From Fayetteville to Bentonville and across the Northwest Arkansas region, patients can receive full eye exams, annual check-ups, have access to countless optical solutions, and feel assured that the entire family is covered. Vold Vision has screenings for both pediatric and adolescent youths, as well as young and older adults. Whether someone in your family needs glasses or contact lenses, or a loved one has been diagnosed with glaucoma or cataracts, our skilled and seasoned team of board-certified eye surgeons and ophthalmologists will ensure you receive the right diagnosis and treatment for healthy site year-round.
Routine eye examinations can take anywhere from 30 – 90 minutes, while a typical eye checkup takes about 30 minutes. Patients over 40 years old should have their eyes checked every 2 – 4 years, while those under the age of 40 should have an eye checkup and exam every couple of years. In addition, if you work at a job that stresses the eyes or if you take medicines that can weaken the eyes, you should see your vision specialist more often.
Children and Teenagers
Exams and Services
Vold Vision offers a number of eye care services for the family. There’s no need for eye exams to be intimidating. However, it’s important to note that simple vision screenings are not the same as a complete eye exam. Screenings only detect reduced vision or major vision problems but are ineffective for detecting more subtle vision problems or eye diseases. Alternately, eye exams conducted by the professionals at Vold Vision, not only assess your visual acuity, but your overall eye health. Having the most advanced diagnostic technology available enables us to check for serious eye problems such as glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and detached retinas.
Vold Vision is proud to offer the following eye care services for the entire family:
- Advanced Eye Exams
- Eye Injury and Disease Treatment
- Optometry, Including Contact Lens, Glasses, and Optical Services
- Laser Vision Correction and Other Surgeries
- Pre and Post-Operative Care
Family Eye Care Reviews
Eyes Have birthdays too!
Regardless of your age or health, or if you have 20/20 vision or blurry vision, the experts at Vold Vision offer services for the entire family. At Vold Vision, your site matters! Your time, experience at our facility, and personal outcomes and results are not only important to you, they are very important to us as well. Once you come to our vision center, our goal is to get you to return year after year. We seek to provide a special and unique experience and thus we make you a part of our ongoing vision family.
Not quite sure who in your family should be visiting our vision center and when?
Most kids will have an eye exam long before they reach their teens, but studies show that between the ages of 8 - 12 is when nearsightedness becomes more prevalent. The eyes do not actually reach maturity until around 18 years of age. During these important growing and developmental years, annual eye exams are recommended. At Vold Vision, we love working with our teens and thus have designed a teen program to meet the needs of patients during these changing years. With advanced diagnostic tools to assess overall eye health, we are able to recommend glasses, contact lens counseling, and other vision health needs necessary to promote good habits for long-term prevention.
- Young Adults
If you are between the age of 20 - 40, you are considered a young adult and while these years are often marked with good physical health, the eyes can still change and slowly decline. In this age group, common vision problems include nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Thankfully, there are many options including glasses and contact lens, however, we often recommend laser vision correction surgery which many patients in this age group love. Why? Because they are busy, they have active lifestyles and desire options that allow them to see clearly without the hassle of dealing with glasses or contacts. Patients who contemplate laser surgery for years often tell us they wish they had done it sooner, the minute the procedure is over.
- Middle Age
Ok, so we all have heard the term "middle age". These are the years to really get out and enjoy life. Often, the kids are grown or can function on their own, and life picks up with travel, hobbies, and for many, faster careers. Unfortunately, at this age, even after years of stable vision, issues begin to occur that can be annoying and frustrating. People in their 40s and 50s begin to experience problems with blurry near vision and glares. This decline in crystal clear vision may be due to presbyopia and Dysfunctional Lens Syndrome (DLS) which is an age-related condition where the lens inside the eye loses its natural flexibility and continues to worsen with each year. This is when the readers are often purchased and used to read menus and the morning news. Active adults at this age may not be ready to succumb to readers, bifocals, or multi-focal contacts, so Vold Vision offers a number of options ranging from laser vision correction surgery, to a number of other surgical alternatives to help regain clear vision.
- Seniors (65+)
By the time people entire this age group, larger eye problems can surface. Cataracts, glaucoma, retinal disease, and more can become frightening with vision loss occurring rapidly. Even at this age, there is no cause for concern as Vold Vision has the technology, diagnostic tools, and advanced treatments to help seniors at various progression levels. In fact, there are so many options today for the 65 and over group, that hope can be given and crystal clear vision regained, which is extremely exciting for not only our patients, but for everyone at Vold Vision who plays a part in the journey.
What Does Your Eyes Say About Your Heart?
February is American Heart Month, and the perfect time to reflect on the old saying, “Eyes are windows to the soul.” One thing we know at Vold Vision is that eyes are windows to the heart. In fact, a look into a patient’s eye can in some cases reveal silent damage being caused by diabetes and high blood pressure.
“It’s certainly not something we want to find in our patients,” “Dr. Michael McFarland with Vold Vision stated. “However, the earlier it can be identified the more proactive the patient can be in reducing their risk of a future heart attack or stroke.”
The vascular system of your body is one giant structure. Some of the smallest vessels of the vascular system are located in the eye, making it one of the first areas the disease can present.
When visiting our eye doctors at Vold Vision, our team will do an extensive eye exam that looks at every facet of the patient’s eye including the optic nerve, located at the back of the eye. The narrowing or ballooning of blood vessels and swelling of the base of the optic nerve can signal early warning signs of damage to the heart. Using a special lens, the doctor can see changes in the eye’s blood vessels. These changes can indicate more serious systemic diseases such as hypertension (high blood pressure). It is estimated that hypertension affects more than 65 million Americans with many not even knowing they have it.
“I can think of several patients during my career, who first heard they may have a heart concern from their eye exam,” McFarland shared. “We encourage our patients to get there yearly health check-ups, and with eye exams that truly begins at infancy and only continues to grow in importance as the patient celebrates more and more birthdays.”
Yearly eye exams are strongly encouraged to maintain proper eye health. Anyone that experiences vision changes and has not had an eye exam in over a year should schedule and appointment with their local vision center.
Plan Your Procedure
Eye Care at all Stages of Life
Call Vold Vision today and bring the entire family. We will set every member up on their own individualized plan for eye care health. Family eye care is something we love to be involved in as we get to know each member of your family and set them up with a vision plan for a lifetime. Schedule your appointments today and learn more about Vold Vision and the services we offer.