1. How often should I have an exam?
You should have a contact lenses and glasses exam every year. Because a contact lens is a medical device, it is important to follow our advice in order to provide proper vision and comfort. Our comprehensive exams can pick up diseases such as diabetes, glaucoma, corneal dystrophies, and macular degeneration in its earliest stages before it becomes a problem for the patient.
2. Will my eyesight worsen because I begin wearing glasses or contacts?
No. Glasses or contacts will not ruin your eyesight because these optical devices only bend light in order for the brain to perceive the image clearly. Folks believe they can become dependent on their glasses or contacts but that is not true. The real difference is that once your vision is 20/20 you will never be satisfied with subpar vision. You will want to continue seeing great all the time hence your dependence will hinge on you wanting the best for your eyes.
3. What is a Doctor of Optometry (O.D.)?
The American Optometric Association defines Optometrists as the primary health care professional for the eyes. Optometrists examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases, injuries, and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures as well as identify related systemic conditions affecting the eye. Following four years of college, they attend a four year accredited School of Optometry. Licensed Optometrists must pass all four parts of the NBEO Boards in order to practice optometry. Therapeutic Optometrists may administer or prescribe drugs to treat the eye and adnexa (tissues surrounding the eye), but may not prescribe drugs for the treatment of glaucoma. Optometric glaucoma specialists are therapeutic optometrists who may treat glaucoma. They have all of the privileges of a therapeutic optometrist but have an expanded formulary of drugs, including certain oral medications.
4. Do I still need glasses if I wear contacts the majority of the time?
Wearing glasses allows a person’s eyes to rest from contact lens use and reduces their chance of eye infections. Moderation is the key for a healthy contact lens wearer. You cannot depend on your contacts for 24-hour wear unless they are extended wear contacts.
5. Are all contact brands the same?
No, they are not. Each contact lens’s parameters are different (per FDA regulations) and sized to the patient’s corneal diameter. There is not a one-size fit all contact lens; therefore, a licensed professional must fit all lenses.
6. Are contact lenses prescriptions the same as my prescription for glasses?
Contact lenses prescriptions include a base curve/diameter/ power. The power of contact lenses may differ from the glasses prescription slightly in order to account for vertex distance (distance from the eye to the lenses).
7. Can my contacts get “lost” in my eyes?
No. A membrane prevents any object (contacts, eyelashes etc) from moving behind the eye. If a contact does get off the eye, the eye doctor can retrieve it.
8. Should I switch my disinfecting solution to a generic to save money?
No. Generic disinfection solutions are usually cheaper because their patent has expired. These generic solutions are for use with contact lenses designed many years ago. Current premium name brand solutions are for silicon hydrogel lenses that now compose a large percentage of the current contact lenses market. Using a name brand disinfecting solution that properly disinfects current technology contact lenses is best.
9. How difficult is it to adapt to a no-line bifocal?
No-line bifocals give the patient three distinct areas for viewing. These areas are near, intermediate and distance and are located in the middle of the lens. As your eye moves down in the lens there is a change in prescription, which is apparent to the wearer. There is a slight distortion in the periphery of the lens. The patient wearing his glasses everyday can adapt to this distortion but it can take up to one week to adapt.
10. Why do I feel odd with my new glasses or contacts even if my vision seems clearer?
You should start by wearing your new prescription for 2 hours and increase your time each day until your eyes adjust. Once your eyes adapt to your new prescription you should start feeling less eyestrain. This can take about 1-2 weeks. If you are still having problems adapting please call your eye doctor for an adjustment.
11. Do school screenings count as an eye exam?
No. As many as one out of every four school-aged child suffers from an undetected visual issue. A school screening provides a parent an assessment of their child’s vision performed by the school nurse. It does not take the place of a comprehensive eye health exam, which an eye doctor must administer. An eye exam by a licensed professional is the only way to know what prescription your child needs in order to see well. Perfect vision does not necessarily mean that a child is seeing good enough to function in school. The child might have a lack of depth perception, color vision problems, and eye tracking issues that are not evident with a school screening.
12. At what age should a child be screened for vision defects?
Children should have their first eye exam from 6 months-1 year of age. Subsequent eye exams should be performed at age 3, 5 and then yearly after that. We provide eye exams for children who are 3 years old and up. Please be sure to bring a favorite toy, blanket or lovie. These exams look for abnormalities within the visual system that go unnoticed during the child’s pediatric well checks.