How often should I get my eyes checked?
We generally recommend that you have a comprehensive exam every year to determine whether your prescription glasses or contact lenses have changed, and to ensure that your eyes are healthy. Many eye health issues such as cataracts and glaucoma do not cause pain or drastic noticeable vision changes, but need to be diagnosed and treated proactively to maintain optimal eye health and vision.
I never liked wearing contact lenses before – have there been new advances in contact lens technology?
Yes! New advances in technology have enabled many patients to successfully and comfortably wear contact lenses, even those who couldn’t successfully wear them in the past. We fit lenses that are disposed of daily for optimum health; in addition we fit lenses that are disposed of biweekly, monthly, quarterly, and annually. We also fit contact lenses for complex conditions such as astigmatism, keratoconus, and presbyopia (bifocal).
I just want my vision checked – why do you have to put drops in my eyes?
For annual comprehensive eye examinations we use eye drops to check your eye pressure and to dilate your eyes. We perform these important procedures in order to fully assess the health of your eyes. There are areas in the back of your eyes, which are difficult to examine without the aid of these drops. There are no pain receptors inside the eye so you may not be aware of any problems until they cause irreparable damage. The side effects of the drops are blurry vision up close and sensitivity to light. Bringing a pair of sunglasses will help you to feel more comfortable after your appointment. If you do not have a pair of sunglasses we have throwaway sunglasses you can use. For people with very farsighted prescriptions, distance vision may also blur. We will alert you to this possibility before instilling eye drops.
Why is the contact lens evaluation charge separate from the exam charge?
Not all patients wear contact lenses. For those that do wear them, we separately test to determine that the contact lens power and fit is still optimal for your eyes. This requires us to examine the contact lens on the eye and treat accordingly.
What supplements are good for the health of my eyes?
There are a number of nutrients that are good for the macula, including Vitamins A, B, C, E; carotenoids such as bilberry, lutein, and zeaxanthin; bioflavenoids; amino acids such as cysteine and taurine; essential fatty acids such as Omega 3; CoQ19 enzyme; and minerals, to name a few. Foods rich in these nutrients include: green leafy vegetables (spinach, kale, collard greens, broccoli), fruits, nuts, meat, eggs and fish.
Is it OK to sleep in my contact lenses?
Although some lenses are now FDA approved for overnight use, it is not recommended. People who sleep in their contact lenses experience a 5X increase in the incidence of sight threatening eye infections versus those who remove them daily. It is also very important to switch out your lenses at the prescribed intervals i.e. daily, biweekly, monthly etc. for these same reasons.
Why is my contact lens prescription different from my glasses prescription?
Since contact lenses sit right on top of the eye the optics of these lenses are different than the lenses of glasses, which sit further away. Therefore, the strength of the powers needed for ideal vision may differ, depending on your prescription.
What are those black dots floating around in my vision?
Floaters occur due to natural changes in the jelly-like substance inside your eye. They look like black or gray specks, strings or cobwebs that drift about when you move your eyes. Floaters are generally benign. However, if you notice a sudden increase in the number of floaters, experience flashes of light or shadows in your vision, or loss of peripheral vision, be sure to contact us immediately. These are signs that could indicate a serious sight-threatening tear in the back of your eye.