Your eyes and vision are worth caring for, but eye exams are also important for your overall health. One in five Americans say that their eye doctor detected or diagnosed a non-eye related health issue like diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, or autoimmune diseases.
Your best bet for getting a comprehensive eye exam is a private eye care practice like My Vision Centers, as we can offer you more personalized service. According to a study conducted by the Federal Trade Commission, eye care from private practices is superior to services provided by franchises, chains, and other commercial stores.
While you can do an online eye exam, we don’t recommend it! They may be able to tell how well you’re able to see from different distances, but they’re not a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam, which is a complete assessment of your eye health.
The American Optometric Association encourages patients to schedule comprehensive eye exams on a yearly basis and we agree. Eye exams should be part of your overall health maintenance, just like annual physicals and regular dental exams.
The American Optometric Association recommends considering corrective eyewear if your vision is between 20/30 to 20/60. While these numbers only indicate a small vision issue, if you have signs of eyestrain or your vision is bothering you, it might be worth starting to wear glasses.
There’s a lot that can go wrong when you purchase prescription glasses online. Measurements may be inaccurate, the quality is often subpar, and you’re not able to receive personalized advice from a qualified optician. You may get your glasses and find out that they slip off your nose, hurt the backs of your ears, or just don’t look quite right. These glasses also don’t undergo the rigorous quality testing used by our partner laboratory. Depending on the source, you may also lose your warranty.
Absolutely! Sunglasses are the best way to block UV rays from reaching your eyes. You should wear sunglasses whenever you are outside, even if you are a contact lens wearer.
There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. The best contact lenses for you are the ones that fit your needs! We make recommendations based on your lifestyle, your previous experience with contacts, and your overall eye health and vision. Contact lens have a specific curve, diameter, and power that need to be designed individually.
Many professions require working on a computer or other time of screen for a majority of their working hours. If this is the case, you should consider lens with blue blockers in them. Blue blocking lens filter 95% of the harmful blue light from your eyes. Blue light is very harmful to your eyes and can cause vision loss.
If you’re experiencing severe bleeding, it’s a good idea to go to an emergency room for treatment. Otherwise, we recommend calling our office before going to the ER. Emergency rooms are not always equipped to diagnose eye injuries and pain, nor do the doctors there have the level of expertise of an optometrist.
It depends on the type of emergency you’re experiencing, so we suggest calling our office; our doctors can provide you with advice on your situation. Generally speaking, saline rinses are good for chemical burns and foreign objects, while keeping the eye closed or even bandaging it shut is advisable for scratched corneas.
All eye infections should be assessed by an eye doctor because even though most are minor, some can be serious and even lead to vision loss.
The first sign of glaucoma depends upon the type you have, but loss of peripheral vision and seeing rings or halos around lights are early warning signs in many patients.
We can often stop glaucoma from progressing, but we cannot repair damage to the optic nerve that has already occurred.
This is a common concern, but most patients with glaucoma do not go blind. We have many treatment options to protect your eyesight that weren’t available in decades past.
For many patients, prescription eye drops are effective at reducing intraocular pressure, but the best treatment depends on your unique circumstances. We may also prescribe oral medications or recommend laser treatment or surgery.
Cataracts occur for a number of reasons. As people age, the tissue of the lens can change, leading to cataracts. Injuries to the eye can also cause these changes. In some patients, cataracts are inherited. Other times, cataracts are associated with other eye conditions, surgeries, or medical conditions like diabetes.
If your cataracts are making it difficult to work, read, and do the things you love, you should have cataract surgery. There’s no need to suffer with vision loss when there is such a safe, effective solution available.
In general, yes, it is. Earlier surgery means you can restore your vision sooner and it also means you’ll likely have a shorter recovery time.
No, at this time the only treatment for cataracts is surgery. There is some promising research being performed in this area, but it will be many years before any of these potential solutions are approved by the FDA and widely available to patients.
LASIK eye surgery reshapes the eye to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
Patients are thrilled with the results of LASIK eye surgery! After years or even decades of wearing glasses or contacts, it can feel liberating to finally be able to see without them. If the first thing you do every morning is fumble around your nightstand to find your glasses, you’ll find that Lasik makes a dramatic difference in your life in ways both big and small.
When you choose our refractive surgeon for your LASIK surgery and follow all of the aftercare instructions we give you, you won’t have to worry about going blind
You may need up to 12 hours of rest after LASIK surgery; most patients begin to see clearly again after a day, but occasionally it can take weeks or months to fully recover after surgery.
An optician is an eye care technician who has received training in how to design, measure for, verify, and fit eyeglass frames, lenses, and other eyewear.
No, an optician is not a doctor. If you have questions about your eyewear, an optician should be your first point of contact; if you have a question about your vision or eye health, our providers can help.
Opticians take a few different factors into consideration when helping you choose your eyeglass frames, including your facial shape, colors that complement your skin tone, your lifestyle, and your personality.
Choosing the right size for your glasses can be tricky because it involves some rather precise measurements. Even being a few millimeters off can result in glasses that don’t look quite right. Our opticians will take these measurements for you to help you select the perfect pair of glasses.
Yes. Ophthalmologists are doctors and accept insurance. Much of your care is likely covered by your insurance.
You should see your ophthalmologist once a year, just like you should see your physician each year for preventative screening, and early detection of any disease.
Routine eye exams focus on assessing your vision, while comprehensive eye exams (also known as medical eye exams) evaluate your vision and examine your eye for any signs of disease or degeneration.