Personalized Vision Care
It started as a dream of Dr. Michael Bartiss, to provide dedicated, personal eye care to children as well as their entire family. Family Eye Care of the Carolinas opened its doors the fall of 2000 and proudly continues to provide pediatric ophthalmology services and general optometric care to the Sandhills area. We also house a vast optical dispensary that welcomes outside prescriptions.
Family does not just appear in our name; it is how we treat our patients. We enjoy watching little ones grow year to year and love the opportunity to share in the milestones from graduation to retirement. As your vision needs change over the years, we will be here to help you see a bright future.
Building a foundation of trust by treating our patients as special individuals is vital to our success. We want your visit to our office to be a positive experience. Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with the excellent, personalized care and service you deserve. Whatever we can do to make your experience with us more comfortable and pleasant, please don’t hesitate to let us know.
We thank you for allowing us to take care of your eye care needs, and look forward to serving you.
Make an appointment today – we’d love to hear from you!
Adult Routine Care
Dr. Poindexter and Dr. Wacker provide routine eye care, monitor the effects of systemic disease, such as diabetes, on your eye health and manage contact lens wear on new and established patients of all ages. Call today to set up your yearly evaluation!
Step 1: Print and place this chart in a handy, well-lighted place (such as your mirror or refrigerator) where you can look at it on a regular basis.
Step 2: If you wear eyeglasses for reading, put them on. If you wear bifocals, use the bottom (reading) portion of the glasses.
Step 3: Stand back from the Amsler Grid so that your face is approximately 12 to 14 inches away from the Grid. Cover your right eye and look at the black dot in the middle of the left grid with your left eye open (with your eye fixated on the black dot). Mark with a pencil any areas where the lines appear missing, broken, crooked or wavy. Also mark any gray or blurred spots.
Step 4: Check your right eye by covering your left eye and looking at the right grid with your right eye open. Mark any problem areas.
Proper use of this Amsler Grid will enable you to detect changes in your vision. If any changes are present and your doctor is not aware of them, call Family Eye Care of the Carolinas (910 692-2020) immediately.
On a regular basis, check each eye to detect any changes. If you notice new areas of distortion, you should contact your eye care provider immediately.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, give us a call right away to schedule an appointment with one of our eye doctors!
- Diabetes Mellitus
- High Cholesterol
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Bell's Palsy
- Macular Degeneration
- Dry Eye Syndrome
- Temporal Arteritis
We are happy to work with primary medical provider to provide the most comprehensive care you need. If you have any of the above conditions, ask how they can affect your vision and general eye health.
Pediatric Care and Eye Alignment Correction
Dr. Bartiss is a pediatric ophthalmologist, treating routine and medical conditions in children from birth to their late teens. His specializes in strabismus (eye muscle alignment) management and has a monthly clinic for adults with alignment needs.
Amblyopia, also known as lazy eye, is a condition that occurs when one eye develops good vision while the other does not. The eye with poorer vision is called “amblyopic”. Usually, only one eye is affected by amblyopia. The condition is common, affecting approximately 2 or 3 out of every 100 people. The best time to correct amblyopia is during infancy or early childhood. Patching the better seeing eye or using an eye drop (Atropine) are the cornerstones of amblyopia treatment after glasses have been prescribed in cases where a significant refractive error exists.
A child must use the “weak eye” for vision to develop in that eye. Patching the better seeing eye to force the brain to use the amblyopic eye. The weaker eye must be forced to stimulate the visual cortex of the brain if vision is to develop. If amblyopia is not diagnosed and treated in a timely fashion, several problems may occur:
- The amblyopic eye may develop a serious and permanent visual defect
- Depth perception (seeing in three dimensions) may not develop
- If the good eye becomes diseased or injured, a lifetime of poor vision may result
Patching is continued until the best possible vision is obtained. This may take from a few weeks to several months to achieve, depending on the severity of the amblyopia, and compliance with the therapy. The child’s progress is periodically monitored by the pediatric ophthalmologist.
Even after vision has developed in the amblyopic eye, part time patching and/or Atropine may, in some cases, be required over an extended period of time to maintain the improved vision. Amblyopia is usually treated before surgery to correct any strabismus (eye alignment). Patching may be continued after surgery as well to obtain the best possible vision.
Your pediatric ophthalmologist can give you instructions on how to treat amblyopia, but it is up to you and your child to carry out this treatment. Children do not like to have their eyes patched, especially if they have been depending on the better seeing eye to “do all the work”. As a parent, you must convince your child to do what is best for him or her. Near vision activities such as small screen electronic games (not movies), puzzles, dot to dot and other crafts often entice young minds. Like immunizations, the experience may initially be unpleasant for your child, but you know that it is in his or her best interest and involvement, as well as your ability to gain your child’s cooperation. Parents play an extremely important role in determining whether their child’s amblyopia will be effectively treated, and how the child will see for the rest of his or her life.