Dr. Tim White
Proudly serving the Gulf Coast since 2008, Dr. White has a reputation for providing exceptional eye care. We strive to ensure our patients are always treated with care and understanding. Whether you simply need a comprehensive eye exam, or are having a sudden eye emergency, our goal is that you feel well taken care of.
Comprehensive Eye Care
From comprehensive eye exams, to diagnoses of cataracts, glaucoma and other eye conditions, Dr. White offers a wide array of services for all your eye care needs. We have been proudly servicing those along the Gulf Coast since 2008. See our list of services below to learn more about what we offer, and please get in touch to schedule your next appointment.
Adult Eye Exams
Generally, you should get your eyes checked every one to two years. The frequency depends on your circumstances. There are several factors that influence how often you should get an eye exam, such as your age, whether you wear glasses or contacts, or if your medical history puts you at higher risk for eye disease.
According to the American Optometric Association, adults and older teenagers (those who are no longer in school) should have an eye exam at least every 2 years.
Adults over 65 and anyone with a higher risk of ocular problems should come in for an eye exam every year to keep their vision in good shape and their eyes healthy.
Even if you have 20/20 vision, regular eye exams are important for your eye health. Eye exams can detect diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, and much more. Catching conditions like these early will allow for treatment that can help preserve your vision and prevent other eye problems.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration Detection
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is an eye disease affecting the macula (the center of the retina at the back of the eye), causing loss of central vision. AMD is the leading cause of severe vision loss in adults over age 50. AMD is a loss of central vision that can occur in two forms: "dry" (atrophic) and "wet" (exudative). Most people with macular degeneration have the dry form.
While there is no specific treatment for dry AMD, studies have shown a potential benefit from vitamin supplements and protection from the ultraviolet light of the sun and cessation of smoking. The less common wet form may respond to intraocular injections of medications if detected and treated early.
Amblyopia is when vision in one or both eyes does not develop properly during childhood. It is sometimes called a lazy eye. Amblyopia is the most common cause of decreased vision in a single eye among children and younger adults. The cause of amblyopia can be any condition that interferes with focusing during early childhood. This can occur from poor alignment of the eyes (strabismus), one eye being more nearsighted or farsighted than the other (refractive) or clouding of the lens of an eye (deprivational). After the underlying cause is addressed, vision is not restored right away, as the mechanism also involves the brain. Most cases of amblyopia are treated with glasses, patching, or atropine drops.
Cataract Diagnosis and Management
A cataract is any cloudiness or opacity of the natural lens of the eye, which is normally crystal clear. For your eye to see, light passes through this clear lens. The lens is behind your iris (colored part of the eye). The lens focuses the light so that your brain and eye can work together to process information into a picture. As we age, the proteins that make up the eye's natural lens clump together. These clumps are the cataracts and are what cause the cloudiness. When a cataract clouds over the lens, your eye can’t focus light in the same way. This leads to blurry vision.
Most cataracts are a result of the aging process, and most occur in individuals over age 65. However, cataracts can occur at any age. The second most common age group affected is the very young. Their cataracts are congenital in nature. People on chronic doses of steroids (such as for asthma) and smokers are at higher risk. A cataract may be caused or accelerated by conditions such as injury, inflammation inside the eye, certain disorders of blood chemistry and some drugs.
A cataract starts out small and initially has little or no effect on vision. As the cataract progresses, it becomes harder to read and perform other normal tasks. In the early stages, simply adjusting the glasses or contact prescription will help improve vision. When cataracts disrupt your daily life and a change in the glasses prescription will no longer help, then it may be time for cataract-removal surgery, which is one of the most frequent and successful procedures performed in the U.S.
Contact Lens Fitting
While contact lenses may seem to be a modern invention, in 1508 Leonardo da Vinci was the first to come up with a concept that resembled a contact lens. Da Vinci made sketches of a possible solution for correcting refractive errors that cause poor eyesight. He showed in these sketches how we could solve sight problems by looking through the bottom of a glass bowl filled with water. 500 years later, we have much more practical methods of vision correction. Contact lenses correct most vision problems including farsightedness, nearsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia (over 40 vision).
Diabetic Eye Exams
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, annual eye exams will help to protect your eyes from serious sight-threatening eye diseases. Diabetes is a condition that prevents the body from using and storing sugar properly. As a result, excessive amounts of sugar remain in the bloodstream and if uncontrolled, can cause damage to the tiny blood vessels all over the body, including those in your eyes.
Diabetic retinopathy affects 30 percent of people with diabetes.
Diabetic retinopathy occurs when the blood vessels inside the eye start to leak blood and fluid into the retina, causing damage and permanent vision loss. Early detection and treatment is crucial for preserving your eyesight. While patients with uncontrolled blood sugar levels have a higher risk of diabetic retinopathy, those with controlled diabetes are still at risk. Also, people with diabetes are two times more likely to develop cataracts at a younger age. For these reasons, The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends annual eye exams for early detection of the disease, and increased optimal treatment results. By regularly monitoring your ocular health, you are ensuring that any changes that occur will be detected early, before they can cause any harm. “The bottom-line is yearly eye exams prevent blindness,” said Dr. Robert Gabbay, the ADA’s Chief Scientific & Medical Officer
Dry Eye Treatment
Dry eye is a condition in which a person doesn't have enough quality tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye and for providing clear vision. With each blink of the eyelids, tears spread across the front surface of the eye, known as the cornea. Tears provide lubrication, reduce the risk of eye infection, wash away foreign matter in the eye and keep the surface of the eyes smooth and clear. The primary approaches used to manage and treat dry eyes include adding lubrication using over-the-counter artificial tear solutions, conserving tears (via punctal plugs), increasing tear production (by using prescription drops or nasal spray), and treating the inflammation of the eyelids or eye surface that contributes to the dry eyes.
Eye Infections “Pink Eye”
Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is an infection of the thin layer of tissue covering the white part of the eye and the lining the inner eyelid. When you see someone with a “pink eye” this is usually what you think of. Conjunctivitis is typically caused by a bacterial or viral infection, or by allergies. However, there are other conditions that may cause the eye to look this way, yet each one requires a different treatment. Styes, iritis, keratitis, blepharitis, and ocular allergies are a few such conditions.
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that can cause vision loss and blindness by damaging a nerve in the back of the eye called the optic nerve. The optic nerve sends visual information from your eyes to your brain. The optic nerve is made of more than a million tiny nerve fibers. It is like an electric cable made up of many small wires. As these nerve fibers atrophy, blind spots develop in your vision. You may not notice these blind spots until most of your optic nerve fibers have died. In advanced stages of glaucoma, after most or all of the fibers die, blindness occurs. Fortunately, for most people, glaucoma does not have to lead to blindness. Glaucoma can be controlled with modern treatment, and there are many choices to help keep glaucoma from further damaging your eyes. Treatment cannot reverse damage that has already occurred, but it can prevent further vision loss.
The number of children that are nearsighted (myopia) has doubled since the 1990’s. It is expected that 50% of the worlds population will by nearsighted by 2050. Studies show myopia is becoming more common among children. While there is no proven direct link, research suggests that children who spend more time indoors doing near-focused activities (such as computer work, video games, and reading) have higher rates of myopia than those who spend more time outdoors.
Doctors and researchers are looking at ways to slow the progression of myopia in children. This area of research is relatively new. While myopia cannot be reversed, the goal of treatment is to keep it from getting worse. This can protect a child’s eye health in the future. Having myopia can increase your chances of having some eye problems later in life such as cataracts, glaucoma and retinal detachment. Current treatment options include drops, specialty contact lenses, and specialty glasses.
Pediatric Eye Exams
A newborn’s vision is mostly blurry, but the visual system develops over time and is fully formed in the teen years. A child's eyes go through rapid changes, especially in the first six years of life. Fewer than 15% of preschool children receive an eye exam by a professional, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And while vision screenings have become ubiquitous in schools across the country, they aren't enough. School vision screenings miss up to 75% of children with vision problems. And 61% of the children found to have eye problems through screenings never visit the doctor or get help. The American Optometric Association recommends children receive comprehensive eye exams on a regular schedule that begins in infancy:
A comprehensive baseline eye exam between the ages of 6 months and 12 months
At least one comprehensive eye exam between the ages of 3 and 5 to check for any conditions that could have long-term effects
An annual, comprehensive eye exam starting before first grade and continuing through grade school.
Good vision and overall eye health are essential in childhood development. Poor vision can affect a child's ability to participate in class and cause them to fall behind in their education. It can also impact their performance in sports, among other activities.
Sickle Cell Eye Exams
Sickle cell disease causes red blood cells to become sickled (banana-shaped). They are also sticky and rigid. These sickle cells can block blood and oxygen flow to all areas of the body. Sickle cells can block the small blood vessels in the eye depriving the eye of oxygen and causing damage. This is called sickle retinopathy. Any person with sickle cell disease can develop sickle retinopathy. But it is more common in people with sickle-hemoglobin C disease (SC) and sickle beta plus (Sβ+) thalassemia. Up to 1/3 of children with SC and Sβ+ thalassemia disease may develop sickle retinopathy.
If your child has sickle cell disease, they should begin having eye exams to check for sickle retinopathy. Retinopathy can happen in one or both eyes. Early damage does not usually impact your child’s vision. Retinopathy can go undetected for years without an eye exam by a trained eye doctor. That is why it is important for your child to have regular eye exams with an eye doctor who is familiar with sickle cell disease. If your child’s eye doctor notices signs of sickle retinopathy, then they may need to be seen more often for exams. It is very important for your child to have these exams on schedule. Sickle retinopathy can progress to severe proliferative sickle cell retinopathy (PSR). PSR can cause bleeding into the eye or detachment of the retina. It can lead to vision changes and, in rare cases, blindness.
Strabismus is one of the most common eye conditions in children, affecting between 2 and 4 percent of the population. Strabismus occurs when the eyes are not aligned properly. It usually occurs in people who have poor eye muscle control or are very farsighted (hyperopia). One eye may look straight ahead while the other eye turns in, out, up, or down. The misalignment can shift from one eye to the other.
Strabismus affects vision, since both eyes must aim at the same spot together to see properly. If someone’s eyes are lined up properly during childhood, vision should develop well. If the eyes are not aligned, a condition called amblyopia can develop. This is when the misaligned eye has weaker vision.
Treatment options vary depending on the type of misalignment the person has. Glasses, prism, patching, drops, or surgery may be beneficial.
"I love this practice. My son sees Dr White. He is the best pediatric eye dr ever! He is great with my son and did a great job explaining my sons vision changes from last year and took the time to answer my questions thoroughly. We love him! He is highly recommended!"
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601 Providence Park Dr. E
Mobile, AL 36695
(Near Providence Hospital)
Mobile Vision Care
578 Stanton Rd
Mobile, AL 36617
(Near University Hospital)
Thomas Medical Center
27961 US Hwy 98
Daphne, AL 36526
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