Dr. Melanie Carvell and Dr. Michael Lampedecchio are optometric physicians providing comprehensive eyes examinations for most visual and ocular conditions, including dry eye, glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. Their examinations will also detect and monitor for ocular manifestations of systemic diseases such as diabetes, thyroid disease, autoimmune disorders, hypertension and allergies.
In our quest to provide the highest level of care to our patients, our office is equipped with the latest in eye care technology. We provide retinal imaging with a digital retinal camera and optical tomographer (OCT), as well as visual field testing, anterior imaging and meibography. This allows us to diagnose and treat many ocular conditions.
Our optical carries a large selection of frames for all ages, sizes and price. We are excited to have such lines as Kate Spade, Versace, Coach, Lulu Guiness, Ray Ban, Nike and Coco Song to offer our patients. include Ray Ban, Lucky, Guess, Nike and Easy Twist Turboflex. Our specialty frames include the Liberty line, with frames for every sport… including a full line specifically for bikers.
We pride ourselves in the ability to match every patient’s visual needs with the perfect eyeglass lens to meet those needs. From digitally designed progressive lenses to the newest specialty lenses for computer use, we will have what you need. Work with our licensed dispensing optician Tammy and our apprentice optician Mercedes to learn which of the newest lens designs and specialized lens coatings will be best for your visual needs.
Drs Carvell and Lampedecchio fit all types of contact lenses, including multifocal, toric (for astigmatism), rigid gas permeable and hybrid and scleral lenses. They specialize in contact lenses for those “hard to fit” eyes, including patients with keratoconus, dry eyes and post-refractive surgery.
Optomap Ultra-widefield Retinal Imaging
Regular detailed examination of the inside of the eye – the retina, is critical to eye health. Doctors use a number of techniques to examine the retina including looking into the eye, usually after dilating and the use of special cameras for imaging inside the eye. Until recently, most ophthalmic cameras could only photograph about 20% of the retina at a time. We now know that many eye diseases occur or begin at the outer edges of the retina, (“the periphery”), so examining this area is extremely important.
Because seeing the entire retina is so important at Carvell & Associates we have invested in the most advanced camera for ultra-widefield photography and angiography. In a single, quick shot, this camera produces “optomap” photos or angiograms of about 82% of the retina. These optomap images provide superior visibility of the retinal periphery allowing us to see, document, show you, and follow pathology that could not be seen with traditional eye cameras.
The optomap exam is quick and painless and combined with the thorough eye exams our doctors are trained to provide this advanced technology offers a new level of diagnostic confidence. We are proud and happy to offer this service to our patients.
For more information on the optomap please visit the optomap website:
All the doctors at our practice are certified optometric physicians, fully trained and capable of managing all of your eye care needs. It is recommended that everyone have a routine comprehensive eye exam every year.
However, there are instances when patients require more extensive medical testing in addition to routine care. For example, diabetic eye exams, glaucoma diagnosis and management, high risk medication monitoring, and macular degeneration are a few of the tests we perform.
In 2018, we invested in the newest digital cameras that will take photos of both the front and the back (retina) of the eye. Fundus retinal imaging takes a digital picture of the back of your eye. It shows the retina (where light and images hit), the optic disk (a spot on the retina that holds the optic nerve, which sends information to the brain), and blood vessels. This helps our optometrists find certain diseases and check the health of your eyes.
Our anterior segment camera takes digital photos of the front of the eye, which allows close monitoring of ocular surface disorders as well as documenting the success of treatment. This specialized camera also takes infrared images of the inner lid, called meibography. This is important in the diagnosis and treatment of dry eye.
We have the latest technology in the diagnosis and monitoring of Age Related Macular Degeneration. The Zeiss Cirrus 500 HD Optical Coherence Topographer or OCT is the same one used by retinal specialists in the treatment of macular degeneration. The OCT is an established medical imaging technique that uses light to capture micrometer-resolution, three dimensional images from within biological tissue. One could think of it as an MRI of the eye that obtains detailed images from within the retina.
Dr Carvell and Associates also has the newest Octopus 600 Visual Field Analyzer for the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma. This test is also crucial in monitoring patients for ocular side effects that can occur with certain high risk systemic medications.
Having the best and most recent technology available is a must in today’s ever changing world of eye care. As our mission statement says, we will treat every patient with the highest level of care
Eye discomfort or vision problems can occur unexpectedly at any time. Even if our doctors have a full schedule, they routinely see patients the same day for unscheduled eye emergencies. Your vision is irreplaceable and we know that sudden changes in vision or the development of eye pain or discomfort need to be taken care of immediately.
Many eye conditions can become worse over time and can even become sight threatening. If you are experiencing new symptoms with your vision or with eye pain, contact us as soon as possible so that one of our doctors are evaluate you and start the appropriate treatment. Examples of some of these symptoms could be:
– Sudden loss or interruption of vision
– Injuries to the eye(s)
– Eye infections
– Sudden appearance of a red eye
– Sudden double vision
– Sudden eye pain
– Floaters and/or light lashes
– Allergic reactions
– Eyelid swelling or bumps on the lid
These are just some of the more common examples of possible reasons to see one of the doctors for immediate treatment.
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5321 Collins Ave., Jacksonville, Florida