Our Services

Contact Lens Evaluation

With advancing technology in contact lenses, almost everyone is a candidate for some form of contact lens, and with our exclusive Contact Lens Return Policy, there’s no risk involved! Contact lens options include gas permeable and soft hydrogel lenses. Depending on your prescription, visual requirements and desires, contact lens options consist of single vision lenses to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia, or multi-focal lenses to provide distance, intermediate and near vision while maintaining depth perception. Wearing schedules consist of daily wear disposable lenses to be replaced each day, every two weeks, monthly or quarterly. Advances in contact lens technology have provided high oxygen-transmission soft lenses for nearly all prescriptions. Due to the amount of oxygen transmission these particular lenses provide, they are approved by the Food and Drug Administration to be worn overnight (extended wear).

 

It is important to remember that contact lenses are prescription medical devices. Various brands are designed and manufactured differently. The selection of a particular contact lens needs to be based on your vision problems, prescription, eye health, comfort requirements, lifestyle, age and physiological factors like tear flow. We’ll discuss the different lens types and brands with you and advise you about the lens choices that are best for your eyes. Because everyone’s eyes and vision needs are different, contact lenses are available with varying schedules for removal and replacement. We’ll teach you how to properly clean and wear your new contact lenses to maximize vision and minimize potential risks.

 

We make sure that vision correction not only helps you see better, but also helps you feel better. That’s why we offer contact lens evaluations. Contact lenses aren’t right for everyone, but they may be right for you. Even if you have astigmatism or need bifocal lenses, we may have a solution. Your evaluation will include:

 

  • A thorough review of your vision history
  • An thorough examination of your corneal tissue
  • A consultation session with your doctor, including recommendations and options

Enjoy the freedom that contact lenses provide.

Diabetic Retinal Evaluation

Yearly dilated eye exams for people that have diabetes is an important part of making sure that the disease is being controlled and that we, as health care practitioners, are protecting the health of our patients. The retina is the only place in the human body where we can see both nerves and blood vasculature. If microaneurysms are detected in the retina, then it is a good possibility that areas of the body such as the kidneys and extremities are also being affected. It is just as important that we, as eye care physicians, communicate our findings with our patients’ primary care physician as it is actually detecting retinal changes due to diabetes. This continuity of care is vital in protecting our patient’s bodies from the negative effects of diabetes mellitus.

 

Drs. Cory and Jennifer Partlow have a great deal of experience with detecting, monitoring, and ensuring proper treatment is initiated concerning eye complications due to diabetes. They understand the disease and show much compassion towards their patients. Black Mountain Family EyeCare also understands that in order for primary care physicians to properly manage blood glucose levels, it is very important that the medical records from the eye exam be delivered to them without delay. The most efficient way to do this is through the use of electronic medical records. Black Mountain Family EyeCare will have this information in the mail the next business day after the eye exam.

 

How does diabetes cause eye problems?

Diabetes mellitus is a microvasculature disease that affects the body in several different ways. One particular complication is the loss of vision. People with diabetes can lose vision due to the increased rate of cataract formation or by the devastating retinal effects of the disease. The retina in the eye has a blood supply just like the kidneys. Diabetes can damage the retina’s microvasculature and cause the arterioles to leak. It is important that eye care physicians monitor the retina to make sure the vasculature is not leaking blood or proteins because this can cause further retinal damage such as a retinal detachment. If this leaking of the arterioles is detected and monitored, further retinal damage can usually be controlled. This is why it is so important for yearly dilated exams for diabetic patients.

Cataract Detection

Is driving at night becoming more difficult because of the glare of oncoming headlights? Do colors seem less vivid than they used to? Are you finding it difficult to read small print, even with your reading glasses and bright light? Your vision may be affected by cataracts; detection and monitoring of these changes is part of your yearly eye exam. Drs. Cory and Jennifer Partlow will do special testing to determine if and when it’s time for your cataracts to be removed. They will send you to the surgeon that is most appropriate for your case, and will monitor your eyes as you recover and heal. If you suspect your vision may be affected by cataracts, please call us to schedule your appointment.

Pediatric Eye Exams

Full vision exams are important to ensure proper development of a child’s visual system. Many vision problems arise from conditions that can be identified by an optometrist in an infant’s first year of life. An eye exam is recommended at ages 3 and 5, and every year when the child begins school.

Childrens Vision and Learning

Lilly Pulitzer EyewearDid you know that 80% of everything a child learns, understands, and remembers is acquired through his or her visual system? Vision is very important in the learning process. What’s worse is that one in four children have undiagnosed vision problems that affect their learning. Sometimes the problem is misdiagnosed as ADD (attention deficit disorder), ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), or dyslexia.
 
It is important that children receive comprehensive visual exams starting as early in life as possible. Vision screenings at school are not sufficient as a basis for diagnosing vision problems. A comprehensive exam may find a visual problem missed during screenings, and your eye doctor can recommend treatment.
 
Your child may suffer from a visual problem if they exhibit any of the following characteristics:
 

  • Struggles with reading
  • Grows tired or frustrated with reading
  • Can’t sit still or stay at a task for any length of time
  • Reverses words, numbers, or letters
  • Has difficulty remembering the spelling of words
  • Frequently loses their place, skips words, or skips lines of text while reading
  • Has poor reading comprehension
  • Has shown no improvement from medication or tutoring

Children suffering from uncorrected vision problems may face many barriers in life – socially, academically, and athletically. Make sure your child’s vision is developing well.

LASIK and Refractive Procedures

 

What are Refractive Procedures?

Refractive procedures manipulate the eye to improve vision. Though there are several types of refractive procedures, the most popular is known as LASIK (laser assisted in situ keratomileusis). LASIK involves reshaping the cornea using incisions and lasers. An incision creates a flap, which is folded back. Lasers are then used to reshape the middle layer of the cornea and correct the vision. The flap is folded back and allowed to heal, resulting in much clearer vision.

 

Is LASIK For Me?

Not everyone should consider a LASIK procedure. Candidates should be over 18 years of age. If you are pregnant, nursing, or suffering from a number of diseases, you probably are not eligible for LASIK. You are also not eligible if your prescription has changed a great deal over the past year. Talk to your eye doctor about LASIK. They will be able to assess your eligibility, the risks you may encounter, and they can recommend how to move forward.

 

If you are interested in refractive surgery, please let us know. Refractive surgery is not to be taken lightly. Detailed testing is necessary to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for the surgery. If testing shows you to be a good candidate, we can help you choose the refractive surgeon who is most appropriate for your case. In addition, we provide post-operative care for refractive surgery.

Retinal Photography

bmeyecare-3913In our continued efforts to bring the most advanced technology available to our patients, Drs. Cory and Jennifer Partlow are proud to announce the inclusion of Screening Retinal Photography as an integral part of your eye exam.
 
Many eye problems can develop without warning and progress with no symptoms. Early on, you might not notice any change in your vision. However, diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal tears or detachments, as well as other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure, can be detected with a thorough examination of the retina. The retina is the part of your eye that catches the image of what you are looking at, similar to the film in a camera.
 
A Screening Retinal Image provides:
 

  • A scan to confirm a healthy eye or detect the presence of disease.
  • An overview of the retina, giving your eye doctor a more magnified and detailed view than she can achieve by other means.
  • The opportunity for you to view and discuss the Retinal images of your eye with your doctor at the time of your exam.
  • A permanent record for your medical file, enabling your optometrist to make important comparisons to aid in earlier diagnosis of potential problems that could show up in a future examination.

 

As a fully licensed and equipped optometric practice, Black Mountain Family EyeCare offers a complete range of eye care services to all our patients.

Whether the eye care issue involves correcting refractive errors with eyeglass or contact lenses, or helping a student find frames that will match their unique style, our experienced team will identify and implement the best eye care solutions possible.

Eye Health Evaluation

bmeyecare-3992With our years of experience in diagnosing and treating typical vision disorders such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, amblyopia, presbyopia, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, Drs. Cory and Jennifer Partlow and their team are equipped to provide appropriate therapeutic medical eye care.

At the same time, they offer a wide array of the very best high quality eye care products at reasonable prices. Our patients never pay too much for the best quality in eyeglasses, contact lenses, sunglasses, progressive and bifocal lenses, and outstanding service.
 

Treatment of Eye Disease

Did you know that your eyes reveal insights regarding your overall health? In fact, your eyes provide early detection for many different diseases that can affect more than just your vision. That’s why we routinely perform tests that look for signs and symptoms of many different diseases, not just eye diseases, during your regularly scheduled eye health evaluation.

If you are diagnosed with an eye disease, you want only the best treatment available to get your eyes healthy again. At Black Mountain Family EyeCare, we offer only the best. Based on your diagnosis, we may recommend a wide variety of approaches, including improved nutrition, prescription medicines, therapy and vision exercises, or medical procedures.

Good Eyecare Begins With A Yearly Eye Exam!

Although many do not realize it, the best way to protect your vision is with a yearly eye checkup. Even a basic eye exam can instantly detect such health-threatening conditions as tumors, vascular irregularities, and diabetes-related injury to the retina. At Black Mountain Family EyeCare, that basic checkup is brief and painless.

Address

411 West State St., Ste. B
Black Mountain, NC 28711

Phone: 828-357-5511
Fax: 828-357-5512

Hours

Monday: 8:00-5:00
Tuesday: 10:30-7:00
Wednesday: 8:00-5:00
Thursday: 8:00-5:00
Friday: 8:00-5:00

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