Our practice is equipped to handle all of your optical needs. To help you understand more about our office, we have included brief descriptions of some of our most common services on this page.
Comprehensive Eye Exams
Dr. Sultan has worked in private practice, group practice, corporate and HOMOs and the best optometric practices across the country are those in which the doctor cares more about the welfare of their patient than even the patient!! This is a philosophy that Dr. Sultan embraces and so does his staff!
Dr. Sultan invests much of his time in continuing education for himself and his staff, and provides cutting edge technology for pretesting, (see our state-of-the-art pretest room) so his patients receive the ultimate in quality eye care.
- According to The American Optometric Society, vision exams should start before the age of 5, before entering school.This is called preventative care! Eye exams at an early age are becoming more vital as various risks have increased from over exposure to the sun, plus digital eye strain from cell phones to computers. Preventative Eye Care is vital!
- Equally important are regular / annual eye health examinations which are equivalent to your annual physical examination. Many eye diseases and vision changes can occur without warning signs, therefore The Eye Works Optometry highly recommends regular / annual eye health examinations.
What is Included in a Comprehensive Eye Exam?
A comprehensive eye exam begins with a thorough ocular health history and medical history – which includes personal and family history. Certain ocular conditions have a genetic tendency and knowing family history alerts us of any potential risks to your vision and your general health.
We want to know if you are experiencing any vision problems and if you have vision goals and needs that you want to achieve. This helps us tailor the exam for you.
We provide eye exams using the latest technology, and we also listen to your needs and explain your options. Dr Sultan likes to place your options on the shmorgazboard table to see what appeals to your personal needs / your lifestyle. Routine eye exams include:
Physical eye health exam: The external and internal parts of the eyes are examined using special instruments like a slit lamp biomicroscope, binocular indirect ophthalmoscope and special focusing lenses. Your pupils may be dilated with eye drops for some of these tests or we might take retinal pictures of the back of your eyes which is faster and easier and images can be compared from year to year to look for any changes that can be a sign of impending potential problems. (See retinal photography section (next page).
Refraction: This test determines your eyeglass or contact lens prescription. We measure and adapt the lens formula that will work best for you and your needs. We use a computerized autorefractor, phoroptor and the doctor needs to hear how you use your eyes at work and leisure. Dr Sultan and his team will use this information and customize your prescription – for the way you use your eyes!
Binocular vision testing: We test your eye teaming to be sure your vision is comfortable and your eyes work well together. We analyze eye muscles and depth perception. The doctor may need to correct binocularity problems with prescription glasses, prism in your Rx or vision therapy.
Tonometry: measures the fluid pressure inside the eye which is a risk factor for glaucoma. This test may include:
- I care – a new advanced test that is very gentle and replaces the puff of air test ( so many disliked)
- Goldmann tonometry which is the gold standard that all measurements are compared to
Visual field test: The doctors does a screening of your peripheral vision with a computerized autoperimeter. This helps diagnose or rule out visual neurological disorders or injuries from soccer, football or mild concussions you never thought about.
Retinal photography: A special camera photographs the back of your eye. This test provide a baseline record of the retina, blood vessels and optic nerve. It also documents diseases and abnormalities and monitors them over time.
Macular Pigment Optical Density : measures risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is a leading cause of blindness. This measures the density of pigment cells in the macula and is recommended for all patients over 30 years of age. With more of our patients spending time in front of electronic devices ( computers, I phones and even sunlight), the specific portion of blue light can cause slow damage to the retinal receptors that can cause slow, irreversible retinal damage that can impair your vision./p>
Patients with a low macular pigment score may take nutritional supplements for protection against macular degeneration and blue light damage.
Urgent/Emergency Eye Care
In addition to comprehensive vision exam, routine eye care and eye disease management, we are able to diagnose and treat most eye emergencies and provide urgent eye care. If you ever have unusual symptoms like these, call our office and we will see you the same day.
Symptoms of emergencies include but are not limited to:
- Eye Pain
- Red Eyes
- Pink Eyes
- Swollen Eyes
- Eye Infections
- Scratched Eyes
- Flashers and Floaters
- Embedded Foreign Particles
- Eyelid Lumps
- Corneal Ulcers
- Inflammatory Disease Such as Styes
…and many other eye problems.
Treatment of Ocular Diseases
We prescribe topical and oral medications for infections, inflammations, pain, dry eyes, glaucoma and allergies. We also may refer to local specialists and surgeons.
We treat these common eye diseases:
- Conjunctivitis known as pink eye
- Macular degeneration
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Retinal detachment
- Vitreous detachment
Advanced Diagnostic Procedures
In addition to retinal photography we are now able to do retinal scans so that we can with more definition showing the 10 layers of the retina. This is called OCT or ocular coherence tomography.
We have a very sophisticated dry eye series of tests that can determine with high precision the cause of your dry eyes, allowing us to develop a better treatment plan and therefore a better outcome.
Eye problems may develop without noticing change in your eyesight. Macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal tears or detachments, plus diabetes and high blood pressure can be detected with an exam of the retina
Dr. Sultan did a residency in children’s vision development and visually related learning problems.
We cater to kids and make the tests fun. We have special eye charts and auto refractor machines that take the guess work out of vision tests.
Explanations for parents: We talk to you about your child’s visual development, explain vision problems and give you treatment options as well as preventive solutions.
Eyeglasses: We have lots of cool frames so kids will love their glasses! We use safe polycarbonate lenses and a great warranty program. We also repair glasses when needed.
Contact lenses are safer and are a great option for younger children. Disposable contacts take the worry out of losing lenses. Contacts are a great option for sports and other activities. An easy, in-office test can indicate if a child is ready.
LASIK Refractive Surgery Consultation and Co-Management
Lasik is a surgical procedure to correct myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism. This is a major decision and we specialize in providing you with objective facts and counseling so you can make the right choice. If you decide to proceed, we work with top refractive surgeons in the Bay Area to ensure that you have the best procedure possible. We provide the pre-op exam and measurements and the post-op care and treatment.
What is LASIK?
LASIK is the most technologically advanced way to reduce your dependency on glasses or contacts. There is a two step process. The surgeon creates a flap using a laser keratome and then uses an excimer laster to reshape the cornea or the surface of your eye. This alters the way light rays enter your eyes to achieve focus, in much of the same way that glasses or contact alter the light rays entering your eyes today.
Can LASIK correct my vision?
LASIK can be used to correct nearsightedness and farsightedness, and can now be used to correct astigmatism.
What is typical recovery time?
Many patients can return to near-normal activities the day after the procedure. Your eye doctor will advise you of any activities you should avoid during the immediate postoperative period. Patients usually return to work in 2 days.