Alicia Valencia Eyecare Center of Optometry
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Services provided at our office include:

Comprehensive Eye Examinations Contact Lenses
Optical Dispensing Laser Vision Correction
Preventative Vision Care Eye Infections, Eye Injuries, Dry Eyes
Eye Diseases; Cataracts, Glaucoma, Diabetes Low Vision Services
Vision Therapy Facilities and Equipment
Insurance Plans Types of Payment Accepted

Comprehensive Eye Examinations

We know your vision is important to you – and it’s important to us. When you come for your appointment, we make sure to schedule ample time for your appointment so you will never feel rushed. Our office provides complete eye care for both adults and children. Our comprehensive eye examinations will check your eyes inside and out for any potential eye disorders or diseases. Your visual skills and abilities are carefully evaluated and appropriate treatment is prescribed, whether it’s medication, lenses, or vision therapy. We are prepared to handle whatever your eyecare needs are, and will treat them with the latest in diagnostic equipment and are committed to keeping up with eye care technology.

Contact Lenses

Our professionals can help fit you into a pair of lenses that is just right for you. We are experts in fitting contact lenses and can handle the most specialized needs. Whether rigid or soft lenses, we are experienced in handling the most difficult of prescriptions.

If you have allergies, then you know allergies can be particularly annoying to contact lens wearers. In the past many people had to quit wearing their lenses during the allergy season. However, new lens materials and allergy medications have made it possible for these people to eliminate the burning itchy eyes associated with allergies. Prescription medications such as Patanol and Alocril are amazingly effective and safe even in children as young as three. Let us know when you come in for your appointment if you have special allergy needs and we will be happy to help you.

Optical Dispensing

Our optical laboratory has the latest in equipment to not only fabricate your glasses, but to maintain and repair them should they become broken or damaged. We are able to tint, coat, harden and edge spectacle lenses. We are able to provide you with any frame or lens design available. Our highly qualified optician and staff are able to adjust and fit your glasses to you for extended comfort and vision.

We are proud to have a wide variety of frames such as Calvin Klein, Vera Wang, Tura, Gucci, Dior, Safilo, Versace', Anne Klein, BCBG, Nike, and Flexon by Marchon. We also carry XGames, Disney, Sponge Bob and many other quality frames for kids. Finally, we have the popular E'Lite Smart Clip, a polarized magnetic clip frame and Maui Jim Sunglasses, the ultimate in sunwear!!!

And if you don't see what you're looking for, we can order it!


Frames

- Designer Lines

- Safety Frames

- Sports Frames

- Childrens Frames

- Sunglasses

- Spring Hinges

- Lightweight Space-age

  Metals

- Large Selection

Lens Features

- Thin, Lightweight Lenses

- Safety Lenses

- Polycarbonate Lenses

- Progressive Lenses

- Computer Lenses

- Sports Lenses

- Transition Lenses

- Special Tints

- Anti-Reflective Coatings

- Ultra-Violet Protection


Laser Vision Correction

Most people with vision correction issues are wanting to know more about LASIK and whether it is right for them. Here is a brief description of the procedure;

A flap is surgically cut in the cornea and gently folded back. An Excimer Laser is used to reshape the cornea into a flatter shape (this is much like a contact lens corrects vision by forming a new shape on the cornea). The flap is then put back in place, acting like a natural bandage. The healing process is quick and the discomfort level is quite low.

People will often say that they did not feel anything, and could see well the very first day. Most people have improved vision in 24-48 hours. but it must be noted that each person will heal at a different rate. Vision, although greatly improved immediately after surgery, often continues to improve for some weeks, even months.

LASIK is not for everyone. People's eyes are different so even though you may have had a friend who has had LASIK, it may not be the best course of treatment for you. If you are interested in laser vision correction, Dr. Nguyen works with Dr. Thomas S. Tooma, M.D for our LASIK patients. He is the Medical Director of NVision Newport Beach and he performed LASIK personally on Dr. Nguyen and Dr. Alessi. 

After the procedure, we take great care to monitor your eyes and adjust your medication for the best possible results.

For more information, visit www.NVISIONCenters.com


Preventative Vision Care

Our office provides working arrangements with eye surgeons and more specialized eye care doctors to provide many of the surgical services such as Cataract surgery, Laser surgery, Refractive surgery and Strabismic surgery, retinal detachments, retinal tears and hemorrhages. You can be assured that your eyes will be comprehensively managed by the best eye care professionals, such as our LASIK surgeon, Dr. Tooma.



Eye Infections, Eye Injuries, Dry Eyes

Our office provides emergency services for eye infections and eye injuries. Please call our office at 949-951-8001 during office hours or our emergency number; 714-309-7807 after hours or on weekends. Our staff will work with you to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. State of the art microscopes allow us to examine the front surface of the eye and facial areas around the eye for infection or injury. After assessing the extent of the injury or infection a treatment plan will be formulated and explained to you. Treatment may include medications and supportive care. Follow-up visits to monitor your recovery will be scheduled as needed.

Dry Eyes:

Symptoms include scratchy eyes, burning, mild redness and gritty feeling eyes. Oral medications, reading, computer tasks and dry environments may aggravate marginally dry eyes. Dry eyes can be diagnosed by using dyes to observe tear patterns, evaluation of the amount of tears on the front of the eye and from review of your symptoms. Treatment may include artificial tears; eye drops for treating allergies; and/or punctal plugs inserted in the tear drainage canals.

Allergies can be particularly annoying to contact lens wearers. In the past many people had to quit wearing their lenses for a month or two during the allergy season. New lens materials and allergy medications have made it possible for these people to eliminate itchy eyes. These medications such as Patanol and Alocril are amazingly effective and safe even in children as young as three.



Eye Diseases; Cataracts, Glaucoma, Diabetes

Cataracts:

The natural lens in the eye gradually becomes less clear as we get older. When opacities develop in the lens and the lens gets too hazy, vision will be impaired. Our office can diagnose and manage cataract care. When the cataract affects the vision to the extent that you cannot read or see distant objects comfortably, we will recommend cataract surgery. Our office co-manages with cataract specialists that are proven experts in cataract surgery. Cataract surgery can provide you with a bright new world of vision.

Glaucoma:

Glaucoma gradually destroys the optic nerve tissue in the back of the eye. The greatest danger of glaucoma stems from the fact that the disease is painless and without obvious symptoms until significant damage has occurred. The most common cause is from pressure being too high inside the eye, but vascular disease and other diseases can also cause glaucoma. We always monitor for glaucoma during routine eye examinations. Tests include checking the pressure of the eye, screening for peripheral vision defects and analyzing the appearance of the optic nerve. If you are diagnosed with glaucoma, there are eye drops that can usually successfully control your glaucoma. Laser treatments and eye surgery are secondary treatments that offer alternative ways to treat more advanced cases of glaucoma.

Diabetes:

Diabetic patients should have a dilated retinal examination each year. Laser treatments have proven to slow the progression of retinal eye disease for many patients. Diabetes often stimulates the growth of new blood vessels in the back of the eye, which ultimately leak and damage the retina. If this condition is discovered early, laser treatment can destroy these vessels. We have the latest instruments, such as the Talia RTA, used to detect changes in the back of the eye. If we discover advancing diabetic eye disease that can be treated or needs further evaluation, we will refer you for consultation and further testing to a board certified retinal specialist.



Low Vision Services

People who have lost eyesight due to injuries or eye disease need special types of products to help them function as independently as possible. We offer a full range of these products through our office. Our paraoptometric staff is trained to demonstrate the use of some of these devices. They range all the way from a simple hand magnifier to a closed circuit TV system.

In addition, we can direct those who have low vision problems to products that will help them carry on the day-to-day tasks that they need to perform.


Vision Therapy

Seeing clearly is not enough. For many people, reading and hand-eye coordination tasks can be very difficult. The act of sight not only includes ones eyes, but it also includes the neurological activity that processes the visual information. Throwing a ball or skiing down a hill, is a learned activity; to do either well takes practice. Those who do it best are those who started learning at the earliest age. Sight plays an important role in the learning of these activities. Sight is the steering mechanism; it is the main activity that provides feedback regarding what really is happening. We provide Vision Therapy to help individuals learn how to process visual information and develop better hand-eye coordination skills.



Facilities and Equipment

We are proud to offer new technology known as the Talia RTA that only a handful of practices in all of California can offer. The Talia RTA is an instrument that uses a laser to create a computerized map of the back of the eye. With this map we are able to diagnose diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic macular issues earlier than ever before.

We pride ourselves in being a leader in eyecare technology in our local area. This allows us to provide the most comprehensive and thorough vision examination for our patients.

And finally, we have a lab on premises so we can offer one hour service for your convenience on certain prescriptions.

What is the RTA?
The RTA is a unique and innovative diagnostic instrument that is used by your eye doctor to assess the health of your retina (the tissue in the back of your eye that changes light into electrical impulses) and Optic nerve (transmits the electrical impulses to the visual cortex in the brain).
The RTA scans the interior of your eye with a specially designed laser.The measurements taken by the RTA are analyzed by a computer and used to create a map of your retina and Optic nerve.
The maps of the retina and Optic nerve allow detection of damage caused by diseases affecting the retina and Optic nerve at much earlier stages.
It also allows much greater precision when tracking the progression of retinal & Optic nerve diseases.

Why is it important to detect eye diseases early?
The leading causes of irreversible blindness, Glaucoma, Diabetic retinopathy and Macular degeneration, tend to come on silently, without pain or other symptoms in the earliest stages.
The later an eye problem is diagnosed, the harder it becomes to treat. However, in many cases early detection can prevent further vision loss.

What information does it give my doctor?

The RTA information is displayed as 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional maps.

These RTA printouts contain comprehensive information about your eyes that enable your doctor to determine proper treatment options.



Insurance Plans

We participate with VSP, Medicare and Cal-Optima, and we are on the panels of most insurances such as Davis Vision, MES, Spectera, Cole Vision (Vision One), Aetna, PacifiCare, United Healthcare, Safeguard (Smilesaver), EyeMed, Cigna Vision and Blue Shield of California.

If you have any questions about your insurance, call and we'll look it up for you!


Types of Payment Accepted

We accept cash, personal checks, ATM, American Express®, MasterCard®, Visa®, and Discover®. Also, please visit Care Credit at www.carecredit.com for an affordable way to pay for your procedures.


 
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