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Las Vegas eye care

Treating eye diseases in Las Vegas

Las Vegas eye care

Las Vegas eye care

Here at the office of Dr. Shannon Chandler and Dr. Lesa Davis, our Las Vegas eye care team is committed to promoting optimal vision. Treating eye diseases is something we take seriously. And while it is essential that you seek help when you are experiencing symptoms, you should not just wait for a problem to occur. The truth is that the majority of common eye diseases present no obvious symptoms in the early stages. This allows diseases to develop and progress, all without the patient being aware of the disease or its progression. By the time symptoms are evident, the disease has essentially progressed to a more advanced stage. You may even have suffered a degree of vision loss or ocular damage that could be irreversible. Our goal is to avoid or eliminate this scenario; in order to do so effectively, we suggest a yearly eye exam for our valued patients.

When you schedule an eye exam at our office, our eye doctor will conduct a variety of tests designed to find any indications of abnormalities, as well as their symptoms. For example, tonometry is the baseline test for glaucoma, as it measures the internal eye pressure, the primary indication of the disease. The corresponding test for cataracts is called a slit lamp exam. A routine eye exam does not include a test for conjunctivitis, primarily because, unlike other conditions, there are obvious symptoms, including red and itchy eyes, excessive tearing, burning of the eyes, blurred vision, increased sensitivity to light, and discharge from the eyes.

If you notice any of the above symptoms, you should call us right away and schedule an appointment with our Las Vegas eye care doctor. Likewise, if you discover any loss of vision, eye pain, floaters (spots in your field of vision), or anything you consider unusual, it is best to have the issue addressed in a timely manner. There are treatment and management options available for all common eye diseases. You can depend on the benefit of our skills and experience to help you.

Shannon Chandler, O.D. and Lesa Davis, O.D.
3962 Blue Diamond Road Suite 105
Las Vegas, NV 89139
(702) 791-6860

Las Vegas Optometrist

Treating Ocular Allergies in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Optometrist

Las Vegas Optometrist`

It should come as no surprise how beneficial healthy eyes and vision can be every day. With poor vision, driving, reading, and other important activities and experiences can become very challenging. Many of us take our ocular health and vision for granted – we may become so accustomed to our vision and its reliability. For those of us who suffer from ocular allergies, the experience of having your eyes not function as well as they should may be all too familiar. If so, then our Las Vegas optometrist, Shannon Chandler, O.D., will be more than happy to assist in the treatment of your symptoms.

Eye allergies can develop when the body’s immune system becomes sensitized, then overreacts to a stimulus or allergen in the environment that may typically cause no irritation in other people. Unfortunately, many allergens that trigger eye allergies are airborne, increasing the chance of contact. Ocular allergies share symptoms with some other eye conditions, so an accurate diagnosis is of utmost importance. The symptoms of eye allergies can range from mild itching, redness and tearing to inflammation and swelling to the point of impairment of vision. If symptoms persist, or if over-the-counter remedies are not relieving the allergies, then take the time to visit Dr. Chandler, your Las Vegas eye doctor, to provide relief and treatment of eye allergies. She will review your medical history and symptoms, then conduct tests to reveal ocular allergies. Management and treatment of your ocular allergies may include prescription eye drops when needed.

Having ocular allergies can be uncomfortable and a nuisance. Healthy eyes and a healthy body go hand in hand. We would be delighted to aid you in maintaining healthy vision for as long as possible. Please call our practice, or consult our website for further information regarding eye care for your ocular allergies; or simply schedule an appointment with our Las Vegas eye doctor, Shannon Chandler, O.D.

Eye Doctor in Las Vegas
3962 Blue Diamond Road Suite 105
Las Vegas, NV 89139
(702) 791-6860

Cataracts eye care in Las Vegas

Vegas Co-Management of Cataract Surgery

When is the right time to opt for cataract surgery? Do you know if you are a suitable can

Cataracts eye care in Las Vegas

Cataracts eye care in Las Vegas

didate? What is the process, or procedure? What can you expect? These are just a few of the questions that you may have, and that you need to have answered before deciding to undergo Las Vegas cataract surgery. Dr. Chandler is pleased to offer co-management of cataract surgery as a service to you, our valued patient. Co-management involves providing advice, guidance, recommendations, and referrals, and any other information regarding the surgery and recovery.

Cataracts, which are the result of a buildup of protein in the lenses of the eyes, is a progressive condition, meaning it worsens with the progression of time. In the early stages, it is possible to counteract the effects on the eyesight with a prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. However, as cataracts progress and vision becomes more hindered, blurrier and cloudier, vision may be so limited that daily life is significantly affected. This can include driving, reading, watching TV, using the computer, working, playing golf, even enjoying an afternoon at the museum. Undergoing cataract surgery can restore one’s vision significantly, enabling one to resume these, and other activities in daily life.

Everyone will develop cataracts with age; however, there are certain risk factors that can cause cataract development at an accelerated rate, such as:

Diabetes
High blood pressure
Obesity
Family history/genetics
Smoking
Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol
Previous ocular injury or inflammation
Previous eye surgery
Prolonged use of corticosteroid medications
Exposure to Ultraviolet radiation from the sunlight and/or other sources
Exposure to radiation, such as X-rays and cancer treatment

Cataract surgery is a simple and relatively painless procedure, and is done on an outpatient basis. A local anesthetic eye drop is used to numb the eye, but the patient is typically awake during the procedure. Cataract surgery involves removing the internal portion of the clouded lens, leaving the outer capsule intact, and inserting a new intraocular lens implant. Intraocular lens implants can be designed to address or correct certain aspects of vision, such as distance, astigmatism, monovision, and multifocal vision correction. With this procedure, it is possible to refine or customize one’s vision.  After Las Vegas cataract surgery, one will be less dependent on glasses or contacts, and may not need them at all. Dr. Chandler will work closely with you and your selected eye surgeon to coordinate the surgery, and to provide all the necessary pre-op and post-op help required.

Shannon Chandler, O.D. and Lesa Davis, O.D.
3962 Blue Diamond Road Suite 105
Las Vegas, NV 89139
702-791-6860

Las Vegas Annual Eye Exam

Vision Testing in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Annual Eye Exam

Las Vegas Annual Eye Exam

An annual eye exam is always a good idea – regularly scheduled exams are necessary not just to ensure good vision, but also to diagnose potential issues such as glaucoma, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, and diabetic retinopathy, which occurs in those with diabetes. If not detected early and treated properly, diabetic retinopathy can cause permanent damage to the vision. If you find yourself in need of an appointment, schedule a visit with Shannon Chandler, O.D. to receive professional and comprehensive diagnosis, treatment, and referrals in the Las Vegas area.

Preparing for an annual eye exam is easy. Simply assess or determine any issues you are experiencing with your vision; you will also need to bring along your current glasses or contact lenses, if applicable. Include a pair of sunglasses, in the event that pupils are dilated during the visit –the dilation causes the eyes to be more sensitive to light. (Retinal imaging can be performed as an alternative to dilation; in this case, a digital photograph is taken of the eye, and there are no side effects with this method.)

A variety of procedures are conducted during an eye exam with Dr. Chandler. A visual acuity test will be performed to determine how well you see at far and close distances, with and without correction. The test contains letters that decrease in size as you read down the chart. During this test, each eye is covered, one at a time, and you will be asked to read the as many letters as possible. The refraction procedure will determine the best possible prescription for your eyes. There are also some different tests – accommodation and convergence tests – that determine the eyes’ ability to maintain focus at close distances. The exam will continue with an extra ocular muscle movement test, which checks to ensure that the muscles are working properly, and that the eyes track targets normally in various directions. A cover test will be administered to see how the eyes align when focusing on objects both up close and farther away. Pupillary reactions will be tested to see how the pupils react to both light, and objects, at close distances. A slit lamp exam allows Dr. Chandler to look, in great detail, at the external and internal anatomy of the eye with a microscope. Intraocular eye pressure will be measured to determine if there is a risk for glaucoma. Visual field testing will be completed to ensure that peripheral vision is clear of any defects. This test also helps to detect changes from glaucoma, neurological conditions and retinal conditions, among other things. Additional and/or alternative specialized tests may be administered during the comprehensive eye exam, based on individual needs, health, and family history of any eye conditions.

For the best in quality vision care, make an appointment to have your eyes examined today with Dr. Shannon Chandler.

Eye Exams in Las Vegas
3962 Blue Diamond Road Suite 105
Las Vegas, NV 89139
702-791-6860

Glaucoma Screening in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Comprehensive Eye Care

Glaucoma Screening in Las Vegas

Glaucoma Screening in Las Vegas

Have you noticed a subtle loss of peripheral (outer boundary) vision in one or both of your eyes? A subtle loss of peripheral vision is a major concern, and is in fact one of the first symptoms of glaucoma, a destructive ocular disease. While many ocular diseases do not affect patients until later in life, glaucoma can occur as early as 40 years of age, in some cases. Glaucoma can cause permanent loss of sight when not detected and treated in a timely manner. Fortunately, you can find the help you need to prolong the overall health of your vision by scheduling a glaucoma screening at the state of the art practice of Shannon Chandler, O.D. in Las Vegas.

While ocular diseases may seem like a rare occurrence to many of us, glaucoma is, in fact, one of the main causes of total blindness in the United States today. Glaucoma is known by many eye care professionals as the invisible sight thief, as it most often shows no symptoms until permanent vision loss has already begun. Glaucoma typically occurs when the intraocular pressure in the eye rises to higher than normal levels; however, it is still possible to develop glaucoma with normal intraocular pressure. When this occurs, the fluid inside the eye cannot drain properly, and loss of vision is the eventual result. The first step to screening for glaucoma is through multiple state-of-the-art diagnostic tests to identify signs of glaucoma. If signs are detected by Dr. Chandler, you will be referred to a glaucoma specialist to begin care as soon as possible. It is especially important to be screened for glaucoma if risk factors are present, or if you have a family history of the disease.

Glaucoma is a condition of the eye that leads to progressive atrophy of the optic nerve. It is accompanied by changes in the appearance of the optic disc, loss of peripheral vision and has historically been associated with elevated intraocular pressure. Glaucoma occurs in two types: closed-angle and open-angle. Open-angle glaucoma, also called chronic glaucoma, is the most common type, and occurs when the eye fails to allow for proper drainage of aqueous fluid from the eye. One theory is that the trabecular meshwork filter, located between the iris and the cornea, slows down fluid movement and drainage.

It is in contrast to closed-angle or acute glaucoma, in which the drainage angle between the iris and the cornea becomes closed entirely, blocking fluid from exiting the eye and resulting in a significant rise in pressure. When fluid is unable to access the trabecular meshwork, pressure builds in a positive feedback loop, causing excruciating pain in the eye. The result is very rapid loss of vision in the eye.

If open-angle glaucoma is detected soon enough – its progression tends to be gradual – most cases will not require surgery. A medicated eye drop will be prescribed to reduce the pressure inside the eye, restoring fluid drainage and preserving the integrity of vision. Closed-angle glaucoma, conversely, will often require surgery to open the channel, using the placement of a shunt or laser surgery to restore fluid movement and return pressure in the eye to normal levels.

For the very best in eye care, including glaucoma screenings, be sure to visit the optometrists at the state-of-the-art practice of Shannon Chandler, O.D. in Las Vegas. Our fully licensed optometrists and professionally trained staff proudly serve the local community with the latest technological advances in eye care and procedures to screen for ocular diseases. With glaucoma screenings from Shannon Chandler, O.D., you can prolong the health of your vision.

Glaucoma Screening in Las Vegas
3962 Blue Diamond Road Suite 105
Las Vegas, NV 89139
702-791-6860

Las Vegas Eye Care

Eye Health Evaluations in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Eye Care

Las Vegas Eye Care

It is easy to find great Las Vegas eye care when you know where to look! If you are in need of a great eye doctor, look no further than Shannon Chandler, O.D. Dr. Chandler is committed to helping all patients experience great vision and eye care for a lifetime. Dr. Chandler will inform you of the importance of regularly-scheduled eye exams. The frequency of exams depends upon your age, eye health, and overall health. When you visit Dr. Chandler, she will help develop an eye exam schedule most suitable for you.

When you receive eye care from Shannon Chandler, O.D., you will learn that, when it comes to eye health, prevention is the key. Many eye diseases develop slowly, without causing any obvious problems with vision at the outset. However, these diseases can be detected by an eye doctor with a comprehensive eye exam. When many eye diseases are detected early, they can be treated more easily and effectively. In addition, the earlier the detection, the more treatment options become available. Waiting until vision symptoms are present may result in permanent and/or irreparable loss of vision. Delay in detection and treatment may also inhibit the ability to slow progression of the disease. So, when it comes to eye diseases, remember the old adage: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

A comprehensive eye exam with Shannon Chandler, O.D., includes, but is not limited to: Visual acuity to determine how well you’re seeing; intraocular pressure measurement to determine your risk for glaucoma; a cover test to determine how well your eyes work together; a thorough refraction to determine your eyeglass prescription; and use of a slit lamp to look for the presence of cataracts, corneal disorders, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. A more detailed retinal exam is also available in the form of dilation or digital imaging.  Dilation is performed using eye drops; side effects of this form of testing include blurred vision and light sensitivity.  The Eye Screen digital imaging has no side effects. So if you are looking for exceptional eye care in Las Vegas, make an appointment to visit Shannon Chandler, O.D. Then relax, knowing that you are taking a very important step in the prevention of eye disease: You are scheduling a complete eye exam.

Eye Exams in Las Vegas
3962 Blue Diamond Road Suite 105
Las Vegas, NV 89139
702-791-6860

Las Vegas Eye Exams

Getting an Annual Eye Exam in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Eye Exams

Las Vegas Eye Exams

Taking care of your eyes is incredibly important – but when was the last time you scheduled an eye exam? Your general practitioner will routinely check your eyes to see if you have 20/20 vision by asking you to read from a chart on the wall. Yet this sort of test, and tests like it, are rudimentary. Everyone should have a comprehensive eye exam annually, particularly if you wear corrective lenses or have a family history of eye disease and other health conditions. If you are in need of an eye exam in Las Vegas, Shannon Chandler, O.D., can provide you with quality eye care to suit your needs.

There are many benefits to annual eye exams. While a routine checkup with a general practitioner can check for any noticeable eye problems, there are plenty of underlying conditions that cannot be identified without the use of certain, specialized equipment. A routine eye exam with Shannon Chandler, O.D., can provide you with a comprehensive diagnosis of any existing, or potential, conditions. Regarding eye care, treatment is most beneficial when conditions are detected in their early stages. Often, eye conditions yield little to no noticeable symptoms in the early stages, and you may not be aware of the ailment until damage has already occurred. Patients who have a family history of eye disease should seriously consider having their eyes checked as often as possible; treatment has a greater success rate when conditions are detected early. Eye exams are also important if you are experiencing eye allergies, irritation, or other symptoms. Monitoring eye allergies is important since the symptoms are very similar to those of eye infections and other conditions. If you experience any irritation, redness, itchiness, dryness or other related symptoms, contact Dr. Chandler to schedule a comprehensive eye exam to ensure that your vision remains healthy for as long as possible.

Comprehensive eye care is often overlooked, but Shannon Chandler, O.D., can provide you with the care that you need. If you are due for an annual eye exam, need glasses or contact lenses, or are experiencing any ocular related symptoms, do not hesitate to schedule a visit with Dr. Chandler.

Annual Eye Exams Las Vegas
3962 Blue Diamond Road Suite 105
Las Vegas, NV 89139
702-791-6860

Eye Doctors Las Vegas

Las Vegas Eye Disease Exams

As we grow older, our eyes become more susceptible to a number of age-related eye conditions and vision problems. At the office of Shannon Chandler, O.D., our professional Las Vegas eye doctors are available to properly diagnose and treat vision problems that might arise as you naturally move through the aging process.

One of the most common vision conditions that older patients experience is macular degeneration. The macula is responsible for central vision, also referred to as your “detail vision”. Since macular degeneration occurs most often in older patients, Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) is the most common type of this disease. There are two distinct types of ARMD – “wet” ARMD and “dry” ARMD.

Age-Related Eye Diseases Las Vegas

Age-Related Eye Diseases Las Vegas

Wet ARMD is less common, but its progression is more aggressive than dry ARMD, and thereby poses a more immediate risk to one’s vision. Dry ARMD is the more common type of ARMD; however, since it develops so gradually, it can be difficult for patients to notice the problem until serious damage has already occurred in their vision. It is for this reason that regularly scheduled eye exams are so important. During a comprehensive eye exam with our Las Vegas eye doctors, signs of macular degeneration can be diagnosed and treated promptly, in addition to other conditions and vision problems.

If you would like to learn more about macular degeneration and other ocular health topics, or if you would like more information about how our Las Vegas eye doctors can be of service to you, we encourage you to visit Dr. Chandler’s main website, WWW.EYEDOCTOR-LASVEGAS.COM, and look through the additional information provided. Feel free to contact us with any questions that you might have; our Las Vegas eye doctors are looking forward to your next visit.

Macular Degeneration Las Vegas
3962 Blue Diamond Road Suite 105
Las Vegas, NV 89139
702-791-6860

Las Vegas Optometry

89139 Eye Doctor

If it is diagnosed and addressed, glaucoma is a disease that is treatable. When left untreated, glaucoma can cause irreversible damage to your optic nerves, vision loss, and even blindness. Our Las Vegas eye doctor, Shannon Chandler, O.D., wants you to be aware of the causes, symptoms, and diagnostic methods so that you can be prepared. As with most health problems, early detection is associated with the best outcomes. This is just another good reason to come in once every year for a comprehensive eye exam. In addition to screening you for glaucoma, Dr. Chandler will also examine your eyes for other common eye diseases and conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts. Many times, these eye problems – including glaucoma – can be present without any obvious symptoms.

Glaucoma Eye Care 89139

Glaucoma Eye Care 89139

The cause of glaucoma is an imbalance between the production of fluid in your eyes and the level of drainage of that fluid. Under normal circumstances, your eyes produce fluid that circulates and then drains. If that drainage is slowed or blocked, the fluid can build up and cause a dangerous increase in your internal eye pressure. It is that excessive pressure that usually causes glaucoma. While most cases of glaucoma typically evolve due to increases in intraocular pressure, even people with normal eye pressure can develop glaucoma. Glaucoma generally affects both eyes, though not necessarily equally. It is possible for one eye to have a greater degree of pressure or damage to the vision than the other. Although you may have no symptoms, particularly early on, our Las Vegas eye doctor wants you to be aware of how important it is to be screened for glaucoma.

Tonometry, which measures your internal eye pressure, is the first diagnostic procedure used to test for glaucoma. A visual field test to check peripheral sight, a visual acuity test, and an slit lamp examination are also used when testing for glaucoma. To learn more about glaucoma, be sure to visit our website or contact Dr. Chandler for an appointment. Call us today to schedule an eye exam with our Las Vegas eye doctor.

Glaucoma Testing Las Vegas
3962 Blue Diamond Road Suite 105
Las Vegas, NV 89139
702-791-6860

Las Vegas Optometrist

Las Vegas Optometrist

Our Las Vegas optometrist, Dr. Shannon Chandler, is dedicated to providing her patients with outstanding eye care that is unparalleled in quality and convenience. She truly cares about your optical health and overall well being. That is why she and the rest of the staff here make it a point to emphasize the importance of regular eye exams. Some of the most common eye conditions that typically occur in patients can develop so gradually and slowly that you may not realize you have it until it has already advanced significantly.

Las Vegas Eye Care

Las Vegas Eye Care

Early detection of most eye diseases and conditions makes it easier to treat, and also makes treatment more effective. If you have your eyes examined regularly by our Las Vegas optometrist, Dr. Chandler is more likely to detect any eye conditions you may have developed at an early stage and then recommend the most effective treatment options. We recommend that you visit us for a comprehensive eye exam at least once a year. During the exam, which usually takes about one hour, our Las Vegas optometrist will administer a series of tests. The standard tests include: a slit lamp examination, a refraction test, a testing of your intraocular pressure, which can be indicative of glaucoma, and a retinal exam. Further testing may be recommended based on the results of these initial exams. If you wear contact lenses, you also need a contact lens exam regularly to test the accuracy of your prescription and the fit of your lenses.

To learn more about the eye exams and other helpful services offered by Dr. Chandler, we encourage you to visit our Las Vegas optometrist website for additional information. If you have any specific questions or concerns that we can help you with, we would love to hear from you. You can get in touch with Dr. Chandler and the rest of the staff here either by calling during our regular office hours or by sending us a message using the Contact Us form on our website. If you are due for an eye exam, please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment. You can do so by phone or online. We look forward to your next visit!

Las Vegas Eye Exams
3962 Blue Diamond Road Suite 105
Las Vegas, NV 89139
702-791-6860