I’m healthy and can see clearly. Do I need an eye exam?
Yes. Eye examinations can reveal much more than vision impairments – they can save lives. Our eyes are one of the most sensitive organs in our bodies. Tiny blood vessels in the back of the eye can be damaged causing blindness by health issues such diabetes, high blood pressure, brain tumors and even high risk medications. If you haven’t had an eye exam in the past 12 to 24 months, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
Am I a candidate for contact lenses?
You may be a candidate for contact lenses if you require vision correcting lenses and are looking for a non-surgical alternative to eyeglasses. To find out if contacts are right for you, schedule an appointment with our eye doctors.
Can I use Insurance?
Yes. We are in network providers for many Vision Plans such as Eyemed and CompBenefits. These plans offset or cover the cost of routine exams.
Medical insurance cards may be needed in the event that the doctor finds a more serious medical diagnosis such as Diabetes, Glaucoma or Cataracts. These and other diagnoses are not covered by Vision Plans.
Should I see an eye doctor about glaucoma testing?
Our eye doctors will perform a routine glaucoma screening at your annual eye exam. However, you should call our office immediately if you notice changes in your vision, such as blurring or halos when you look at lights. There are several tests available to screen for glaucoma, including intraocular pressure testing and visual field testing. These annual screenings are painless and vital to diagnosing and treating glaucoma in its earliest stages. Advanced stages of glaucoma can lead to vision loss.
Should I be treated for dry eye?
The only way of knowing whether you need treatment for dry eye is by visiting your eye doctor for a diagnostic exam. Your eye doctor may recommend treatment if you are found to have abnormal tear production that is contributing to dryness on the surface of your eyes.
How do I know if my eye irritation is caused by allergies?
Red and irritated eyes are often caused by allergies, especially if they are associated with other allergy-related symptoms like sneezing. Your symptoms are likely caused by allergies if you notice they are temporary, follow a specific pattern or if you find relief after taking anti-histamines. You should still schedule an appointment with your optometrist to ensure your symptoms are not caused by an eye infection or other serious condition that could affect your eyesight.
Is there anything I can do to help prevent allergies from affecting my eyes?
You may not be able to cure your allergies, but there are steps you can take to help prevent symptoms from getting out of hand. During seasons when pollen or mold levels are high, try to stay indoors as much as possible. If you wear contact lenses, be sure to rinse them and your contact case daily to prevent airborne allergens from contaminating them. For proper rinsing instructions, please contact our office.