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Vision Correction

West Michigan Eyecare Associates provides treatment, consultation and referrals for these common vision correction procedures and surgeries.

Vision correction is a general term used to describe a variety of optometric techniques for correcting less-than-perfect vision. For your convenience, we have included a brief description of some of the most common vision correction procedures offered at West Michigan Eyecare Associates in Grand Rapids. For more specific information about lenses and frames or contacts, please visit their respective pages.

LASIK

LASIK (Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) is a surgical procedure that uses a laser beam to reshape the cornea. Patients who are nearsighted, farsighted or astigmatic may benefit from this type of procedure.

While millions of patients have seen successful results from LASIK, the procedure is not right for everyone. Your optometrist will need to thoroughly examine your eyes to determine which type of vision correction best fits your needs.
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Our doctors co-manage with TLC Laser Vision Center for LASIK and other refractive surgery procedures including PRK, LASEK, CK, and ICL to name a few.  Please visit their website at http://www.tlcvision.com/ for more information and be sure to ask our doctors at your appointment if you are a good candidate for any of these procedures.

Low Vision Therapy

Low vision is a general term that refers to a partial loss of vision that cannot be adequately corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, medications or surgery. Common causes of low vision include macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, inherited retinal degenerative diseases, glaucoma and optic nerve atrophy.

Low vision therapy typically includes an evaluation of the patient’s visual abilities, prescription of low vision devices and training in their use. The goal is to maximize the use of the patient’s available vision for reading, writing, hobbies and work-related tasks such as working at a computer.
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Dr. Laura Kenyon is a certified low vision specialist in the state of Michigan and specializes in this area specifically.  She also works part-time at the Association of the Blind & Visually Impaired Clinic downtown – http://www.abvimichigan.org/.   Please call to schedule your examination with Dr. Laura Kenyon to find out more information regarding your visual impairment and potential treatment options.

Vision Therapy

Vision therapy is a sequence of activities individually prescribed and monitored by the doctor to develop efficient visual skills and processing.  It is prescribed after a comprehensive eye examination has been performed by Dr. Kenyon and has indicated that vision therapy is an appropriate treatment option.  The vision therapy program is based on the results of standardized tests, the needs of the patient, and the patient’s signs and symptoms.  The use of lenses, prisms, filters, occluders, specialized instruments, and computer programs is an integral part of vision therapy.

Dr. Jeff Kenyon is a pediatric optometrist in the state of Michigan, who was residency-trained at the University of Houston College of Optometry.  Our practice utilizes combination office and home vision therapy to offer our patients the best chance at success with the therapy program.  Sarah, our vision therapist, works with Dr. Kenyon on designing and implementing our individualized therapy program for each patient.  Our patients love Sarah as she is a teacher by trade and works well with children of all ages in need of vision therapy.

For more information on vision therapy, please visit http://www.allaboutvision.com/parents/vision_therapy.htm or please read the following PDF describing the association between vision and learning that Dr. Kenyon derives his philosophy-  Rosner Guide.

Sports Vision Training

Sports vision training is not vision therapy, but it shares some of the characteristics of Vision Therapy.  Dr. Kenyon, who specialized in vision therapy, offers customized vision training programs for anyone interested in optimizing their visual skills for specific sports. Many Olympic and professional athletes have undergone sports vision training programs to improve their performance.

Because sports vision training programs typically are designed to enhance a person’s visual skills for a specific sport rather than to correct a vision problem, the term “vision training” is preferred over “vision therapy.”  However, some of the techniques used in sports vision training are similar to those used in vision therapy.  Please see the following blog on Sports Vision Training that hit the news in 2014 – http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/26/eye-practice-for-the-big-game/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

Corneal Reshaping (Orthokeratology)

Orthokeratology is a procedure for correcting myopia (nearsightedness) and mild astigmatism by gently reshaping the cornea with special contact lenses, which the patient places in his or her eyes overnight.

When successful, patients will experience clear vision during the day without contact lenses or eyeglasses. However, the results are temporary, so the patient must continue to wear the lenses regularly at night to maintain optimum results.

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West Michigan Eyecare Associates has the experience and equipment necessary to provide treatment, consultation and referrals for the vision correction procedures and surgeries detailed above at our office in Grand Rapids. Schedule an appointment with your eye care provider, and we will be in touch with you shortly.