optometry services  Sherman Oaks, CA
OUR MISSION IS TO PROVIDE COMPREHENSIVE EYE CARE FOR ALL OUR PATIENTS IN ALL FACETS OF THEIR LIFE.

Our skilled optometrists are qualified to treat a variety of visual issues ranging from workspace eye strain to visual performance in sports – and everything in between. We pride ourselves in offering our patients the latest therapies to combat ailments as common as dry eye and as rare as keratoconus. Our comprehensive list of services includes:

Comprehensive Eye Exams  Sherman Oaks, CA

Comprehensive Eye Exams

On average, we recommend scheduling an appointment once every two years to ensure your eyes are remaining healthy. If you have been diagnosed with an eye condition, however, we recommend scheduling an appointment once or twice a year depending on the severity.

During your appointment, we will review your patient history, visual acuity, perform preliminary tests, and evaluate your eyes’ overall health.

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contact lenses  Sherman Oaks, CA

Contact Lenses

Nowadays, most people prefer to wear contacts instead of glasses. If you are interested in contact lenses, please let your eye doctor know prior to your appointment. During your exam, we will discuss the various contact lenses available and determine the best option based on your individual needs and lifestyle.

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specialty contact lenses  Sherman Oaks, CA

Specialty Contact Lenses

Contact technology has experienced major advances in vision correction for patients with eye conditions that prevented them from obtaining contacts in the past. Specialty fit contacts and scleral lenses are now available for some of the more problematic conditions.

Conditions such as astigmatism, hyperopia, myopia, and presbyopia cannot be corrected with regular contacts. Specialty lenses can be made to be softer, more rigid, or a hybrid of soft and rigid, depending on the needs of the patient. Soft lenses allow more oxygen to pass through to the cornea. Rigid lenses are more durable and allow for crisper vision as well as being smaller in diameter.

Scleral lenses are an option for patients with dry eyes and have problems wearing other types of contacts. They are larger in diameter but made of rigid material and provide a fluid reservoir between the cornea and the back surface of the contact. A scleral lens may be helpful in patients with irregular corneal surfaces.

The staff at Rad Optometric Care offers several types of specialty lenses to correct your vision. Call (818) 461-0595 to make an appointment today.

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scleral lens  Sherman Oaks, CA

Scleral Lenses

Patients with irregular-shaped corneas or conditions such as dry eyes have had problems being fitted for contacts in the past. Most have been told that glasses are their only vision correction option. Advancements in optical technologies have introduced a special type of contact lens that can accommodate for many of these previous roadblocks.

Scleral lenses are gas permeable and made to cover the entire corneal surface, resting on the sclera (the white of the eye). Conventional gas permeable contacts typically only cover 75% to 80% of the cornea.

By resting on the sclera, the scleral lens leaves a space between the lens and the cornea, providing two possible functions:

  • Replacing the irregular curve of the cornea to correct the vision problems
  • Allowing a fluid reserve to provide comfort for severe dry eyes

Scleral lenses are available from 14.5 mm to 24 mm, providing adequate coverage for all corneal sizes. Lenses smaller than 18 mm are classified as mini-sclerals.

Corneo-scleral lenses are also available for patients needing larger-than-normal gas permeable lenses. The larger size provides more comfort and can be used when contact lenses are needed after a LASIK procedure.

The best lens size depends on the complexity of the patient’s condition. Complications from keratoconus or irregular astigmatism can be mild or more severe, requiring varying tear reservoirs and more corneal curvature correction.

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Hard To Fit Contact Lenses  Sherman Oaks, CA

Contact Lens Fitting

Contact lenses are a great choice for patients who want to avoid wearing glasses but have vision problems. Rad Optometric Care in Sherman Oaks, California, provides contact lens examinations and fittings.

The examination for contact lenses is slightly different from an exam for glasses. The contour and measurements of the eye must be accurate to provide the clearest vision and most comfortable fit since contacts lay directly on the eye. Correct fitting requires the exact curvature of the eye surface and determining how light reflects from the cornea. The surface of the eye is mapped with special instruments. A contact lens exam costs slightly more than a basic eye exam due to the extra information required.

The type of contact needed for vision correction will depend on the information collected and patient preference. Some patients want contacts that can be worn overnight, and some patients want to change the color of their eyes.

Different eye conditions may require special contacts, such as toric lenses to correct astigmatism or multifocal contacts for presbyopia (difficulty with reading or seeing objects up-close). Presbyopic patients sometimes benefit from monovision contacts, which prescribes one contact for distance vision and one contact for near vision.

While vision is extremely important in acquiring contact lenses, fit and comfort are equally important. The experts at Rad Optometric Care will help you through the entire prescription and fitting process to provide the best experience possible.

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Macular Degeneration  Sherman Oaks, CA

Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is the deterioration of the central part of the retina (the macula). The images that we see are projected onto the inner back layer of the eye (the retina) and then sent to the brain through the optic nerve. Our central vision is controlled by the macula. If the macula is damaged, our ability to read, identify faces, and see colors or fine details are diminished or destroyed.

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss. More than 10 million Americans deal with age-related macular degeneration.

The risk factors for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are:

  • Age – One-third of the adults over age 75 experience AMD
  • Smoking – Smoking affects oxygen delivery throughout the body which may contribute to AMD
  • Family History – AMD is known to run in families.
  • Gender – Females are more prone to developing AMD
  • Prolonged Sun Exposure – Ultraviolet light and other light are thought to cause damage to the retina
  • Obesity – The chances of AMD are 2.5 times greater in patients with a BMI greater than 30
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure) – Like smoking, hypertension restricts oxygen to the retina

Our goal is to promote macular health for the prevention of macular degeneration. If you are at higher risk, we suggest:

  • Regular eye examinations and immediate consults if vision changes occur
  • Wear sunglasses and hats when outdoors
  • Keep blood pressure under control, as well as other medical conditions
  • Eat a nutritious diet and maintain a healthy weight

We recommend high-risk patients to begin prevention measures early for maximal benefits.

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Cataracts  Sherman Oaks, CA

Cataracts

Cataracts cause a clouding of the lens in the eye, making your vision appear to be foggy. Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over 40 and are the leading cause of blindness in the world.

Your eyes are meant to naturally adjust to normal light changes, adjust focus, and allow us to see both near and far. Your lens is primarily made up of water and proteins. The proper arrangement of these proteins is what contributes to normal vision. Some of these proteins clump together forming a clouding of the lens.

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Glaucoma  Sherman Oaks, CA

Glaucoma

Glaucoma occurs from damage to the eye’s optic nerve and can often lead to loss of vision and blindness. To detect glaucoma, our highly trained doctors will perform a proper screening to determine severity, examine the damage, and help you manage your glaucoma.

Early detection of glaucoma is crucial in preventing vision loss and blindness; the earlier the better. However, there is no official cure for glaucoma. There are several treatment methods that manage, slow down, or halt the process. Treatment for glaucoma will vary depending on the stage and severity for each individual patient.

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Computer Vision  Sherman Oaks, CA

Computer Vision

Digital screen time is increasing exponentially as new technology emerges. The effect of so much screen time is taking a huge toll on the vision and comfort of everyone, from a young age on. What started as just television time has increased to computers, smartphones, tablets, and gaming consoles. Eyes are working harder than ever to keep up. The resulting condition is called digital eye strain or computer vision syndrome (CVS). One way to alleviate digital eye strain is called the 20-20-20 rule. Take a 20-second break to look at something 20 feet away every 20 minutes.

The average American worker spends seven or more hours staring at a computer screen, just to go home to spend the evening on their laptop or tablet or watching TV. Vision-related symptoms are developing. Left untreated, these symptoms will worsen over time and make the patient more uncomfortable.

Some symptoms associated with CVS or digital eye strain:

  • Headaches
  • Dry eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Neck and shoulder pain

Conditions leading to these symptoms:

  • Poor seating posture
  • Poor lighting
  • Glare on the screen
  • Improper viewing distance
  • Untreated vision problems
  • A combination of any of the above

Treatments of CVS are varied. The first and best step is to get regular eye care. Focus on finding problems as they develop or even before. Make sure to get treatment for all vision difficulties.

Secondly, make changes to how screens are viewed. The doctors at Rad Optometric Care will help with the treatment and prevention of computer vision syndrome.

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Hyperopia  Sherman Oaks, CA

Hyperopia

Farsightedness, known as hyperopia, makes it difficult to see objects close by. If you are experiencing farsightedness, corrective lenses such as glasses or contact lenses will be prescribed. After a thorough examination, we will determine the prescription that’s best for you.

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Myopia Control  Sherman Oaks, CA

Myopia Control

Nearsightedness, known as myopia, makes it difficult to see objects from afar. If you are experiencing nearsightedness, corrective lenses such as glasses or contact lenses will be prescribed. After a thorough examination, we will determine the prescription that’s best for you.

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LASIK Co-Management  Sherman Oaks, CA

LASIK Co-Management

Rad Optometric Care in Sherman Oaks, California, offers LASIK correction.

LASIK is a vision correction surgery that has been touted as truly amazing and life-changing for many patients. LASIK is an in-office procedure that takes only approximately 15 minutes to complete and is completely pain-free. Patient vision is improved dramatically by redirecting light through the cornea and onto the back of the eye properly in patients who are astigmatic, nearsighted, or farsighted. The laser is used to reshape the cornea and the tissue underlying the cornea.

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Diabetic Eye Care  Sherman Oaks, CA

Diabetic Eye Care

Diabetes can affect more than just your blood sugar. It can also do some damage to your eyes if you are not careful.

Diabetic eye disease can cause vision loss if you are not careful. It can cause you to have trouble with everyday tasks even if you have regular glasses or contacts. It can even cause blindness.

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Surgery Co-Management  Sherman Oaks, CA

Surgery Co-Management

Patients with chronic eye conditions that require surgery of any kind may require input from your optometrist to be sure that eye health is maintained through the entire surgical plan. This is also true when eye surgery is required that needs a specialist. Rad Optometric Care strives to provide the best co-management possible by working with your surgeons for any pre-operative or post-operative services needed for the successful completion of your procedure.

By providing pre-op counseling and post-op management, surgeons are free to focus on the best surgical care for the patient. Collaboration between offices keeps both doctors updated on the medical well-being of the patient and allows for the specialists to keep our office updated on new procedures and products available in the care of our mutual patients.

When referring a patient to a specialist, we select someone that can provide the best treatment for a specific condition. A medical history has already been obtained in our office, providing the surgeon a head-start on working up a treatment plan. Having an established relationship with several different surgeons in the area also allows us to know what specialized tests need to be obtained before the first surgical appointment, streamlining the referral process. The surgeon’s office then keeps us informed about the progress made and what type of follow-up will be needed here.

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Dry Eye Treatment  Sherman Oaks, CA

Dry Eye Evaluation

Older adults are prone to developing chronic dry eye syndrome. Clear vision and eye comfort depend on adequate lubrication. Hydration is required to keep the front surfaces of the eyes healthy.

The main functions of tears are to wash away foreign bodies, prevent infections, and lubricate the eye. Tears are produced by glands around the eyelids, and any excess fluid is removed by tiny drainage ducts in the corners of the eyes. When tear production and drainage are unbalanced, dry eyes are the result.

Many factors are known to contribute to dry eyes, including certain medications, wind, dry climates, air-conditioning, and prolonged computer use.

Mild dry eye or occasional symptoms are typically successfully treated with artificial tears (over-the-counter eye drops). For effective medical treatment in the case of more severe symptoms, the cause of the dry eyes needs to be determined.

Dry eyes tend to be more than just uncomfortable. Dryness can increase the potential for damage to the eye and infections. It is important to find the cause of chronic dry eye symptoms and get treatment.

Call Rad Optometric Care in Sherman Oaks, California, for a dry eye evaluation today.

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Ortho-K  Sherman Oaks, CA

Ortho-K

Ortho K (orthokeratology) lenses are used to reshape the cornea during sleep for better vision during the day. The Ortho K lenses are gas-permeable rigid lenses that can correct astigmatism, hyperopia, or myopia. When the lenses are removed in the morning, the cornea retains the corrected shape and allows clear vision throughout the day without the use of glasses or daytime contact lenses.

Ortho K technology has been used since the 1940s. When doctors discovered that rigid contacts could reshape the cornea, development continued for the next several decades. Real advancements began to happen in the 1990s, leading to improved gas permeable lenses and computerized corneal topography software for customized vision correction.

Myopia is a serious global health concern and is more prevalent than ever. By the year 2050, myopia is expected to affect up to 5 billion people due to age, increased screen time, and decreased outdoor time.

Orthokeratology is one of the most effective ways to slow down the progression of myopia in children. Ortho K lenses have become one of the most effective myopia treatments and are expected to become more popular and extremely important for correcting or slowing the progression.

Treatment effects can last more than a day, but nightly wear is recommended, and treatment is painless.

Rad Optometric Care in Sherman Oaks, California, offers Ortho K for myopia treatment. Call 818-461-0595 for an appointment today.

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Sports Vision  Sherman Oaks, CA

Sports Vision

Sports Vision training involves high-level eye tracking, depth perception, and hand-eye coordination. Many athletes will practice these exercises to keep their eye health in peak condition.

There are various exercises and specific exams used for Sports Vision testing. Office and field tests can both help determine how your eyes will function beyond the realm of normal activity. We can customize a program to strengthen your vision based on your level of activity.

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emergency eye care  Sherman Oaks, CA

Emergency Care

Here at Rad Optometric Care, we are here for you in the case of an emergency. There are times when you may need immediate care for your eyes. Any time that you experience trauma to your eyes, you need to be seen. If you get anything in your eye, especially chemicals and foreign objects, you should be seen immediately to limit the potential damage to the eye.

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Pediatric Eye Exams  Sherman Oaks, CA

Pediatric Eye Exams

Here at Rad Optometric Care, we are proud to offer pediatric eye examinations. Children should have their first eye exam around the age of six months. If the first exam finds that their eyes are healthy, they won’t need another appointment until they are between the age of two and three.

Although many schools offer annual eye exams, they are not complete visual exams and the results can be inaccurate. For this reason, you should schedule yearly or bi-yearly examinations to ensure that your child’s eyes are healthy and that he or she can see clearly.

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Digital Retina Imaging  Sherman Oaks, CA

Digital Retina Imaging

Using a digital camera system, our optometrists at Rad Optometric Care can clearly see and examine your retina, located at the back of your eye. This examination is critical to monitoring the health of your eye as well as to the early detection of many medical problems. The pictures generated through retinal imaging help us identify problems with your vision and can also help diagnose other medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, or even brain tumors.

Digital retinal imaging is important because, often, vision or eye problems can develop with no clear symptoms. Subtle changes in your vision can be hard to detect and diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, or retinal tears may only be visible through these images. Even in healthy eyes, retinal imaging is important as it allows us to track changes in your eyes over time so we can better predict and prepare for common issues that affect eyes as they age.
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Keratoconus  Sherman Oaks, CA

Keratoconus

Keratoconus is a non-inflammatory disorder that affects the cornea. The cornea becomes thinned and steepened, resulting in distorted vision, sensitivity to light, and decreased vision. Symptoms typically manifest in a person’s younger years, usually the late teens or 20’s.

Keratoconus can affect a person’s ability to read or drive, which can be a major obstacle for people. Luckily, this is a condition that can be diagnosed through a routine eye exam, which underscores the importance of scheduling regular eye exams for you and your children.

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