Common Questions

Q: How long does an eye exam last?
A: Typically you should allocate about 60 to 90 minutes for a comprehensive eye examination.


Q: Will you “blow” air in my eye?
A: No, we use a technique called Applanation which is considered the Gold Standard


Q: How old should you be before you have an exam? 

A: The first eye exam should be between 6 and 12 months of age to detect problems with the development of the eyes/ 1 out of 30 people will have an eye that does not develop properly. Through a national program called InfantSee ® these crucial eye exams are given free of charge from 6 months to 12 months of age.


Q: Why do you have to dilate my eye?
A: Dilating the eye enlarges the pupil so the back of the eye can be examined. Through examining the retina and the blood vessels that feed the retina it is possible to detect diseases such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes often times before your primary care physician.


Q: I wear glasses. Why do I need a different exam to wear contact lenses? 
A: All contact lenses should be fit to the eye. If the lens is to loose or to tight it can cause damage to the front surface of the eye. A contact lens fitting ensures that the lens is fit properly and will not cause damage to the eye over time.


Q: The doctor said I have a cataract. What does that mean?
A: Our eyes have a lens in them that is shaped like an M&M candy, it sits behind the iris (the colored part of the eye). When the lens gets cloudy or discolored from age and UV exposure we call the cloudy spot a cataract.

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