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Frequently Asked Questions

When should my child receive an eye exam?
The American Optometric Association recommends children to have a comprehensive eye examinationsby the age of 3. These exams consist of objective tests that do not require a child’s response. These tests are necessary to rule out lazy eye, eye turns, and congenital conditions. School screenings are wonderful, but do not replace the need for a comprehensive eye exam for children. Symptoms of a vision problem might include rubbing eyes, squinting, turning or tilting head, losing their place or using a finger to follow along when reading, moving head or mouthing words while reading, headaches, red eyes, wandering eyes, or complaints of blurred vision. However, many disorders have no symptoms .

At what age can someone start wearing contact lenses?
Age should not be the determining factor for whether a child receives contact lenses. Look at a child’s motivation, abilities, maturity, hygiene, and/or eye size – but not age. There are 6-year-olds who can wear contact lenses on their own and there are adults who can’t. Read more about this.

What is astigmatism?
Astigmatism is a term used to describe the shape of the front part of the eye or the cornea. One area or meridian (top to the bottom or side to side of the cornea) is slightly steeper than the other meridian causing blurriness with far and near vision. Often someone with astigmatism will complain of a “shadow or double vision”. Astigmatism can be corrected with glasses and/ or contact lenses.

Can I wear contacts if I have astigmatism?
Yes. Toric or astigmatism lenses can be fitted based on your prescription. Some toric lenses come in color lenses and daily wear lenses as well.

What are the benefits of computer/workstation glasses?
Computer/workstation glasses can help relieve symptoms of eye strain, poor focus, headaches, and muscle and neck strain. These symptoms are also known as computer vision syndrome. Please ask us about the ways we can design glasses specifically for your work.

What age should people wear sunglasses?
People of all ages should wear sunglasses, including children. Sunglasses protect eyes from the sun’s UV rays, which is associated with the development of cataracts, pingueculas, and other eye conditions. 80% of UV exposure occurs before the age of 18.

How often should I get an eye exam?
We recommend yearly eye examinations to evaluate the health of your eyes and assess changes in glasses or contact lens prescriptions. Many Illnesses and diseases show their earliest signs in the eye.

  • Hypertension may be indicated by the appearance of irregular blood vessels.
  • Diabetes may present small areas of bleeding in the retina, and can cause permanent vision loss
  • Headaches may arise or be worsened by vision problems such as eye strain
  • High Cholesterol may be evident by the condition of the veins & arteries in the eyes
  • Glaucoma occurs when the eye fails to regulate its own internal pressure; early detection is crucial to prevent loss of sight.

Can I use my flexible spending account (medical savings plan)?
Yes-your employer will have more information regarding the specifics of your plan. Most policies cover prescription eyeglasses and/or sunglasses, prescription contact lenses, and any services that are rendered. They may even cover your co-payments. However, they will not pay for non-prescription eyewear or sunglasses or non-prescription contact lenses such as plano colored contacts.

What is a Cataract?
A cataract is a clouding of all or part of the normally clear lens within your eye, which results in blurred or distorted vision. Cataracts are most often found in persons over age 55, but they are also occasionally found in younger people. Excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation in sunlight, cigarette smoking or the use of certain medications are risk factors for the development of cataracts.

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