NEW EXTENDED HOURS
In order to better serve our patients, we now provide extended lunchtime and evening hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our hours will be 10 am to 7 pm on those days.
DO YOU WANT TO PUT YOUR PROGRESSIVE GLASSES ON AND JUST SEE?
As we age, our visual needs change. When we’re young, we use digital devices more. Older people enjoy more reading close up. Standard progressive lenses don’t account for these visual needs over time. Shamir has designed a lens that changes with your age and depending on your needs.
Shamir Autograph Intelligence is a new progressive lens whose vision zones change according to the visual needs of the patient’s Visual Age, as demonstrated in the studies. Shamir Autograph Intelligence takes visual diversity into account and provides the right solution for patient at every Visual Age.
The new lens design concept allows us to provide an optimal visual solution for every Visual Age without compromise. This provides a better visual solution to a broader population of patients, in one product. What’s more, given future lifestyle changes and increasing longevity, visual needs per Visual Age may change. Shamir’s new technology and design concept opens the door for continuous evolution of this lens design as the patient ages.
What really matters is how it well it works for patients. So far patients have said that not only do they adapt easier to this lens, they feel there is no adaptation needed at all! This lens is great for patients who want to put their glasses on and just see, without having to work through an adaptation period.
Come in and ask one of our certified opticians about the Shamir Autograph Intelligence Progresssive lens.
AMBIODISK PROVIDES HEALING RESULTS FOR THE CORNEA
Permanent decreased vision can result from corneal scars that result from corneal ulcers, abrasions, foreign bodies, erosions, etc. Ambiodisc is a contact-like application that contains cells and biological properties that, when placed on the eye, promotes healing and pain management.
The AmbioDisk tissue will cover the eye’s surface and act as a support for the eye to heal. This disc is placed easily into the eye here in the clinic and then dissolves over a 4-7 day period as the nutrients and healing factors are absorbed into the cornea. It is placed on the eye with a high-oxygen-transmissible soft contact lens that can comfortably stay in the eye. The patient can function normally during those few days, although vision is slightly blurry in the treated eye for the first couple days.
AmbioDisk gives us the best chance to reduce corneal scarring and preserve good vision for patients that have suffered significant injury to the central cornea.
We are happy here at Sonoran Desert Eye to provide this service to patients should it become necessary. It costs between $1,200 to $1,400 (since it is an amniotic tissue transplant), but is billable to many insurances.
Sonoran Desert Eye Center has teamed with one of our labs, GSRx, to provide access for patients to purchase high quality eye glasses online through a vehicle called Proper Optics. Patients can purchase a complete pair of glasses from $79.00 to $199.00. The quality is excellent, the price is fair, and the service is convenient.
Acuvue Oasys Contact Lenses are now available in Transitions. Several of our employees have tried them and say they definitely decrease light sensitivity outside. They take about 90 seconds to lighten up when going indoors. They make the eyes look really dark and there is a little bit of a purple ring around the iris on the white of the eye. It doesn’t feel like you’re looking through sunglasses, but it makes the eyes comfortable like you are wearing sunglasses.
The lens indoors blocks light in the blueish range, so it helps combat fatigue from screens and fluorescent lights for those in an office all day. It may also be used at night to minimize haloes and starbursts.
This is a great option for patients who want the benefit of sunglasses without having to wear sunglasses over their contact lenses, like athletes or those relaxing by the pool. The lenses block 99.9% of UV-B and 99% of UV-A rays, but this protection only works for the parts of the eye that the lenses cover. So patients should be aware that these do not protect the eyelids and conjunctiva of the eyes as do sunglasses.
The lens is available with no prescription for people who want the benefit of transitions without wearing eye glasses. It’s not yet available in astigmatism. We would have you try these lenses for a few days to see if you like it in all situations. It can be cleaned with normal contact lens care systems. They cost about $48.50 per box of 6 and they’re replaced 14 days after you open the pack. We give a $75 rebate if you get a 1 year supply from our office or if you combine it with the regular Oasys for a complete year’s supply.
Read a CBS report about theses lenses HERE.
3/16/2019 – We are so excited to provide patients with the Chemistrie magnetic clip lenses. EVERY frame you purchase from us can be fitted for these amazing Chemistrie Clips. Every clip is designed to match the shape and curvature of your frame. The sun lenses come in multiple options of colors and coatings. We can specify a reading power to turn your distance glasses into computer glasses. We can provide clips that block out fatiguing harmful wavelengths from your screen. We can even order 3-D clips so you no longer have to wear bulky frames over your glasses to watch 3-D movies on your television or at the theater.
NEW SCHEDULE IMPROVES PATIENT EXPERIENCE
3/12/2019 – We are excited to announce that we have modified our doctor’s schedules to minimize or eliminate patient wait times!
So far the new schedule has made a huge difference for patients. It has allowed the patient to ask more questions of the doctor without feeling like they are being hurried along. It helps the doctor feel like he can concentrate on your needs without dividing his attention. It makes your visit not too long, not too short, but JUST RIGHT!
YOU MIGHT LOVE THIS NEW DAILY DISPOSABLE LENS!
2/1/2019 – We have enjoyed great success with our Dailies Total One Contact Lenses. They are more comfortable than most lenses for most patients, they maintain their moisture throughout the day, and they breathe enough oxygen to allow 16 hours of wear time. However, the cost is often prohibitive for patients.
We now have another option for the patient who wants the comfort and moisture in their contact lenses but don’t want to pay the high prices. The SimlifEyes 1 Day Contact Lens is as comfortable as the Dailies Total One and maintains it’s moisture throughout the day. It does not breathe as much oxygen as the Dailies Total One but does breathe more than any other dailies disposable lens, there for we are recommending about 12-14 hours of wear time.
The secret to the success of this lens is the Tangible Hydropeg coating that makes the lens have less friction on it’s surface. The eyelid blinks thousands of times per day, and less friction means less eye irritation and inflammation.
We can give these to anyone who is near sighted or far sighted, but unfortunately they are not yet available for astigmatism or multifocal patients. We are happy to try them on everyone else to see if they like them.
NEW CUSTOM MULTIFOCAL SOFT CONTACT LENSES FOR ASTIGMATISM!
2/1/2019 – For years there have been multifocal contact lenses and there have been toric contact lenses for astigmatism. But we have never had a contact lens that can do both in a comfortable, consistent manner.
That has all changed with the introduction of our new toric multifocal contact lens. There are a few wonderful advantages to this new lens:
1) They are as stable as the Biofinity Toric lens (doesn’t rotate much and consistently rotates in the same direction and in the same amount). Plus, it we can specify the astigmatism axis to 1 degree. Most other toric contact lenses only allow axis specificity to 10 degrees. So now we are able to rely on it’s consistency and correct super high astigmatism, even up to -8.00 diopters!
2) It is super comfortable. It is completely custom designed for each patient’s eyes. We can adjust the base curve and the diameters according the corneal curvatures and diameters of each eye, so we get a perfect fit, every single time.
3) The multifocal zones can be modified depending on the size of the patient’s pupils, the patient’s age, and the patient’s visual needs, and we can decide to put the distance zone in the center or the periphery, depending on the what works best for the patient. There is even the option of decentering the center zone if the patient’s pupil or visual axis is decentered.
4) They take only a few days to come in once we order them. Any custom lens in the past has taken three weeks to come in.
5) They are three month disposable lenses. However, patients who interchange with their glasses or who take very good care of them can make them last up to 6 months, significantly reducing their costs.
6) We can make these custom lenses with or without astigmatism correction, and with or without being a multifocal.
7) The fit is guaranteed. If it doesn’t work, 100% is refunded! Awesome!
IMPROVED RETINA EXAMINATION WITH OPTOMAP
July, 2017 – Sonoran Desert Eye Center is proud to introduce the latest in retinal imaging. Optomap is painless, quick, and there is no recovery time compared to standard dilation. This makes your visit shorter and more enjoyable.
With eye steering, the Optomap now gives a broader view of the retina, enables isolated views of retinal layers, uncovers hidden damage, offers more accurate diagnosis for many eye diseases, and gives a baseline image for future comparison. In most cases this is the doctor’s preferred way to visualize the internal eye. Check out the Sonoran Desert Eye picture blog for some of the excellent images obtained with the Optomap. When people have flashes of lights and floaters, the combined power of using Optomap and dilation ensures that nothing is missed!
There is a nominal fee of $35 to perform and review Optomap ($15 for students) and you will not be charged until the doctor reviews the images.
WONDERFUL NEW PROGRESSIVE EYEGLASSES FOR OFFICE AND COMPUTER USE
Regular progressive lenses have large distance zones, but small mid-range and near zones. This is great for every day general use, but after an hour or two on the computer, the neck can become stiff and sore from having to maintain the same position.
At Sonoran Desert Eye Center, we have dealt with this historically by putting the computer mid-range in the distance portion of a regular progressive lens, and then the zones for midrange and near are wider. This works great, but patients often felt they had to take their glasses off to walk around the office.
Our lab, Hoya, has saved the day with the ID Space, Screen,and Zoom lenses. The Space lens is great for people who want mostly mid-range and near, but also want to be able to see distance and walk around the office without messing with their glasses. This is Dr. Quaranta’s favorite lens to use in the office.
The Screen lens is for people that need to see multiple screens, small close up details, and someone sitting across the desk. The Zoom lens is for people in small spaces that need to be focused on computer and near without distractions.
Hoya also has a Sync Lens for people in their late thirties or early forties who do not need reading magnification, but who spend hours on near work and computer. This is also an ideal lens for young people who need some relief from eyestrain from hours of video gaming or computer use.
Whatever your need, Sonoran Desert Eye Center has a lens for you. These options, along with precision measurements and frame adjustments, help us provide something you can’t get online, from big box shopping centers, or from “discount” chains.
NEW EXPANDED PARAMETERS IN SCLERAL LENSES
We are so proud of our new Europa Scleral Lens fitting process. Sonoran Desert Eye Center was one of the first practices in the valley to fit scleral lenses. These lenses are ideal for individuals who need a rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lens without the disadvantages of an RGP. RGP lenses are uncomfortable, move around a lot, traumatize the cornea, and easily get dust underneath. Scleral lenses don’t move, don’t touch the cornea, maintain a layer of moisture over the cornea, but provide the visual benefits of an RGP.
Historically, scleral lenses had spherical edges. Unfortunately, most eyeballs are not spherical, but instead cylindrical (the difference between a cracker and a Lay’s potato chip). So the edge of the scleral lens would press on the eye in one meridian and lift off in another. This caused discomfort, air bubbles, and haze in the vision. Additionally, the visual cylinder doesn’t always match the scleral toricity.
Our new Europa Scleral Lens design solves this problem beautifully. We can specify edge toricity that hugs the scleral evenly 360 degrees. Additionally, the visual toricity can be designed completely independent of the edge toricity. This provides comfortable, clear vision, without haze or air bubble development.
Since fitting the new Europa Scleral lenses, we have experienced extraordinary success and patient satisfaction. Patients who haven’t seen for years because of irregular corneas, can now live normal, active lives!