Frequently Asked Questions
About Your Eye Doctor
What Is an optometrist?
An Optometrist (OD) has a degree in optometry and is licensed to practice optometry. An optometrist has had at least eight years of education and training beyond high school and is qualified to determine the need for glasses and contact lenses; prescribe optical correction; and diagnose and treat many eye diseases and injuries.
Computers, TVs, Lighting and Glasses
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 can be fatiguing to the eyes, neck and back. Monitor glare from various 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 (angle of the monitor, height of the chair, changing the lighting, etc.).
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.
Are sunglasses good for my eyes?
There is a benefit to wearing UV protective lenses–wearing them may protect against cataract formation and macula degeneration. The best sunglasses are those that block 100% UV rays. Wraparound, close-fitting sunglasses offer protection against stray sunlight coming from the sides.
Is my child likely to inherit my need for glasses?
Possibly. If both the biological parents wear glasses, your children are likely to need them as well.
Will reading in dim light hurt my eyes?
No, but most people are more comfortable reading with proper lighting which is bright enough to provide good illumination but not so bright as to cause glare.
How often should I get an eye exam?
It is recommended one gets an eye exam every 1-2 years.
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 over-the-counter contact lenses?
No, because it does not provide the specifications for lens diameter, thickness and base curve. A new prescription must be carefully fitted by an eye care specialist to avoid serious adverse reactions.