Frequently Asked Questions

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How often should I get my eyes examined?

The opportunity to diagnose and manage eye problems is greatly helped by routine eye exams and as a result, we recommend annual examinations. Certainly, all children of school age, should be seen annually.

When should my child have his/her first eye exam?

The American Optometric Association recommends children first have vision checked at six months for major problems that my prevent vision from developing normally. If vision is normal the next visit should be around age three and then before the child begins school.

Why do I need a contact lens exam yearly if I'm not having problems?

Annual examinations are important for the health of your eyes. Complications can develop without the patient becoming aware. We'll check for swelling and irritation of the cornea or evidence of overwear. We'll make certain that the contacts you're wearing are letting enough oxygen to the cornea. If problems are identified, changes can be made in fit or materials, so that the eyes remain healthy.

Why do I need to replace my contacts when they still feel fine?

That is exactly the point. Our goal is to keep the eyes feeling fine, and careful attention to the replacement schedule as outlined by our doctors and in keeping with FDA protocols, is very important. Overwear of contacts is very dangerous.

Will my insurance cover both eyeglasses and contacts?

Generally not - usually it's one or the other. However, our staff will work with you so that you receive the most from your insurance plan.

Why haven't I been able to see up close since I turned 40?

First, Happy Birthday! Our near vision begins to blur in our early 40's due to a loss of flexibility of the crystalline lens in the eye. This condition is called presbyopia. It is a normal part of the aging process of the eye and cannot be prevented.

What does 20/20 vision mean?

If you have 20/20 vision, it means that you can see at 20 feet, what a normal eye would be expected to see. Conversely, an acuity of 20/40 represents an eye that the patient would have to be 20 feet away to see what would normally be seen at 40 feet.

Why will I still need reading glasses after refractive surgery?

If you are over 40-45 years of age, you are presbyopic requiring a near vision correction. Refractive surgery currently can only correct for distance, thus requiring a reading lens.

What is monovision?

Monovision is a well established method of correcting vision with either contact lenses or refractive surgery in which the dominant eye is corrected for distance and the non-dominant eye for near. This technique, allows for a patient to see without the need for glasses. Although not yielding perfect vision or depth perception, it is quite successful with proper patient selection and appropriate expectations.

Can macular degeneration be treated?

The answer depends on the type and severity of disease. Due to recent advancements in treatment, patients with macular degeneration now have options. Only after a careful examination of the retina, can treatment options be discussed.

I have heard that vitamins can help the eye. Is this true?

Absolutely. Recent studies (and our own clinical experience) have shown that certain vitamins and minerals are extremely beneficial in stabilizing degenerative processes in the eye. If evidence of this is found during your eye exam, the doctor will certainly advice you of the supplements which he feels are helpful.

What is LASIK surgery?

LASIK or Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis is a procedure that uses a computer-controlled Excimer Laser to reshape the surface of the cornea-the outermost tissue of the eye. LASIK combines the use of the laser with a surgical procedure call Lamellar Keratoplasty. This creates a flap of the cornea. The flap is folded back and the laser is used to reshape. The flap is then folded back and is used as a bandage to promote healing. The procedure is fast, painless and amazingly accurate.

Am I a good candidate for LASIK?

There are several factors that determine whether a patient is a good candidate for LASIK. These include:
-A healthy cornea
-No significant changes in prescription for a year
-Corneal thickness
-Pupil size
-Good general health
-At least 18 years of age
-For women, avoid during pregnancy

Even if one is not a good candidate for LASIK, other refractive procedures are available and our doctors are experienced in assessing the best option for you.


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