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, contact us!
Q: How long will my eye 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: How old does a child have to be before he or she can have an eye examination?
A: Dr. Herkert begins seeing children at 6 months 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 sooner rather than later.
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. Dr. Herkert will always send a report of his findings to your primary care doctor or your endocrinologist.
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: 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.