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Beggs Family Vision

Voted 2015’s best Optometrist in Wichita, KS
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At Beggs Family Vision our dedication to client satisfaction is an essential aspect of our approach.  We’ll work diligently to provide outstanding customer service and premium eye care. Dr. Beggs, Voted 2015’s best Optometrist in Wichita KS, is highly experienced and offers a wide range of eye infection treatments and related services to diagnose and treat many vision problems. He can also treat many common eye diseases like pink eye, cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, red eyes, dry eyes, allergic conjunctivitis, corneal foreign body removal, and many eye emergencies. In addition, he is highly qualified to examine and treat pediatric patients and comes highly recommended by many parents of children who need regular eye care.

Many Wichita, KS residents choose our office for their eye care needs because we strive to provide:

  • Quick responses to questions and concerns
  • Personal attention
  • Same-day and one-hour services
  • competitive rates and insurance options
  • Handicapped access and immediate parking

If a member of your family is in need of an eye doctor, Dr. Beggs can help.  

We are located at New Market Square right behind Specs Eyewear. Come in today or call ahead to reserve your spot. We’re available in Wichita Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am – 6pm, Fridays 9am – 5pm; and Saturdays, by appointment.  You can also be seen by Dr. Beggs at his El Dorado location on Wednesdays 9am – 5pm.  

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Our Services

We specialize in several differing types of exams and screenings and offer the treatments to follow up each specialized exam.  

Glaucoma Screenings

Glaucoma Screenings Glaucoma refers to a group of related eye disorders that all cause damage to the optic nerve.  This is caused by higher than normal pressure inside of your eye.  This medical problem affects more than two million people in our country today. Do You Have Undiagnosed Glaucoma? Glaucoma is often overlooked because most types typically cause no pain and produce no symptoms until noticeable vision loss occurs.  For this reason, glaucoma often progresses undetected until the optic nerve already has been irreversibly damaged, with varying degrees of permanent vision loss. Do you have narrowing peripheral vision So, if you are gradually loosing your peripheral vision or you’ve just never been screened for glaucoma before you should schedule an appointment for a glaucoma screening.  Catch it early to prevent any lasting damage or vision loss. Sudden Onset (Acute Angle-closure Glaucoma) A more rare type of glaucoma, acute angle-closure glaucoma, has  symptoms that occur suddenly.  They can include blurry vision, halos around lights, intense eye pain, nausea and vomiting. If you have these symptoms, make sure you see an eye care practitioner or visit the emergency room immediately so steps can be taken to prevent permanent vision loss. Glaucoma Screening Dr. Beggs performs glaucoma screenings and can treat your glaucoma to lower the damaging pressure in your eyes and prevent vision loss and blindness.    

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Diabetic Eye Exam

Diabetes eye exams Diabetes can damage the small blood vessels in your retina, or the back of your eye. This condition is called diabetic retinopathy.  Diabetes also increases your risk of glaucoma and other eye problems. You may not know your eyes are being harmed until the you have vision loss and other symptoms. Dr. Beggs can catch problems early if you get regular eye exams. You Need Regular Eye Exams Even if your diabetes doctor checks your eyes, you need an eye exam every 1 to 2 years by an optometrist.  Dr. Beggs has equipment that can check the back of your eye much better than your regular doctor can.  And, if you have chronic eye problems because of diabetes, you should have a diabetic eye exam more often. You may need special treatment to prevent your eye problems from getting worse.  Dr Beggs is trained to diagnose and treat vision problems caused by diabetes and can do diabetic eye exams that screen for this type of damage.

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Medical Eye Exams

A “routine” vision exam often contains the same elements as a “medical” eye exam. Also, the type of eye doctor you see doesn’t determine if the exam is termed routine or medical. Either an optometrist or an ophthalmologist can perform the exam. It’s the insurance companies that classify an exam and determine if it’s a “medical eye exam” or not. The reason for being seen and the resulting diagnosis are the two big factors that insurance companies use to make this determination. This is also how they decide for what services they will pay. A routine vision exam usually produces a final diagnosis, such as “nearsightedness” or “astigmatism” that will most often be treated with corrective lenses in the form of contacts or glasses. If you have a medical complaint such as dry eyes or or a diagnosis like conjunctivitis or cataracts this will most likely be determined a medical eye exam and need a medical treatment. Depending on your policy, your medical insurance may cover a medical eye problem, but may not pay for the exam if it is a “routine” eye exam. Vision Insurances usually only cover routine eye exams.  Details of differing coverage can get quite complicated.  So make sure you are familiar with what insurances you have and what they cover.  Take a look at Dr. Beggs’ insurance page to see the several types of medical and vision insurance that he accepts.  

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Contact Lens Exams

Contact Lens Exams Eye exams for contact lenses include special tests that typically are not performed in routine eye exams for eyeglasses. So if you are interested in contacts — or you already wear them and want to have your contact lens prescription updated — make sure you say so when you schedule your appointment for an eye exam. This will ensure your exam includes extra time for Dr. Beggs to perform additional tests needed for a proper contact lens fitting or prescription update. The key to contact lens effectiveness and comfort is a proper fit, and we work hard to ensure that the contact lenses that you choose are right for your needs. Whether you want daily wear or extended wear contact lenses, we will work hard to ensure the best fit possible. Soft Contact Lenses Soft contact lenses are made of soft, flexible plastics that allow oxygen to pass through to the cornea. Soft contact lenses may be easier to adjust to and are more comfortable than rigid gas permeable lenses. Newer soft lens materials include silicone-hydrogels to provide more oxygen to your eye while you wear your lenses. Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Contact Lenses Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lenses Rigid gas permeable contact lenses (RGPs) are more durable and resistant to deposit buildup, and generally give a clearer, crisper vision. They tend to be less expensive over the life of the lens since they last longer than soft contact lenses. They are easier to handle and less likely to tear. However, they are not as comfortable initially as soft contacts and it may take a few weeks to get used to wearing RGPs, compared to several days for soft contacts. Extended Wear Contact Lenses Extended wear contact lenses are available for overnight or continuous wear ranging from one to six nights or up to 30 days. Extended wear contact lenses are usually soft contact lenses. They are made of flexible plastics that allow oxygen to pass through to the cornea. There are also a very few rigid gas permeable lenses that are designed and approved for overnight wear. Length of […]

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Pediatric Eye Exams

Pediatric Eye Exams Healthy eyes and vision are a critical part of kids’ development. They should receive a pediatric eye examination regularly to reduce the risk of vision loss and to make sure they have normal visual development. At Beggs Family Vision we perform the Pediatric Eye and Vision Exams necessary for children.  Kids with any eye problems need a timely diagnosis, intervention, and, when necessary, consultation or referral for treatment by another health care provider.   Dr. Beggs is great with children and a qualified practitioner for pediatric eye exams and treatments. There are many eye conditions and diseases that can affect a child’s vision. Some of the more common disorders and eye diseases are listed below.   Amblyopia “Lazy eye”(Amblyopia) is a term used to mean poor vision in an eye that has not developed normal sight (usually during early childhood). It occurs when visual acuity is much better in one eye than the other. Amblyopia is common and affects two or three of every 100 people in the U.S. Ptosis Ptosis involves a drooping upper eyelid that covers the eye either somewhat or entirely, and so blocks vision. “Cloudy” eyes If the surface of the eye, which is normally clear, instead appears cloudy, the child may have a cataract or eye disorder that needs treatment. Conjunctivitis (pink eye) Conjunctivitis can refer to either a viral or bacterial infection (both very contagious), or an allergic reaction (not contagious) Chalazion Chalazion looks like a small lump on the eyelid, and may occur when an oil-secreting gland in the eyelid becomes clogged. It is not caused by infection. Stye A stye looks like a red, sore lump near the edge of the eyelid; it is caused by an infected eyelash follicle. Pre-septal or Orbital Cellulitis Pre-septal cellulitis is usually caused by contiguous spread of infection from a facial or eyelid injury, insect or animal bite, conjunctivitis, chalazion, or sinusitis. Orbital cellulitis is most often caused by the spread of infection from adjacent sinuses. Symptoms include eyelid pain, discoloration, and swelling; orbital cellulitis also causes fever, malaise, a bulging eye (proptosis), impaired eye movement, and […]

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Comprehensive Eye Exams

A vision screening, usually performed by your doctor, is a relatively short exam that can indicate the presence of a vision problem. Vision screenings cannot diagnose exactly what is wrong with your eyes.  Instead, these screenings can indicate that you should make an appointment with an optometrist for a more comprehensive eye exam. Optometrists use a wide variety of tests and procedures to examine your eyes. These tests range from simple ones, like having you read an eye chart, to complex tests, such as using a high-powered lens to visualize the tiny structures inside of your eyes. A comprehensive eye exam usually takes 30 to 60 minutes, depending the number and complexity of tests required to fully evaluate your vision and the health of your eyes. If you are having new problems with your eyes or if you are a new patient to Dr. Beggs you should have a comprehensive eye exam.  This will allow Dr. Beggs to make an in depth assessment of your eye health and perform the best interventions and treatments for you. It’s important to understand that a comprehensive eye exam typically does not include a contact lens fitting, and therefore you will not be given a contact lens prescription at the end of a comprehensive eye exam.  If this is what you need you should schedule a contact lens exam and fitting.

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