a journey through the human eye

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Scroll below for our eye care services we offer.


Exams: Vision & Medical

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Our Vision Services

  • Comprehensive Eye Examinations ( Adults & Children)
  • Contact Lens Fitting & Evaluations
  • Eyeglasses & Speciality Lenses 
  • Optical Studio with Designer Frames & Sunglasses


Our Medical Eye Services

  •  Diagnostic Eye Testing ( See Below)


  • Emergency & Urgent Eye Care 

Eye Pain 

Eye Infection

Stye

Redness/ Irritation 

Foreign Metal Removal

Sudden Flashes & Floaters


  • Eye Pain Management:

Recurrent Corneal Erosion

Regener-Eye Eye Drops

Bandage contact lens

Prokera Lens


  • Advanced Dry Eye Care 

Prescription Medication Drops

Regener-Eye Eye Drops

BlephEx & Zest for Blepharitis

Lipiflow  FDA Treatment

Punctal Plugs


  • LASIK /Refractive Surgery Consult & Care
  • Cataract Evaluation & Surgery Consult & Care
  • Glaucoma Evaluation & Treatment
  • Diabetic Eye Examinaton
  • Macula Degeneration Evaluation & Care
  • Plaquenil Examination & Testing
  • Corneal Disease Diagnosis & Management
  • Retinal Disease Diagnosis & Management

Our Diagnostic Eye Testings

  • Computerized Visual Fields 
  • Optical coherence tomography (OCT) 
  • Electroretinography (ERG )
  • Visual Evoke Potential  (VEP)
  • Optomap Retinal Scanning 
  • Retinal Photography
  • Constrast Sensitivity Vision Test
  • Gonioscopy
  • Corneal Pachymetry

 

Exams: a detailed explanation

Routine & Comprehensive Examinations

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Our eye doctors recommend you have a comprehensive eye exam every one to two years, depending on your age, risk factors, and physical condition.

It is not common to schedule a routine eye exam when your eyes feel fine. What many people do not realize is that many degenerative eye diseases cannot be felt. Glaucoma for example is painless and is often referred to as the sneak thief of sight. 

  • Routine eye examinations are important even if our eyes and vision are fine. 
  • Let’s learn from the past and history of eye disease and encourage regular eye exams. 
  • Preventative eye care can save vision.

Contact Lenses Fitting & Examinations

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The contact lens evaluations  & fitting  are an additional service when you have your annual vision exam.   We will check ensure that the material, shape, size and preccription is appropriate for your eyes.  

 Contact Lenses are considered to be a Medical Devices worn on top of your corneas and need extra care and attention to ensure the propelry perfect fit! 


Proper care will prevent future eye infection.


Types of Lens:

  • Spherical lenses & daily disposables
  • Toric lenses for astigmatism
  • Multifocals contact lenses
  • Colored contact lense
  • RGP: Rigid Gas Permeable

Urgent Eye Care for "Pink Eye" & Eye Pain

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We are here to take care of your URGENT care:

  • eye infection
  •  stye
  • pink eye
  • painful eye 
  • foreign body removal
  • sudden vision loss
  • sudden floaters


We welcome all patients from Anchorage to Eagle River to Wasilla and all over Alaska!


Don't go to the ER!  Call us first!


Call Us Today: (907) 274-7825




Diabetic Eye Examinations

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Diabetic Eye Disease is the Leading Cause of Blindness

  • It may be no secret to that diabetes is a very serious disease that has widespread affects on various parts of the body and the eyes are one of them. 
  • The most common cause of blindness in the United States is diabetic eye disease. In the early stages, when it is most easily treated, diabetic eye disease has no symptoms. The only way for a diabetic to know if he or she has diabetic eye disease is to get routine eye examinations at least once a year. 
  • Diabetic Retinopathy is a disease that affects diabetic people and eventually leads to blurriness, distorted vision and eventually loss of vision. 
  • When people suffer with diabetes they may often have unstable glucose levels and they are prone to circulation problems in the back of the eye, known as the Retina.
  •  If you are diabetic our eye doctors will be happy to schedule an appointment to evaluate an impact of diabetes on your vision.

Glaucoma Examinations

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Glaucoma is the second most common cause of blindness. 

  • Do you have a family history of glaucoma? If so please schedule an eye exam. 
  • Glaucoma is called the sneak thief of sight because it has no symptoms at all until the disease is very advanced. Once vision is lost through Glaucoma, it can never be regained. 
  • The only way to know if you have glaucoma is to have a comprehensive eye examination on a regular basis. 
  • Learn more about glaucoma and glaucoma treatment options at Nova Eyecare Center.


These are our Diagnostic Testings for Early Detections & Treatment 


  • Peripheral Visual Fields 
  • Corneal Pachymetry
  • Optical coherence tomography (OCT) 
  • Electroretinography (ERG)
  • Gonioscopy
  • IOP check 




Cataract Examination & Care

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Cataract the most common cause of vision loss in people over age 40 and is also the principal cause of blindness in the world


We provide pre-surgical evaluations and monitoring of cataracts, referrals for surgical interventions, and post-operative follow up care.


Cataract is the clouding of the eye's natural lens. Types of cataracts include:

  • A subcapsular cataract occurs at the back of the lens. People with diabetes or those taking high doses of steroid medications have a greater risk of developing a subcapsular cataract.
  • A nuclear cataract forms deep in the central zone (nucleus) of the lens. Nuclear cataracts usually are associated with aging.
  • A cortical cataract is characterized by white, wedge-like opacities that start in the periphery of the lens and work their way to the center in a spoke-like fashion. This type of cataract occurs in the lens cortex, which is the part of the lens that surrounds the central nucleus.

exam: Macular Degeneration

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Are You Over 50 ?

Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss, affecting more than 10 million Americans – more than cataracts and glaucoma combined.

At present, Macular Degeneration is considered an incurable eye disease.

Macular Degeneration is caused by the deterioration of the central portion of the retina, the inside back layer of the eye that records the images we see and sends them via the optic nerve from the eye to the brain. The retina’s central portion, known as the macula, is responsible for focusing central vision in the eye, and it controls our ability to read, drive a car, recognize faces or colors, and see objects in fine detail.


What is Age-related Macular Degeneration?

The human retina is made up of layers of cells that line the entire inside of the globe of the eye. The macula is the most sensitive part of the retina, located in the center.  The macula is about the size of the head of a straight pin, and contains millions of light-sensing cells that provide sharp, detailed, “straight-ahead” central vision.  When light strikes the back of the eye, the cells of the macula and the rest of the retina send electrical signals to the brain through the optic nerve.  The brain translates the electrical signals into the images we see.  When macula cells are damaged or destroyed, the images received by the brain are distorted.


  • Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a progressive eye condition affecting as many as 15 million Americans and millions more around the world. There is no cure for AMD which destroys the clear central vision necessary for reading, driving, identifying faces, watching television, safely navigating stairs and performing other daily tasks we take for granted. It can make it more difficult to see contrast and can change the way color is seen. Peripheral vision may not be affected, and it is possible to see “out of the corner of your eye”.
  • AMD is the number one cause of severe vision loss and legal blindness in adults over 60 in the U.S.  It escalates with age.  More than one senior in three over the age of 75 is likely to develop signs of AMD, with over 200,000 new cases diagnosed every year.
  • There are two types of AMD – atrophic or “dry AMD" and neovascular or “wet AMD”.  All AMD starts in the dry form.  There are treatments available for wet AMD to stop disease progression, and research is underway to find an effective treatment to limit the vision loss that occurs with dry AMD. Even with vision loss resulting from AMD, training and special devices can promote independence and a return to favorite activities.

How did I get AMD?

There are some things you can do to reduce the risk of AMD.  Research with large populations around the world has revealed a list of lifestyle factors that can be changed.  Other things that contribute to AMD include your family history and age. While you can’t control these risk factors, it’s important to know about them.  


Things You Can’t Change

  • Age – AMD signs are present in about 14% of people 55–64; 20% of those age 65–75; and up to 40% of individuals over age 75.
  • Gender – AMD is more common in women than in men.
  • Race – AMD is more common in Caucasians than other races, but it exists in every ethnicity.
  • Eye Color – AMD is more common in people with blue eyes.
  • AMD in One Eye – If you have AMD in one eye, your chance of developing it in the other eye is higher. Dry AMD in one eye may predispose you to wet AMD in the other eye.
  • Genetics – If others in your family have AMD, you have a greater risk of developing it.


Risk Factors You Can Change

  • Smoking – Smoking increases your risk, especially if AMD runs in your family.
  • Diet – A poor diet, low in antioxidants and high in saturated fats and processed foods may increase your risk of developing AMD.
  • Obesity – People who are very overweight have a higher risk of AMD.
  • Exercise – A sedentary lifestyle contributes to AMD.
  • Cholesterol – High cholesterol is bad for your eyes and your heart.
  • Blood Pressure – High blood pressure may be involved in AMD.
  • Sun Exposure – Ultraviolet and blue light from the sun and electronics can damage the retina.
  • SOURCES: http://www.ucirvineamd.org/index.html

Eye Vitamin to Prevent AMD?

YES!  With  MacuHealth 


  • Available @ Nova Eyecare Center --Always @ 10% off Retail = $72 a bottle


  • Restores Macular Pigment  Exposure to high energy blue light increases oxidative stress on the retina, which over time can lead to Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). MacuHealth helps nature restore macular pigment to optimum levels, and may protect against AMD because of the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nature of the three nutrients.


  • Improves Visual Performance Visible blue light has a negative effect on the quality of the optical image formed at the retina. In fact, shorter blue light wavelengths scatter more than other wavelengths, thereby resulting in Glare, Chromatic Aberration, and Light Scatter. Consequently, these conditions contribute to loss of visual acuity. Macular pigment selectively filters out damaging and image-degrading visible blue light.
  • Critical Carotenoids MacuHealth with LMZ3 is the only dietary supplement containing all three (3) critical nutrients, Lutein, Meso-Zeaxanthin and Zeaxanthin in the same 10:10:2 ratio that makes up macular pigment. Taken once a day, this small, easy-to-swallow soft gel is clinically proven to restore macular pigments to normal levels, resulting in enhanced vision and aid in the prevention of age-related macular degeneration. 

Contrast Sensitivity Testing

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Why is it important to have this test done?

Available @ Nova Eyecare as part of your annual exam!


  • Contrast sensitivity is your ability to distinguish the foreground from the background. A contrast sensitivity test measures your ability to distinguish between finer and finer increments of light versus dark (contrast). This differs from common visual acuity testing in a routine eye exam, which measures your ability to recognize smaller and smaller letters on a standard eye chart.


  • Contrast sensitivity is a very important measure of visual function, especially in situations of low light, fog or glare, when the contrast between objects and their background often is reduced. Driving at night is an example of an activity that requires good contrast sensitivity for safety.


  • It is important to note that contrast sensitivity is a much more sensitive measure of real world vision.  Even if you have 20/20 visual acuity, you can have eye or health conditions that may diminish your contrast sensitivity and make you feel that you are not seeing well.

exam: Plaquenil eye examination

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About Plaquenil toxicity

Plaquenil and Your Eyes

  • In some people, Plaquenil can cause a condition called hydroxychloroquine retinopathy, often referred to as bulls-eye maculopathy. (The condition sometimes resembles a target, or bulls-eye ring, on the retina surrounding the macula.) 
  • Hydroxychloroquine retinopathy is extremely rare and is most often seen in cases where the dosage is high or the patient has been taking it for several years. Bulls-eye maculopathy is uncommon, but when it does occur, it can be devastating visually.Initially, central vision is not affected, but you may notice a ring of disrupted vision that may interfere with reading. As the disease progresses, it begins to affect central vision and becomes life-altering. 
  • The changes are most often permanent, but in some cases, vision has improved. 
  • Most rheumatologists recommend patients undergo a baseline eye exam prior to starting Plaquenil and be re-examined in the future depending on their risk for developing the condition. Risk factors include advanced age and having pre-existing retinal disease.
  • Recently, specialists have announced new guidelines for Plaquenil screenings because of associated retinal problems while taking Plaquenil. Also, the technology for detecting retinal changes has improved since the initial guidelines were set. 

We Offer Diagnostic Eye Tests

The new guidelines recommend eye doctors perform a comprehensive eye exam, including the following:

  • Dilated retinal examination
  • Retinal photography (for baseline documentation )
  • Central computerized visual field test
  • Optical coherence tomography (OCT
  • Electroretinography (ERG)
  • Constrast Sensivity Test
  • Color Test (baseline)

What is a dilated fundus exam?

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What is a dilated eye exam?

  • A dilated eye exam is the best thing you can do for your eye health! It’s the only way to check for eye diseases early on, when they’re easier to treat — and before they cause vision loss.
  • The exam is simple and painless. Your eye doctor will check for vision problems that make it hard to see clearly, like being nearsighted or farsighted. Then your doctor will give you some eye drops to dilate (widen) your pupil and check for eye diseases.
  • Since many eye diseases have no symptoms or warning signs, you could have a problem and not know it. Even if you think your eyes are healthy, getting a dilated eye exam is the only way to know for sure.


How often do I need to get a dilated eye exam?

  • How often you need a dilated eye exam depends on your risk for eye disease. Talk to your doctor about what’s right for you.
  • Get a dilated eye exam every 1 to 2 years if you:

  1. Are over age 60
  2. Are African American and over age 40
  3. Have a family history of glaucoma

  • If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, ask your doctor how often you need an exam. Most people with diabetes or high blood pressure need to get a dilated eye exam at least once a year.


How does dilation work?

  • Dilating your pupil lets more light into your eye — just like opening a door lets light into a dark room. 
  • Dilation helps your eye doctor check for many common eye problems, including diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).



It is safe to to drive after your eyes are dilated.

However, some people prefer to have a driver . 



Source:  https://nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/healthy-vision/get-dilated-eye-exam