Question: When I get an eye exam from my doctor, can I get a copy of my prescription or do I have to get my glasses from my doctor?
Answer: Your prescription belongs to you and even if you want to shop at your doctors office, you should ask for a copy of your prescription for your records and for traveling
Question: How often should I get an eye exam?
Answer: Most prescriptions are valid for one year. If your prescription does not have an expiration date on it, it is legal to fill it, however an annual eye exam is highly recommended. Most eye diseases and even many general health problems can be detected in an eye exam before symptoms occur. Early detection and treatment is important.
Question: My doctor recommends multiple pairs of glasses. With technology I've seen on TV today, it seems that this is unnecessary. Shouldn't I be able to get one pair of glasses that work near and far and indoors and out?
Answer: It is true that one pair of glasses can provide many features now and will work reasonably well for many purposes but, like anything, you would certainly benefit from getting glasses that are specific to your life, work, and hobbies. Like any other tools for a job, the more specific they are, the better they perform. It is also important to have a back-up pair of glasses if you depend on them for your daily life.
Question: Do I have to spend a lot of money to get good glasses or are they pretty much all the same?
Answer: Glasses are incredibly different in quality and performance, just like cars, stereos, beds, shoes and almost anything you can buy. You don't have to buy the "most" expensive to get good quality, but you don't want to buy the cheapest if you have an option. Your Eye Care Professional can help you spend your money wisely if you are on a budget. Generally speaking, buy the best that you can afford. Keep in mind that you will probably wear your glasses all day, every day for at least two years! Break down the cost per day in relation to other expenses you have.
Question: I tried progressive lenses some time ago and they didn't work for me. They made me dizzy but now I am really having trouble and have to do something!What should I do?
Answer: Progressive lenses have evolved a great deal. They are better by design and by manufacturing techniques. There are many designs to chose from depending on your prescription and frame size among other things. It is possible that there were other complicating factors in your previous experience as well.
Ask your Eye Care Professional for their recommendation and give it another try. Progressive lenses are almost all guaranteed*.
Question: I work many hours a day on my computer. Is there something that will work better than my progressive lenses to help me relieve eye strain and body fatigue?
Answer: Yes, for computer users there are lenses similar to progressives that are made just for mid-range, near, and very short distances (NOT for driving or everyday use). You can also have single vision computer glasses made.
Question: I struggle with headlight glare at night and in brightly lit rooms. Is there something that will help?
Answer: Yes, I recommend anti-reflective coatings for almost everyone. Again try to disregard prior experiences because the technology has improved a great deal in regards to scratch resistance and smudging. Anti-reflective lenses not only help reduce glare, but they actually enhance the clarity of your vision by allowing the light to pass more efficiently through the lens. They too have a guarantee*. I do recommend a certain cleaning protocol in order to increase the life of your anti-reflective coating.
Question: I am confused about who to see for my eye care. Should I go to an Optometrist, and Ophthalmologist, or an Optician?
Answer: It depends on the service you need.
An Ophthalmologist is an M.D. who has specialized in eye diseases and eye surgery, they can treat most any eye problem and can often do surgery for LASIK and cataracts. Some specialize in retinal problems and transplants.They also have training in prescribing glasses and sometimes contacts (ask before your schedule your appointment), but will often have a technician do that part of the eye exam.
An Optometrist has gone to school which involves a pre-med curriculum, but then specialized right away in treating vision problems, fitting contacts, prescribing glasses, and treating many eye problems such as pink eye, corneal ulcers and abrasions, removal of foreign bodies, treating glaucoma, etc. They have extensive training in these areas and should not be considered inferior to an M.D. in their arena of expertise. They will usually detect a problem that might require the further treatment or consultation by an Ophthalmologist with whom they have a good working relationship.
An Optician is one who specializes in the selection, fitting, repairing, measuring and sometimes the manufacturing of eyeglasses. Opticians can have an accreditation of American Board of Opticianry Certified. This involves an initial test of knowledge of the mathematics and physics of optics, the knowledge of lenses and frames and basic anatomy and physiology of eyes. Then continuing education is required to maintain the status. This is voluntary in most states and you can ask if your Optician is certified. Opticians will usually stay abreast of the latest technologies in frame material, lens material and treatment, and lens designs. This area of technology is ever changing and many doctors will have an Optician on staff to keep the office up to date on such technology.
Question: Do you recommend an Eye Doctor?
Answer: Durango has many good Optometrists and Ophthalmologists. We are happy to work with any of them. If you don't have one, then click on referrals. You should be prepared to ask them their fees, what their exam includes, whether or not they fit contacts if you are interested in them, and if they will discuss any possible additional costs with you prior to testing, etc. You should also ask if they take any insurance you have in advance. This is your responsibility, not theirs.
*Ask for particulars on guarantees. They vary depending on the manufacturer and on office policies.
Note: **These answers are based on my personal experience and opinion only. See my home page for my credentials.