FAQ About Eyeglasses
How often should I get a new pair of glasses?
That’s up to you: it’s time to get new glasses when you feel that your current glasses no longer suit your needs or taste. However, getting new glasses isn’t the only reason to visit your eye doctor – you should make an appointment annually to ensure that your eyes are healthy and that you’re receiving the proper eye care.
How do I know if my child needs glasses?
Some warning signs include frequent eye rubbing, sensitivity to light, headaches, and avoiding activities that require near vision such as reading or homework. If you’re unsure whether or not your child needs glasses, bring him or her in for an eye exam and we’ll evaluate your child’s vision.
How do I avoid reflections on my glasses?
You can have anti-reflective coating applied to the lenses of your glasses – it helps you see through your glasses better, lets other see your eyes, and eliminates the white glare in pictures taken with flash.
I need reading glasses. Can I just pick one up from the drugstore?
We don’t recommend getting generic reading glasses. Your eyes are very important, so it’s crucial you take care of them properly. If you think you may need reading glasses, come in for an eye exam. In addition to checking your overall vision health, we can fit you with the perfect reading glasses for you and your specific vision needs.
FAQ About Contacts
Who can wear contact lenses?
There are contact lenses for just about everyone. Different kinds include multifocal and bifocal contacts, and contact lenses for astigmatism, so whatever your vision issue, you can very likely wear contacts to correct it. As to age, children as young as six can be fitted for contacts. The decision of when to start wearing contacts depends on the parents and the child’s maturity level.
Are contacts safe to wear when playing sports?
Yes. In fact, wearing contacts is the best option available for athletes. Contact lenses stay in place, provide greater peripheral vision, and eliminate the risk of glasses-related injuries.
Can I sleep in my contact lenses?
It depends on the type of contact lens you wear, as well as your personal eye health. You can sleep in some soft lenses and GP contacts, but ask your doctor to be sure what’s safe for you.
Can a contact lens get stuck behind my eye?
No, that can’t happen, although it may get stuck in your upper eyelid. If you have trouble locating your lens, an eye care practitioner can help you find and remove it.
FAQ About General Eye Health
What’s the difference between a vision screening and an eye exam?
A vision screening merely checks your visual acuity. Often done by nurses in school or in a pediatrician’s office, it involves reading from an eye chart with letters that get gradually smaller in size. Comprehensive eye exams, on the other hand, involve a combination of tests and can help your doctor detect vision problems that a vision screening might miss, in addition to evaluating your eye health.
What’s the difference between an ophthalmologist, an optometrist, and an optician?
Opticians are technicians; with some schooling and training, they can fit you with glasses, help you choose the right frames for your face, and provide you with contact lenses, as long as you have a prescription from an ophthalmologist or optometrist. They don’t test vision, write prescriptions, or diagnose and treat eye diseases.
Optometrists are doctors of optometry, but they are not medical doctors. They can practice after completing college and four years of optometry school. Essentially, that means they can perform vision tests and eye exams, prescribe and provide glasses and lenses, and prescribe medication for some eye diseases.
Ophthalmologists are MDs; they’re licensed to practice medicine and perform surgeries. In addition to undergraduate studies, they’ve pursued higher education for at least another 8 years of medical school. Ophthalmologists can diagnose and treat eye diseases, perform surgery, and prescribe and fit corrective eyewear.