Month: October 2020

Pupillary Distance/Importance of Shopping Local

Our world is becoming increasingly web-based. Especially with all the new developments in this world, it may seem like the best idea would be to do most of your shopping online. We want to point out the BIG perks of coming to your local eye store for your glasses and contact needs.


This measurement is referring to the distance between the center of each of your pupils. It is important to get this measurement just right so that your eyes are able to focus together.

There are two different ways this type of measurement can be taken.

  1. Binocular PD-one number that represents the measurement of the center of one pupil to the center of the other in millimeters.
  2. Monocular PD-two numbers that represent the measurement of each pupil to the center of the bridge of your nose in millimeters.

If you try to do your own PD measurement at home and this measurement is off, it can cause eye strain, headaches, blurry vision and discomfort. This is a tough measurement to get right, especially on your own. We highly recommend letting a professional do it so that you get the right glasses the first time around.


TriCounty Eye Associates prides itself on the fantastic customer experience you get when you come to one of our offices. We are locally owned and treat all our customers like family.  Our staff aims to provide all eye care needs for our customers, and our service will speak for itself once you come to visit. This is something you cannot get from an online store.


The backbone of our country started on locally-owned shops. The coronavirus had a massive effect on the survival of a lot of locally-owned restaurants and shops in our area. Consumers like you can have a direct effect on the locally owned businesses around you.

A couple of big reasons to shop local are:

  1. You help stimulate the local economy which has a direct impact on your local businesses.
  2. You inadvertently help local charities because local business owners tend to donate more to local charities.
  3. It will add jobs to the local community. As one small business grows, they are going to need more help.
  4. More small businesses mean there are more choices for you, the consumer as well as lower prices.
  5. You matter more. Like we were saying earlier, we treat our customers like family.

Here at TriCounty Eye Associates, we want to make sure you get the best eye care possible. We can assure you will get that with us because we will provide you with accurate pupillary distance
measurements and the best possible customer experience. YOU will get the satisfaction of knowing you are supporting your locally owned businesses and supporting your local community.

Optomap Prime… Our cool new machine!






Optomap Prime… Our cool new machine!

We are always trying to keep up with the newest technology in the eye care field. Not only does it keep us evolving as a practice, it helps us to best serve our customers…aka YOU! 

We got a new machine here at TriCounty Eye associates a while ago, and we wanted to make sure our patients know about it. The machine allows us to use Optomap ultra-widefield imaging when doing a routine eye exam. This machine is not offered at other eye care facilities in the area and we are very excited to be able to offer it to you as part of a complete eye exam. 

Transforming your vision has never been easier

This process is much easier on you and it gives us a much better image of your retina. To dive a little deeper, this machine allows our doctor to be able to screen your retina for early detection of possible conditions. Some things that can be detected by the Optomap machine are:

  • eye conditions
  • stroke 
  • heart disease
  • hypertension
  • diabetes 

You should love it as much as we do!

The cool thing about this machine is that it lets your doctor look at the retina, which is located at the back of your eye and is normally not visible for eye exams. It also usually won’t require dilation of your eyes. It also is completely noninvasive. The scan won’t cause any discomfort and won’t leave you with blurry vision for 4-6 hours like dilation can.

More benefits of the Optomap machine are that it facilitates early protection from vision impairment, early detection of life-threatening diseases, and more effectively catches early signs of retinal disease. Prior to this technology, imaging would only show 15% of the patient’s retina at once. The Optomap is a digital image of the retina produced by optos scanning laser technology. It is the ONLY technology that can capture 82% of your retina at one time.

Having these images done each time you come in for an exam will also help our doctor to compare year after year to monitor changes in your eye health over time. 

Our Optomap deserves the Prime at the end of it’s name!

We are so excited to be able to offer this new technology to our patients. It not only makes your eye exam a bit more comfortable, it offers you a more complete look at your eye health as well as other possible health issues.

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