyes or patients with Stevens-Johnson syndrome.
The Eye Center also offers two convenient optical shops that are stocked with the latest frame styles. Click Here to learn more about our optical shops at both the Lawrence Ellision Ambulatory Care Center and Cadillac Drive clinic locations.