SERVICES

We accept many vision and medical insurance plans. Here are some that we work with:

  • * Vision Service Plan

  • * Superior Vision Insurance

  • * Medical Eye Services

  • * Eyemed

  • * Blue Cross

  • * Medicare

 

Eye Health Evaluation

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Our doctors have years of experience in diagnosing and treating vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and presbyopia. We are also able to provide the most appropriate vision and medical therapies for common conditions such as amblyopia, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy as well as others.

The team at Livermore Optometry offers a wide selection of eye care products to meet the needs of our individual patients including eyeglasses, sunglasses, progressives, contact lenses as well as many specialty lenses.

Treatment of Eye Disease

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Being diagnosed with an eye disease can be scary but at Livermore Optometry, we will not only educate you on the disease, but we will discuss the possible treatments and recommend the best options for you. Treatments may include prescription medication, medical procedures, or vision therapy, depending on your diagnosis.

Children’s Vision Evaluation

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We recommend that your child have a thorough eye examination by a doctor of optometry around a year old. The doctors at Livermore Optometry are looking for unequal or excessive amounts of refractive error (hyperopia, myopia, astigmatism), proper eye movements and eye disease. If discovered and treated early, these conditions can be more easily managed. During the exam, you will notice that the doctor will test your child’s eyes differently than your own. They use more objective means to get the same results. Often times, the children feel as if they are simply playing games and not getting an exam.


Optomap Retinal Exam

Did you know that you can see into your own eyes? In order to provide the most complete eye examination possible, Livermore Optometry offers Optomap retinal imaging along with our normal examination services. This image provides valuable information about your eye health and serves to document your current eye health to compare to future years. The doctors also use this tool to demonstrate conditions that may be present in your eye such as diabetic retinopathy or a nevus.


Contact Lens Evaluation

 

For years, more and more people have been switching to contact lenses. Contact lens technology has evolved rapidly and with today's variety of contact lenses, there are lenses for just about everyone. Switching from eyeglasses to contact lenses begins with an eye exam for contact lenses. After the contact lens exam comes a separate contact lens fitting session.

 

Start with the Eye Exam for Contact Lenses

Before anything else, you should have a comprehensive eye exam for contact lenses. During this contact lens exam, your eye doctor will check your vision and write a prescription for corrective lenses. This is the same type of prescription you would get for eyeglasses. He or she will also check for any eye health problems or other issues that may cause problems with contact lens wear.

After the contact lens exam, the next step is a contact lens consultation and contact lens fitting.

 

The Contact Lens Fitting

With so many contact lens choices, the first part of the consultation is a discussion with your eye doctor about your lifestyle and preferences regarding contact lenses. One choice that today's contact lenses allow you to make is whether you want to change your eye color. Different eye colors are available with contact lenses. Other options include whether you want contact lenses that are designed to be replaced daily or those which can be worn for more extended periods. Most people choose soft contact lenses for their ease and comfort. However, there are also advantages of hard or what are called rigid gas permeable (GP) lenses. All the specifics will be discussed prior to your contact lens fitting.

Believe it or not, if you need bifocals, you can even opt for multifocal contact lenses or monovision (a prescribing technique where one contact lens corrects your distance vision and the other lens corrects your near vision). Once you have determined the type of contacts you want, the next step is the actual contact lens fitting.

 

Taking Measurements During the Contact Lens Fitting

While it may not be apparent, our eyes come in different sizes, and one contact lens size doesn't fit all eyes. If the curvature of a contact lens is too flat or too steep for your eye's shape, it could lead to discomfort or even damage to your eye. Your eye doctor will take measurements and determine the best contact lens size and design for your eyes. Here are some of the ways he or she will measure your eyes:

Corneal curvature: The eye doctor uses an instrument called a keratometer to measure the curvature of your eye's clear front surface (cornea). This measurement helps your doctor select the best curve and diameter for your contact lenses. Your eye's surface may be somewhat irregular because of astigmatism. But don't worry if this is the case, you can still get special contact lenses known as a "toric" contact lens. There are many brands of both hard and soft toric lenses, which are available in disposable, multifocal, extended wear and colored versions. Your eye doctor will also perform a detailed mapping of the surface of your cornea (called corneal topography.) Corneal topography provides precise details about the surface of your cornea and creates a surface "map" of your eye, with different contours represented by varying colors.

Pupil and iris size: The size of your pupil and iris (the colored part of your eye) is important in determining the best contact lens design for you, especially if you are interested in hard (GP) lenses. These measurements are taken with a lighted instrument called a biomicroscope (also called a slit lamp) or simply with a hand-held ruler or template card.

Tear film evaluation: In order to wear almost all types of contact lenses, you must have an adequate tear film to keep the lenses sufficiently hydrated. Your eye doctor will place a liquid dye on your eye so your tears can be seen with a slit lamp. He or she may also use a small paper strip placed under your lower lid to see how well your tears moisten the paper. If you have a condition known as dry eyes (eyes that do not tear enough), most contact lenses will not work for you. If you produce some tearing, there are certain contact lens choices that you may be able to wear without a problem.

 

A Contact Lens Fitting Usually Results in Trial Lenses

No matter how comprehensive the eye exam for contact lenses, most eye doctors will give you a set of trial lenses just to confirm that they are the right choice for your eyes. With lenses in place, your doctor will use the slit lamp to evaluate the position and movement of the lenses as you blink and look in different directions. You will also be asked how the lenses feel.

Most people wear trial lenses for at least 15 minutes so that any initial excess tearing of the eye stops, and your tear film stabilizes. Then, you will learn about how to care for your lenses and how long to wear them. You will also receive training on how to put in and take out your new lenses. While it may seem difficult at first, most people quickly learn how to use contacts lenses.

 

Follow-Up Contact Lens Eye Exams

Your doctor may schedule a follow-up visit so he can confirm the lenses you chose are fitting your eyes properly and that your eyes are able to tolerate contact lens wear. A dye may be used to see if the lenses are causing damage to your cornea or making your eyes become too dry.

It is rare these days that contact lenses cause problems. But, with a follow up contact lens eye exam, your doctor will be able to detect any issues before they become big problems. Most problems that occur can be rectified by things such as trying different lenses or lens material, using a different lens care method, or adjusting your contact lens wearing time.

 

Your Prescription for Contact Lenses

After finding the right contact lenses, your doctor will write a contact lens prescription for you. This prescription designates the contact lens power, the curvature of the lens (called the base curve), the lens diameter, and the lens name and manufacturer. In the case of GP contact lenses, additional specifications are included in the contact lens prescription.

 

Your Next Contact Lens Exam

Even if the lenses are working fine, you should schedule a contact lens exam at least once a year to make sure your eyes are continuing to tolerate contact lens wear and show no signs of ill effects from the lenses.

 

Low Vision Evaluation

A Low Vision Evaluation is quite different from basic eye health and refractive examinations routinely performed our doctors.


Our optometrists will work with you to learn your vision loss history and the difficulties you may be experiencing performing daily tasks and activities due to your vision loss. After completing the low vision evaluation, we will work with you in finding the low vision aids and devices that will best suit your lifestyle and needs. Recommendations may range from simple hand-held magnifiers to Closed Circuit Televisions (magnifying reading machines).


We will loan devices to you to use in the comfort of your own home and follow up with you to evaluate your progress and confidence in using these new devices. This personalized home experience will provide us with feedback that allows us to prescribe the low vision devices that will provide you with the best performance and greatest comfort.


We at Livermore Optometry Group consider ourselves a partner in your ongoing care of your low vision. Our doctors and staff will provide guidance for you, family members and other care providers with support and additional resources and services available to you. All with the goal of helping you remain independent and active.

Ph: 925-447-3883 | Fax: 925-447-2957

Hours

Monday8:00AM - 5:30PM
Tuesday8:00AM - 7:30PM
Wednesday8:00AM - 7:30PM
Thursday8:00AM - 7:30PM
Friday9:00AM - 5:30PM
Saturday8:00AM - 1:30PM
SundayCLOSED

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Livermore Optometry Group

1800 Fourth Street,

Livermore, CA 94550

Phone. 925-447-3883

Fax. 925-447-2957