Why should I have an eye exam?
- You should have an eye exam for the purpose of keeping your eyes healthy. It is especially important if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol or any systemic condition, as well as a family history of an eye disorder. A visit to your eye doctor will evaluate your eye health and begin tracking any changes in your eyesight.
Which is better: contact lenses or eyeglasses?
- Wearing contact lenses or eyeglasses depends on one's needs and wants. Both have their benefits, but have the same purpose, which is for you to visually see as best as you can. However, contacts do not replace wearing eyeglasses as it is important to give your eyes a daily break from contact lens wear.
What is Astigmatism?
- Astigmatism refers to a curvature of the front surface of the eye, which distorts images and prevents light rays from meeting at a common point of focus. To have astigmatism is not uncommon and is corrected with astigmatism contact lenses or eyeglass lenses.
How often should I clean and replace my contact lens case?
- You should clean the contact lens case daily and replace it at least once every few months. It is important to keep your contacts as clean as possible so that bacteria or any contaminant does not affect the lens.
What is a Visual Field Test?
- A Visual Field Test is a test done using a computerized instrument that records defects in the central and peripheral fields of vision that may be caused by medical conditions such as glaucoma or stroke. The purpose is for the eye doctor to test your overall visual health.
What are a few helpful tips to keep my eyes healthy?
- According to the American Optometric Association, you should eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, protect your eyes from UV sunlight rays by wearing protective eyewear, and visit your eye doctor regularly.
What is Computer Vision Syndrome?
- Computer Vision Syndrome is caused by long-term viewing of a lit screen emitting blue wavelength light. Symptoms include: headaches, neck pain, blurred vision, eye strain, eye fatigue, dry eyes or irritation, and difficulty refocusing the eyes. By adjusting the monitor, the lighting, taking frequent breaks, wearing computer glasses in some cases, and wearing eyeglass lenses with an anti-blue wavelength coating can help relieve these symptoms.
What is blue-violet UV light and how harmful is it to the eyes?
- Blue-Violet UV light is a wavelength found in natural and artificial light. Overexposure to this light can be harmful to the eyes. A coating put on eyeglasses block the absorption of this wavelength protecting the eyes from the harmful effects.
Why do I have to wear sunglasses? And why are they good to wear?
- Sunglasses protect eyes from the harmful UV sunlight rays. They are important to wear to keep your eyes healthy so that you receive the benefits from the UV light and not the harmful UV light.
What are Cataracts?
- A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye, which is normally clear. Symptoms include: decreased vision, blurry or foggy vision, and increased glare discomfort.
What is Macular Degeneration?
- Macular Degeneration is an eye condition that can cause vision loss. Symptoms include: blurred vision, distorted vision, seeing spots or wavy lines rather than straight lines. If your family has a history of this eye condition, contact your eye doctor for an eye exam.
I am pregnant and squinting a lot more than usual and my eyesight is not as good as it used to be before I was pregnant. Should I be concerned?
- No, you should not be concerned. It is normal for your eyes to change as your body does during pregnancy. Visit your eye doctor regularly during pregnancy to track any significant changes in your vision.
What are the best contact lenses to wear?
- There are a variety of contact lenses to wear that will best fit your specific needs. Your eye doctor will present and discuss with you the best options for your situation and prescription. Trial contact lenses are given for you to wear to determine what will work the best.
I am over 40 years of age and I cannot read well with my contact lenses. What are my options?
- There are three options: 1) Reading glasses over the contact lenses, 2) Monovision, a technique whereby one eye is fitted with a distance contact lens and the other eye with a reading contact lens, and 3) Bifocal contact lens.
- If you would like to try any of these options, the doctor will give you a trial pair to see what option works best for you.
Am I able to put my prescription into color contact lenses?
- Yes it is possible to have your prescription in a color contact of your choice.
Which frame shape is right for my face shape?
- The right frame shape complements your face shape be it square, oval, oblong, round, heart shaped, base down triangle, or diamond-like. There are frames for all types of face shapes. Our opticians will guide you to the right shape so that you do not walk away disappointed.
What is the importance of polarized lenses?
- Polarized lenses have a special filter incorporated within the lens itself that reduces almost 100% of glare, most notably reflected off of a solid surface or water.
I would like to donate frames I no longer use. How do I donate these frames?
- If you would like to donate old or unused frames we have a box in the office that goes directly to the Lions Club program. The Lions Club program recycles these frames to benefit children and adults.
Why is anti-glare important on glasses?
- Anti-glare coating is a type of lens coating that helps improve quality of vision and reduces eye strain by preventing the reflections from the front and back of your lenses from entering your eyes and affecting the quality of your vision.
Can you repair eye glasses?
- Yes, we often can repair eyeglasses, i.e. nosepads, temples, screws. Our trained opticians will take a look at the frames and see what is possible.
I am not a patient of the eye doctor but I have an eyeglass prescription. Is it possible to give you my prescription to order contact lenses or eyeglasses?
- A copy of your eyeglass prescription is not the same as a contact lens prescription. We are able to put your eyeglass prescription into a pair of frames but to order contacts you need to have a valid contact lens prescription. If you do not have one, we are able to schedule you for a contact lens evaluation and then order contacts for you.
As a parent, what is the best age for my child to begin wearing contact lenses?
- The eye doctor recommends the age of 13 or 14 for children to begin wearing contact lenses. Your child will be instructed in the responsibility of wearing and taking care of contact lenses.
What exactly are Eco-Friendly frames?
- Eco-Friendly frames are frames made from recycled, reclaimed or natural materials. Caster oil, cotton, wood and bamboo are being used to manufacture frames replacing oil-based products. Materials such as jeans, vinyl records, skateboards are also being incorporated. These frames are environmentally friendly in the materials being used and often in the manufacturing process itself.