Consultations

Glaucoma consultation

At our glaucoma consultation, we offer you an individualised diagnosis and therapy plan according to the type of glaucoma you have, taking a holistic approach to your medical condition and taking into account, for example, any internal concomitant diseases and medication. This is a crucial prerequisite for the success of the treatment. We will clarify with you personally, with the aid of appropriate specific investigations, which therapy will offer you the best possible results in the long term.


With specific glaucoma diseases, we need to cooperate closely with your family doctor, which we will gladly carry out with your consent.


Typical examination procedure

On arrival at the eye centre, please log in and register.
After your visual acuity, field of vision and intraocular pressure have been established, further investigations may be arranged after a discussion of the findings
within the context of our glaucoma special diagnostics. Afterwards, the findings obtained will be discussed with you and a treatment concept will be defined with you. We will be happy to provide you and your family doctor with a detailed report.

Paediatric ophthalmology / Orthoptics

Our qualified orthoptists, coordinating with our qualified eye specialists, treat persons of all ages - from infants to senior citizens - in the areas of
prevention, diagnosis, therapy and rehabilitation.

We consider screening in children to be particularly important at the Augenzentrum Höfe.


The orthoptic consultation includes:

  • Detection and treatment of various forms of Strabismus (hidden and visible squint)

  • Investigation into possible visual impairment (amblyopia) and its therapy

  • Screening in infants: early detection is particularly important for a more successful treatment of impaired vision in childhood. Vision has to be learned from the brain! The development of visual acuity (eyesight) is practically completed by the age of seven years. For this reason, we recommend that all
    children between the age of two and three years have a screening check-up, even if you have not noticed any abnormalities.

  • Investigation into defective vision (short-sightedness and long-sightedness and/or astigmatism), usually after an additional eye drop test

  • Detection of functional disorders of the eye muscles (weaknesses or paralysis)

  • Assessment of double vision and, where applicable, prescription of aids (spectacle lenses / prisms)

  • Investigation into problems of binocular vision, such as stereo vision

  • Investigation into headaches / reading problems / heterophoria (defective angle vision)

  • Orthoptic tests in the event of partial performance weakness, such as dyslexia

  • Assessment of nystagmus (involuntary eye movement)

  • Neuroophthalmological investigation

  • Spectacle prescriptions (possibly after an additional eye drop test)

  • Field of vision testing

  • Testing of the sense of colour (also in infants)


The following observations suggest deviation from the normal development of the eye and should be investigated without fail:


  • Squint from the 6th month of life (a squint NEVER disappears over time!)

  • Nystagmus

  • One or both eyes are often reddened

  • Pupil seems grey instead of black

  • One or both eyes are exceptionally large

  • Drooping eyelid

  • Restricted movement


In terms of behaviour:


If a child ...

  • is sensitive to light

  • often rubs its eyes

  • often blinks

  • has a temporary squint in one eye

  • tilts ist head

  • holds a picture book or objects very close to its eyes

  • moves very close to the TV

  • often stumbles, or often misses the mark

  • experiences blurred vision when reading and writing

  • tires quickly, complains of stinging eyes or experiences watery eyes while reading or writing


If you have any queries or for more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can also find more Information at unter www.orthoptics.ch, www.orthoptistinnen.de or www.orthoptik.at.

Eyewear and contact lenses

Most eye defects (short-sightedness, long-sightedness or astigmatism) can be corrected by the use of the appropriate spectacles or contact lenses.

Between the age of 40 and 50, so-called presbyopia (aging of the eye) becomes apparent in every person, so that close-up objects can no longer be seen clearly. The eyes have to readjust (accommodate) to see close-up objects clearly. With increasing age the ability to accommodate decreases.


Eyewear

Short-range or comfortably close glasses improve close-up vision. Varifocal spectacles offer clearer vision at all points. These spectacles provide ideal distance and near vision, and can be used for middle distances - for instance for computer work.
In the case of special requirements in the workplace, workplace spectacles with individually adjusted visual acuity may be helpful.
For certain eye diseases (e.g. squint, weak vision, dry eye or macular degeneration), special glasses can significantly improve your quality of life.


Contact lenses

Contact lenses (hard, soft or multifocal contact lenses) are an alternative to spectacles. Corneal and / or conjunctival damage can be avoided by the perfect choice, adjustment and monitoring of contact lenses by an experienced contact lens specialist.

We use only high-quality contact lenses:

  • Very high oxygen permeability - breathable

  • High water content and high water binding capacity - comfortable to wear

  • Optionally with integrated UV blocking agents – protection against macular changes


Toric contact lenses

Toric contact lenses can correct astigmatism and ensure ideal vision.

Multifocal contact lenses

Multifocal contact lenses optimise near and distance vision as well as the middle distance range (similar to varifocal lenses), thus enabling clear vision at almost any distance.


Hard contact lenses

As soft contact lenses are not suitable for certain eyes, we also offer a solution for special sets of problems (e.g. keratoconus or progressive short-sightedness).


Low Vision Rehabilitation

When glasses are no longer enough - help for blind and visually impaired people

The goal of our Low Vision Rehabilitation is to achieve the highest possible degree of independence in your life by developing your vision potential and / or better utilisation of your existing potential.

State of the art techniques allow blind or visually impaired people to participate actively in life today.

For successful low vision rehabilitation, our interdisciplinary experienced and coordinated team of specialists at Augenzentrum Höfe (ophthalmologists, opticians and orthoptists) are available with the context of our Low Vision Rehabilitation consultation and - if necessary - within the scope of home visits as well.

Our typical Low Vision Rehabilitation Training Programme: Tests:

  • Distance and near visual acuity
  • Contrast sensitivity
  • Field of vision
  • Sense of colour

Determining your visual needs

  • Sight requirements
  • Magnification requirement
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Testing of suitable resources
  • Determining individual visual and technical limits
  • Creating a training plan
  • Training with various aids
  • Training of individual skills in different everyday situations (occupation, school, home, leisure)
  • Aftercare (results checks, adjustments, withdrawal of unused resources)
  • Close cooperation with guidance and mobility managers.


Self-help organisations in Switzerland

SZBLIND – Swiss National Association for the Blind

www.szb.ch
Linth Information Centre
Hauptstr. 4
8867 Niederurnen
Tel. 055 610 40 44
Swiss Federation of the Blind

www.blind.ch
BFVI – The Blind Care Association of Central Switzerland

www.bfvi.ch
Low Vision Centre for visually impaired children & adolescents

www.lowvisionzentrum.ch


Consultation for macular assessment


The consultation for macular assessment has a permanent place at Augenzentrum Höfe. Depending on the stage, the form and the concomitant diseases, we can offer you a therapy plan which is precisely adapted to your macular changes after a pain-free diagnosis with state-of-the-art technology.


Since we understand macular degeneration to be a holistic disease, we also attach great importance to close collaboration with your GP, which we will gladly undertake with your consent.


Typical examination procedure

Upon arrival at the eye centre, please log in and register.

After determining your visual acuity, your macular function (with a special laser method) and three-dimensional microstructural detection of the ten different layers of your macula, and after discussing the findings with you, further examinations may possibly be arranged as part of our macular special diagnostics. Afterwards, the results obtained will be discussed with you, and the treatment concept specified, which will offer you the best possible treatment results in the long term. We will be pleased to provide you and your GP with a detailed report.


Dry eye (Sicca syndrome)


In our Sicca consultation, we establish the cause(s) of the functional disorder of your tear film and offer you a therapy which is precisely adapted to your disorder.

Please inform us when arranging an appointment if you are a contact lens wearer with dry eyes so we can schedule a contact lens check at the same time. A change of contact lenses or a special wetting agent will possibly suffice to alleviate your discomfort.







Home visits

If a visit to our practice is not possible, contact us and we will gladly arrange an appointment for a home visit.