Whether you’re needing an eye exam for your child, have an eye emergency, are considering Lasik or cataract surgery, or simply need a new vision prescription, our doctors and staff will take the time to hear your concerns and answer any questions. At Helena Vision Center, we make sure you have the information you need and work with you to determine the best course of treatment. Contact us at (406) 442-6814 or [email protected] today to schedule your next visit.
What to bring:
Our comprehensive eye examination includes checking both your vision and the health of your eyes. First, the doctor performs a refraction to ensure optimal vision. The second part of the exam evaluates the overall health of your eyes and checks for macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, dry eye, and many other ocular issues.
We’re not only concerned with how well you see—we want you to feel good about how you look! Glasses rest on your face, they represent your personality, and people recognize you by them. Our optical experts will guide you in choosing the right kind of prescription lenses and can help you pick the perfect frames for a look you’ll love.
Getting the right contact lenses can make all the difference, and you can trust our staff to help you find the best fit. Our doctors have been trained in fitting specialty contact lenses for irregular corneas, keratoconus, post-surgical fits, and bandage lenses. If you’re ready to toss your bifocals and try contacts, we’ll help you determine whether multifocal contact lenses are a good option for you. Our technicians are experienced in contact lens insertion and removal, so you can feel comfortable in scheduling your contact lens fitting with us.
Whether you’re dealing with a chronic or acute vision issue, you can rely on our staff to properly diagnose and treat your condition. Our doctors have the knowledge, training and technology needed to identify and help you manage a broad range of diseases affecting the eye, including diabetic retinopathy, hypertensive retinopathy, dry eye, glaucoma, macular degeneration, keratoconus, and eye infections. We use the latest, non-invasive methods such as optical coherence tomography, retinal photography, and visual fields to assess your ocular health and preserve the future of your vision.
Because emergencies do happen, our doctors are committed to being there for you 24/7. For urgent care, call the office at (406) 442-6814 or just walk in, and one of the doctors will see you as soon as possible without an appointment. Our optometrists have experience in corneal and conjunctival foreign body removal, and in accurately diagnosing and treating eye infections—whether the cause is bacterial, viral, an allergic reaction, or something much more serious, such as a corneal ulcer. We’ll always be prepared with the treatment you need, whenever you need it. If you’re experiencing an eye emergency during out-of-office hours, please call our on-call doctor at 406-422-3863.
According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), each child should have their first eye exam before their first birthday. Our InfantSEE provider, Dr. Henriksen, offers comprehensive eye exams to infants between six and twelve months old at no charge. For more information on the AOA’s InfantSee Program, please visit www.infantsee.org.)
The AOA also recommends that children have their eyes examined at ages 1, 3, and 5, and we strongly encourage parents to bring their kids in for an eye exam before they start school. Oftentimes, children will not complain of blurry vision because they do not know the difference. Unfortunately, simple vision screenings at school fail to catch most vision disorders. Over 85% of learning is done visually, and one in four children have a visual system disorder that significantly affects learning. A comprehensive eye exam will identify vision problems that could interfere with school performance and potentially affect your child's safety.
Considering surgical correction of your vision (called “refractive surgery”) can be both exciting and intimidating. The knowledgeable staff at Helena Vision Center can not only explain the different types of refractive surgery available, but also complete your pre-op exam, help you choose the option that will offer you the best possible results, and then provide your post-operative care.
Our pre-operative evaluations include determining whether you’re a good candidate for surgery, educating you about post-surgical expectations, recommending the appropriate amount of time to discontinue contact lens wear, measuring corneal thickness and curvature, and providing a complete eye health examination to help detect any conditions that may disqualify you from having a certain type of refractive surgery. After surgery, we follow each patient to ensure good healing and the best possible outcome of vision. Please contact our office today at (406) 442-4816 or [email protected] to discuss your options and schedule an evaluation.