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:
Cataracts cause a clouding of the lens in the eye, making your vision appear to be foggy. Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over 40 and are the leading cause of blindness in the world.
Your eyes are meant to naturally adjust to normal light changes, adjust focus, and allow us to see both near and far. Your lens is primarily made up of water and proteins. The proper arrangement of these proteins is what contributes to normal vision. Some of these proteins clump together forming a clouding of the lens.request an appointment
Comprehensive Eye Exams
Here at Vicksburg Optometry we see a variety of patients for routine eye care. We recommend annual or bi annual eye exams. You can talk to Dr. Miller during your exam to see what she would recommend for you!
We do exams for adults of all ages. Glasses, contacts, specialty lenses, and routine check ups, even if you don’t currently need correction. At these vision exams, the health of the eye is also evaluated. During this portion of the exam we can evaluate for most major diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and more. Often, dilation is recommended for a full health evaluation.
Children’s exams are very similar to adult exams with a few additional tests. Dr. Miller likes to test the eye teaming skills, the way the eyes work together, to make sure the child has a properly functioning visual system to perform their best in school. Adult exams also include a test of eye teaming skills, but child exams have a few additional tests due to their visual needs in the classroom.
These are exams done on infants. Yes, infants! Ages 6 months to 12 months. This exams requires dilation for best results and can evaluate eye teaming skills, eye alignment, focusing capabilities, check for a prescription, and evaluate ocular health. These exams are absolutely FREE as long as there are no risk factors such as an eye turn that is already noted. Dr. Miller can still evaluate your infant if you do notice something like an eye turn and this can be billed through your current vision plan. See their website for more information https://www.infantsee.org/.
Computer Vision is a relatively new term within the optometry field and refers to eye problems associated with the prolonged use of computers and electronics that utilize a digital screen. Although it can be temporary, there are times when computer vision can strain the eyes to a degree that permanently affects your vision as well. An existing eye condition can worsen as the eyes try to focus and adjust to a computer screen, and precautions should be taken if you spend long hours in front of a computer screen.
If you have been experiencing blurry vision, dry eyes, eye strain, headaches, neck or back pain, try adjusting the lighting, posture, and the distance in front of your computer screen. If computer vision symptoms persist, call us to request an appointment, we will perform a full evaluation.request an appointment
At Vicksburg Optometry, we strive to meet all of your eye and vision care needs. After a comprehensive eye and vision evaluation, Dr. Annie Miller will discuss the variety of contact lens options with you to select the type that best fits your vision needs and lifestyle. Contacts can be difficult to fit if you suffer from dry eye or allergies, but Dr. Miller is willing to give you lots of options!
After determining the level of refractive error, Dr. Miller works with you to determine whether contact lenses or glasses are best for your lifestyle. If you suffer from certain conditions, such as dry eye or allergies, glasses may be the most comfortable corrective solution. We fit a wide variety of prescriptions including distance only, astigmatism correction, multifocal lenses, and monovision.
If you are diagnosed with a corneal disease such as kerataconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, severe dry eye or others, Dr. Miller fits specialty scleral lenses. These are a medically necessary contact lens and can be fit for multiple conditions.
Vicksburg Optometry is proud to offer a wide variety of designer frames! Glasses, more than ever, say a lot about your personality, style, and fashion. Selecting the right frames can be confusing and daunting, especially for first time patients. Our staff has a great deal of experience helping patients find the best frames for them – taking into account budget, medical needs, lifestyle, and appearance.
At Vicksburg Optometry, we are here to help you find the perfect look, while also correcting your vision. There is no replacement for professional help finding the right frames for your face, but the guide below can give you an idea of what to look for.request an appointment
Diabetic Eye Care
Diabetes can affect more than just your blood sugar. It can also do some damage to your eyes if you are not careful.
Diabetic eye disease can cause vision loss if you are not careful. It can cause you to have trouble with everyday tasks even if you have regular glasses or contacts. It can even cause blindness.request an appointment
Digital Retina Imaging
Using a digital camera system, our optometrists at Vicksburg Optometry can clearly see and examine your retina, located at the back of your eye. This examination is critical to monitoring the health of your eye as well as to the early detection of many medical problems. The pictures generated through retinal imaging help us identify problems with your vision and can also help diagnose other medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, or even brain tumors.
Dry Eye Treatment
Vicksburg Optometry is proud to offer dry eye treatment for our patients. Ocular Surface Disease, also known as dry eye, can occur from certain medications, naturally by aging, or as a symptom arising from systemic diseases such as Sjogren’s syndrome, Rheumatoid arthritis, or Lupus. If you have a minor case of dry eye, you may be experiencing irritation, excessive tearing, fluctuating vision, and/or a burning sensation in your eyes. Excessive dry eyes, or dry eye symptoms that go untreated, have the potential to damage eye tissue, scar your corneas, and impair your vision.request an appointment
We often have same day appointments for emergencies. If something sudden happens and you need to be seen right away, give our office a call and we can fit you into the schedule. We see patients for a variety of reasons. Please don’t hesitate to call and see if we can get you in right away!
What is an eye emergency? Here is a non-exhaustive list of things we see often in the office as emergencies.
Foreign body removal, eye infections, red eyes, swollen eyelids, flashes and floaters and more.
Emergency visits are billed through your major medical insurance.
If it something that needs a referral elsewhere, Dr. Miller will be able to send over a referral in a timely manner so you can start feeling better as quickly as possible!
Keratoconus is a non-inflammatory disorder that affects the cornea. The cornea becomes thinned and steepened, resulting in distorted vision, sensitivity to light, and decreased vision. Symptoms typically manifest in a person’s younger years, usually the late teens or 20’s.
Keratoconus can affect a person’s ability to read or drive, which can be a major obstacle for people. Luckily, this is a condition that can be diagnosed through a routine eye exam, which underscores the importance of scheduling regular eye exams for you and your children.request an appointment
Macular degeneration is a deterioration of the central portion of the retina, the inside layer of the eye that records the images we see and sends them through the optic nerve from the eye to the brain for processing. The macula, or the center of the retina, is responsible for focusing central vision in the eye and controls our ability to see and process information.request an appointment
Medical eye exams are done for numerous reasons. As a licensed optometrist, Dr. Miller can evaluate your eyes for a variety of health conditions that may or may not be affecting your vision. Many of these conditions are best evaluated after the eyes are dilated. Here are a few of the most common medical conditions that she can evaluate for you.
It is recommended that diabetic patients have annual, dilated, eye exams. They are sometimes done more frequently depending on the stage of your disease. Diabetes is a disease that can affect the blood vessels in the eye. After time, these vessels become weak and leaky and leak blood and fluid onto the retina. The goal of diabetic eye exams is to catch the damage before it affects your vision. Dr. Miller will be able to evaluate your retinas to see if you have damage from diabetes and if so, what degree of damage. She will then send out a diabetic eye report to your primary care provider and can counsel you on how to best protect your vision.
A cataract is an opacification or clouding of the lens of the eye. Most cataracts are age related but some can come from trauma, long term steroid use, and some people are born with them. Some of the most common symptoms of their development are glare at night and needing more light to read fine print. Dr. Miller will be able evaluate the lens in your eye and tell you if you have cataracts and if so, how far along they are. When they are ready for surgery she will be able to explain that process to you and refer you to a trusted surgeon.
This is a disease that rarely has symptoms until the disease is in the more advanced stages. Glaucoma is checked for at every exam because early detection is key to slow the progression of the disease. Glaucoma occurs often when the pressure in your eye is too high for the optic nerve in your eye to handle. That pressure damages the optic nerve causing peripheral vision damage first. Your pressures will be checked at every visit to rule out high pressures, but glaucoma can happen at any pressure. So she will evaluate your optic nerves for damage as well even if your pressure are within a normal range.
Pediatric Eye Exams
Here at Vicksburg Optometry, we are proud to offer pediatric eye examinations. Children should have their first eye exam around the age of six months. If the first exam finds that their eyes are healthy, they won’t need another appointment until they are between the age of two and three.
Although many schools offer annual eye exams, they are not complete visual exams and the results can be inaccurate. For this reason, you should schedule yearly or bi-yearly examinations to ensure that your child’s eyes are healthy and that he or she can see clearly.request an appointment