Answers to Your Eye Care Questions
Every day, we answer dozens of question about eye care. With new developments in the field of optometry occurring all the time, it can be hard for most people to know how they can take better care of their vision. There are many simple steps you can take to protect your eyes. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about eye care or about our practice. Just give us a call: (813) 973-1151.
Frequently Asked Patient Questions
Q. What is Gentle Vision Shaping?
A. Gentle Vision Shaping also known as orthokeratology and corneal refractive therapy involves fitting special contact lenses that correct your vision while you sleep. These lenses over the course of a week or two will make it so that the need for day time glasses or contact lenses is greatly reduced or eliminated. During the week or two that it takes to fully correct your prescription soft contacts will be given to you free of charge to help you with the transition.
Q. Is it alright to sleep in contact lenses?
A. The simple answer is that sleeping in contact lenses increses your risk of infection about 10 fold. That being said the reality is some will always insist on sleeping in their contacts. This is an example where open dialogue with us is essential. With proper education and if the patient has the proper physiology sleeping in lenses can still be relatively safe.
Q. Are you employed by Wal-Mart?
A. No. I am an independent doctor of optometry who chose to locate my practice at Wal-Mart, to which I pay rent. I make no income from selling glasses or contacts, only from providing comprehensive exams and treating ocular disease.
Q. How can your fees be so much lower than other eye doctors? Will I receive a quality exam?
A. We provide a thorough exam with the most advanced diagnostic instruments to evaluate your vision needs and uncover any other ocular conditions that may go undetected, if not regularly monitored. I received my doctor’s degree after the same four years of training that all optometrists receive and was licensed to practice by the state after extensive testing. We can offer lower fees because our overhead is lower operating here, and we are able to keep busy seeing patients all day because of our convenient location.
Q. How much does an eye exam cost?
A. A custom eye health and vision exam is $75. A custom soft contact lens exam is $130. If you have astigmatism or need bifocal correction and want to wear contact lenses, there is a modest additional cost.
Q. Will I receive a written prescription after the exam? Will the prescription be accepted anywhere?
A. We will supply a written prescription and summary of your exam as you leave the office.The prescription is valid anywhere in the U.S.
Q. I had an eye exam a little over a year ago, and my vision seems fine. Why do I need another exam?
A. We think it is important that all of our patients receive an annual eye exam. Your vision can change over a 12-month period. A regular check-up enables us to uncover any sight-threatening ocular conditions that can develop, unnoticed by you.
Q. Why does it cost more for a contact lens exam?
A. Contact Lens evaluations simply take more time to perform. There are different designs that often need to be tried in order to obtain the best possible comfort and vision. Three months of follow up care is included in the increased price.
Q. Aren’t all contact lenses the same? Shouldn’t I just buy the cheapest ones?
A. They are not all the same. The contact lens companies spend millions of dollars every year to improve their lenses and regularly introduce new and better technology. You wouldn’t want to buy a five-year-old computer. For the same reason, it’s best to keep current and wear the latest and best lenses. Right now the companies are introducing new lens materials that allow much more oxygen to pass through, making them healthier to wear and enabling people to wear them in comfort for 14 hours or more per day. We recommend these new materials to most patients, even though they cost a little more, because we think they are better for their eyes in the long run.
Q. Will my contact lens prescription allow me to buy any brand of lens I want?
A. Your prescription is for a specific brand of contact lens that my examination and experience tell me is best for your vision and ocular health.
Q. Is it safe to wear a contact lens with a small tear in it?
A. A torn lens can damage the delicate outer tissue of your eye and lead to serious infection. If you tear a lens and do not have a replacement, come into the office right away and we will provide, at no charge, a lens that you can wear until your new supply arrives.
Q. Does Wal-Mart make high quality glasses? Because they cost less, will they last as long and let me see well?
A. Wal-Mart will custom-make your glasses in one of its six ultra-modern optical labs, using top quality lens and frame materials, which the company constantly seeks to upgrade. Because of Wal-Mart’s buying power and operating efficiency, you receive top-quality glasses at an everyday low price.
These are just a few of the questions about eye care that we receive every day. We hope that if you have any concerns about eye care or want to have your vision checked, you will make an appointment with your eye doctor right away. Many serious vision problems can be prevented when revealed in a regular eye care check-up. Don’t delay when it comes to your vision.