Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

How often should I have my eyes examined?

Adults should have a comprehensive eye exam every 1-2 years, but it can vary based on age, risk factors, and whether you currently wear glasses or contacts.

Why might I need a follow-up appointment after my initial eye exam?

A follow-up might be necessary to monitor certain eye conditions, ensure new corrective lenses are fitting properly, or re-evaluate after an initial treatment. It ensures your eye health and vision are optimal and any concerns are addressed timely.

Can I bring my old prescription glasses to my appointment?

Yes, they can help us understand any changes in your vision.

Regarding Eye Examinations

How long will my eye exam take?

Typically, an eye exam lasts about an hour.

What tests will be done during the examination?

Tests may include visual acuity, eye pressure, retinal examination, peripheral vision, topography, wavefront, refraction, keratometry, optical coherence tomography (OCT) & angiography (OCTA), and possibly more depending on your eye health.

Do I need to get my pupils dilated? If so, will I be able to drive afterward?

It depends on your specific needs and history, but dilation helps in getting a comprehensive view of the retina.

Driving after dilation is safe, but your eyes will be more sensitive to light. Many patients find it similar to leaving a dark theater into daylight. Wearing sunglasses can help manage the brightness.

What is an Optomap?

The Optomap provides a more extensive and detailed view of the retina, enhancing the ability to diagnose, treat, and manage eye and overall health in a convenient and patient-friendly manner.

Prescription & Glasses

How often should I update my prescription?

Every year or if you notice any significant changes in your vision.

Can I use my old frames for new lenses?

Generally, yes, if they’re in good condition

Do I have a warranty on my glasses?

Yes, one to two years depending on manufacturer.

Can I have my glasses the same day?

Yes, We have an in-house lab. (Cannot use with insurance).

Contact Lenses

Am I a good candidate for contact lenses?

It will depend on your eye health and prescription. We’ll evaluate during your exam.

How do I properly care for and clean my contact lenses?

Use the recommended cleaning solution, avoid tap water, and follow the replacement schedule.

How often should I replace my contact lenses?

It varies by type, from daily to monthly.

Can I sleep in my contact lenses?

Only if they’re designed for extended wear, but always follow your doctor’s guidance.

Insurance and Payment

Do you accept my insurance?

We accept most major insurances. Please provide your details, and our staff can verify coverage. Click here to see the medical and vision insurance we accept.

How much will my exam cost without insurance?

Prices vary, but our standard exam is $159. Additional tests or services may have added costs. Click here to see our services and fees.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, checks, credit/debit cards, HSA and FSA

Eye Health Concerns

What are cataracts and how are they treated?

They are clouding of the natural lens in the eye, and they can be surgically removed.

What’s the difference between nearsightedness and farsightedness?

Nearsighted (myopia) means you see closer objects clearly, but distant objects are blurry. Farsightedness (hyperopia) is the opposite.

Can you screen for glaucoma and macular degeneration during my exam?

Yes, these are part of our comprehensive eye exams.

Why are my eyes always red or dry? What can be done about it?

Various reasons can cause this, from allergies to computer use. We can recommend treatments after an assessment. Click here to see what Optilight can do for your dry eyes.

Kids and Eye Health

At what age should my child have their first eye exam?

It’s recommended at 6 months, then at age 3, and before starting school.

How can I tell if my child might need glasses?

Symptoms include squinting, sitting too close to the TV, or complaints of blurry vision.

Do you have a selection of children’s frames?

Yes, we have a selection of kid-friendly frames.

Technologies and Treatments

Do you offer LASIK consultations?

Yes, we provide consultations and can refer you to trusted surgeons.

What’s the benefit of polarized sunglasses? Are there any drawbacks?

They reduce glare, especially from surfaces like water, making it easier to see in bright conditions.

Polarized lenses can make it difficult to view LCD (liquid crystal display) screens on car dashboards, gas station pumps, smartphones, GPS devices, and ATMs. The screens may appear black or very dark because of the polarizing filter’s interaction with the screen’s display.

What is Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) and how does it work?

Orthokeratology, or Ortho-K, involves wearing specially designed contact lenses overnight to reshape the cornea and correct vision errors like myopia. When the lenses are removed in the morning, users can experience clear vision throughout the day without the need for glasses or daytime contacts. It’s also used to slow myopia progression in children.

Appointment and Scheduling

How can I schedule an appointment?

Click here to schedule online. Unlike other offices that have appointment requests, you can schedule your appointment directly online. We may call you if we need more information. You can also schedule with our front desk by calling (972) 985-1412.

Does the office close for lunch?

Yes, the office closes from 1pm – 2pm weekdays and at 1pm on Saturdays