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What You Should Know About Night Blindness

Our Optometrist in St. Louis, explains About The Causes of Night Blindness

Our eye doctor can help diagnose, manage and treat your night blindness so that you can enjoy being out at night again.

Here are 4 things you should know about night blindness:

The inability to see well at night can be the result of a condition such as:

  • Vitamin A Deficiency Vitamin A helps keep your cornea, the layer at the front of your eye, clear; it’s also an important component of rhodopsin, a protein that enables you to see in low light conditions. Although uncommon in North America, deficiency of this vitamin can induce night blindness.
  • Cataracts
    A buildup of protein clouds the eye’s lens, leading to impaired vision, especially at night and in poor lighting conditions.
  • Diabetic retinopathy
    Damage to the eyes’ blood vessels and nerves can result in vision loss, including difficulty seeing at night.
  • Glaucoma
    This group of eye diseases is associated with pressure build-up in the eye that damages the optic nerve. Both Glaucoma and the medications used to treat it can cause night blindness.
  • Myopia
    Also called nearsightedness, Myopia makes distant objects appear blurry, and patients with it describe a starburst effect around lights at night.
  • Keratoconus
    An irregularly shaped cornea causes blurred vision and may involve sensitivity to light and glare which tend to be worse at night.
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
    A progressive genetic eye disease which can be associated with other diseases, RP leads to night blindness and peripheral vision loss.
  • Usher Syndrome
    This genetic condition causes both hearing loss and vision loss, including night blindness and RP, mentioned above.

Symptoms of Nyctalopia

Since night blindness is a symptom of some serious vision problems, it’s important to get your eyes checked regularly to ensure that everything is in good working order. Contact your eye doctor as soon as possible if you notice that you don’t see as well in dim light as you used to, such as when driving at night or when adjusting from being outdoors in the sunshine to being indoors.

Symptoms of Night Blindness Include:

  • Reduced contrast sensitivity
  • Difficulty seeing people outdoors at night
  • Difficulty seeing in places with dim lighting, like a movie theater
  • Trouble adapting to the dark while driving
  • Excessive squinting at night
  • Trouble adjusting from bright areas to darker ones

Treatments for Night Blindness

Your eye doctor will want to diagnose the cause of your night blindness in order to treat it. For example, in the rare case of vitamin A deficiency, it can be treated with vitamin supplements and vitamin-A rich foods; Myopia can be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses. Other conditions may require medications or surgery.

If night blindness is caused by a birth defect, Usher syndrome, or retinitis pigmentosa, low vision aids and devices can help you make the most of your remaining vision.

Prevention

While there is no proven way to prevent night blindness resulting from genetic conditions or birth defects, consuming healthy, nourishing foods and taking certain vitamin supplements may prevent or slow the onset of some eye conditions that cause night blindness.

If you experience poor vision at night or in dim lighting, we can help. Contact Vision Care Consultants in St. Louis to schedule your appointment today.

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Frequently asked questions answered by our Eye Doctor in St. Louis, Missouri:

  • What are the reasons for Cataract Removal?

    Cataracts can interfere with your ability to live normally. They may make it impossible to drive, read, use a computer, watch TV, climb staircases, or identify faces. Cataracts can also get in the way of medical treatment for other eye diseases, such as macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy because they prevent your eye doctor from inspecting the back tissues of your eye thoroughly. These are all reasons why your eye doctor may recommend cataract surgery.

  • Why Diabetic Eye Exams are Essential?

    At present, one in 10 Americans has diabetes – and the trend is continuing upwards. While routine comprehensive eye exams are important for diagnosing the early signs of diabetes, that doesn’t mean eye exams become insignificant after diagnosis!

  • What is glaucoma?

    Glaucoma describes a type of ocular disease that causes damage to your optic nerve and destroys your quality of vision. With no early symptoms, glaucoma can only be detected by a complete eye examination. When left untreated, glaucoma can result in detrimental vision loss. When treated early by one of our professional, knowledgeable eye doctors, we can help preserve your healthy eyesight.

  • What is Myopia?

    Cataracts can interfere with your ability to live normally. They may make it impossible to drive, read, use a computer, watch TV, climb staircases, or identify faces. Cataracts can also get in the way of medical treatment for other eye diseases, such as macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy because they prevent your eye doctor from inspecting the back tissues of your eye thoroughly. These are all reasons why your eye doctor may recommend cataract surgery.

 

Insurance Coverage

We are a provider for many vision & medical insurance plans. You may have vision insurance or major medical insurance or you may have both. Check the list below or call (314) 843-5700 to see if we accept your plan.

Partial List of Accepted Insurance Plans:

Medical Insurance Plans:

  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Essence Healthcare
  • United Health Care
  • Health Link
  • Humana
  • Medicare
  • Secure Horizons
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Essence Healthcare
  • United Health Care
  • Health Link
  • Humana
  • Medicare
  • Secure Horizons

 

Vision Plans:

  • Eyemed Vision Care
  • Humana
  • Metlife
  • Spectera
  • VBA
  • VSP
  • Eyemed Vision Care
  • Humana
  • Metlife
  • Spectera
  • VBA
  • VSP

Plus many more!

insurance-coverage-familyA vision care plan may partially pay for your vision examination, glasses or contact lenses. Medical insurance may pay a portion of your charges for a medical emergency (eye infection, eye injury, retinal detachment, etc.) or for necessary medical testing needed to manage ocular disease (Glaucoma, Cataract, Diabetes, etc.). Medical insurance usually has a co-payment that needs to be paid at the time that services are rendered in the office.

older-adults-visionIn order for us to help you get your full insurance benefits, it is very important that every patient present their insurance cards to our front desk before they see our St Louis eye doctors. If you send your son or daughter to our office without a parent, please give them your vision and/or medical insurance card so they can provide that information to our staff. We appreciate your

When you make an appointment, please let us know if you have vision or medical insurance. Do not assume that you do not have any insurance coverage for vision or medical procedures. We are happy to assist with your insurance questions.

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Eyeglasses, Frames & Lenses at VisionsCare Consultants

Eyeglasses are an optical device as well as a fashion accessory. The current trends in contemporary eyewear in Saint Louis are sleek frames in new and interesting colors. Lightweight and flexible materials such as modern plastics and titanium allow for wonderful colors and materials that can be fabricated into unusual and stylish shapes. High tech lens materials offer multiple options for the very best vision possible.

At Vision Care Consultants, we offer a wide variety of both frames and lenses.

Our highly skilled opticians will assist you in the selection of your frames to fit your face and your style as well as your prescription. Our opticians are skilled in assessing your specific vision needs and matching your needs to the great variety of lens and frame options available today.

vccglasses002Our full service in-office laboratory can fabricate most prescriptions in a very short period of time without sacrificing quality. We realize that the most precise ophthalmic prescription written by our eye doctors is only as good as the glasses that are made from that prescription. We provide access to the most current lens designs available today which improve both cosmetic appearance and visual function. Designs such as super thin high index lens materials, progressive addition or “no-line” bifocal lenses, photochromatic “transitions” lenses, and a great selection of almost 1,000 contemporary and designer frames allows our patients to both see great and look great with their glasses.

Unique Frame Lines at VisionCare Consultants

verasmall1We have the ability to provide our patients with a variety of unique and exclusive eyewear frame designs that simply can not be found anywhere in our area! These frame lines provide exceptional style and specialized function to make your eyewear experience something very special. Exciting lines such as Oliver Peoples, Paul Smith, Kazuo Kawasaki, 2.5 Eyephorics and others like, Prodesign Denmark, Takumi, Vera Bradley, Jones New York, Coach and Lucky Brand allow us to bring you something different and wonderful in stylish and functional eyewear.

Titanium Frames

This space age material was developed by NASA for use in the space shuttle. It is very lightweight, yet is the most durable material in frames available today. Other advantages of titanium frames is the resistance to corrosion and allergic responses so common with other metal frame materials. Also, titanium can be treated to produce a wide variety of interesting fashion colors.

High Index Super Thin Lenses

New high index and super high index lens materials allow us to fabricate lenses thinner and lighter than ever before. There are basically two types of high index materials. The first is polycarbonate. This is known for being as light as a feather. It is thinner than traditional plastic by 20% to 25%. It is the lightest weight lens material and the most impact resistant. It is the most economical of the high index materials. The second material is 1.60 high index; it is about 30% to 35% thinner than conventional plastic lenses.

The thinnest of all materials is super high index. This material is over 40% to 45% thinner than conventional plastic lenses. This material is often made in what is known as aspheric curves, which keep the lens as thin as possible while maintaining optical excellence. There are three levels of super high index; 1.67, 1.71 and 1.74. Our opticians at Vision Care Consultants in Concord, MO will help you decide which lens is best for your prescription and life style.

Polarization

polarized-glasses-coupleA fantastic development in lens technology for sunglass lenses allows over 99% light transmission with dramatic reduction in glare. These lenses absorb over 98% of both harmful UVA and UVB radiation. Patient satisfaction responses to polarized sunglasses have been overwhelming.

Transitions Lenses

New lightweight plastic photochromatic lenses are able to change from light to dark tint in just a moment. These lenses lighten to about a 10% tint without UV and darken to a 70% tint when exposed to the UV rays of the sun. Now many patients can avoid the trouble of having two pairs of glasses while still taking advantage of virtually all lens designs such as invisible bifocals, thin lenses, etc. and still have the UV protection of prescription sun glasses all in one pair.

Progressive Addition Lenses

woman-eyeglassesNew designs of these “invisible” bifocals are easier to adapt to and provide a continuous range of vision from far into near without the need for lines in your glasses. Progressive lenses come in thin designs and Transitions photochromatic styles. We use only the highest quality progressive lens designs available, which provide the optimum vision performance for our patients.

Antireflective Coatings

Antireflective (AR) coatings are applied to lenses in order to increase total light transmission and reduce reflected light from the surface of lenses. This results in reduced glare, which is especially helpful at night when driving, as well as a marked improvement in the appearance of the lenses. Those annoying surface reflections noticed when looking at the eyes of someone wearing glasses without AR coating are virtually eliminated

Computer Eyewear

girl-with-computer-glassesToday the majority of people use computers for many hours per day. This creates specific and unique vision demands that if not addressed will result in eye strain, fatigue, blur, and reduced comfort and visual efficiency. Your eyewear experts at Vision Care Consultants can design specific glasses to be used at the computer. Using the latest lens design technologies you will be amazed with the results!

Services

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At our St. Louis, Missouri eye doctor’s office, our optometrist and eye care team will provide the quality eye care you need. Below you’ll find a list of some of the key eye care services that our optometric practice offers.

Thorough Eye Exams are just the beginning…

Comprehensive eye exams for adults and children, co-management of eye diseases (Glaucoma, Cataracts and others), caring for eye emergencies and so much more. We specialize in contact lens fittings and back to school eye exams as well as sports vision eyewear.

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Meet Our Eye Doctors in St. Louis

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Meet the Best-Rated Eye Doctors in St. Louis, MO

Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision - many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.

Our St. Louis optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

So if you're looking for eye doctors and eye care near you in the St. Louis area, look no further than Vision Care Consultants!

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Craig M. Brawley, O.D., F.A.A.O.

Dr. Brawley was born in St. Louis, Missouri and, after being raised briefly in Farmington, Missouri, he and his family returned to St. Louis. He attended Lindbergh High School and continued his education at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, where he was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1996. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree in May 2001 from the University of Missouri - St. Louis School of Optometry. He began practice with us at Vision Care Consultants upon graduation.

Dr. Brawley’s wife, Kelly, is a graduate of St. Louis University with a degree in psychology. She completed her Master’s studies in clinical child psychology. They have three daughters, McKenna, Rylee and DeLaney.Dr. Brawley is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) an active member of the American Optometric Association (AOA), the Missouri Optometric Association (MOA), and the St. Louis Optometric Society (SLOS). He is past president of SLOS and currently serves as an advisor to the Executive Council. He is a member of the Contact Lens and Cornea section of the AOA as well as the Sports Vision Section. He is also a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Fraternity. He was the recipient of the Paragon Vision Science Clinical Excellence Award in 2001. He is an Adjunct Clinical Faculty member of the Washington University School of Medicine - Department of Ophthalmology.

Along with our other doctors, Dr. Brawley has provided eyecare for the St. Louis Rams and continues to provide eyecare for the St. Louis Blues.

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J. Daniel Friederich, O.D., F.A.A.O.

Dr. Friederich was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. A graduate of St. John Vianney High School and Truman State University, Dr. Friederich also served in the U.S. Army National Guard. Called to active duty in 2003, he served over a year in Iraq, receiving the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal for outstanding service. Dr. Friederich received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Missouri - St. Louis School of Optometry in 2008, and began practice here at Vision Care Consultants upon graduating.Dr. Friederich’s wife, Erin, is a graduate of Truman State University and the St. Louis College of Pharmacy; she received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2008. Erin works as a consultant pharmacist for OmniCare in Belleville, IL.

Dr. Friederich is an active member of several professional organizations including the American Academy of Optometry, the American Optometric Association (AOA), the Missouri Optometric Association, and the St. Louis Optometric Society. He was honored with an appointment to the Anterior Segment Committee of the AOA Contact Lens and Cornea Section in 2009, and continues to serve on the Committee. He is the chief editor of the AOA Contact Lens and Cornea Section’s monthly publication. Dr. Friederich achieved Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO) in 2011. In addition to receiving numerous other awards and scholarships, Dr. Friederich participates in the Gateway Disabled Ski Program each winter and assists visually impaired children and wounded veterans in learning to ski.Along with our other doctors, Dr. Friederich provides eyecare for the St. Louis Blues.

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David B. Seibel, O.D., F.A.A.O.

Dr. Seibel is a native of the St. Louis area. He attended Chaminade College Preparatory and continued his studies at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, majoring in biology. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1987 at the University of Missouri - St. Louis School of Optometry and he began practice here at Vision Care Consultants.Dr. Seibel’s wife, Laura, is a graduate of Indiana University with a degree in advertising. They have three children, Lauren, Nicholas and Andrew.

Dr. Seibel is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. He is past President of the Missouri and the Heart of America Regional Chapters of the American Academy of Optometry as well as past president of the St. Louis Optometric Society. As a Diplomate of the Cornea & Contact Lens Section of the American Academy of Optometry, Dr. Seibel shares this distinction with fewer than 200 doctors worldwide. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and he served as chair of the AOA Contact Lens & Cornea Section for 2004-2005. Dr. Seibel was honored by the American Optometric Association with the 1996 National Young Optometrist of the Year Award. He also received the Missouri Optometric Association’s 1996 Young Optometrist of the Year Award. These awards are given based on leadership in optometry and service to the community.Along with these distinctions, Dr. Seibel has been named as a University of Missouri - St. Louis 1996 Distinguished Alumni, the highest award given by the University to its alumni.

For his many contributions to the profession, Dr. Seibel was elected by his peers as a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academy of Practice in 2006. Currently, less than 100 optometrists have been awarded this honor.He is an Adjunct Clinical Faculty member of the Washington University School of Medicine - Department of Ophthalmology and lectures both nationally and internationally at optometry schools and educational meetings.Along with our other doctors, Dr. Seibel has provided eyecare for the St. Louis Rams and continues to provide eyecare for the St. Louis Blues.

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Marie E. Wehner, O.D., F.A.A.O.

Dr. Wehner grew up in Festus, Missouri, where she attended Saint Pius X High School. She graduated from Maryville University, earning a Bachelors degree in Biology with honors in 2001. She began her professional career serving as a high school science teacher. She then spent several years as a stay at home mother raising her three young children. She returned to graduate studies to earn her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Missouri - St. Louis School of Optometry in 2010. Dr. Wehner began practice at Vision Care Consultants upon graduation.

Dr. Wehner’s husband, Ed, is also a graduate of Maryville University with a degree in biology and art. They have three children, Jeremy, Elizabeth and Samantha.Dr. Wehner is an active member of the American Optometric Association (AOA), the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), the Missouri Optometric Association (MOA), and the St. Louis Optometric Association (SLOS). She is also a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Fraternity. Dr. Wehner was the recipient of the Paragon Optical Contact Lens Clinical Research Award and the University of Missouri’s Clinical Binocular Vision and Vision Therapy Award in 2010.

As part of her many other duties, Dr. Wehner volunteers her time as a leader in the Girl Scouts of America.Along with our other doctors, Dr. Wehner provides eyecare for the St. Louis Blues.

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Welcome to VisionCare Consultants

Locally and family-owned, proudly Serving St. Louis for Over 45 Years!

At VisionCare Consultants we have a responsibility to educate our patients and provide options to improve their quality of life and protect them from vision-related pathologies. We use the highest quality materials and personal styling to dispense our patient’s designed eyewear. Our goal is to earn the trust of our patients by providing these services with the utmost integrity and professionalism.

We provide comprehensive eye exams, treat eye disease, and offer specialty contact lens fittings. Tending to our patient’s vision is only part of what we do. Our optometrists learn our patients’ daily routines, body health, social, and sports activities to better understand their vision requirements. Through investigation and science, we use innovative technology, excellent service and a caring team to develop optimal patient outcomes.

We invite you to refer family, friends, and co-workers to our practice. Family owned and locally owned, we proudly serve St. Louis for over 45 years. We are the official eye doctors of the St. Louis Blues Hockey team for over 30 years. Please feel free to request an appointment online or contact us by clicking the buttons below.

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Treat vision-related problems, and advance the science of eye care, all while meeting your visual needs in a pleasant and professional manner.

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At VisionCare Consultants, our ultimate goal is to satisfy your visual needs in a pleasant and professional manner. Please take a moment to meet our eye doctors and feel comfortable knowing our patients continue to receive the best comprehensive family eye care for over 40 years.

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At VisionCare Consultants in St. Louis, we provide comprehensive eye exams, treatment of eye disease, specialty contact lens fittings, and designer eyeglasses. With our high tech – high touch approach, we have two simple goals - treat vision-related problems and advance the science of eye care.

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During your comprehensive eye examination, your Vision Care Consultants doctor will assess the health and function of your eyes and perform various tests of your vision. We recommend a yearly examination as a wise investment in the protection of your eyesight.

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Early detection and treatment of children’s vision problems are critical. Once treated, your child has greater potential to succeed. Childhood eye conditions left untreated can be more difficult to correct. Our pediatric specialist can detect those eye problems during regular eye examinations.

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