I see fine. Do I really need an eye doctor?
The reason why “silent” diseases are so dangerous (diabetes, glaucoma, etc.) is due to the unexpectedness at which they arrive. Often, many patients won’t even see the disease coming, and that is why these pathologies have been dubbed “silent”. However, a real eye exam can protect one from the danger of these diseases. Catching a disease like diabetes in its early stages can facilitate its treatment. And while it may be tempting to merely settle for the mass-produced, over the counter eye glasses that can be found in your average pharmacy or run-of-the-mill eye store, you’re doing yourself a huge disservice. Though it may appear to be cost-effective on the front end, purchasing the one-size-fits-all eyeglass can gouge your wallet later on, as you may be forced to purchase the necessary eyewear down the road. If you have two different prescriptions for each eye, or if the lenses that are bought are not uniquely measured, you can expect to suffer from headaches and fatigue.
How do I know if I need bifocals?
Commonly, people who need bifocals are nearsighted or they have a condition called presbyopia, which disables the ability to focus on nearby objects. If you find it necessary to squint while reading, or you find the need to keep whatever you’re reading at arm’s length, you may need bifocals. Also, presbyopia is commonly found among people between the ages 60-80. If you believe you may need bifocals, but you’re not entirely certain, schedule an appointment with us and we can determine your condition.
How can I stop that pesky glare at night or when I’m using my computer?
First, before you even begin to take action on remedying this condition, it’s best to take an eye exam, as that is often the best method in determining the manner in which you need to handle your condition. However, if that doesn’t yield certain, clear results, look into the use of anti-reflective lenses (also dubbed AR lenses). The thin anti-reflective coating eliminates the reflections on the front and back surface of the lenses. AR lenses will optimize your vision quality, whether you’re driving at night or using your computer.
How do I find glasses that look great on me?
We are proud to say that we are equipped with the most knowledgeable fashion experts the area has to offer. Our experts will ensure that you obtain “the look” you’re searching for, without compromising the functional practicality that your eyeglasses need to serve. Our staff is top notch--- they won’t stop until they help you find what you need.
How often should I get new eyeglasses?
If it is a matter of style or trends that are in vogue, only you can ably answer that question. If the eyeglasses you currently own have a style that is wearied and fatigued, then you may consider purchasing a new pair. If it is a medical matter (e.g. your prescription has changed), it’s best to consult with your eye doctor, as you may have no other choice but to purchase new eyeglasses.
Should I use sunglasses that change color when I go outside?
These photo chromic (often called Transition) lenses change colors when they are exposed to ultraviolet light. These sunglasses are really convenient, as they eliminate the necessity to wear prescription sunglasses while outdoors. However, when driving, these lenses are largely ineffective, mostly due to the ultraviolet blocking nature of the windshield. In this case, photo chromic polarized lenses act as the perfect alternative. They will change from dark to light when venturing outside, and will reduce the glare, so that you can see more comfortably.
Will sunglasses really keep my eyes healthy?
Just as the sun’s UV rays can damage your skin, and can spur a few dangerous diseases (skin cancer, most notably), venturing outdoors without sunglasses is detrimental to your long term eye health. Just as sunburn can be incurred, so can the peril of burning the surface of your eye. Artificial light (e.g. tanning beds), strong sunlight, and reflected sunlight can do some serious harm. Science is starting to realize the power of UV light, as it can be the cause to diseases like cataracts when we start to age.
Why are my lenses so thick?
Generally, there are three things that will determine the thickness of your lens: your prescription, your measurements and the size of your frame. The spot in which your thickness is stationed will vary, depending on your condition: if you’re farsighted, you can expect your lenses will be thicker at the center; if you’re nearsighted, it’ll be the edges.
Can I get thinner lenses?
If you’re even slightly embarrassed by the old-age thickness of your eye lenses, you’ll be pleased to know that we’re updated with the latest advancements in the optical community. There’s no need to feel like Urkel (unless that’s your style), as there have been developments in technologies that have reduced the eye lens thickness up to 60%. Our staff can direct you to this stylish and practical eyewear.
Can I use no-line bifocals with fashionably smaller frames?
Yes. Progressive lenses will allow you to use smaller frames while maintaining terrific vision at all distances. The visual channel that progresses from distance vision to near vision is wider, and more accurate for that 'Tween' vision necessary for clarity in the area too far for close, and to close for far. It is a wonderful lens for desktop and computer use as well. Please note, that in a few of the especially small frames, not all frames can be a successful candidate for a progressive lens. With this in mind, our opticians will help you with a proper fit.
Will sunglasses help my night vision?
When your eyes endure intense glares during the day, they naturally try to “adjust” to the contrast brought on by the night. This defense mechanism will dramatically reduce the clarity of your night vision. So, yes, wearing sunglasses during the day will help to mitigate this problem.
Do regular lenses protect my eyes from the sun?
Unfortunately, no. Wearing regular, plastic lenses will do nothing to defend against the sun’s robust UV rays. Glass lenses can help to defend against UVB rays. It is against UVA rays, however, where glass lenses fail miserably. It’s probably best just to purchase high quality sunglasses that can provide optimal eye protection during the day.
Do I need an optometrist or an ophthalmologist?
It’s quite easy to confuse the two. Here the difference: an optometrist is mainly a health care professional that examines and diagnoses eye pathologies (e.g. cataracts, glaucoma etc.), bodily conditions (e.g. diabetes), and ocular conditions (e.g. farsightedness, nearsightedness, etc.). A qualified optometrist is a Doctor of Optometry, often called an O.D. An optometrist will prescribe glasses, eye lenses, vision rehabilitation, vision therapy, medications and may recommend, or even perform, minor eye surgeries.
An ophthalmologist, on the other hand, is s specialized medical doctor, an M.D. An ophthalmologist is trained to knowledgeable in all facets of eye care: prevention, diagnosis, and surgical procedures. Both optometrists and ophthalmologists can treat common eye conditions. Optometrists would be involved in the pre and post operative care of patient undergoing surgery, while ophthalmologists would perform the actual procedure.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention opticians, as they play a vital part in any eye doctor’s practice. They’re not licensed doctors-- they’re not trained to prevent, diagnose or treat diseases; rather, their expertise is to be found in their encompassing knowledge of eye glasses and lenses, and their ability to recommend the optimal eyewear for a patient.