Family Optometry Services in Bloomington, IN
Long Family Eye Care in Bloomington, IN provides a full range of optometry services. Since 1997, we have served patients of all ages. Our doctors are experts in eye health and are dedicated to helping patients achieve clearer vision. We provide a comprehensive range of services including low vision treatment and vision therapy.
We are a participant in the InfantSee Program and treat a full range of eye disorders and diseases including glaucoma, macular degeneration, and more. Our practice carries over 600 eyeglass frames to give you a stylish look. We have your family’s eyecare and vision needs covered, and provide each patient with personalized attention.
Brands We Offer:
High-quality Safety Frames
rag & bone
Kate Spade Readers
We offer a full range of eye care services including:
Comprehensive Eye Examination
Regular eye exams are an important part of maintaining great eye health. The staff and doctors at Long Family Eye Care utilize state-of-the-art ophthalmic and optometric equipment. Your 12-point comprehensive eye examination will include computerized visual field testing, retinal photography, eye pressures utilizing NO-PUFF technology, a corneal shape measurement, auto-refraction, visual acuity testing, as well as eye coordination and focusing tests. The inside and outside of the eyes will be examined through a biomicroscope and all findings will be explained throughout the examination. You should allow approximately one hour for your visit and plan on having your pupils dilated – especially if you are a new patient.
Contact Lens Examination
With advances in contact lens technology, more patients are able to successfully wear contacts. Our practice stays current and uses the most advanced contact lens technology available to fit patients who have astigmatism, wear bifocals, or want an eye color change. A contact lens fitting can usually be done during your general eye examination. The amount of follow-up and training you need will depend on if you have worn lenses before or if you are trying a new type of lens. Contact lenses are medical devices and your eye health will need to be monitored regularly.
Refractive Surgical Care
Would you like to be less dependent on contact lenses and glasses? Are you considering LASIK surgery or other refractive surgery? Together with you, our doctors will determine if LASIK or another corrective treatment is an option for you. Our office prides itself on providing easy-to-understand explanations and honest options to patients. If you are a good candidate, we will help you choose a trusted surgeon in our area. We are happy to discuss your options during your routine examination or during a scheduled pre-operative evaluation. Our doctors and staff receive ongoing and continuing education to stay current on both pre- and post-operative refractive surgical care.
Treatment and Management of Eye Diseases
Just because you can see, doesn’t necessarily mean your eyes are healthy. Many eye diseases, such as glaucoma, cause no symptoms until it’s too late. At Long Family Eye Care, you will be thoroughly evaluated for all eye diseases and treated or referred as necessary. For advanced competency in medical eye care, Dr. Angie Long trained at a specialty clinic in Utah and also at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, Mississippi. Dr. Jarrod Long trained in residency at a New York VA hospital as one of only 15% of optometrists who complete this advanced medical eye care training.
Eye injuries, sudden vision loss, seeing flashes of light, and eye infections should be seen immediately. Our office provides 24-hour emergency care. By calling the regular office number you will hear our voicemail recording which will list one of the doctor’s direct phone numbers.
Midwest Low Vision and Vision Aid Center
Each year thousands of people experience a decrease in their vision not treatable by glasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery. When uncorrectable, decreased vision limits you in your performance of everyday tasks. With such an impairment in vision, you may have been told by an eye doctor that you have “low vision.” You might also be informed that “nothing more can be done.” In most cases, this is simply not true.
magnifiers and microscopic glasses
glare and contrast controlling filters
electronic magnification systems (CCTV’s)
non-optical vision aids, such as large print and talking watches
traumatic brain injury or stroke
congenital diseases such as albinism or retinitis pigmentosa
About Midwest Low Vision
Dr. Jarrod Long created Midwest Low Vision in 2006 and joined the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) to expand upon the low vision care which he already provided since opening in 1997. A low vision examination with Dr. Long concentrates on the problems caused by your visual impairment rather than the eye disease with which you have been diagnosed (you’ll continue with your regular eye doctors for eye health care). Dr. Long will focus on your personal “wish list” – that is, what you are no longer able to see to do because of your decreased vision. Your remaining vision is determined using special eye charts, refraction techniques, and other special testing. Once these important findings are assessed, the doctor considers your visual goals and helps you determine what treatments are most appropriate to enable you to meet your wish list.
Myopia management is a treatment program aimed at controlling myopia (nearsightedness) — keeping the level of myopia as low as possible — in order to reduce your child’s risk of developing vision-threatening eye diseases later in life. Myopia management can involve the use of special eyeglasses, contact lenses, eye drops, and environmental controls — all scientifically proven to aid in the control of myopia progression.
Dr. Angie Long and her certified technicians at Long Family Eye Care are experts in myopia management and are passionate about limiting the progression of your child’s nearsightedness. We are committed to excellent patient care and satisfaction with myopia management results.
Eyeglasses are a popular choice for children with myopia as they allow clear vision at all distances and, relative to other options, are simple for both parent and child. Many times, reduced focusing and eye-teaming skills can contribute to the development of myopia. Dr. Long may find that these children will benefit most from a bifocal or multifocal lens to enhance the child’s focusing skills.
Contact lenses can provide clear vision at all distances, and they offer a wider field of view compared to eyeglasses. A multifocal contact lens works similarly to eyeglasses to improve distance vision acuity while simultaneously reducing the stress on the eyes for reading and other near-vision tasks. This can consequently reduce myopia progression.
Atropine eye drops
These medicated eye drops can be used to dilate the eye’s pupils during an eye exam but have also been proven to reduce myopia progression. Dr. Long may prescribe a very low dose of this eye drop to be used once daily. Side effects may include blurry near vision or light sensitivity, and children will still need to wear their regular glasses or contacts during the day.
Dr. Long will educate you on the latest research on the effects that the environment can play in reducing the rate of myopia progression. Two proven strategies are increased outdoor time and decreased time spent on near tasks. Clinical studies on the effects of environment and behavior are revealing more about the growing myopia epidemic almost every day.
Any amount of myopia places an individual at an increased risk of sight-threatening diseases. However, the incidence of these conditions is greatest in individuals with high myopia. So, the goal of Dr. Long’s myopia management program is to limit the level of nearsightedness your child develops as they reach adulthood
The risk of developing glaucoma is nearly 50% higher (or one and a half times as high) in individuals with moderate to high myopia, compared to those with low myopia.
Cataract (nuclear, cortical, and posterior subcapsular):
Higher rates of cataract surgery are seen in individuals with high myopia. They are 17% more likely than those with moderate myopia to need cataract surgery.
Retinal Tears (which may lead to a retinal detachment):
The risk of developing a retinal detachment is five or six times greater in people with high myopia compared to those with low myopia. People with high myopia have longer eyes and this means that the retina is more stretched and prone to peripheral retinal tears. In addition, myopic eyes have a vitreous jelly that is more likely to collapse and separate from the retina, also increasing the risk of retinal tears.
Myopic Maculopathy and Myopic Macular Degeneration:
The risk of macular degeneration due to myopia rises sharply with age and increasing myopia. Similar to macular degeneration, a condition related to high myopia called myopic maculopathy causes loss of central vision. While the “wet” form can be treated, there is currently no treatment for the atrophic form. High myopia can also cause central retinal degenerative changes such as posterior staphyloma, lacquer cracks, and chorioretinal atrophy.
Frequently Asked Questions
A comprehensive eye examination at our office includes a refraction, where our doctors determine a prescription for eyeglasses, as well as a full internal and external eye health check including photo documentation. Our doctors also routinely recommend a dilation so they can better assess the internal health of your eyes. You will be here for at least 30 minutes while your eyes get a full work up!
Our doctors recommend a comprehensive exam once per year even if you are seeing clearly. This is especially important if you wear contact lenses! With daily contact lens wear, you are at an increased risk for complications that may not be evident until you’re in our exam chair. Seeing you regularly insures good ocular health and allows us to detect small problems before they become big ones. Your eyes are also a good source of information regarding your overall systemic health. Diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, multiple sclerosis (MS), high cholesterol, and many others frequently show up in the eyes, and regular eye exams can help to monitor or detect these conditions.
Without insurance, our exams start at $159. This includes the full health check and prescription for eyeglasses. Contact lens services such as a new fit or refit can add to this cost. We do accept Medicare for medical eye visits, as well as EyeMed and VSP for vision care. We are happy to check your specific benefits before your appointment, just give us a call!
Yes! We have hundreds of styles for men, women, and children for you to try on. The lenses are custom made to your parameters by our lab of choice. Currently we use a top lab in Indianapolis and once ordered glasses typically take 7-14 business days to arrive. To ensure your glasses meet our rigorous quality standards, they are thoroughly verified by our opticians before they are dispensed to you.
We have a wide range of frame styles, from budget to designer, starting at around $150. The cost for lenses depends on your prescription, lens type, and whether our doctors prescribe additional lens enhancements. Some insurance plans offer benefits for all of the above. We are happy to check your specific benefits before your appointment, just give us a call!
20/20 vision is a term used to express normal visual acuity (the clarity or sharpness of vision) measured at a distance of 20 feet. If you have 20/20 vision, you can see clearly at 20 feet what should normally be seen at that distance. If you have 20/100 vision, it means that you must be as close as 20 feet to see what a person with normal vision can see at 100 feet. Just because you are 20/20 doesn’t mean you have perfect vision—Other factors such as contrast sensitivity, peripheral vision, and color vision are not assessed by the standard eye chart.
If you can see clearly up close but things far away from you are blurry, you are likely nearsighted. Similarly, if you can see clearly far away but things near you are blurry, you are likely farsighted.
Astigmatism simply means your eyes are not perfectly spherical! It’s not a disease and can be corrected with glasses and/or contacts. The cornea is the clear front part of the eye that focuses most of the light into the eye. If the cornea is spherical, like a baseball or basketball, light entering the eye from different directions is focused onto a single point. If the cornea is shaped like a football, where one meridian or direction is steeper than the other, light will be focused differently as it enters the eye. This will cause blurred vision at distance and near if it is not corrected.
For more information about our optometry services in Bloomington, IN or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today at 812-332-5090. We are always welcoming new patients into our family. We are proud to serve patients from across Monroe County and surrounding areas.