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Optometry FAQ for patients in Breese, Highland, Lebanon, O’Fallon & all surrounding communities

Questions about eye care? Read below for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. Can’t find your answer here? Feel free to contact our staff with your questions about general eye care, glasses, contacts and more.

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Q’s & A’s about Eyeglasses

Why do my frames cause a skin reaction?

Unfortunately, there are a number of reasons that your frames could be causing a skin reaction. It all depends on your allergies and sensitivities, and the type of material of your frames. If you’re worried about this, ask your optometrist about frames that are hypoallergenic.

Do I need to see an eye doctor if I’ve never had vision problems?

While you may not see any vision problems, many eye diseases can happen without symptoms, so it is important to have preventative eye exams.

Do I need bifocals?

The most common reason that someone would be prescribed bifocals is for presbyopia. This condition is more common in patients 40 and older. To truly determine your eyewear needs, it’s important to schedule a consultation.

How can I prevent glare when wearing my glasses?

The best way to correct this is with anti-reflective lenses. However, a comprehensive eye exam will determine if there are other problems that may be causing increased glare.

How often do I need a new pair of glasses?

You don’t need a new pair of glasses unless your ocular needs change or the glasses break. However, many people like to think of their glasses as an accessory. In that case, buy as many as you like!

Do transition lenses work well as sunglasses?

No. You shouldn’t be using transition lenses as sunglasses. Transitions are activated by temperature and UV light, both of which are blocked by the windshield of a car preventing them from becoming tinted while driving and in a car.

What are visible and invisible light?

Visible light is the light that you can see is emitted from the sun. Invisible light, also known as ultraviolet light, is unseen to the human eye but can still cause eye damage.

What determines the thickness of my lenses?

This is decided by a variety of factors that may include, but is not limited to, your prescription, measurements, size of the frames, and more.

Do regular glasses have UVA and UVB protection?

No. There’s not sufficient protection for an optometrist to recommend using them to block the sun. They provide slight protection, but you should always use designated sunglasses for protection from sun exposure.

Q’s & A’s about Contact Lenses

Do I need contact lenses?

That depends. With advancements in modern science, contact lenses can be adapted to a wide range of conditions and disease.

What happens during a contact lens exam?

It’s actually much like a regular exam. We take measurements and evaluate fit and effectiveness of the contact lens for each individual. Contacts are sometimes like shoes – not everyone likes the same pair and no 2 pairs fit just alike.

Should I get a yearly contact lens exam?

Only if you wear contact lenses. If you don’t – there’s no reason for a contact lens exam unless you’d like to switch to contact lenses or you’re having trouble with your vision.

Can I swim with contact lenses?

You shouldn’t swim with your contact lenses in. The lenses can be contaminated by germs, or you could lose a lens.

Can I get contact lenses for my child?

Yes, but it depends on the maturity of your child. Contact lenses are a big responsibility. Your child must be able to learn about and adhere to proper contact lens care to ensure they don’t cause themselves harm.

What if I leave my lenses in for too long?

To prevent problems, stick to the schedule that was agreed upon by your optometrist.

Can I wear my contacts at night?

Some types of contacts can be worn at night, but it’s important to check with your doctor before attempting to wear them overnight.

Q’s & A’s about Pediatric Eye Care

Is a school vision exam sufficient for my child?

No. This may catch a large, noticeable problem, but you should schedule yearly exams with a optometrist to ensure nothing slips through the cracks.

What if my child doesn’t speak?

Whether it’s a young child or a child with a speaking disability, advancements in modern eye care have made it possible for us to detect problems without verbal feedback from the child.

Could poor vision be harming my child in school?

Yes. There are many things in school that could be hindered by poor vision. However, it’s important to note that vision may not be the sole problem. Schedule your child for an eye exam, but also work closely with their teachers to identify any and all problems.

Q’s & A’s about LASIK

Am I a good candidate for LASIK surgery?

This depends on your vision, your physical health and a variety of other factors. Consult an eye care professional to determine whether or not you’re a good candidate.

How long does the surgery take?

The surgery is relatively quick, taking approximately 15 minutes, per eye, to complete.

How soon can I go back to work?

The soonest you can return to work is the day after surgery. However, this depends mostly on how you react to the surgery and how your vision responds.

Will I still need glasses?

It depends on the type of procedure preformed and the goals agreed upon by the patient and the surgeon. Patients will always need sunglasses after surgery.

How soon can I drive after the surgery?

You can begin driving whenever you feel comfortable with your vision. However, by law, you must have someone drive you home from the surgery.

Will I be put to sleep (sedated via anesthesia) for the surgery?

No. There is no anesthesia used, and the patient is conscious through the surgery. Numbing drops are given and no pain is felt; however, you may feel strange sensations after the surgery.

Q’s & A’s about Glaucoma

What is glaucoma?

This is a group of diseases that causes damage to the optic nerve. Symptoms may vary and range from minor irritations to severe pain and loss of vision.

How is Glaucoma treated?

There are a variety of treatments for glaucoma, and it depends on your specific type. Treatments range from medications to surgery.

Can I go blind from Glaucoma?

Yes. If it progresses unchecked, you can go blind. But, there are a number of available treatments that minimize the risk.

What are the symptoms of Glaucoma?

Many times there are no symptoms. However, some patients report loss of peripheral vision, inability to adjust to dark rooms, difficulty focusing, etc.

Is there a cure for Glaucoma?

No. The most we can do is treat the symptoms.

Q’s & A’s about Cataracts

What are cataracts?

This term refers to the clouding of the crystalline lens of your eye. This obstructs your vision.

What are the symptoms of cataracts?

Symptoms could include cloudy vision, blurry vision, light sensitivity, faded colors, poor night vision and double vision.

How are cataracts treated?

These can be treated with surgery, which you would be semi-conscious during the process. After surgery you can drive when approved by a doctor.

Is anesthesia used during the surgery?

No. The patient is conscious throughout the procedure. Numbing drops are used to prevent pain and irritation.

How soon can I drive after the surgery?

You can begin driving whenever you feel comfortable with your vision. However, by law, you must have someone drive you home from the surgery.

Q’s & A’s about Dry Eye

What is dry eye?

This is a condition in which the eye does not have the proper quantity and/or quality of tears to maintain comfort.

How is dry eye treated?

It can be treated in two ways. We can stimulate natural tear production with artificial tears, and we can control inflammation with topical anti-inflammatories.

Can TV or computer usage cause dry eye?

Yes. Heavy usage can cause the symptoms of dry eye. Take breaks when using technology to help prevent dry eye.

What are the symptoms of dry eye?

The symptoms of dry eye include gritty, burning irritation, chronically watery eyes and more.

Can dry eye cause blindness?

No. It’s unlikely that you would go blind. But, the irritation will increase in frequency and intensity without the proper treatment leading to fluctuations in vision and loss of vision.