Eye Exams

The Denver, Colorado Ophthalmologist for Comprehensive Eye Care
Because maintaining healthy eyes is an important part of life!

Eye ExamAs a leading ophthalmologist in Denver, Colorado, Dr. Bill Hines and the Doctors at Hines-Sight provide comprehensive eye care for families throughout the Denver area. He is also the official team ophthalmologist for the Colorado Crush. Drs. Hines and Cushing provide every service necessary for complete eye health, including routine eye exams, treatment of eye infections, injuries, macular degeneration, focusing and muscle balance problems (strabismus), diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma, diabetes and more.

Along with designer frames, Hines-Sight patients enjoy a wide range of prescription and non-prescription sunglasses available in the latest styles and lens types. Visit our optical shop!

Dr. Stan Cushing specializes in primary eye care, contact lens care including Keratoconus, astigmatism, and post surgical contact lens fitting, and the latest advances in dry eye therapy. He is certified to care for ocular diseases and also expert in the evaluation and care of LASIK in Denver, EpiLasik, PRK and other refractive surgery procedures.

Your eyes are windows to your overall health.
It is probably no secret, at this point, that if one wants to ensure proper eye health, one must commit to having regular eye exams. Many illnesses appear in the eye earlier than other organs and can affect your vision. From detecting glaucoma to preventing diabetic retinopathy, it is obvious that regular eye exams simply save vision. Other health issues are often detected for the first time at the eye exam, such as heart disease, diabetes or high blood pressure, which can then be addressed with your primary care physician.

  • Adult patients with healthy eyes should have at least one thorough eye exam between the age of 20 and 30, then a checkup every 2 to 3 years between age 40 and 60 and yearly thereafter. Between the ages of 40 and 54 presbyopia will start to make an impact on reading vision.
  • Dry Eye Syndrome is a common problem, affecting about 1 or 2 people out of 5. Most folks have never heard of this problem. As one goes through life, periodic red, gritty, irritated and even watery eyes are viewed as normal occurences. Often they just happen because of overuse of the eyes or exposure to wind and sun. Sometimes it's just the climate. For many, the symptoms are present all of the time and special treatment can make the eyes much more comfortable. Examination of the eyes will detect dry eyes and a special test, known as the Schirmer Tear Test can be performed to measure the amount of tears produced by the lacrimal glands. For more information regarding dry eye syndrome click on the blue Dry Eye Syndrome button or visit www.dry-eye-syndrome.net
  • Screening for macular degeneration is also an important function of the complete eye exam. By direct visualization of the back of the eye, we can detect signs of this disease. Once diagnosed, daily testing with the Amsler Grid can help warn of serious progression.
  • Hines-Sight now offers an advanced technology for the retinal portion of the exam: Optomap. The Optomap retinal exam is comfortable, quick, and very simple. A digital image of your retina is captured in less than a second. The Optomap retinal image is then immediately displayed for the doctor to review with you. The Optomap Retinal exam does not require dilating drops, but often dilation of the eyes will be needed to further evaluate the findings discovered by the Optomap.

A comprehensive retinal examination can detect signs of diseases that affect not only your eyes, but also your overall health:


Presbyopia

Presbyopia is a problem which affects all of us as we get older--Our ability to focus on close objects diminishes. If you are over the age of 40 you are presented with new visual challenges. There is a great chance that you are now using reading glasses, bifocals (progressive add lenses) or at least having difficulty seeing near objects. If you have never required glasses, your distance vision might be completely clear or perhaps both your near and far vision have become blurry. Regardless of the effects of the aging eye and presbyopia, monovision could potentially enable effective focusing capability again. Monovision is sometimes present naturally, when one of the eyes is focused close and the other at distance or it can be attained by contact lenses, refractive surgery, or even spectacle correction. Before considering monovision be sure to consult our Denver ophthalmologist, William Hines, M.D. or our optometrist, Stanley Cushing, O.D., who have extensive experience in providing monovision for their patients.

How does Monovision Work?
Monovision is a way of providing adequate distance and near visual acuity without spectacles. With monovision, one eye, usually the dominant eye, is corrected for distance vision, and the other eye is corrected for near vision. Monovision is an effective and successful alternative to wearing glasses for the marked majority of people. Monovision works well for about 85-90% of the presbyopic population, but the remainder may have trouble adjusting to the new perceptions. Simple testing will aid in determining whether it will work for you. As all remedies for presbyopia are compromises for the problem of presbyopia, monovision may be the most versatile and acceptable one for the highly active individual or one just wanting to be glasses free for most of their seeing experiences. Monovision is great for computer distance and most print in the range of newspaper font. It will not eliminate all need for glasses. Some may need to have a pair of over the counter reading glasses or prescription readers for very small print or prolonged reading activity. Others may desire a pair for driving at night or other activity.

MonoVision LASIK
FDA Statement, July 12, 2007 - RELEASED ON FDA WEBSITE
The FDA approves CustomVue Monovision LASIK


“The approval of the CustomVue® Monovision LASIK expands permanent vision correction options for nearsighted adults who also have trouble focusing on objects close-up,” said Daniel Schultz, M.D., director of FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “Unlike traditional LASIK, Monovision LASIK may reduce the need for reading glasses in some people over 40.”

If you are a patient considering CustomVue® monovision LASIK consult Dr. Hines or Dr. Cushing directly regarding this procedure. Monovision LASIK is a permanent surgical procedure, but can be enhanced if necessary or in unusual circumstances changed to distance vision.

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