Frequently Asked Questions

What about laser surgery to correct my vision?

Laser vision correction is available for both nearsighted and farsighted patients. The surgery is performed by an Ophthalmologist and often working in conjunction with an optometrist for pre and post care. Our practice can provide more information regarding the benefits and risks associated with laser vision correction.

Will I still need glasses if I wear contact lenses?

Contact lenses may be worn most of the day and some may even sleep in some. Although you have the convenience of not needing your glasses to see, a pair of glasses should be available for times when you may not feel like wearing your lenses. Other reasons for having a pair of glasses are if you tear a lens, seasonal allergies that may affect your ability to wear your lenses or if you are traveling and lose a lens. Glasses are also a fashion accessory.

I need reading glasses or a bifocal. Are there bifocal contact lenses available?

Special bifocal contact lenses are available in both soft and hard lenses. Several manufacturers have recently introduced disposable bifocal contact lenses. As an alternative, your eye care professional may choose to fit you with a system called monovision whereby one eye is fit with a distant lens and the other with a reading lens.

Can my child wear contact lenses during sports activities?

Yes, contact lenses provide excellent vision for most sports. However, they do not protect the eyes from injury. Therefore, contact lens wearers should use polycarbonate sports safety goggles or glasses when participating in sports.

Can I use my eyeglass prescription to buy contact lenses?

No, because it does not provide the the additional information for the contact lens to fit your eye such as lens diameter, thickness and base curve. A specific contact lens prescription will need to be determined for you.

Will working at a computer screen hurt my eyes?

No, there is no evidence that working at a computer damages the eyes. However, long hours of work may tire the eyes. Monitor glare as well as glare from other light sources can also be a problem. It is often helpful to take periodic breaks, looking off in the distance and adjusting your work station to minimize glare as well as neck and back fatigue. Often anti-reflective spectacles can reduce a great deal of the glare.

Is pink-eye contagious?

Yes, viral conjunctivitis (pink-eye) is very common and is extremely contagious. Do not touch your eyes with your hands and be sure to wash your hands frequently. Do not share towels, and avoid work, school or daycare activities as long as discharge is present. It is very important to have all “pink eyes” checked, as they may have other causes than viral and need further treatment.

Why have I gradually found it harder to read without glasses?

The ability to focus on near objects decreases steadily with age and is referred to as presbyopia. Presbyopia is a natural aging of the lens. It is usually near the age of 40, when glasses or bifocals are prescribed to correct this condition. If you are nearsighted you may find that when your glasses are on it is more difficult to read, this is also a sign of presbyopia.

Are sunglasses good for my eyes?

Absolutely! Lenses with UV protection have been demonstrated to help prevent cataract formation. Further polarized lenses help minimize sun glare and make your vision much more comfortable.

What is a cataract?

A cataract is the clouding of a person’s natural lens. The lens of the eye is behind the colored part of the eye and helps focus light on the retina. When the lens becomes cloudy it is very difficult to see clearly and may increase glare. If a cataract has a significant impact on your vision, surgical intervention may be necessary.