Optometry & Eye Care in Great Falls, MT
Dedicated to Improving Your Vision & Eye Health
For 25+ years, Vision Care Clinic in Great Falls, MT has provided patients of all ages with the highest quality, professional optometry services. Dr. Robert Sherer and our team are committed to providing each member of your family with competent, effective services and support. It is our goal to help you achieve clearer vision and better eye health.
You can count on our practice for a comprehensive range of eye care services and treatments. We have a full-service optical on-site to fulfill your prescription eyewear and contact needs. It has been our priority since the beginning to be the name patients across Central Montana trust for personalized services and results.
Routine eye examinations are important for helping us identify any changes in your vision. Problems with your vision or eyes can occur at any age, so it is important to monitor any gradual changes — this may be a sign of a larger health-related issue. During your exam, we will check fluid pressure in the eyes, signs of glaucoma, and determine your prescription if needed. Eye exams are beneficial to patients of every age and we encourage you to make regular visits to help maintain optimal eye health.
Sometimes, foreign bodies can get into the eye and affect the conjunctiva or cornea. This cornea is the protective covering of the eye and the conjunctiva is the mucous membrane that covers the white part of the eye. An injury from a foreign body can be minor to severe. It is important to call your doctor immediately if you have had a sharper material get into your eye. To prevent injury, we recommend wearing protective eyewear while mowing, edging, sawing, and completing other outdoor activities. This is an easy way to prevent debris from getting into your eye.
Glaucoma develops gradually, usually over the course of many years. It has very subtle symptoms and does not cause any pain. This disease affects the optic nerve, which serves as the cable between the brain and the eye. As pressure rises in the eye, it results in the progressive loss of fibers. This can create an inability to adjust eyes to darkened rooms, loss of peripheral vision, and blindness.
To prevent complete vision loss, early diagnosis and treatment is essential. Our optometrist and staff will work with you to preserve your vision and help you explore the available care and treatment options.
As a cataract forms, the eye’s natural lens becomes cloudy. This results in distorted and blurry vision. Some patients may experience double vision. In addition, a cataract prevents light from passing through to the retina. Cataracts are more likely to develop as we age, as the lens in the eye begins to harden and becomes cloudy. Smoking, eye injuries, blood pressure, certain medications and kidney disease can all contribute to cataract development.
If you or a loved one has developed cataracts, we will discuss the available treatment options with you. It is our goal to slow the progression of your cataracts. If surgery is the best solution, we will provide pre- and post-operative care.
LASIK and other laser refractive surgeries are used to correct a range of vision problems. This includes hyperopia, nearsightedness, and astigmatism. Successfully undergoing this procedure can help reduce your dependency on prescription contacts and glasses. It corrects vision problems by reshaping the cornea. These types of procedures are virtually painless and are accomplished in a short amount of time.
We will complete an eye exam to determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure. After the exam, we will address any questions you may have regarding the procedure and its results. Once you have undergone the surgery, we will provide post-care services.
The Optomap Image Screening is a test used to detect eye diseases and other health issues by photographing the retina. There are many benefits to this type of screening, including early detection of cancer, stroke, cardiovascular disease, and other life-threatening diseases and conditions. For many patients, it allows us to examine the back of their eyes without the need for dilation. The exam is fast, painless, and comfortable. It is appropriate for patients of any age.
This type of 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. The test measures the horizontal and vertical range of your vision, as well as your sensitivity. The size and shape of a blind spot offers us important clues about the visual structures of your brain, the optic nerve, and your eye health.
An optical coherence tomography (OCT) test uses light waves to take a cross-section image of your retina. It allows your optometrist to measure the thickness of each of the retina layers as well as the optic nerve. With these measurements, your doctor can properly diagnose and provide treatment for retinal diseases and glaucoma.
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Whether you are looking for your child’s first pair of glasses or just want to freshen up your look, we have the frames to fit your needs and budget. Our opticians will work with you to help find the frames that complement your facial structure and highlight your eyes. We offer frames in a variety of materials. We fit and adjust your frames.
For patients interested in contact lenses, our team will work with you to determine which lens type fits your needs. We provide you with the instructions and resources you need to make your contact lens use a success. We teach you how to safely insert and remove your contacts and how to care for them.
Protecting your eyes from the sun is just as important as protecting your skin. Sunglasses provide valuable protection from the sun’s UV rays, which can cause eye damage and discomfort. We offer polarized lenses to help reduce glare and eye fatigue.
It is common in middle age to experience a loss in near vision focusing. For most patients, the easiest solution is bifocals. With no-line, progressive bifocals, you can achieve a youthful look — this type of lens eliminates the lines found in traditional bifocals. We are proud to provide our patients with state-of-the-art, high-definition lens that allow them to get some reading help without compromising style.
If you work in an environment which requires you to wear safety glasses, we can provide you with the protection your need, while helping you see as if you are wearing your normal, everyday glasses. Our selection of protective prescription eyewear meets the required safety standards to keep you safe on the job site.
All children should receive eye examinations from their pediatricians and at school, and if a problem is detected, they should be referred to an ophthalmologist. Children with certain eye problems such as strabismus or amblyopia should be seen by a pediatric ophthalmologist. During a pediatric eye examination, the child’s visual ability will be tested and his or her eyes will be inspected with a light or microscope after the pupils are dilated with eye drop