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.
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.
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.
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.
Most common vision problems can be corrected with either eyeglasses or contact lenses; however, there are some situations that may restrict contact lens use. One of the greatest hindrances to using contact lenses is squeamishness with placing a lens into the eye.
If you are trying to decide between contacts or glasses, speak with your optometrist about which would be best for you.
Transition lenses, or photochromic lenses, are eyeglass lenses that darken automatically when exposed to sunlight. These glasses allow users to wear one pair of glasses for both indoor and outdoor use.
Progressive lenses are eyeglass lenses that contain various focal powers similar to bifocals and trifocals. However, unlike the other multi-focal lenses that have lines separating the different corrective prescriptions, progressive lenses gradually change from one proscription to another. This allows for a more natural visual experience.
If used properly, non-prescriptive colored contact lenses can be safe. However, even without a vision-correction component, these lenses have been designated as medical devices, which means you need a prescription from an optometrist to purchase these lenses.
If used improperly or not fitted by an eye doctor, there is chance that these lenses could cause damage to eyes, including blindness. If you are considering colored-contact lenses, contact your optometrist for an exam and proper fitting.
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:
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 annually.
Medically supervised vision therapy can be helpful to help improve vision problems caused by brain injury or other neurological disorders and focusing problems caused by convergence insufficiency. However, in most cases, eye exercises cannot correct your vision to reduce your need for corrective eyewear, especially eyewear used to correct refractive errors.