Thorough Eye Exams Catch Vision Problems Early

Philadelphia Eye Exams at Rittenhouse Eye AssociatesDr. Harris’ attention to detail means that you will receive the most comprehensive eye exam possible, including screenings for most eye diseases. The truth is, many diseases of the body first show signs in your eyes, and diagnosing these problems early can prevent further damage or vision loss. Dr. Harris works closely with your internist or family physician to manage your health and well-being. This is why many local medical professionals choose to refer patients to him.

A comprehensive retinal examination can also detect signs of other diseases that affect not just your eyes, but your overall health.

Diabetic Retinopathy (DR)

Caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina, DR is the leading cause of blindness in America and effects nearly half of all people with diabetes – American Diabetes Association

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Increased pressure in the blood vessels can result in damage to blood vessels in the eye – www.allaboutvision.com

Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD)

Caused by changes in the retina due to the body’s aging process, ARMD is the leading cause of blindness for those aged 55+ in America – Macular Degeneration Foundation

Retinal Detachment (RD)

Caused by severe nearsightedness or trauma, RD can also occur in patients with systemic diseases such as diabetes and will likely lead to permanent vision loss if not detected – www.allaboutvision.com

Glaucoma—The Silent Sight Stealer

Although glaucoma affects about 3,000,000 Americans per year, half of them don’t know it. That’s because glaucoma has no symptoms at first. Luckily, Dr. Harris can diagnose glaucoma in its early stages to avoid further vision loss. Treatment options include the newest pharmaceutical approaches and laser surgery.

Dr. Harris is committed to providing you with the highest standards of eye care available, and strongly recommends that you have a Retinal Exam as part of your regular eye exams.

Optometric Exams

In addition to ophthalmologic examinations by Dr. Harris, our on-site optometrist performs eye exams for glasses and contacts, and to evaluate eye health. A proper examination is critical to proper contact lens fitting, and Rittenhouse Eye specializes in patients who may have had trouble wearing contacts in the past.

Contact Lenses Custom Fit for Your Needs

Contact lenses are not “one size fits all”. Contact lenses are medical devices which can threaten your vision if not worn or cared for properly. Dr. Harris believes in fitting your eyes with the best contact lenses to suit you and your lifestyle. Whether you need soft, gas penneable, bifocal, or specialty contacts, you can be assured of receiving a comfortable pair of contacts with our expertise and cutting edge equipment.

Single vision contacts: Rittenhouse Eye Associates fits many brands of soft lenses including Acuvue and Focus lenses. Soft lenses can be prescribed for occasional use, as well as 2-week or monthly disposable wear. Single vision lenses are also available in gas penneable material.

Toric contacts: Having astigmatism does not mean having to compromise your vision. Contact lenses are available to correct astigmatism and provide clearer vision to patients than single vision contacts.

Multi-focal contacts: Patients should not have to give up their contacts because they need additional help with reading. Rittenhouse Eye Associates fits different varieties of multifocal contacts and tries to base each fit around patients’ visual demands. Multifocal lenses are available in soft and gas permeable materials.

Dry Eye Clinic Service

Dry eye is a common condition that affects millions of Americans. A dry eye can itch, burn, feel gritty, or even burn excessively. These symptoms can be disruptive to everyday activities, and can be made worse by computer use or contact lens wear.

Dry eye can be caused by the environment, inadequate tear production, or inflammation. There are options available to treat dry eye, but it is important to have a thorough evaluation to tailor treatment to each patient. Rittenhouse Eye Associates is a dry eye treatment center. We specialize in dry eye diagnosis, and treatment. We welcome patients who want to explore contact lenses but feel they are not contact lens candidates because their eyes are dry.

Convenient Hours Include Nights and Weekends! Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm; Thursday: 12pm-7pm. Ask us about Saturday appointments!

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