Frequently asked questions
How often should I have an eye exam?
I have been noticing strange things with my vision lately. What should I do?
Any abnormal phenomena or changes in your vision can indicate a variety of possible problems. The key to preserving vision in the face of most eye diseases is early treatment. Thus it is important to consult an ophthalmologist if you notice anything unusual or any change in your vision. It could be a serious problem, or it could be inconsequential, but the peace of mind and the possibility of catching a serious problem early are certainly worth it.
My vision is great; I have no problems. Is there any reason to have my vision checked?
Many serious eye diseases often have little or no symptoms until they are well developed. The only way to diagnose a problem early in such a case is to schedule periodic eye exams. This is the best way to preserve the clearest vision possible for life.
What is a refraction?
A refraction is the method eye doctors use to determine a person's prescription for eye glasses. This test indicates any refractive error that is reducing your ability to see 20/20. This time intensive test may require the doctor to check your vision, previous glasses prescriptions, and your current refractive error. Unfortunately, while some insurances cover this test, many insurances do not. We charge a fee for refraction. If you need to update your eye glasses, you will need a refraction.
What is dilation?
How long will my eye examination take?
For a general eye examination, please plan for an hour. Please plan longer if you have a contact lens fitting. If you require a second opinion or have a complicated eye problem, please expect the appointment to take longer. For all new pediatric exams, please expect your appointment to take 2 hours.
What is an ophthalmologist?
An ophthalmologist a medical doctor who has attended medical school and then received an additional 3 years of hospital based eye training in eye disease and eye surgery. Some ophthalmologists receive an extra year or two of fellowship training in eye sub-specialties such as pediatric ophthalmology or corneal diseases. Ophthalmologists are trained to identify, prevent, and treat eye diseases and are specially trained to provide the full range of eye services from measuring eye glasses to performing delicate eye surgery.