What should I bring to my eye exam?
If you are a new patient, please bring your most current glasses and contact lens prescription so we can let you know if your prescription has changed. If you have a complicated eye history, please try to bring your previous doctor records or have them faxed to our office.
Do you accept insurance?
We accept most vision and medical insurance plans. Our billing experts will verify your coverage, before you arrive for your appointment and purchase eyewear. Not sure what your benefits are? No problem. Give us ring, and we will do our best to get you covered .
What happens in a typical eye exam?
The doctor will first check your eyes to see if you need corrective lenses. Then they will check the health of front and back of your eyes. Checking the inside of your eyes is limited by the size of your pupil, making it sometimes difficult to look. To help our doctors get a better view, they recommend each patients gets their eyes dilated (no additional charge) as well as photos (additional charge) of the inside your eye.
What are the doctors looking for inside my eyes?
Our doctors are skilled to look for the most common eye diseases that can cause permanent vision loss. Such as, macular degeneration, glaucoma, melanomas, and diabetes ( just to list a few). Most eye diseases are silent and involve no pain or symptoms. So come in and let us take a peek.
What does it mean to get my eyes dilated?
We instill drops into your eyes to get them to dilate (make the pupils bigger). Dilation of your pupils last approximately 4-6 hours. Expect light to bother your eyes and blurred vision when reading. If you have never had your eyes dilated before, we recommend having someone drive you home.
The Eidon Retinal Camera is one of two cameras manufactured that can take a WIDE digital photo of the inside of your eyes without a dilation. The technology is pretty incredible. It takes an average of 3-4 minutes and you just experience a flash of light like a regular camera.
A dilation gives our doctors the widest view, however it causes light to bother your eyes as well as blurred vision when reading. Our doctors recommend that everyone should receive a dilation and digital retinal photos, however if you are sensitive to the side effects of a dilation then we highly encourage you to take photos. The doctor will review your photos with you and you get to see the inside of your own eye!
If I decline a dilation, will I still receive my glasses and contact lenses prescription?
Yes! The doctor will still be able to write you a prescription for glasses and contacts.
Why is a contact lens exam different from an eye glasses exam?
A contact lens exam requires the doctor to evaluate what contacts will fit your eyes the best and keep your eyes the healthiest. Our doctors will discuss the various options based on your prescription. You will receive complimentary set of contact lenses to ensure you are seeing well and that they are comfortable. If you need to try a different brand or power, it’s not a problem. There will not be an additional charge for up to 90 days from your initial contact lens examination.
What if I have never worn contacts before?
After the doctor has deemed you a good candidate for contacts based on your prescription and eye health, we will take 30minutes to teach you how to take the contacts in/out, as well as how to care for them. After your training, you get to take your contacts home. Our doctors require a follow up visit within about two weeks to make sure the contacts are working well. Our doctors cannot finalize your contact lens prescription without seeing you for a follow up visit -so make sure you don’t miss it! Please wear your contacts in for this visit. After your contact lens prescription is finalized you are ready to purchase contacts. Our staff can help you with that!
Can I just get a contact lens prescription (no glasses prescription)?
The doctor will need to determine your glasses prescription first in order to determine your contact lens prescription. However, if you have received an eye exam within 6 months elsewhere, bring a written copy of your glasses prescription and our doctors can then perform a contact lens examination only for you.
Can I see your doctors for eye infections, itchy eyes, and other eye related problems?
Yes. Our doctors are trained to treat a multitude of conditions related to our eyes. We always do our best to accommodate you, even if its last minute. If you ever have question, please feel free to call us. We are here to help you.
How often should I come in for an eye exam?
Our doctors recommend yearly eye examinations, even when you think your contacts or glasses prescription has not changed. It’s important to have the health of your eyes checked every year to screen for potential vision threatening diseases.
How long will my eye exam take?
Most eye exams will take around 30 minutes to 1 hour (if you are dilated). However, if you plan on looking at glasses after your exam, you may want to allow yourself more time in order to browse our extensive frame selection and lens options.