How often should I have an eye exam?

The frequency of eye exams depends on factors like age, overall health, and any existing eye conditions. Generally, adults should have an eye exam every 1-2 years.

Do I need an appointment for an eye exam, or can I walk in?

Appointments are recommended to ensure timely and personalized care. However, some offices may accept walk-ins based on availability.

What should I bring to my eye exam?

Bring your current glasses, contact lenses, a list of medications, and any relevant medical history. Insurance information and identification are also important.

What is included in a comprehensive eye exam?

A comprehensive eye exam typically includes visual acuity testing, eye pressure measurement, dilated eye exam, and a discussion of your medical and family history.

Do you accept medical and vision insurance, and how does it work?

We accept most medical and vision plans. It is best to call ahead to help verify your coverage for both your medical and vision insurance.

What are the signs of eye problems or changes in vision that I should watch out for?

A sudden change in vision, eye pain, flashing lights, redness, excessive tearing, or any sudden vision disturbances are signs that should prompt you to schedule an appointment.

How does the doctor determine which contact lens is best for me?

The optometrist will help evaluate your ocular health and your vision correction to help determine which contacts will meet your visual demands.

Can I get prescription sunglasses?

Yes, many optometrists offer prescription sunglasses. Discuss your preferences and needs during your eye exam.

What can I do to maintain good eye health?

Practices such as regular eye exams, a balanced diet, protecting your eyes from UV rays, and taking breaks from digital screens can contribute to good eye health.

Do you treat eye infections or injuries?

Optometrists can diagnose and treat some eye infections and injuries. If it’s an emergency, it’s crucial to seek immediate medical attention.

Can you provide guidance on computer eye strain and blue light exposure?

Yes, your optometrist can offer advice on reducing eye strain, including recommendations for computer glasses. In addition, Follow the 20-20-20 rule (take a 20-second break every 20 minutes, looking at something 20 feet away). Adjust screen brightness, position, and use artificial tears as needed.

How do I know if I need glasses or contact lenses?

An eye exam will determine if you need vision correction. Symptoms like blurred vision, headaches, or difficulty reading may indicate a need for glasses or contact lenses.

Can I wear contact lenses if I have astigmatism?

Yes, there are special toric contact lenses designed for astigmatism. Your eye care professional will assess your eyes and recommend the most suitable type.

What are the symptoms of glaucoma, and how is it treated?

Symptoms include gradual loss of peripheral vision. Treatment may involve prescription eye drops, laser therapy, or surgery, depending on the severity.

Are there any lifestyle changes to promote eye health?

Yes, maintaining a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals, protecting your eyes from UV rays, staying hydrated, and avoiding smoking can contribute to overall eye health.

What are common signs of age-related macular degeneration (AMD)?

Symptoms may include distorted or blurred vision, difficulty recognizing faces, and changes in color perception. Regular eye exams are crucial for early detection.

How can I manage dry eyes?

Use artificial tears, maintain good indoor humidity, take breaks during prolonged screen use, hydration and consider omega-3 supplements. Your eye care professional can recommend personalized treatments that can include prescription therapy, punctual plugs, scleral contact lenses as well as amniotic membranes to treat dry eyes.

Is LASIK surgery a safe option for vision correction?

LASIK is generally safe and effective for many people, but candidacy depends on various factors. Consult with an eye care professional to determine if it’s suitable for you.