Optometry & Eye Care Services
Proudly Serving Patients from Parkersburg & Surrounding Communities
Vision Care Associates in Parkersburg, WV provides a full range of optometry services. For over 50 years, our practice has been known for reliable, professional eye care. Our current owners, Drs. Vicki and Scott Lauer have provided great care to patients of all ages since 1998. Together with our opticians and technicians, our optometrists are committed providing patients with the care they need to improve and maintain their eye health.
We offer a full range of optometric services and treatments for conditions including:
A refraction test is completed as part of a routine eye exam and is used to calculate the best prescription for you. We use both automated and doctor-controlled instruments, in addition to patient-directed methods. This test is used to diagnose a range of conditions including astigmatism, hyperopia (farsightedness), myopia (nearsightedness), and presbyopia.
This test is used to detect blind spots. A blind spot can be a sign of eye disease as well as an obstruction in the brain. This test measures horizontal and vertical range of your vision, as well as your sensitivity. The shape and size of blind spots offer important clues about the visual structures of your brain, the optic nerve, and your eye health.
No matter what your vision is like, regular eye exams are an important part of maintaining good eye health. Our comprehensive and thorough eye exams help us identify changes in your eyesight, as well as monitor existing conditions including myopia, glaucoma, cataracts and more. In addition, a routine eye exam helps us determine your optical prescription. We are proud to provide vision care to patients of all ages.
Macular Degeneration is typically observed in older patients and generally progresses slowly over time. In the early stages, the effect on a person’s vision is minimal, if unnoticeable. As it develops, it becomes harder to see fine details, such as small print. A patient’s vision may also be distorted and parts of objects may appear to be missing. Vision loss due to macular degeneration is typically slow and painless. Together, we will explore the risk factors and treatment options.
The leading cause of blindness in the US is diabetic eye disease. Diabetic patients have an increased risk for cataract development and glaucoma. This is because a diabetic’s elevated sugar levels cause the fragile blood vessels of the retina to leak. It is important for diabetic patients to attend regular eye exams so their optometrist can monitor the blood vessels in their retina, as well as the risk for glaucoma, blindness, and other eye problems. The key to successful treatment is early intervention.
As a cataract forms, it causes the lens within the eye to become cloudy. This results in distorted, blurry, and sometimes double vision. This prevents light from passing through to the retina. As we age, the likelihood of a cataract forming doubles, as the lens in our eye begins to harden and become cloudy over time. Cataract development can be influenced by a number of factors including kidney disease, high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, eye injuries, and certain medications.
If you develop cataracts, we will discuss the available treatment plans with you, including if surgical correction is the best option. We provide both pre- and post-operative cataract care. Our goal is to slow the cataract progression.
Glaucoma is a disease that does not cause any pain and develops gradually (usually over the course of many years). It affects the optic nerve, causing the progressive loss of fibers due to the rise in pressure inside of the eyes. The optic nerve serves as the “cable” between the eye and the brain. Symptoms for this disease are very subtle and worsen over time. Glaucoma can cause blindness, inability to adjust your eyes to darkened rooms, and loss of peripheral vision.
Early diagnosis and treatment is essential to preventing complete vision loss (as in total blindness). Together with you, our staff will work to preserve your vision and explore the available treatment options and care.
Dilating the pupil provides your eye care professional with a way to better examine the inside of your eye. Dilation allows more light to enter the eye, and your doctor can then examine the tissues at the back of the eye, including the optic nerve, retina, and macula.
If there are finding that need to be reviewed and compared at a later date, we will take photographs of the front and/or inside of the eyes.
Our practice provides a full range of contact lenses, services, materials, and solutions to keep up with today’s constantly changing contact lens industry. It is our goal to provide our patients with services that keep up with the latest technological advances and improvements. When you buy contact lens, you’re not just buying contacts, you are buying the experience of the doctor who has prescribed and provided them for you. We are committed to making sure you love the look and feel of your contacts, or we will buy them back. You satisfaction is guaranteed with your Guaranteed Contact Lens Success Program!
Our practice is home to the largest optical in the area. We carry over 1,500 styles of frames, (link to frames & lens page) and are proud to have a team of knowledgeable and experienced experts on staff. We will work with you to find frames that fit your needs and sense of style. From sporty frames to designer frames, we will help you find your perfect look. Even better, all of our frames are backed by our exclusive one-year frame and lens warranty.
For patients interested in correcting their vision with the latest, most advanced laser vision technology, we will help you explore the options. Our goal is to help you understand all of the advantages and disadvantages of the available procedures. If you are a good candidate for laser vision correction, we will refer you to an ophthalmologist and provide pre- and post-operative care right here in our office.