We truly believe in routine eye examinations so that you can see as clearly as possible. Once you have to get glasses or contacts, it is even more important to watch the health of your eyes. You also need routine checks to ensure your prescription has not changed.
To ensure good eye health and vision, we are very proud to offer the following services:
Comprehensive Eye Exams
On average, we recommend scheduling an appointment once every year to ensure your eyes are remaining healthy. If you have been diagnosed with an eye condition, however, we recommend scheduling an appointment once or twice a year depending on the severity.
During your appointment, we will review your patient history, visual acuity, perform preliminary tests, and evaluate your eyes’ overall health.request an appointment
Getting the top level of care for your eyes is crucial to keeping your vision at its best. Eye care makes it easier for your vision to be restored and to be fitted with the right pair of glasses or contacts. Another important aspect of eye care is eye surgery. Eye surgery can be scary to those who have never experienced it before, but our team at Bright Eyes Vision Clinic are here to provide you with the best quality of eye care in the Murphy and Plano area, and refer you to an eye surgeon if necessary.
What Is Ophthalmology
Ophthalmologists and optometrists both play an important role in providing the quality eyecare you need. Ophthalmologists and optometrists are both professionals that can help patients examine and treat their vision. However, an ophthalmologist has received specialized training that qualifies them as a surgical professional. If you are in need of eye surgery, our team can set you up with an ophthalmologist that can effectively treat your eye issue.
Is Eye Surgery Safe
A common question is if eye surgery is safe. Just like any type of surgery, there is always going to be some level of risk. These risks are minimized with the use of specialized tools and treatments. Generally, your ophthalmologist will be highly trained and well experienced in the practice. Our team will make sure you receive the best quality of eye surgery.
Types of Eye Surgery
There are many reasons why you may need eye surgery. However, these are the most common types of surgery we use.
- Epilation – Removal of lashes with forceps that cause infection or scratching of the cornea.
- Meibomian Gland Expression – This is a treatment that is used to help unclog the tear ducts.
- Punctal Dilation and Irrigation – If you are constantly crying for no reason, it may be caused by a clog in your drainage duct which this surgery is used to treat.
- Punctal Occlusion – This treatment is meant to put a plug in the drainage duct as a way to keep normal tears on the eyes for even longer.
- Foreign Body Removal – Foreign bodies can get in the eyes and cause a lot of problems. This type of surgery will remove the foreign body.
- Epithelial Debridement – Sometimes the eyelids become severely damaged. When this happens, the debridement can make it easier to remove the debris.
- Placement of Amniotic Membrane Contact Lens – This surgery is used to help prevent blindness from a scratched cornea formed from certain conditions.
- Placement of Silicone Bandage Contact Lens – This is the bandage that will go on the eye to help with the healing process.
- Keratoconjunctival Iodine Flush – A new treatment for pink eye that will instantly kill the virus that is causing the pink eye.
Our Team Is Here to Help
Our team at Bright Eyes Vision Clinic is here to help your vision. Whether it is for an annual exam or because of a more serious issue, our team is here to provide you with the eye care you need. Eye surgery can be scary, but we assure that you will get the best quality of eye care in the Murphy and Plano area and we will help refer you to a surgeon if necessary. Contact us today to find out how our team can help.
If some eyelashes grow in at an angle that scratches the cornea, the irritation may lead to ulceration of the eye’s surface and pose a threat to vision. Epilation performed at your ophthalmology center involves the careful removal of the problem eyelashes with forceps.
Meibomian Gland Expression
The meibomian glands, located within the eyelid, secrete oil which adds to the eye’s moisture layer, keeping the eye’s surface supple. If dried oil remnants or other materials block these glands, the eyes’ tear chemistry can be thrown off. Tears may evaporate too quickly if they lack the proper oil concentration, causing eyes to dry out. Gland expression occurs with forceps or other safe instruments that can unclog the glands.
Punctal Dilation and Irrigation
This procedure clears out the tear drainage ducts to prevent buildup and blockage. After anesthetizing the local area, a dilator will be used to widen the opening of the duct so that a lacrimal irrigation cannula may be inserted to flush the duct with saline.
Tears leaving the eye too quickly create conditions for dry eye. Through punctual occlusion, drainage ducts can be safely plugged to keep tears from draining out too much. This allows tears to remain in the eye longer, creating the layer of moisture that keeps eyes lubricated, supple and protected from the elements. Plugs are made of silicone or collagen, and your eye doctor will likely insert temporary dissolvable plugs first to see if punctual occlusion will be a viable long-term solution.
Foreign Body Removal
Dirt, grit, or any other debris may get into your eye and become stuck there, especially if you rub your eye. It may even scratch your cornea. Make an appointment at our ophthalmology center for evaluation of your specific case to see about removing it manually or with eye surgery.
A hereditary condition causes some people to be born with loose skin on their cornea. To correct this, the eye is numbed with drops and then the excess skin is removed before the cornea is “polished” using a technique called diamond burr polishing. This gives the area a clean slate for new skin to grow back properly.
Placement of Amniotic Membrane or Silicone Bandage Contact Lenses
Effects from diseases of the eye’s surface may be helped by a specialized medical contact lens which can not only protect the cornea allowing it to heal but also medicate the eye. This contact lens is inserted surgically by our ophthalmology professionals.
Keratoconjunctival Iodine Flush
In the past, patients had to let pink eye run its course. Now, our eye doctor can administer an iodine flush that acts as a disinfectant, killing the virus so that your healing time will be much faster.
Dry Eye Treatment
If you have ever experienced any of the symptoms associated with dry eye, no one needs to tell you how uncomfortable the condition is. If you need dry eye treatment in Murphy and Plano, the optometry professionals at Bright Eyes Vision Clinic are ready to assist you. Constant dry eyes can lead to some rather serious complications. Here is what you need to know about the condition and how we treat it.
Immediate Dry Eye Relief
Dry eye is the result of inadequate tear production. Whether your tears are too low in quality or quantity, the results are the same. People tend to experience dry eyes during the peak of allergy season and the winter months. There have been several studies that have indicated supplements that contain omega fatty acid can help alleviate dry eye symptoms. Warm compresses can also be used. Our eye doctor recommends keeping artificial tears on hand to use for immediate dry eye relief. There are several things you can do to minimize your chances of experiencing dry eye, including:
- Removing eye makeup completely before bed
- Taking 15 to 20-minute breaks when you are using your computer or handheld electronic device
- Wearing sunglasses that protect your eyes from both UV rays and the elements
Considerations for Dry Eye Treatment
If you experience dry eye more than a couple of times a week, consider scheduling an eye exam. Our eye doctor will conduct a thorough exam which includes questions about your medical history and your lifestyle. Sometimes, people experience dry eye due to blood pressure medication, birth control pills, antidepressants, and antihistamines.
Our eye doctor also considers the risk factors that could also contribute to dry eyes. Once you reach the age of 50, tear production decreases. A diet deficient in vitamin A may also be contributing to your dry eye symptoms. People who wear contact lenses, or have had refractive surgery are also prone to experience the drying of their eyes. It should also be noted that women also tend to be more prone to the condition.
Here at Bright Eyes Vision, we are here for you in the case of an emergency. There are times when you may need immediate care for your eyes. Any time that you experience trauma to your eyes, you need to be seen. If you get anything in your eye, especially chemicals and foreign objects, you should be seen immediately to limit the potential damage to the eye.
When Do You Need an Emergency Eye Exam?
It is important for you to understand when you need to have an emergency eye exam. Needless to say, an annual visit to our optometrist or a contact lens exam don’t qualify as emergencies. The following are some conditions that do count as emergencies. Do not hesitate to call our eye doctor or head to our clinic immediately if you experience:
- Accidents that cause trauma to the eye that can cause pain, swelling, sensitivity to light, and double vision. If not treated promptly, these injuries can lead to a permanent loss of vision.
- A chemical burn or foreign body getting in the eye. This can cause immediate pain and discomfort. If you have a saline solution at hand, it is sometimes advised to irrigate the affected eye, or use water if you don’t have it. Head to our eye doctor immediately afterwards so we can ensure total neutralization of the chemical or complete removal of foreign bodies from your eyes.
- Noticeable changes in your vision, including flashing lights and a shower of floating spots in the eye. These symptoms can indicate serious conditions like retinal detachment or symptoms of stroke and other neurological issues.
- A red eye with discharge. These symptoms could indicate pink eye, ocular herpes, or uveitis, all potentially serious conditions and which can only be diagnosed correctly by a professional.
- Different size pupils or pupil anisocoria, which can be a symptom of head trauma, stroke, brain tumor, or any of a number of maladies and diseases that need urgent diagnosis.
Other conditions include bulging eyes, new or extreme headaches, a family history of glaucoma, one eye not moving like the other, blood in the white of the eye, severe itching, or stinging and burning in the eye.
Pediatric Eye Exams
A child’s vision can affect many parts of their life. It can make school difficult and even unbearable. It can also cause safety concerns and impact their self-esteem. Ensuring your child’s vision is up to par is an essential step towards having happy, healthy children. Our optometrists at Bright Eyes Vision Clinic in Murphy and Plano are here to help maintain and improve your child’s vision every step of the way.
Why Pediatric Eye Exams Matter
When you take your child in for a physical, the pediatrician will have a vision screening performed. While these screenings serve a purpose, they can only determine whether your child needs an eye doctor. These screenings are no replacement for a comprehensive eye exam. It is imperative that you take your child to an eye doctor for a full eye exam. We can test for things that a regular screening does not.
- Eye doctors can test visual acuity at all distances.
- We can determine if the eyes are working together well and comfortably.
- We can track the child’s eye movements, ensuring they are accurate.
Additionally, if our eye doctors notice any weaknesses or vision issues, we can determine the correct tools and prescription necessary to treat them.
What Age Should Children Start Having Eye Exams?
Eye exams should begin shortly after birth. While exams at this time are not necessarily comprehensive, they can point out any potential issues. If the eye doctor notices anything that may be troublesome, a more thorough examination will follow.
For the first four years of life, an exam should be done about every six months to a year. At school age, it is crucial to receive an exam yearly, preferably before the start of school. This way, you can address any issues before the student suffers while completing school work.
While every child needs regular eye exams, some are at higher risk of vision problems. For example, children who attend daycare are at risk of catching viral infections being passed around, some of which can affect their vision. Additionally, those with special needs, who were born premature, or have a family history involving vision problems are at a higher risk.
What Makes a Quality Frame?
- Titanium + Steel
- High-End Fashion
- Mazzucchelli Acetate
- Metal Embedded in Acetate
- Warrantee – Free Repair or Replace
- 5-Barrel, Spring, + Screwless Hinges
- Hand Polished + Quality Control Manufacturing
- Custom Frame Measurements by Optician for Optics
What Makes a Quality Lens?
- Aspheric Front Curve
- Free-Form Digital Optics
- Lens Grinding Temperature Control
- Verified Prescription within ANSI Standards
- Warrantee – Free Replacement for Scratches
- Anti-Reflective Coating with UV + Blue Blocker
- Material to Match Your Purpose (Trivex, Polycarbonate, High-Index)
Our Promise to You
At Bright Eyes Vision Clinic, our Murphy and Plano eye doctor will give you recommendations and access to the highest quality vision products available. We will personally measure, verify, and fit your frame and lens to you. All of our frames and lenses are warranted against scratches and breaks at no cost to you. Come visit our Opticians any time for help finding a new frame or lenses, or free adjustments and repairs on your current glasses!
Mobile Bedside Exams
Most seniors in assisted living facilities receive little or no eye care, and have a high risk of vision loss and pain from undetected and untreated eye diseases. Dr. Colton travels to assisted living facilities and gives bedside eye care. If you or someone you love is in an assisted living home, let us know! Dr. Colton will visit them and keep their eyes comfortable and vision as clear as possible during their stay. *To find out more, visit www.brighteyesmobile.com
Dr. Colton is already contracted with the following facilities:
Arbor House of Garland (Garland, TX) Mayberry Gardens (Garland, TX) Lynridge Assisted Living (Murphy, TX) Brookdale Creekside (Plano, TX) Brookdale Spring Creek Gardens (Plano, TX) Brookdale Plano (Plano, TX) Brookdale Preston (Dallas, TX) The Waterford at Plano (Plano, TX) Mustang Creek Estates (Allen, TX)request an appointment
Geriatrics Eye Exams
If you’re over 65, it’s recommended to get an eye exam annually. This is because there are silent eye conditions, like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts, that have barely noticeable symptoms in the early stages of development. Glaucoma, for instance, affects nearly three million adults across the country, yet only about half of individuals are aware of their condition.
When to See an Eye Doctor Immediately
While preventative care with a routine eye exam is necessary, older adults should be aware of abnormal symptoms that may result from an underlying condition. Here are some common signs that seniors may experience.
- Blind spots in central vision
- Double vision, seeing halos, or floaters
- Straight lines have a wavelike appearance
- Physical abnormalities in the eye
- Needing to change prescriptions frequently
Understanding Elderly Eye Exams
Eye exams as you get older are much like those you may have had when you were younger. There is, however, an increased concentration to test for age-related conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and glaucoma. Our eye doctor will begin with a review of your eyes and medical history. Then, there will be several tests for vision and eye health. These include, but are not limited to, visual acuity testing, refraction, visual field tests, eye functioning and mobility, and your eye health. Finally, dilation is used to examine the internal structures of the eye.
Encourage older adults in your family to see our eye doctor. Often, older adults can get diagnosed with low vision, making it challenging to complete daily activities like reading or driving. Our optometry team helps the elderly population regain their independence with specialized care and treatment plans.
Sometimes, contact lenses or glasses aren’t enough to combat your vision issues related to disease or other eye health complications. At Bright Eyes Vision Clinic, serving Murphy and Plano, TX, and the nearby area, we are a team of optometrists who provide comprehensive diagnostics for eye problems. Not only can we diagnose your eye condition, but we can also prescribe the right medicine to treat it.
If you have an eye infection caused by bacteria, our optometrists can prescribe oral or topical antibiotics. Topicals antibiotics can be prescribed as drops or a gel. Before giving you a prescription for an antibiotic, our doctors perform testing to determine the exact type of infection you are experiencing. This eliminates unneeded antibiotics or antibiotics that won’t correct the problem.
When you visit an eye doctor because of allergy symptoms, your optometrist may prescribe an antihistamine to block the release of histamine and decrease or eliminate the allergy symptoms. Antihistamines are available as eye drops or oral medications.
Medications for Glaucoma
Our optometry specialists can prescribe eye drops in the early stages of glaucoma to prevent further damage to your optic nerve. Prostaglandins, for example, stimulate fluid output to help lower eye pressure. Some examples of drugs in this category include bimatoprost and travoprost.
Beta-blockers are typically known as heart medications. As eye drops, this drug helps to reduce the fluid production in your eye to lower your intraocular pressure. Another option our optometrists can prescribe is alpha-adrenergic agonists, which increase fluid output and decrease aqueous humor production to work in two ways to reduce intraocular pressure. Other examples include carbonic anhydrase inhibitors, rho kinase inhibitors, and Miotic or cholinergic agents.
Antiviral Eye Drops
Herpes of the eye usually stems from the herpes simplex I virus and will cause your eyes to become red or swollen. The infection can affect your vision. Therefore, our optometry practitioners can prescribe ophthalmic acyclovir to stop the infection from spreading. On the other hand, our eye doctors can also prescribe ganciclovir ophthalmic to control a herpes simplex infection.
A fungal infection in your eyes can cause redness, eye discharge, and blurred vision. Our optometrists will prescribe an antifungal medication, typically given as an ointment or eye drop, to stop the symptoms and the fungi from worsening.