Dr. Ruggiero is always insistent upon doing yearly dilation exams. One year, my eye was clear and the next year, she saw a new spot. She referred me for immediate follow up. It turned out I had ocular melanoma! If she hadn’t caught it so fast, the outcome could have been really bad.
As a comprehensive vision care center, Northampton Vision Specialists offers a full range of routine and specialty services for patients of all ages. Here is an overview of the services we provide. If you have specific questions about our services or model of care, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Routine Examinations and Eye Health Assessments
We use the most technologically advanced diagnostic tools to look at all areas of our patients’ visual systems. During your exam, we’ll evaluate for functional visual inefficiencies, thoroughly examine your eye health and arrive at an optimal eyeglass or contact lens prescription.
And because detection of common eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration is vital to the overall health of your eyes, all adult patients receive appropriate diagnostic tests and yearly eye dilation to ensure eye health. Children’s eyes are dilated on an as-needed basis.
We’ll provide a full contact lens evaluation and fitting to arrive at the best type of lenses based on your vision needs, health, lifestyle, prescription and comfort level. We utilize all types of contact lenses including daily and monthly disposable, soft, rigid, astigmatic and multi-focal. Our high success rate for multi-focal lenses means that we’re able to help many adults stay in contacts, even as it becomes increasingly difficult for them to read and complete close-up tasks in traditional contact lenses.
Once we arrive at your eyeglasses prescription and help you select the best type of lens for your vision needs, we welcome you to visit our optical shop. The shop offers a wide range of designer, trendy and classic styles for men, women and children. In addition to eyeglasses for nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, we also offer therapeutic eyeglasses and prisms.
Our optical shop is open to the public. If you have an eyeglasses prescription from elsewhere, we’d be happy to fill it and offer you the same comprehensive guidance and support given to our patients.
If your exam indicates deficiencies in your visual functioning, we may recommend optometric vision therapy. Weekly appointments and home therapy exercises aim to build neural pathways and improve the input and output of information between the eyes and the brain. Vision therapy addresses learning-related visual problems, as well as visual deficits due to trauma, neurological conditions and developmental delays.
If visual functioning has been compromised because of a trauma to the nervous system such as with a stroke or head injury, or because of another neurological condition or disease, we may recommend vision rehabilitation. Vision rehabilitation may include the prescribing of lenses and prisms along with optometric vision therapy and/or optometric phototherapy to strengthen the existing visual pathways and build alternate ones.