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We are an eye care practice with offices located in Arizona and California. Our experienced, nationally-distinguished doctors provide a full range of eye care services. Our doctors examine, diagnose, treat, and manage all eye conditions including cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. Our doctors provide services unique to the area including Optomap® retinal evaluations and specialty contact lens fittings. Our offices offer many brands and types of prescription lenses, glasses, sunglasses, and contact lenses.
Whether we are improving your vision, managing your eye health, or fitting you with eyewear, we are dedicated to providing you with comprehensive, high-quality eye care and taking care of your eye care needs.
See below for a list of our products and services.
Our doctors and staff take pride in providing comprehensive eye exams for all ages. Our practice offers a full range of optometric services including prescriptions, contact lenses, and glasses. Our doctors check for diseases and evaluate overall eye health as part of our comprehensive eye exam. Regular and comprehensive eye exams can lead to early detection of common diseases, such as glaucoma, diabetes, and macular degeneration.
Pediatric Eye Exams
Did you know that 20% of children ages 9-15 need glasses, yet 90% of them do not know it?
Our doctors offer comprehensive pediatric eye exams for children of all ages (infants – 18). Pediatric eye exams are important because detecting eye problems early in life is critical! If eye problems are detected too late, correcting the problem is sometimes impossible. For example, if lazy eye is not detected and treated before age 7, it can lead to permanent vision loss. Many children will NOT complain of blurry vision if they have a lazy eye – only an eye doctor can properly detect and asses the problem.
If your child has any of the following signs/symptoms, he or she may have an eye problem and should be seen by one of our doctors for further evaluation:
The American Optometric Association recommends that children have eye exams at 6 months, 3 years, before 1st grade, and every 1-2 years thereafter.
Cataract Evaluations and Post-Operative Care
A cataract evaluation is a normal part of our comprehensive eye exam.
A cataract is the clouding of the lens of the eye which results in hazy or blurred vision. Normally, light passes through a clear lens and is focused by the lens onto the back of the eye, creating a clear image. As people age, the clear lens gradually hardens and clouds—forming cataracts.
Surgery is the only treatment for cataracts. Doctors can remove cataracts at any stage of development, however most doctors recommend surgery only after visual acuity begins to decrease. Our doctors may or may not recommend cataract surgery based on their comprehensive evaluation of your eye.
Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure that usually involves three steps. Doctors first apply local anesthesia, then a small incision is made in the eye to remove the cloudy lens. The lens is generally replaced with a lens called an IOL (intra-ocular lens) that is uniquely designed for each eye. There are many types of intra-ocular lenses, and they can be found at this webpage: http://www.reclaimyourvision.com/acrysof-iq-restor-iol.aspx
Cataract surgery is quick, very successful and restores visual acuity quickly. Patients can return to normal activities quickly. Our doctors perform post-operative care for cataract surgery patients.
Even though cataracts form as part of the natural aging process and affect millions of people each year, cataracts need to be properly evaluated, treated, and managed.
If you believe cataracts hinder your vision, contact us to schedule a comprehensive examination.
Optomap® Retinal Evaluations
The back of the eye is called the retina. A healthy retina is critical for good vision. A thorough examination of the back of the eye is critical to evaluate overall eye health. The Optomap® Retinal Exam is the only technology that allows doctors to thoroughly exam the back of the eye.
The Optomap® Retinal Exam takes a digital, wide-field image of the back of your eye. This painless exam requires NO dilation in most cases. Within minutes, this exam can detect macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal tears, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other retinal problems.
Our doctors highly recommend this exam as an integral part of your comprehensive eye exam. Your doctor will evaluate and review your images with you during your exam. The results allow your doctor to make better-informed decisions about your eye health.
Specialty Contact Lenses
Specialty contact lenses are designed for patients who have difficulties seeing with or are unable to wear standard contact lenses. Standard contact lenses come as a “one size fits all,” meaning that only one or two lens shapes are used. These shapes are meant to fit most eyes. Specialty contact lenses are custom lenses, meaning they are custom tailored to fit the patient’s exact eye shape and prescription. Specialty contact lenses are a great option for:
Macular Degeneration Evaluations
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 65. The macula is the part of the retina that creates clear central vision. Macular degeneration affects only central vision, not side vision.
The main cause of the disease is aging. Common risk factors include obesity, heredity, high blood-pressure, and smoking. People with macular degeneration may experience blurred, distorted central vision. Regular eye examinations can lead to early detection of macular degeneration before the onset of symptoms.
Our doctors will evaluate the macula as part of the comprehensive eye exam.
Glaucoma Management and Post-Operative Care
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world.
Glaucoma occurs when the fluid pressure in the eye gets too high. The high pressure within the eye damages the optic nerve and causes potential blindness. People of all ages are at risk for glaucoma.
Glaucoma is a scary disease because there are typically no symptoms. Glaucoma must be diagnosed and treated properly.
Early diagnosis is the key to managing glaucoma and protecting your vision. The eye pressure test is part of the routine, comprehensive eye exam.
Dry Eye Treatment
Tears are essential for good eye health, as they keep the eye moist, wash out debris, and control acidity levels. Dry eye syndrome is a chronic condition in which the tear glands do not sufficiently or properly lubricate and moisturize the eye.
Patients with dry eye syndrome experience symptoms of persistent scratchiness, intermittent blurred vision, burning sensations, and eye redness. Ironically, dry eye syndrome can cause frequent tearing—the excessive dryness can sometimes cause the tear system to over-produce watery tears as a defensive mechanism.
The normal aging process is the leading cause of dry eyes. Other causes include side effects from some medications (including some antibiotics), long-term contact lens wear, immune system deficiencies, and over-exposure to a dry, dusty climate.
Dry eye syndrome cannot be cured. Doctors can alleviate the symptoms in a variety of ways. Treatment options include the use of artificial tears (purchasable over-the-counter at any pharmacy) and/or bed-time eye ointments (tear production decreases during sleep). Closing the tear duct opening is also an effective treatment approach. Doctors use a punctum plug to temporarily close the tear duct. This approach is painless, quick, and slows the evaporation of tears.
Dry eye syndrome is a common ailment for people living in the Southwest. Our doctors are experts in treating and managing dry eyes.
Freedom from Daytime Contact Lenses (Orthokeratology)
Our doctors use a technique called Orthokeratology to help patients obtain vision correction by wearing custom fit contact lenses at night while sleeping.
Our doctors use the exact prescription and shape of the eye to create a custom fit contact lens for each patient, which the patient wears only at night while sleeping. The lens acts as a retainer to safely reshape the front of the eye. The lens gradually corrects vision so the patient can ultimately not have to wear contacts during the day.
The technique is completely safe and 100% reversible. If a patient simply stops wearing the lens, then the front of the eye goes back to its original shape.
Great candidates for orthokeratology include:
Our doctors offer free consultations to see if you or your child is a candidate for orthokeratology!
Diabetic Eye Examinations
Diabetic retinopathy occurs when the blood vessels in the retina leak fluid or blood. This can lead to blindness, especially if not treated or monitored. Our doctors recommend timely eye examinations to monitor this condition.
The cornea is the clear window in the front of the eye that covers the iris and the pupil. Light passes through the cornea and focuses on the back of the eye, creating vision. The cornea is very sensitive. There are more nerve endings in the cornea than anywhere else in the body. A damaged cornea will swell and distort vision. Corneal problems are painful.
Some common causes of corneal problems include infection, injury, and complications from previous eye surgery. Doctors use a variety of treatment options for corneal problems including medications, eye drops, special contact lenses, or surgical transplants. Our doctors can evaluate corneal problems and advise patients on appropriate treatments.
Medmont Corneal Topographer
The Medmont Corneal Topographer is the latest technology used to map the front surface of the eye. The topographer takes a picture of the front surface of the eye (the instrument does not touch the eye) and displays a topographical map so our doctors can see the whole shape of the eye. The images allow our doctors to detect corneal irregularities (problems with the front surface of the eye), to custom fit appropriate contact lenses for each patient, or to assess the cornea.
LASIK Evaluations and Post-Operative Care
LASIK surgery reshapes the cornea to remove nearsighted, astigmatism, and farsighted corrections of the eye. Not all patients are candidates for LASIK surgery. Our doctors will be glad to help you determine if this procedure is right for you.
Foreign Body Removal
Metal shavings, dust, vegetation, toxic fluids, etc. can unfortunately find your eye. Our doctors specialize in fixing "something got in my eye" complaints. The sooner you seek treatment, the quicker you can return to normal activities. Call us today.
Optical Store and Lab
Each of our offices has an optical store and lab with hundreds of traditional and designer frames, sunglasses, prescription lenses, and contact lenses for men, women, and children. Our skilled opticians will help you select eyewear that fits your needs. Our staff also provides eyewear adjustments and repairs.
Optomap® - Thoroughly Examining the Back of the Eye
Annual Eye Health Exams
Stuart B. Adams, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Dr. Adams graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Southern Utah University in 1985. He played on the Southern Utah golf team from 1981-1985. Dr. Adams was selected as a First-Team All-American and a two-time Academic All-American. The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference recently selected Dr. Adams as one of the top six golfers in its 100-year history. Dr. Adams graduated with honors with a Doctor of Optometry degree from Pacific University College of Optometry in 1989.
Dr. Stuart Adams is a board-certified optometrist and a fellow in the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Adams specializes in therapeutic ocular disease management, contact lens care, eye glass prescriptions, pre- and post-ocular surgical care, and eye examinations for all ages. Dr. Adams is licensed to practice in Arizona, California, and Oregon.
Dr. Adams enjoys classic muscle cars, golf, and spending time with his family. He and his wife, Regina, have two children.
Stephanie L. Woo, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Dr. Woo, who was born and raised in Lake Havasu City, pursued a bachelor’s degree at the University of Arizona and graduated with high honors. She then obtained her optometry degree at Southern California College of Optometry, where she received the Gas Permeable Lens Institute Clinical Excellence Award and the Dr. John R. Griffin Award for Excellence in Vision Therapy and Pediatrics.
Dr. Woo completed a Cornea and Contact Lens residency at the University of Missouri, where she was trained to fit specialty contact lenses for patients who are unable to see clearly with standard glasses or contacts. Dr. Woo is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society. She is an author for the American Optometric Association and also the Review of Cornea and Contact Lens. She is on the Gas Permeable Lens Institute's Advisory Committee and frequently lectures around the country on the topic of contact lenses.
Whether she is performing comprehensive eye exams, managing eye diseases such as glaucoma or macular degeneration, or fitting specialty contact lenses, Dr. Woo is excited and anxious to help the nearby communities with all of their eyes care needs.
Havasu Eye Center
383 S. Lake Havasu Ave.
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
Phone: (928) 680-1144
Monday - Friday 8am to 5pm
Parker Vision Care
115 W. Riverside Dr.
Parker, AZ 85344
Phone: (928) 669-2497
Monday - Friday 8am to 5pm
Blythe Vision Care
110 N. Spring St.
Phone: (760) 922-3951
Monday - Thursday 8am to 5pm
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