GMEA has one of the largest selections of eyeglass frames in the MetroWest area. Our on-site opticians and stylists will be happy to work with you to find the perfect frame to suit your lifestyle and budget. Perhaps even more important is the expertise that our doctors and staff can provide to help you choose the perfect lens material and design to complement your eyeglass prescription. This is particularly important for patients who wear progressive addition lenses (graduated multifocal lenses with no line), since there are dozens of specialized designs to choose from, and proper guidance is essential if one is to pick the design that is most appropriate for their prescription and eye care needs.
Dr. Ronald Ferrucci has been providing low vision services to the Greater Milford community for over 30 years. He is a charter member of the Low Vision Rehabilitation Section of the American Optometric Association, and is an approved provider of services for both the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.
A person can be said to have "low vision" when their eyesight cannot be improved to a satisfactory level with conventional eyeglasses. This may include visual acuity as high as 20/30 and as low as acuity which is measured at the "hand motion" level.
As a low vision specialist, Dr. Ferrucci works with each patient to find the right combination of magnification, illumination, and environmental adaptations to help the patient achieve realistic visual goals which can serve to improve their quality of life.
Our practice has the largest selection of magnification and low vision aids (including closed-circuit TV's and digital hand-held magnifiers) in the Milford-Franklin-Framingham area.
An examination of the retina (the back part or "picture screen" of the eye) is an integral part of every comprehensive eye examination. The doctors have several ways of examining the retina. They may use a direct ophthalmoscope, an instrument with an internal bright light source to light up the structures of the retina. They may also choose to use an indirect ophthalmoscope, an instrument with a brighter light source and a condensing lens which allows an even wider view of the retina.
In many instances, (diabetes, high myopes, patients who experience flashes or floaters, or who have familial risk factors), the doctors will choose to dilate the eye with eye drops which open the pupil and further expand the peripheral view of the retina. The GMEA doctors also have access to relatively new technology called the OPTOMAP, which is a device which allows a 200 degree panoramic view of the retina without the inconvenience of being dilated. The Optomap provides a permanent digital image for future comparisons, and because it uses "pure" laser light of two separate wavelengths, it is superior to the "white" light used in traditional techniques, which may "wash out" certain pigments in the retinal which may be pre-cancerous. There are times when the doctors will choose to utilize both dilation and the Optomap to be even more thorough in their analysis.
In some cases, the patient's medical diagnosis will allow their insurance plan to cover an Optomap retinal image. However, in most cases, the patients will opt to pay a modest out-of-pocket fee for this sophisticated retinal image. Our doctors feel that it is in every patient's best interest to opt to have an Optomap done on every comprehensive examination. It is a wise investment.