Frequently Asked Questions
- An eye exam can vary in length but we generally expect it to take an hour with dilation.
- Astigmatism is a term used to describe an imbalance of focal power in the eye. In essence, the eye has curvature warpage and light is bent at different focal points in different meridians. The shape of the eye is more non spherical like a football as opposed to a spherical eye with no astigmatism, that would be more like a basketball.
- Ophthalmologists and optometrists are both highly trained professionals who provide eye care. Either can conduct complete eye exams and determine prescription needs while assessing ocular health. Both are also capable of diagnosing and treating serious eye diseases such as red eyes, glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal disease.
A major difference between the two is that an ophthalmologist can perform major eye surgery. Optometrists can perform minor surgeries such as foreign body removals. Optometrists have more extensive training in visual conditions and tend to be more experienced with glasses and contacts. Aside from major eye surgery the two mostly overlap in service care. Keep in mind in both professions you will find good doctors and not so good ones.
- In general eye exams are recommended once a year to monitor eye health, especially for those with concern for eye disease and those wearing contact lenses.
- We recommend children be examined before they start kindergarten or sooner if any unusual concerns are present (i.e. eyes turning, trouble distinguishing objects, blurriness up close or at a distance).
- In the state of Texas all prescriptions are valid for one year unless otherwise specified on the Rx.
- The eye can change over time and the prescription can change with it. With an expiration the goal is for a patient not to perpetuate having the wrong lenses that might have worked a few years ago. With contact lenses it is imperative to monitor the health of the eyes annually due to the fact that contacts can actually cause severe harm to the eyes if they are not fitting correctly.
- Dilation can be a necessary part of an eye exam to assess the inside of the eye as well as determine the prescription in certain patients. There are times dilation may not be required. If an adequate view of the retina and optic nerve are attainable and a refraction is consistent, dilation may not be required.
- Every insurance plan is different and depends on what was elected by the employer and employee. We will verify benefits if we are contracted with your carrier. We strongly recommend that each patient does this as well to avoid confusion and insure correct billing.
- We have no set age but age 11 is a good guideline. It depends mostly on the maturity and responsibility of the child. If they can’t handle the responsibility on their own they are not ready.
- Laser can be done at virtually any age, but our recommendation is to not do it before age 20. The reason is the body specifically the eye can still be growing into the early twenties possibly causing the prescription to increase. Even at age 20 we would want to see a couple of years of stable spectacle prescription.
- Dilation can last several hours depending on the dosing and the color of the patients eyes. Brown eyes tend to hold the dilating drug longer than blue eyes. We try to utilize the least amount of dilation drug possible in order for it to wear off faster.
- Usually dilation does not impede vision to a significant amount it just allows more light in the eye and causes blurriness up close but not at distance. Everyone is different on their comfort level. Because of this we leave the decision up to the patient but typically the vision is adequate enough to pass a drivers license vision test.
- We strongly advise against this due to the increase risk with corneal health. Even though some lens companies tout that this is not a concern, it is. Clinically the risk of abrasions, keratitis, infections, ulcerations, and scarring go up significantly with overnight wear of all contact lenses.
- We strongly recommend polarized sunglass lenses for everyone. They allow for clearer more comfortable vision for virtually all conditions. As for brands, Maui Jim has proven to be the most superior lens for sunglasses.