Frequently Asked Questions
Do I really need a driver for this appointment?
A driver is recommended as your vision may be blurred from dilation. If you haven’t had a problem before, you may use your judgment.
About how long will the appointment take?
You should expect to be at your appointment 1-2 hours. Some appointments may take less time but we want you to be prepared.
Do I need to see and optometrist or an ophthalmologist for a general eye exam? (I want a new glasses or contact lens prescription)
An Optometrist does standard vision screenings for glasses and contact lenses, but may send you to a specialist MD for problems.
Will I be dilated?
You should be prepared for dilation at each visit, even if it didn’t occur at a previous visit you had.
Why do I suddenly need glasses to read?
In most people, our ability to focus up close decreases as we age into our forties and beyond. This can be corrected with prescription or non-prescription reading glasses or bifocals.
Why do I have to wait so long to see the doctor when I got here on time?
There are several tests which must be done by the technician so that your doctor will have necessary information to evaluate your eyes. You may also be dilated for the appointment, which takes 30 minutes.
Why do you have to check my vision today? You just checked it last week!
Vision can change for many reasons, just as pulse rate and blood pressure can change.
Why do I have to have another Visual Field test when I had one last year?
Visual field tests are usually done yearly, sometimes every 6 months.
Why do you need to know my medical history if I am only here about my eyes?
Many medical conditions affect the health of the eyes.
I have a family member with (Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, cataracts, glasses). Do I need an eye exam?
It is recommended to have periodic baseline eye exams in childhood and adulthood. It’s wise to have a routine exam in your forties, but if there is a family history of any eye disease, it may be important to have more frequent check-ups.
Why do you always ask me what medications I am taking? Things I take that aren’t prescription don’t matter…
Medications, prescriptions etc. can affect the health of the eyes, and also indicate to the eye care provider what the patient is being treated for.