Dr. Brandon Nielsen was born and raised in Twin Falls, ID. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences at Albertson College of Idaho, and his doctorate of Optometry at Southern California College of Optometry. He is residency trained in pediatric eye care and vision therapy and enjoys working with children and helping out in the community. Dr. Nielsen enjoys playing sports, and spending time with his wife Aubrey and 4 kids: Addison, Bryce, Crew and Henley.
What We Offer
Comprehensive Eye Exams are a through evaluation of the eyes. During the eye exam many other skills are tests besides just the visual acuity.
- Visual acuity distance and near
- Visual fields
- Depth Perception
- Color Vision
- Eye Movement/Tracking
- Eye Alignment
- General Health of the Eye
Specialty Exams are offered if problems beyond visual acuity are suspected.
Binocular vision exams evaluate how well the eyes work together. This exam evaluates the ability to of the eyes to track, such as following words from left to right, how well the eyes are able to focus up close as well as far away, and if they eyes are properly aligned. Misalignment can lead to double vision, decrease attention span, eye strain, blurry vision, or poor depth perception.
Visual Information Processing tests the ability to quickly and accurately interpret or process what is being seen. This can be sub-divided in to 3 areas: Visual Spatial, Visual Analysis and Visual Motor. The visual spatial system involves reversal problems, organizing space and time, and poor knowledge of right and left. Visual analysis skills are used to in learning to remember and recognize letters, numbers, and words. Poor visual analysis can lead to difficulty learning the alphabet, poor spelling, understanding math concepts, and more. Visual motor skills involve hand-eye coordination or fine motor skills which involves daily activities such as writing, tying shoes, or the ability to catch a ball.
Retinal imaging performed with advance technology to take images of the back of the eye. The back of the eye helps the doctor understand overall health as well as give early detection for damage or disease.
Contact lens fitting and training is offered for youth trying out contacts for the first time. Learning the care and cleaning of contacts is important for first time users. We help to finding the right fit and comfort level with a variety of contacts.
Red Eye Exams can be scheduled same day during normal office hours. Red eye maybe cause by a variety of factors including pink eye (bacterial or viral), foreign body, injury to eye and many more.
Vision Screening Vs. Comprehensive Eye Exam
To many parents vision screenings performed by school nurses or volunteers are often viewed as the standard for knowing if your child’s vision is sufficient. Visions screenings at schools or doctors offices are good at detecting farsighted visual problems. They do not check the health of the eye, near-sighted, focusing and tracking eye skills and many more that is included in a comprehensive eye exam. 80% of what we learn occurs through our eyes and the visual pathway. A comprehensive eye exam performed by a licensed eye care professional can help parents to know if their child’s vision and eye health is well.
Comprehensive Eye Exams check for all of the following visual skills and ocular health problems:
- Visual Acuity: Distance and Near
- Refraction: Checks to see if you are near sighted, farsighted and have astigmatism.
- Focusing Skills: ability of the eyes to maintain clarity with sustained reading/near work
- Eye Tracking Skills: ability to accurately fixate and follow an object, or to accurately move your eyes across a page when reading.
- Binocular Vision Skills: ability of eyes to comfortably work as a team when reading or performing near work.
- Eye Alignment: Checks for eye turns.
- Stereopsis: ability of eyes to have good depth perception or “3D vision”
- Color Vision
- Ocular Health: Dry Eyes, Allergies, Retinal Detachments, glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, and much more.
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