Category Archives: Eye Infections

Las Vegas Dry Eye Doctors

Treating eye infections in Las Vegas NV

Las Vegas NV Dry Eye Doctor

Las Vegas NV Dry Eye Doctor

The office of Shannon Chandler, O.D. and Lesa Davis, O.D., is equipped with the technology and knowledgeable staff to treat a wide variety of vision ailments and infections, such as keratitis and conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye. Patients who suffer from eye keratitis or conjunctivitis should receive treatment as quickly as possible to avoid the risk of irreversible damage to the eye or vision. Pink eye can be caused by viruses, allergens, bacteria, a foreign body lodged in the eye, or even chemicals. As an example, wearing contact lenses overnight can result in a buildup of bacteria, which could result in pink eye. Our Las Vegas eye doctors therefore recommend removing contact lenses every night to avoid unnecessary complications. 

There are a large number of viruses that can cause conjunctivitis. Viral pink eye is highly contagious. Patients with the condition should stay away from public places like work or school to avoid spreading the virus. The viral form of pink eye can result in large outbreaks. The bacterial form is more common and less contagious. The bacterial form of pink eye is more common in children than adults; it is one of the leading causes of children being sent home from school. If you believe that your child is suffering from pink eye, call our Las Vegas NV dry eye doctor immediately to schedule an appointment. 

There are also non-contagious forms of pink eye, which are caused by allergens and irritants. Allergens can cause a reaction in the body resulting in pink eye; non-contagious pink eye is generally caused by common allergens such as mold, weed, plants, pet dander and others. Allergen-caused pink eye can occur seasonally or throughout the entire year in some patients. Our Las Vegas eye doctors can treat pink eye immediately with eye drops, medications and other easy and gentle treatments. For more information on how we can provide effective eye care of your family, please call our office today.

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

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 cataract surgery

Optometrists in Las Vegas

Las Vegas cataract surgery

Las Vegas cataract surgery

Do you have problems seeing at night or watching television? If you have been experiencing blurred vision, or you’re having difficulty seeing in certain types of lighting, you may be developing cataracts. Fortunately, cataracts can be easily corrected with surgery. However, surgery may not be the first choice for some patients – some may prefer to accept surgery only as a last resort. If you would like to see our eye doctor for information and advice regarding cataract surgery, or to see what other treatment options are available, make an appointment to visit our optometry practice.

When you visit our optometry practice, you will undergo a comprehensive eye exam by one of our top-notch optometrists, Dr. Shannon Chandler or Dr. Lesa Davis. Cataracts can be easily detected during a comprehensive eye exam. If our optometrist determines that you do indeed have cataracts, you will be referred to a reputable ophthalmologist for cataract surgery. Some patients choose to have their vision corrected with a new eyeglass prescription. In the early stages, this may help patients temporarily, but eventually almost all patients with cataracts need to have surgery in order to correct their vision. Our optometrists will be able to co-manage your Las Vegas cataract surgery to ensure that you have surgery at the appropriate time, and also to ensure that you have a smooth recovery after surgery.

Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most common eye surgeries performed today, so much so that the surgery is now categorized as an outpatient procedure. It is performed with the use of a topical or local anesthetic. The patient remains perfectly comfortable during the procedure, and the recovery time is both short and comfortable, as well. Both before and after surgery, you will be prescribed certain prescription eye drops to ensure that your eyes are well prepared for the surgery, and that they heal correctly. During cataract surgery, a tiny incision is made in the eye. This incision enables the old cloudy part of the lens to be removed, and a new, clear man-made lens is placed into the eye. The incision is so tiny that no stitches are needed to close it. However, several follow-up exams are necessary to make sure that no problems occur, and that the incision is healing properly. If you would like to meet with one of our fine optometrists regarding Las Vegas cataract surgery, contact us today.

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

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

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 Doctor

Keratoconus Treatment in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Eye Doctor

Las Vegas Eye Doctor

Various eye conditions can affect your visual acuity, making it difficult to see clearly. Some of the more common impairments that tend to affect vision include nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Keratoconus is a less common condition, but is more serious and difficult to treat. Our Las Vegas eye doctor, Shannon Chandler, O.D., can provide you with the necessary information and treatment for your particular condition, including, but not limited to, keratoconic contact lens fittings.

The cornea is the clear tissue on the front of the eye that covers the iris and pupil. It works like the lens of a camera, filtering the light which passes through your eye. The shape of the cornea, much like that of a camera lens, can alter the way that light is filtered, resulting in an alteration or distortion of images. A misshapen cornea can create “blurry” vision, making it difficult to focus on objects in direct view; a normal cornea is shaped like a dome, and images are seen clearly and easily. Keratoconus is a condition wherein the cornea begins to thin and takes on more of a cone shape. When left untreated, keratoconus can result in scarring of the cornea, which may eventually require a corneal transplant. This condition can make it incredibly difficult to see clearly, even with glasses. Some of the symptoms of keratoconus include the appearance of halos around lights, resulting in an increased difficulty with driving at night, increased eye strain, squinting, headaches, eye irritation and/or excessive rubbing of the eyes. In order to prevent the progression of keratoconus, the eye must be fitted with a specialized contact lens. Our Las Vegas eye doctor, Shannon Chandler, O.D., can provide you with the keratoconic contact lens fitting required to treat this condition. 

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, please feel free to call our Las Vegas eye doctor for an appointment as soon as possible. If you need a keratoconic contact lens fitting, allow Shannon Chandler, O.D., to give you the best quality eye care. Dr. Chandler provides eye care for the entire family, as well as contact lens fittings for most every lens type.

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

Vegas Eye Doctor

89139 Eye Care

Safely worn by millions of people every day, contact lenses continue to be a popular alternative to eyeglasses. However, they do carry a risk of eye infection, if handled improperly or not regularly cleaned. Symptoms of infections related to contact lens usage can be eye pain, unusual redness of the eye, excessive tearing, blurry vision, eye discharge, the constant feeling that you have something in your eye, and an increased sensitivity to light. Our Vegas eye doctor Shannon Chandler, O.D., makes sure that our contact lens-wearing patients are aware that proper cleansing of their lenses is crucial, and that some contact lens-related eye infections can cause serious vision loss. With this in mind, it’s very important to be examined, diagnosed, and treated as soon as you experience any of the above symptoms.

Keratitis Las Vegas

Keratitis Las Vegas

The most common complication related to infections in contact lens wearers is keratitis. This is an inflammation of the cornea, and its various causes include infection from bacteria, fungus, herpes, and microbes. Keratitis is the most serious complication of contact lens wear and, in the most severe cases, may lead to corneal scarring. This scarring can impair your vision and can lead to the need for a corneal transplant. Our Vegas eye doctor treats and educates our patients, explaining that some common causes leading to contact lens-related complications and infections include sleeping in your contact lenses, use of extended-wear lenses, reduced tear exchange under your lens, and environmental issues. Another common cause of infection is poor hygiene, including inadequate maintenance of contact lens cases or reusing contact lens solution. Proper storage, safe handling, and thorough cleansing of your lenses are important steps to reduce your risk of complications like keratitis or infection.

Although the facts about keratitis, other contact lens-related conditions, and infections can be scary, statistics show that contact lens-related complications and infections are rare and affect only about 4 in 10,000 contact lens wearers per year. Vision loss due to contact lens-related infection is even more uncommon and affects only 6 in 100,000 wearers annually. For those individuals considering contact lenses, our Vegas eye doctor will discuss all the pros and cons of contact lens usage, particularly about how daily disposable lenses have a very low rate of serious infection. We encourage our patients to visit Dr. Chandler to receive a complete contact lens exam and fitting, as well as to learn about proper insertion and removal techniques and cleansing routines.

Vegas Contact Lens Related Infections
3962 Blue Diamond Road Suite 105
Las Vegas, NV 89139
702-791-6860