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Welcome Dr. Katie Holnbeck Our Newest Eye Doctor

Dr-Holnbeck-2015-200x300Opticare Vision Center wants to extend a warm welcome to Dr. Katie Holnbeck. We are excited to have her on our team! She practices at our Lebanon location. Dr. Holnbeck is an extremely skilled, professional and friendly eye doctor, here to help you and your family with all your eye care needs.

Dr. Holnbeck holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and History from Carroll College in Helena, Montana, where she also grew up and where her parents still live today. She earned her Doctor of Optometry Degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She specializes in contact lenses and ocular disease treatment. She is a member of the American Optometric Association.

She became interested in optometry after she underwent strabismus surgery at 12 years old. In her free time, Dr. Holnbeck enjoys reading and playing with the two dogs, Sophie and Fiona. She also has a boyfriend of 4 years, who is also an optometrist.

Dr. Holnbeck loves to travel all over the world and learn about new cultures. Over the years, she has participated in several eye care missions in both Mexico and Guatemala. As a matter of fact, when asked what her favorite patient story was, Dr. Holnbeck related:

“When I was a student I went on a cataract mission to Guatemala. A two year-old boy was there with his family, one of which was getting cataract surgery. I noticed he had a drooping eyelid and told the nurse who brushed me off. I told the surgeon and he immediately dilated the boy to look further, preliminary diagnosis was retinoblastoma. We gave the family money to see a specialist in Guatemala City. I never learned what happened to him but felt we at least gave him a chance and saw my education come together for the first time in my career.”

Why Do We Need Glasses?

The most well-known part of a comprehensive eye exam is the basic vision test. When you have a general vision test, one of the main conditions the eye care practitioner is checking for is a refractive error. A refractive error means there is an abnormality in the shape of the eye, changing the eye’s ability to focus light directly onto the retina.This causes blurred vision and can usually be corrected by wearing prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses and possibly, alternate treatments such as vision therapy, ortho-k, LASIK or refractive surgery such as LASIK.

clipart 028The term, “refractive error” refers to a problem with the process of refraction that is responsible for sight. Normally, light rays that enter your eye are refracted or bent through the cornea and the lens, and ultimately converge or are focused onto a single point on the retina. From the retina, messages are sent through the optic nerve to the brain which then interprets these signals into the image that we are seeing.

In order for this process to work effectively, the anatomy of the eye including the length of the eye and the curvature of the cornea and the lens must be just right to be able to focus the light onto the retina. When this is not the case, a refractive error will occur.

There are several different types of refractive errors, depending on which part of the eye is affected, and it is possible to have multiple refractive errors at the same time:

Myopia or nearsightedness:
In myopia the length of the eyeball is too long which results in light coming to a focus in front of the retina, rather than on the retina. This allows the individual to see well when objects are close but not clearly when looking at objects at a distance.

Hyperopia or farsightedness:
Hyperopia is when the eyeball is shorter than normal and can result in near objects being blurry. However, people experience hyperopia differently. Sometimes distant objects are clear while other times people may experience overall blurred vision near and far or no problems at all. In children particularly, the lens may accommodate for the error allowing for clear vision but may cause fatigue and sometimes crossed eyes or strabismus. Hyperopia causes eyestrain or fatigue especially when looking at near objects for a period of time. Often people with 20/20 vision may still need glasses at their desk to relax their eyes and improve concentration.

Astigmatism is usually the result of an irregularly shaped cornea (although it can sometimes also be due to a misshapen lens). The cornea, which is normally round, is more football-shaped in an eye with astigmatism, resulting in multiple focus points either in front of the retina or behind it (or both). People with astigmatism usually have blurred or distorted vision to some degree at all distances, near and far.

Presbyopia is an age-related condition which usually begins to appear sometime after 40. As the eye begins to age, the lens stiffens and can no longer focus clearly on objects that are close.

It’s important to note that presbyopia is often confused with hyperopia, as both cause problems focusing at near distances. However, high hyperopia can also cause blur at far distances as well, especially in dim lighting, and depth perception problems can result in motor vehicle accidents. In these instances people with hyperopia could use glasses at any distance.

If you are having trouble seeing, it is important to have an eye exam to determine the cause of the problem and to effectively correct your vision. Even if your vision is fine, you should schedule a routine eye exam on a regular basis to ensure that your eyes are healthy and that any potential problems are caught early.

Time Saving Tips Before Your Next Eye Exam

If you are a new patient, please fill out the online patient information form: Click here

What to bring with you to the exam:

1. Your medical insurance card (it is different than vision insurance)
2. Your old or current eyeglasses
3. Any eyedrops you regularly use
4. A list of your medications
5. Your sunglasses. We can check to see if they have enough UV protection.
6. If you would like computer glasses, measure the distance between the computer screen and your eyes.

For contact lens wearers:

1. If you are a new patient and wear contact lenses, bring in the contact lens packaging or boxes with contact lens brand, power and base curve (BC). If you ran out and do not know your power, call your previous office and ask them to fax/email it to us.
2. Wear your contact lenses in if you want to update/order contact lenses.
3. Don’t forget to bring in back-up pair of eyeglasses.

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