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(FAQ's) Frequently Asked Questions

We know the medical industry has lots of hard terminology, so our team has put together some of the most frequently asked questions for you….

How much is your eye exam?

Our eye exam is $99 and includes a single vision pair of glasses. The single vision glasses include a plastic lens powers up to 4.00 D sphere and 2.00 D cylinder with in stock special selection frame. Not included with insurance benefits. Not to be combined with other offers.

Do you take my insurance?

We accept most vision plans, PPO Medical Insurance and Medicare. The Vision plans we accept are VSP (Vision Service Plan), EyeMed, Medical Eye Services (MES) , Spectera, Davis and Premier Eye Care. 

How much is your eye exam for contact lenses?

Contact lens fitting fees vary starting at $40. We have an eye exam and 7 pairs of contact lenses special for $189. It includes the Avaira Vitality or Miru Monthly lens. 

Do you dilate my eyes during the eye exam?

We usually do not dilate your eyes on your first visit. We have a retinal scanner that allows us to see your retina without dilating your eye. The retinal scanner is an excellent technology for patients with diabetes, glaucoma, macular degeneration, retinal detachments, hypertension or any one concerned about evaluating the retina.

What is Keratoconus?

Keratoconus is a disease of the cornea. The cornea is the transparent tissue at the front of the eye, with keratoconus the cornea thins and a cone presents on the corneas surface. This irregular shape of the cornea causes poor vision. Vision can be improved by fitting specialty contact lenses on the eye to cover up the irregularity of the cornea which then offers excellent vision. 

What is a scleral contact lens?
A scleral contact lens is a large contact lens that sits on the sclera or white part of the eye and vaults over the cornea. Because the scleral lens does not touch the cornea the lens is comfortable and offers excellent vision, especially for people with keratoconus or irregular corneas.
What is a hybrid contact lens?

A hybrid contact lens is a lens that has a gas permeable middle with a soft skirt attached to the edge of the gas permeable portion of lens. 

What is Ortho K or Myopia Control?
Ortho K is a contact lens treatment to reduce and control myopia. The patient sleeps in the contact lens which reshapes the eye so the patient is no longer near sighted or myopic upon awakening. The patient obtains functional vision, many times 20/20, without wearing any correction during the day.
What is multi focal contact lens?

A multifocal contact lens is a lens that gives quality vision at all distances for patients over 40 or presbyopic patients.

Do you have blue light blocking glasses?

Yes, we offer all types of lenses on the market including the blue locking anti glare coatings for computer users.

At what age do you recommend an eye exam for children?

We recommend a full eye exam at the age of 4 for all children. We want to rule out lazy eye at a young age since we can treat and improve the vision of a lazy eye at a young age. After the age of 10 the vision of a lazy eye can not be improved making it imperative we catch all lazy eyes at a young age. Unfortunately, the pediatricians and school nurses miss over 50% of lazy eyes in their screenings.

What's the difference between a bifocal & progressive lens?

A bifocal lens has a line demarcating the far vision optics from the near reading optics. A progressive lens has no line and has optics for all distances of vision, far vision, intermediate vision and near reading distance. There are many different progressive designs on the market, some better than others. Newer digital progressives have wider intermediate and reading optics than older standard progressives. There are also computer progressives that offer better ergonomics and optics for computer and reading reducing eye strain along with neck and shoulder pain. 

What progressive lenses do you offer?

We can dispense any progressive lens on the market. There are many different progressive lens designs on the market, some better than others. Newer digital progressives have wider intermediate and reading optics than older standard progressives. There are also computer progressives that offer better ergonomics and optics for computer and reading reducing eye strain along with neck and shoulder pain. 

What is the difference between an Optometrist, Ophthalmologist and Optician?

An Optometrist is a doctor of Optometry that performs eye exams for eye glasses, contact lenses along with medical eye visits for red eyes, glaucoma and other medical eye issues. An Ophthalmologist is a doctor of medicine that performs eye exams and surgeries of the eye. An Optician is a person who fits and dispenses eye glasses but does not perform eye examinations. 

What is presbyopia?

Presbyopia is the inability for the eye to focus up close. Presbyopia happens to everyone after the age of 40 or so. Presbyopia is the reason people need reading glasses or multifocal lenses like bifocals or progressive lenses.

What are cataracts?

A Cataract is a clouding of the crystalline lens in the eye. Over time the crystalline lens of the eye becomes cloudy due to moisture sealing into the lens. The lens is relatively dry in order to maintain it's clarity but over time moisture sets in the lens and decreases vision. Keep having birthdays and you will develop cataracts. 

What is glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a disease of the eye that damages the optic nerve and can cause complete blindness if not treated. Screening for glaucoma during a routine eye exam is important since there are no symptoms with open angle glaucoma. 
What is LASIK eye surgery?

LASIk eye surgery is a reshaping of the cornea by laser to eliminate your myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism.

Do you perform LASIK?

We co-manage LASIK and can go over what LASIK can do for you during your eye examination.

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a common imperfection in the curvature of the eye that causes blurred distance and near vision. Astigmatism occurs when either the front surface of the eye (cornea) or the lens, inside your eye, has mismatched curves.

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