Frequently Asked Questions

How often do I need an eye examination?

This is dependent on your age, general health, family history, and prescription. Also, if you wear contact lenses you will need an exam at least yearly. Only your doctor will be able to tell you how often you should be examined.  As a general rule, we recommend yearly eye examinations.

Will my eyes be dilated?

Generally, yes, unless otherwise discussed with your doctor.  At your yearly eye examination, the eye drops will be used to widen your pupils in order to give your doctor a better view of the back of your eye. Eye dilation assists your doctor in diagnosing common diseases and conditions, possibly at their earliest stage

 

It usually takes about 10-20 minutes for dilation eye drops to begin working. With dilated pupils, you will be sensitive to light and you will find it difficult to focus on nearby objects. These effects can last for up to several hours, depending on the strength of the drop used and on each individual.

 

We recommend that you bring sunglasses with you to minimize glare and light sensitivity when you leave your appointment. We will offer you disposable sunglasses for your comfort when leaving our office.

 

Dilating eye drops can cause a variable amount of blurry vision for an unpredictable length of time. Your eye doctor cannot tell you how much your vision will be affected and for exactly how long. If you are concerned about your ability to drive, many patients prefer to bring someone with them to drive them home.

Do I need a special examination for contact lenses?

Yes, contact lenses are a medical device that need to be customized to your eyes.  An improperly fit contact lens can have vision-threatening complications. You will undergo additional testing to determine the proper size contact lens for your eye and additional follow up visits will be required to ensure proper vision and comfort is achieved.

 

If you are new to contact lenses we take additional time to teach and educate you on proper techniques and care of your contact lenses. This can often be done the same day as the examination. Please be sure to specify a contact lens fitting when you are scheduling your examination.

 

If you have worn contact lenses before, we reassess the contact lens fit and prescription. We retest the health of your cornea to try and minimize contact lens-related complications in the future.

Do I need a backup pair of glasses?

We strongly recommend a second or “backup” pair of eyeglasses to all of our patients. With our on-site finishing lab, we do offer same day service for many prescriptions. However, eyeglasses can sometimes take several days or longer to finish if the lenses have to be custom ordered.

Do I need Sunglasses?

Yes! In the same way that sunblock protects the skin, sunglasses protect the eyes from harmful UV damage that can cause irritated eyes, cataracts, and macular degeneration. We have a large variety of modern sunglasses to choose from. If you are a sportsman, we have a variety of lens color options specifically designed to help you perform your best. We also offer a UV coating for your everyday eyeglasses as well as clip-on and fit-over sunglasses.

What is a refraction?

A refraction is the testing our doctors use to determine how well you are seeing and the proper prescription for your eyeglasses. Our doctors use 3 different methods to obtain and interpret your prescription needs to ensure your eyeglasses will be as clear and comfortable as we can make them.

What is a vision vs. medical eye examination?

Although we perform a comprehensive eye examination on all of our patients regardless of insurance, insurance companies have required us to designate an examination as vision or medical.

 

Vision examinations consist of diagnosing and treating only refractive needs such as farsightedness, nearsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia (loss of reading ability after 40).

 

Medical examinations consist of diagnosing and treating any other complaints or conditions such as the following:

  • Itchy or teary eyes
  • Eye pain or discomfort
  • Headaches
  • Dry eyes
  • Eye injuries
  • Flashes or floaters
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Macular Degeneration