Our doctor and team specialize in Corneal Refractive Therapy, as well as routine eye exams.
We administer comprehensive eye exams including tests for glaucoma, cataracts, and retinal disease and offer the latest technology in computerized visual field testing.
For those interested in learning more about non-surgical Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT) or specialty contact lenses.
We are available for our patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That means if you are a patient of ours and you have an emergency, you will be able to see someone who is familiar with your medical and visual history.
Low or reduced vision, even with the best possible spectacle or contact lens, can be a very challenging obstacle to daily life.
The vast majority of patients with low vision can improve their quality of life through the use of low vision devices.
Dr. Tirado is highly skilled in treating and counseling patients with low vision, and in finding the appropriate low vision device.
Recent advancements in the development of eye care technology and vision aids have allowed Dr. Tirado to help improve the quality of vision for our patients.
We are a referral source for many Jacksonville retinal specialists and the Division of Blind Services to provide eye exams to individuals requiring rehabilitative optometry.
Call our office today to find out more about how we can help your family member or friend with low vision.
- Corneal Refractive Therapy (a.k.a. CRT or Ortho-k) for treatment nearsightedness or farsightedness
- Bifocal and astigmatism contact lens fittings
- Customized sport tinted contact lenses
- Dry eye treatment and management
- Rehabilitative eye care (a.k.a. Low Vision)
- Free vision screenings
- Safety glasses for sports
- Diagnosis and treatment of eye disease, infection & injury
- Pediatric Optometry - for children 2 years and older
- Diabetic eye exams and screening
- Tests for glaucoma, cataracts, and retinal disease
- Post-refractive (LASIK) or customized contact lens fitting
- Nutritional supplements for healthy eyes
- Theatrical contact lens fitting and dispensing
- Designer frames and lenses
- Prescription sunglasses
- 24/7 Emergency care for our current patients
FAQs about Jacksonville Eye Doctor, Eye Care For You
How young can someone be to get contact lenses?
We can fit girls as young as six and boys as young as eight that are in good health. Even if children can not routinely keep up with their rooms or their glasses they can become successful contact lens patients with proper instruction and care stressed by the eye care team and parents. Many children who have eye problems such as cataracts or other complications can be successfully fit with the new contact lenses that are on the market.
How can the wearing of oxygen permeable(OP) contact lenses slow down the progression of nearsightedness?
There have been studies at colleges of optometry that clearly show that if properly fitted OP lenses can slow nearsighted correction down around 30% as compared to spectacle lens wear. This % could even be higher in comparison to extended wear of soft contact lenses. OP lenses slow down the steepening affect of the central cornea that can occur during grade school and above due to prolonged accommodation (focusing), that occurs with reading and other forms of close work. This prolonged focusing tends to flatten the peripheral cornea. Combine that with a shortened working distance with youngsters and parents that are nearsighted than you have all the ingredients for a particular child to develop progressive myopia that can become visually handicapping.
I've been told that I could never wear contact lenses because I have astigmatism. Is this true today?
In the past, accuracy and precision were a problem in the manufacturing of toric, soft contact lenses. Advances in technology have corrected these issues, and today there are several types of affordable contact lenses available for people who have astigmatism - including frequent replacement contact lenses.
Astigmatism means the front of the eye or the inside of the eye is not perfectly round like a basketball but shaped more like a football -- therefore, when light enters your eyes it comes to a focus in two separate areas instead of only one.
To correct astigmatism you need to correct vision with a contact containing two curves, or a firm oxygen permeable lens to mask or hide astigmatism. Firmer lenses normally provide better acuity and are recommended in children as a form of myopia control as well as dry-eyed or heavily allergic people.
Could the use of glasses do more harm than good with my continued use of them or make me dependent on them?
Well, we all normally want the best form of visual correction in front of us if it’s for work, school, driving, recreation or home use. We can become “dependent” on the clarity a good pair of glasses might give us but it also depends on the age & health of the person, are they going through puberty and how much screen time they give their eyes every day. We can become dependent on the level of clarity and crispness we get with glasses but if they are possibly used for the wrong activity like using driving glasses on the computer they could accelerate nearsightedness. Glasses do not prevent corneal terrain (topography) changes from occurring especially during growth and prolonged focus on screens.
What is Orthokeratology, OrthoK, CRT (Corneal Refractive Therapy)?
Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) has been around for over 30 years. It reduces or eliminates nearsightedness temporarily and makes one less dependent on glasses or contacts for activities, sports, and hobbies.
CRT stands for Corneal Refractive Therapy (a.k.a. Orthokeratology.) It's a non-surgical vision improvement therapy program which uses a special type of contact lens (appliance) that flattens the front surface of your eye over time and makes you less nearsighted. The eventual goal of CRT is to allow you to have functional vision throughout your waking hours. In order to maintain the results, you will need to maintain nightwear of the appliances. Without getting too technical, you insert the appliance at bedtime, remove it when you wake and within days to weeks you should notice an improvement in your vision without the use of daytime contacts or glasses. It's painless!
Contact our office, (904) 683-8444 with any further questions and to schedule your free CRT consultation to see if you are a good candidate.
At Eye Care For You, Dr. Alejandro Tirado and our entire Jacksonville optometry team are committed to providing advanced vision care in a professional and comfortable environment. As an optometrist in Jacksonville, our primary eye care service includes a complete eye exam that analyzes eye health and vision function. In addition to eye exams and vision testing, Dr. Tirado and our team of optometry professionals provide testing for glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. Our Jacksonville optometrist also offers glasses, contact lenses, and pre- and post-operative care.
Dr. Tirado and the Eye Care For You team take even routine eye exams very seriously. During a yearly or bi-yearly examination, our Jacksonville patients will receive a patient history review, a series of vision and eye tests, assessments of eye focusing and movement, and an eye health evaluation. Our optometrist will discuss any additional testing that may be required to diagnose an eye disease or condition. Call us a today at (904) 683-8444 to schedule an appointment.
Not sure that glasses are for you? Ask our Jacksonville staff about contact lenses. Advances in the field of optometry have produced a variety of different types of contact lenses with a range of benefits. Rigid gas-permeable (RGP), daily-wear soft, extended-wear, extended-wear disposable, and planned replacement are the various types of contact lens options available today. Our Jacksonville optometrist will discuss the various options with you to determine which type will best fit your needs and lifestyle. Schedule your examination today by calling (904) 683-8444. There are many advantages to consider when determining if contact lenses are right for you and our knowledgeable staff is here to answer any questions.
Laser assisted in situ keratomileusis, commonly referred to as LASIK, is a corrective alternative to glasses or contact lenses. Like glasses or contact lenses, LASIK is a method for treating refractive conditions including nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. At Eye Care For You, Dr. Tirado provides pre- and post-operative exams for LASIK and other eye procedures. Call (904) 683-8444 today to schedule an examination to see whether you are a candidate for LASIK.