These are the answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a comprehensive medical eye exam?


A comprehensive medical eye exam is an examination of the eyes that assesses for any eye diseases such as corneal problems, cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration or signs of systemic diseases such as diabetes or lupus which can show up in the eye.

Q: Do you do routine checkups for glasses or contact lenses?


Our ophthalmologist do not do routine exams solely for the purpose of prescribing glasses or contacts. If you need a to schedule an appointment soley for glasses or contacts prescription, we recommend that you schedule with our optometrist. Our optometrist currently accepts EyeMed and Davis Vision plans. If our optometrist diagnosis anything medically wrong with your eyes, she will then refer you to one of our ophthalmologists.

Q: What's the difference between an optometrist and an ophthalmologist?


An optometrist completes a doctor of optometry program which is four years after college. They primarily prescribe glasses and contact lenses, and can check the health of the eyes. An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who went to medical school after college and then did a four year residency specializing in ophthalmology. Ophthalmologists treat eye diseases and most perform surgery.

Q: How long does a comprehensive medical eye exam take?


A comprehensive medical eye exam may take an hour to an hour and half. It involves dilating the pupils, which requires instilling eyedrops, that can take 15-30 minutes to take effect. A visual acuity test, glaucoma test, microscopic exam of the front and back of the eye are done, as well as any additional testing which may be required.

Q: What is the purpose of dilation?


The dilating drops prevent the pupil from constricting in response to light, which is the pupil's natural reaction. This allows the doctor to visualize the inside of the eye more thoroughly, including the periphery where some types of pathology are more common.

Q: How long do dilating drops last?


Typically 4-6 hours.

Q: Will I be able to drive after dilation?


Most people can drive after dilation but require sunglasses, since the pupils cannot constrict in bright light. The distance vision isn't usually affected in most people, but if you are farsighted you may have a more difficult time. We recommend you wait in the waiting room or car before driving if you feel uncomfortable. The vision effect of the dilation usually wears off after about an hour but the pupils are still dilated for a few more hours, so sunglasses are necessary outdoors.

Q: What surgeries are performed in the office?


Chalazion drainage, excision of small eyelid skin lesions or cysts, corneal foreign body removals, and certain types of laser procedures for glaucoma, diabetes, and after cataract surgery are done in the office.

Q: What surgeries are performed in an operating room?


Cataract surgery, Laser vision correction, and pterygium excision are performed under sterile procedures in an operating room at a surgical facility.

Q: In which facilities do you operate?

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