When cleaning your glasses, make sure to use a microfiber cloth. Avoid using the corner of your shirt, napkins, paper towels, or tissues, as these can damage your lenses and may leave scratches. Rinse lenses under lukewarm water if you do not have access to lens cleaner (specifically designed for this purpose).
When removing your glasses, make sure to use both hands. Never remove by one temple only as this can cause damage to the temple and bend the frame out of shape.
You will want to purchase a case for your glasses. They are an investment that you do not want to damage. Make sure that you do not place your glasses down on the lenses. Try to keep them away from small children, animals, or extreme temperatures (such as leaving them in the car). Extreme temperatures can warp your frame or cause damage to the lenses.
A Transitions lens changes from traditional clear to a dark tint protecting you from harmful UV (ultraviolet) rays.
Many know or refer to these lenses as no-line bifocals. You can look up to see clearly across the room and in the distance. You also can look ahead to view your computer in the intermediate zone and drop your gaze downward to read and do fine work comfortably through the near zone of the lenses. They are a seamless progression, unlike a lined bifocal or trifocal.
No. Wearing glasses helps you see more clearly with less eye strain and squinting. The eyes will naturally change over time whether glasses are worn or not. Each person’s eyes are unique and will change at their own rate.
Wearing the wrong prescription often leads to unnecessary eyestrain and headaches.
When ordering glasses there are many variables that can and will affect the cost of your glasses; i.e., type of lens, lens material, lens coating, and frame style. To accurately answer this, you will need to visit with one of our opticians.
Although ordering glasses online may seem more economical, they may be made of lesser quality materials and may not carry a warranty. Good quality lenses help give you your best possible vision. With an office fitting, you will receive customized measurements from our qualified opticians and necessary fitting adjustments. Many websites do not take or use your personalized measurements to craft your lenses.
It is a proven fact that UV rays can damage the eye and can cause anything from blindness to cataracts to macular degeneration. Wearing sunglasses or UV protection helps block those rays from entering your eye.
Fitting a patient with contacts requires the doctor to perform additional procedures and utilize their training and expertise. These take This takes additional time beyond those of a patient that does not wear contacts. The doctor will check your fitting style and vision to determine that contacts are a good fit for your visual needs.
Yes, patients require a prescription to purchase contacts. It is illegal to sell contacts without a valid prescription.
Contact lens prescriptions expire one year from the date they are written. When your prescription expires you will no longer be able to purchase contacts in the office or online until you have an exam.
Because each contact lens may fit your eye differently,
the doctor will want to see fit of the new contacts.
Contacts can be made of different materials. Soft contacts are made of a soft, flexible plastic which allows a more breathable feel, allowing oxygen to flow more freely. GP lenses are made of a more rigid plastic which is more resistant to deposit buildup. Each lens type can correct certain issues that the other may not.
You will visit the office for your contact lens instruction, where you will sit with a contact lens technician and be instructed on proper techniques of insertion, removal, and care for your contacts. Your vision and placement of the new lenses will be checked by the doctor.
When you are sleeping with your contacts, you are depriving your corneas of oxygen. Because your eyes are not able to lubricate themselves properly, you risk possibility of infection as well.
Yes, your flex-spending or health savings card can be used to pay for any of these things. Please make sure that you know the balance on your card before you try to pay as we cannot find that out for you and would hate for you to have to pay a different way and lose your benefit. Some restrictions may apply. Check with your Human Resource Department for clarification.
You should bring the following items:
Insurance card(s), and know what is covered …if you are unsure contact the customer service number on the back of your card or your Human Resource Department for help. If you do not have this with you, you will be asked to reschedule.
Form of payment… (cash, check, credit card, and or flex-spending card) A list of medications, vitamins, and supplements.
A list of allergies, both medications, and general.
Any family history of ocular and medical diagnosis.
Current glasses and/or contacts
All past eye exam records
This is at the discretion of the parents, although we recommend prior to starting school.
An Ophthalmologist (MD) has a medical degree and is licensed to perform eye surgery. An Optometrist (OD) has a degree in optometry and is qualified to screen for eye conditions along with determining the need for glasses and/or contacts
Nearsightedness (Myopia), causes images in the distance to appear blurry. Farsightedness (Hyperopia), causes images near to you to appear blurry.
The hardening of your eyes’ natural lenses as we age causes images at any range to be unclear.
Color blindness is the inability to distinguish between certain colors.
This term stands for “normal vision.” It is vision measured at 20 feet, meaning that you see images clearly at 20 feet that you should see at that distance. If you have 20/100 vision, it means that you must be 20 feet away to see what someone with perfect eyesight is able to see clearly at 100 feet.
Dilation gives the doctor the ability to view your eye at a wider angle and with a three-dimensional view.
Dilation is a safe procedure that has very few side effects, other than temporarily blurry vision and sensitivity to light for a few hours.
Uveitis is inflammation of the middle layer of the eye.
This often causes light sensitivity and blurred or decreased vision.
A cataract is a hazy cloudiness of the natural lens of the eye
that makes vision unclear and blurry.
Glaucoma is a disease that damages the eye’s optic nerve. It usually happens when fluid builds up in the front part of the eye. The extra fluid increases the pressure in the eye, damaging the optic nerve.
Yes, you can; both are often age-related ailments and affect different parts of the eye.
Macular degeneration, also known as age-related macular degeneration, is a medical condition which may result in blurred or no vision in the center of the visual field. Early on there are often no symptoms. Over time, however, some people experience a gradual worsening of vision that may affect one or both eyes. While it does not result in complete blindness, loss of central vision can make it hard to recognize faces, drive, read, or perform other daily activities.
Dry eye is the change in the quality and/or quantity of your eyes’ natural tears.
Visual field tests are used to detect defects or blind spots
within your central and peripheral vision.
An OCT is a high-resolution picture of the back layers of your eye using light waves.