Vision Care

Eye Diseases: Macular Degeneration, Cataracts, Glaucoma, and Diabetes

Macular Degeneration: Why lose the First eye?

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in people over age 50. Fifty-three to 65% of patients who have dry to wet AMD lose legal vision in their first eye: the first eye is lost! Ninety-two percent of patients with the wet form of AMD when treated by retinal specialists maintain near to normal vision in their second eye: the second eye is saved! According to Dr. David Nelson, a past president of the AOA, "130,000 people in the U.S. lose sight in the first eye every year. 80% is preventable." Why do we wait until the first eye is lost? Why not try to save the first eye before blindness occurs?

Based on the findings from AREDS-2 as well as other studies that have gone on concurrently, we now are able to develop preventable strategies to protect against vision loss from macular degeneration. Paradise Canyon Eye Care has implemented a Macular Degeneration Risk Assessment questionnaire that can predict a person's risk of developing AMD or, if a person already has dry AMD, predict their risk for progressing to the wet form with 90% accuracy when combined with genetic testing. The earlier we detect the conversion of dry AMD to wet AMD the greater the ability to prevent vision loss in the first eye. We owe it to our patients to provide this new knowledge to help them avoid vision loss.

Cataracts:  The natural lens in the eye gradually becomes less clear as we get older. When opacities develop in the lens and the lens gets too hazy, vision will be impaired. Our office can diagnose and manage cataract care. When the cataract affects the vision to the extent that you cannot read or see distant objects comfortably, we will recommend cataract surgery. Our office co-manages with cataract specialists that are proven experts in cataract surgery. Cataract surgery can provide you with a bright new world of vision.

Glaucoma:  Glaucoma gradually destroys the optic nerve tissue in the back of the eye. The greatest danger of glaucoma stems from the fact that the disease is painless and without obvious symptoms until significant damage has occurred. The most common cause is from pressure being too high inside the eye, but vascular disease and other diseases can also cause glaucoma. We always monitor for glaucoma during routine eye examinations. Tests include checking the pressure of the eye, screening for peripheral vision defects and analyzing the appearance of the optic nerve. If you are diagnosed with glaucoma, we typically prescribe medications that lower the eye pressure. Most forms of glaucoma are successfully treated with eye drops. Laser treatments and eye surgery are secondary treatments that offer alternative ways to treat more advanced glaucoma.

Diabetes:  Diabetic patients should have a dilated retinal examination each year. Laser treatments have proven to slow the progression of retinal eye disease for many patients. Diabetes often stimulates the growth of new blood vessels in the back of the eye, which ultimately leak and damage the retina. If this condition is discovered early, laser treatment can destroy these vessels. We have the latest instruments used to detect changes in the back of the eye. If we discover advancing diabetic eye disease that can be treated or needs further evaluation, we will refer you for consultation and further testing to a board certified retinal specialist.

Comprehensive Eye Examinations

When we do eye comprehensive eye exams, we refuse to cut corners. We always schedule ample time so you will never feel rushed. We provide complete eye care for both adults and children. Our comprehensive eye examinations check your eyes inside and out for glaucoma, cataracts and all other eye diseases as well as high blood pressure, diabetes and other systemic diseases. Your visual skills and abilities are carefully evaluated and we pride ourselves on the accuracy of our eyeglass prescriptions. In spite of our track record for highly accurate prescriptions, there are eyes that can be unstable for reasons ranging from medications to illness. In these rare cases, we will gladly re-examine the patient and remake the glasses.

Technology is rapidly changing the eye care industry. We utilize the latest in diagnostic equipment and are committed to keeping up with whatever advances will come next.

We are Paradise Canyon Eye Care...Your Vision Source!

Eye Infections, Eye Injuries, Dry Eyes

Our office provides emergency services for eye infections and eye injuries. Please call our office at 435-656-2003 during office hours, after hours and on weekends. Our staff will work with you to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. State of the art microscopes allow us to examine the front surface of the eye and facial areas around the eye for infection or injury. After assessing the extent of the injury or infection a treatment plan will be formulated and explained to you. Treatment may include medications and supportive care. Follow-up visits to monitor your recovery will be scheduled as needed.

Contact Lenses

Dr. Fife has been fitting specialty contact lenses for years and has seen some incredible changes in that time. By far the most exciting changes have occurred in the last few years. Although rigid contact lenses are a shrinking segment of the industry, we still have a large number of patients who wear them.

The gas-permeable lens materials available today far surpass those available just a few years ago in terms of eye health and comfort.

In fact, many people are unaware that these contact lens materials can correct for distance and near vision using bifocal or progressive multifocal designs similar to the lined and no-lined bifocal eyeglass lenses. Please ask us about them if you are interested in seeing distance and near without glasses and without surgery.

Another lens is the SynergEyes hybrid lens which combines the comfort of the soft lens with the clarity of a rigid lens. It's outer soft skirt creates the comfort while the rigid center provides the clarity. It can be used for new contact lens wearers or previous contact lens wearers. It especially works great for people who have irregular astigmatism or keratoconus.

Dry Eyes and Allergies


Allergies can be particularly annoying to contact lens wearers. In the past many people had to quit wearing their lenses for a month or two during the allergy season. New lens materials and allergy medications have made it possible for these people to eliminate itchy eyes. These medications such as Patanol and Alocril are amazingly effective and safe even in children as young as three.

Dry Eyes: Symptoms include scratchy eyes, burning, mild redness and gritty feeling eyes. Oral medications, reading, computer tasks and dry environments may aggravate marginally dry eyes. Dry eyes can be diagnosed by using dyes to observe tear patterns, evaluation of the amount of tears on the front of the eye and from review of your symptoms. Treatment may include artificial tears; eye drops for treating allergies; and/or punctal plugs inserted in the tear drainage canals.

Optical Dispensing

We value the trust you place in us as your eye care and eye wear provider. Our optical lab is at the forefront of lens technology. We offer premium lenses with exceptional optics to give you the clearest vision. Plus we stand behind our premium products with a two year warranty against scratching or breaking! Our highly trained and friendly staff are able to adjust and fit your glasses to you for extended comfort and vision.

Visit for complete information on eyeglasses and contact lenses, and for an explanation of myopia.


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  • Finding the right frame to fit your personality and give you the look you want is important to you and to us. Our staff is here to help. We offer designer frames from Coach, FENDI, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, ck, Nike and more. We also have a wide selection of sunglasses from these same vendors in addition to others such as Maui Jim. Our designer and brand name frames all come with a two year warranty against breaking.

    Laser Vision Correction

    Everyone is talking about LASIK. Here is a brief description of the procedure.

    A flap is cut in the cornea and then the flap is gently folded back. An Excimer Laser is used to reshape the cornea, much like a contact lens forms a new shape on the cornea, only the laser is permanent. The flap is then put back in place, acting like a natural bandage.

    The "Wow!" effect of Lasik is the very rapid recovery of vision and the decreased level of discomfort post-operatively. You hear from people that they did not feel anything, and could see well the very first day. Most people have functional vision in 24-48 hours, although this is true in some cases, it must be noted that each person will heal at a different rate. Vision, although greatly improved immediately after surgery, continues to improve for some weeks, even months.

    Everyones eyes are different. Even though you may have had a friend who has had LASIK, it does not mean it is right for you. If you are interested in laser vision correction, we will be happy to guide you in picking the right surgeon, procedure and laser appropriate for you. For many of you who are long-term contact lens wearers my pre-operative input can make the difference between an excellent result and a mediocre one.

    Post-operatively we can monitor your eyes, and taper medications to arrive at the best possible result. After all, no one knows your eyes better than your optometrist.

    Surgery Co-Management

    When considering any type of ocular surgery, it is important to understand the relationship you have with your optometrist. Consider Dr. Fife a resource you can turn to for appropriate guidance. Dr. Fife will guide you to the most appropriate surgeon for you and can help answer questions and calm concerns you may have. Our office co-manages surgical services such as Cataract surgery, Laser surgery and other Refractive surgeries. We offer this in conjunction with local eye surgeons. Additionally, we have working arrangements established with other specialized eye care doctors to manage such things as retinal detachments retinal tears and hemmorhages. Following the surgery, Dr. Fife will be there to monitor your progress and will help you see to your full potential. can educate you about eye health and explain topics such as pink eye symptoms, types of eye infections, and what causes eye twitching.

    Visit to learn about eye diseases, including forms of macular degeneration, causes of glaucoma, and signs of a cataract.

    We are Paradise Canyon Eye Care...Your Vision Source!