At Twin Harbors Eye Center, our caring team and knowledgeable eye Doctors will work with you to provide personalized service and the highest level of Ophthalmic expertise and care. We offer a variety of services to help patients reach their optimal eye health. We take great pride in having our patients leave our office with improved, restored, and optimal vision.
Eye examinations should be sought at least every 1-2 years for healthy adults under the age of 65 and annually for adults over 65, even when you aren't experiencing any eye-related symptoms. Children should be examined by their pediatrician at 0-3 months, 6-12 months, age 3, age 5, and later as needed but should have a thorough eye examination by an Ophthalmic or Optometric Physician when a problem is suspected or when there is family history of needing strong eyeglass prescriptions or if there is a family member with a “lazy eye”. Any time you may be experiencing blurred vision (even if temporary), distorted vision, headaches, sensitivity to light, new floaters (black spots or “strings” or “bugs” in the vision), a visual obstruction like a cloud or curtain or veil, halos, double vision, loss of peripheral vision or if you are straining to read, it is time to schedule a thorough eye health exam. If your eyes appear to be red or seem to bulge or the eyelids appear abnormal or if you are experiencing eye pain, tearing and other symptoms, it may also be time for you to schedule an eye exam. If you have a family history of eye problems or you've had a history of an eye injury in the past, it may also be time for you to have an eye examination.
Our comprehensive eye health examinations can determine if you may need glasses or contacts, as well as diagnose any medical eye conditions that you may be suffering from such as Cataracts, Glaucoma, Diabetes, Macular Degeneration, Retinal tears or detachments and much more. A thorough eye examination can sometimes even reveal systemic conditions you may not be aware of having like thyroid disease, Diabetes, high blood pressure, Stroke, AIDS, Cancer, Autoimmune disease and many more. Once we have obtained a thorough eye examination, we will be able to discuss any and all treatment options necessary, whether it is treatment done at the office, at home or the hospital and will coordinate care if needed at a specialty clinic or imaging facility elsewhere.
Our office carries a large selection of frames that fit any life style and budget from top name designer brands including Calvin Klein, Rayban, Kate Spade, Coach, Flexon and many more, to our budget friendly Value Packages. Our knowledgeable staff will work one-on-one with you to help you find the perfect eyewear to suit all your visual needs. We will fit, adjust and repair your glasses as needed.
Our office uses lens styles and products from major product manufactures including Zeiss, Essilor, Shamir, and many more. We do our best to recommend the best products and styles to suit your individual needs.
If you are uncomfortable with eyeglasses, we offer a variety of contact lenses at affordable prices. After an eye examination we will discuss whether or not contacts are a good solution for your eyes and make sure you are fitted with the right style of lens. If you're a first time user of contacts, we can give you the instructions on how to properly use them.
Many people have significant permanent vision loss from diseases such as macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Daily living tasks such as reading, shopping, cooking, watching television, and driving become very difficult. We are pleased to offer low vision services at Twin Harbors Eye Center and work hard to help those with reduced vision function more effectively.
Dr. Pratt specializes in low vision with particular interest and skill in working with individuals with macular degeneration. His dissertation research focused on helping patients with central blind areas to read. His knowledge in this area helps him to train patients to utilize their remaining vision.
Dr. Pratt will work with you to identify your visual goals and determine what assistive devices may help you. He will train you to use these devices and your remaining vision to accomplish your goals.
At your first low vision appointment, you should bring any assistive devices such as magnifiers that you are currently using. You should think about what tasks you are struggling with that you would like help with. When setting up your appointment, you will need the contact information for your current eye doctor so we can request your medical records. If you have not had an eye exam within the last six months, you will need to schedule a medical eye exam with your current eye doctor or Dr. Pratt to evaluate your eye health prior to your low vision examination.
Dr. Ruyle performs cataract surgery at Grays Harbor Community Hospital under sterile operating room conditions as an outpatient day surgery. Utilizing the hospital's operating room allows the patients to stay close to home and experience a small town intimacy while taking advantage of the expertise of a highly trained staff. Patients are typically at the hospital for two or three hours but the procedure itself takes only 20-30 minutes. A topical anesthetic is applied to the eye, without the use of any injections, and a medication is administered through an IV to relax the patient. After the procedure the eye is patched and covered with a shield for safety, which is then removed by Dr. Ruyle or her technicians in the office the following day.
Many eyelid surgeries or procedures are performed in the office, commonly including removal and or biopsies of Chalazions (styes), lesions, skin tags and cysts. More invasive procedures such as blepharoplasties (removal of excess tissue of the upper eyelids), cancerous lesion removals, and entropion or ectropion repairs (where the lower eyelids turn in or out), are performed at GHCH as an outpatient procedure.
Dr. Ruyle also does laser treatments in the office when it is indicated for patients who may have had some scar tissue formation behind their lens implants, which is fairly common. This procedure is called a YAG or Posterior Capsulotomy. Other laser treatments are done for retinal holes or tears (Retinopexy), diabetic retinopathy (PRP or Pan-Retinal Photocoagulation) and glaucoma (LPI or Laser Peripheral Iridotomy and ALT or Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty).
Dr. Ruyle performs Botox treatments in the office for those who are experiencing blepharospasm and hemifacial spasms. This is done when patients experience involuntary contractions or “twitching” of the muscles of the face and around the eyes and can therefore affect the eyesight.