Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is it true that wearing glasses all the time will make my eyes lazy and I will become dependent on them?

A: No. When people wear the proper glasses they realize they
can see more clearly and comfortably. What they may have
considered normal and acceptable before is now inferior by
comparison.

Q: I’m diabetic. Does that make a difference?

A: Yes. Diabetes can cause severe problems with your sight. It is
very important that your eyes are checked every year, preferably
with drops to dilate the pupil, so that the retina (back of the eye)
can be examined thoroughly.

Q: How old does a child have to be before he or she can have an eye examination?

A: Any age, really. A child’s eyes have finished developing by the
time they are about eight years old. Many health authorities
screen children in their area at around three years of age, but if
you are concerned, or if there are any members of your family
with eye problems, then it’s best to have your child’s eyes tested.

Q: How long should a vision exam take?

A: It depends on who the patient is. A young, healthy person with
no apparent problems will take about 20 minutes. Someone older,
perhaps with high blood pressure, diabetes, glaucoma or other
ailments can take much longer. The optometrist will determine
what clinical tests are needed to provide the correct information
for new glasses or contact lenses. If necessary, they may refer
the patient for a medical opinion.

Q: I think I have good sight, but I would like to have glasses as a fashion accessory. Would an optician be prepared to give me glasses that don’t change my vision?

A: If you have had your eyes checked and they are as good as you
think, then your practitioner will have no objection to you having
plain or tinted lenses in a frame of your choice, or contact lenses
that can enhance or change the color of your eyes.

Q: If there is a history of glaucoma in my family, am I likely to inherit it?

A: If there is glaucoma in the family, you may be more at risk of
developing it. Glaucoma can be treated effectively if it is
diagnosed in time, so be sure to have a regular eye examination.

Q: Can I sleep in my contact lenses?

A: No, unless specifically told that you can by your eyecare
practitioner. Sleeping in your lenses can be hazardous as it can
lead to infection or damage to the cornea (front window of the
eye).

Q: Does it matter what contact lens solution I use?

A: It is important that you follow the advice of your practitioner.
Not every solution will suit every patient, for the lenses they are
wearing. If you do change your cleaning system for any reason,
always inform your practitioner.

Q: I’ve heard that contact lenses can slip round to the back of my eye. Is this true?

A: No. There is a thin, transparent membrane which covers the
inside of the eyelids and the outside of the eye. This forms a seal
which prevents contact lenses – as well as grit, dust and other
‘foreign’ material – passing round to the back of the eye.

Q: Are you accepting new patients?

A: Yes! We are more than happy to provide you with the service you deserve. For more information or to set up an appointment, call our office! If you have questions about whether or not we are in network for your insurance, check out our insurance page.