Below are some of the most frequently asked questions by patients about vision problems, eyewear, and optometry services. If you have any other questions, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact our office today.
Yes. Eye examinations check your vision, but they also screen for eye diseases and other problems. It is recommended that you have an eye examination every one to three years, depending on your age and if you currently have prescriptive eyewear.
In general, eye exams are recommended:
Both glaucoma and cataracts are a natural part of the aging process. If left untreated, both can lead to vision loss. You may not be able to avoid the development of either of these serious eye conditions; however, if you continue with regular, comprehensive vision exams, your optometrist may be able to detect cataracts and glaucoma in their early stages. Early treatment and monitoring can reduce the risk of severe vision loss.
If you spend more than two hours per day on the computer, you could suffer from eye strain or computer vision syndrome (CVS). It is estimated that more than 70 percent of U.S. workers who use a computer daily suffer from CVS.
However, regular breaks from computer use can reduce your eye strain. Also, computer glasses can reduce the strain and improve the clarity of your computer screen. For more information on CVS and computer glasses, schedule an eye examination.
Hyperopia, also referred to as farsightedness, is a refractive error that hinders the ability to focus on objects that are up close. Myopia, often called nearsightedness, is also a refractive error. Unlike hyperopia, myopia causes a problem seeing distant objects. Astigmatism (sometimes mistakenly referred to as "a stigmatism,") is one of the most common eye problems. Also a refractive error, astigmatism is caused by an irregularly shaped cornea.
Presbyopia is often confused with farsightedness because it causes a problem with up close vision. However, unlike myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism, which are caused by the shape of the eye, presbyopia is an age-related vision problem caused by a loss of flexibility in the eye's lens.
All of these eye conditions can be treated with corrective eyewear.
There are many possible causes of eye pain and discomfort. However, sudden eye pain can be the sign of a serious eye condition. If you notice a sudden pain in your eye, seek medical care immediately.
If you are affected by mild discomfort or pain in your eye, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor for a comprehensive vision examination.
If your eyes feel dry due to allergies or dry air, over-the-counter eye drops should help. However, if you are suffering from dry eye syndrome, which is a chronic condition, you should visit your eye doctor for treatment. In some cases, artificial tears (lubricating eye drops) may be prescribed, but there are also other treatments available based on the cause and severity of your symptoms.
The benefits from eye surgery can vary based on your specific vision problems. To best determine if eye surgery is a good choice for you, speak to your eye doctor to discuss the specifics of your vision needs and the pros and cons of vision surgery.
It depends on the cause of your pink eye. If it is caused by bacteria, your eye doctor can prescribe antibiotic drops for your treatment. If a virus caused your pink eye, antibiotics will not help; you will just have to let the virus run its course. It could take a few days or possibly several weeks for pink eye to clear up.
No matter what the cause of your pink eye, you can use warm compresses on the outside of your eyelids and lubricating eye drops to provide some relief while you are waiting for the pink eye to clear.
Optometry is the diagnosis and treatment of vision problems, including refractive errors and eye diseases. Although some changes in vision occur quickly, especially due to injury, many vision problems develop slowly over time and may go undetected without proper screening.
An optometrist administers comprehensive eye examinations and prescribes treatments to correct for any vision errors. Treatments include prescriptive eyewear (eyeglasses and contacts), vision therapy, and other care.
We encourage you to browse our website to learn more about optometry and to get helpful information to assist you in maintaining healthy eyes and good vision.
If you have experienced a sudden change in your vision, seek medical assistance immediately, as this can be a sign of a serious problem. To schedule a routine eye examination, please contact our office today.
Optometrists and ophthalmologists are both eye doctors, but they have differing levels of schooling, which allows ophthalmologists to offer additional services. An optometrist is a Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) and an ophthalmologist is a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) specializing in eye care.
Both types of eye doctors can:
In addition, ophthalmologists can perform vision surgery, including:
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