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How often should I see my eye doctor for routine examinations?
That depends on the health of your eyes ad any conditions that may affect your vision. If there is a family history of eye disease or other factors, we will suggest a more frequent schedule. If you do not have risk factors, you should see your eye care professionals at least once every year. In addition, you should make an appointment whenever you notice any changes.
How often should my children see the eye doctor?
As they grow, children's vision often changes more rapidly than that of adults. We will recommend the appropriate frequency of visits after the initial evaluation. This might be every one or two years if there are no risk factors. As always, any changes in eyesight or eye health warrant an immediate checkup.
How old should my children be before I bring them to see Dr. Kaplan, and how often should their vision be checked?
The American Optometric Association recommends that the first comprehensive eye exam should take place at six months of age, followed by exams at age three and at age five or six before starting school because vision problems can affect school performance. Dr. Kaplan recommends that children should be examined every year, or more often if their specific problem warrants.
Is there anything special I need to do to prepare for an eye examination?
Please call ahead with any insurance information or changes in advance of your appointment. Be prepared with information about your health and family history, as well as a list of any medications you use. If anyone in you or anyone in your family has experienced glaucoma, cataracts or macular degeneration it is important to tell us. Bring any glasses or contact lenses that you wear. Also be sure to bring in your prescription or non-prescription sunglasses.
What happens during the eye exam?
We will test your vision with and without your glasses or contact lenses. If your corrective lenses are not giving you the best vision possible, we will use precision instruments to determine a new prescription for your lenses. We use the most modern computerized equipment to determine any visual defects you may have. Computerized screening for early signs of glaucoma, as well as Optomap retinal examination are all part of the state of the art eye exam at Family Eye Care Services. We will examine the health of your eyes inside and out, looking for signs of any disease. Early detection offers the best chances for effective treatment. We will answer your questions and discuss any concerns you may have.
What are the differences between optometrists, opticians and ophthalmologists?
An optometrist is a primary practitioner of eye health care who provides comprehensive eye and vision care, including prescribing and dispensing corrective lenses, detecting, diagnosing and treating eye disease and conditions. Dr. Kaplan is licensed to practice at the highest level for optometrists, including the ability to treat glaucoma and eye infections.An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor (MD) who specializes in all aspects of eye care including diagnosis, management and surgery of ocular diseases and disorders. An optician is trained in the fabrication and fitting of glasses as prescribed by an optometrist or opthalmologist.
How do I know if I will be able to wear contact lenses?
An examination will determine if you are a good candidate for contact lenses. There are many kinds of lenses available, to meet a wide range of needs.
Is the eye exam different for contacts than for glasses?
Yes. In addition to all the usual tests, we measure the curvature of your eyes as well as assessing the health of the conjuctiva, cornea, tear layer and lids to be sure you are a candidate for contacts, as well as to determine which type of contact lens would be best for you.
I need some repairs to my glasses. Can you help me?
Yes, just visit our in-house optical store and our opticians will assist you with any repairs you may need.
How do I know if I need regular glasses, reading glasses, bifocals, or trifocals?
We will determine this based not only on your vision requirements but also on your lifestyle considerations. For example, someone who works at a computer all day will have different needs than someone who spends most of his or her time outside. We offer a wide array of lens types specific to various patient needs.
I have a lot of trouble with itchy eyes. Ho do I know if it is allergies or another problem?
The only way to be sure is to get it checked out by your vision care doctor.
Why do I need sunglasses, and which kinds protect the eyes better?
Sunglasses protect your eyes from the damaging rays of the sun. Some offer UVB and/or UVA protection. Some are polarized. Color makes a difference in comfort levels. The darker the lenses, the more comfortable you will be. If you are engaging regularly in snow sports or water sports, reflections from the surface will intensify your need for eye protection. In general, try to get polarized lenses with both UVA and UVB protection. And don't forget your children. Their eyes need protection, too. Years of unprotected sun exposure can lead to macular degeneration, cataracts and other eye diseases. Our optical store has a myriad of choices in fashion sunglasses as well as prescription styles. And our opticians are highly educated in the proper type of lens for each patient.
Why do I need sunglasses, and which kinds protect the eyes better?
Possibly. This would assume your frames or lenses are in good condition and are not a discontinued style.
How do I know if I am a candidate for laser vision correction surgery?
We will conduct a thorough examination and discuss your situation with you. If you are a candidate, we will provide a referral to a refractive surgeon who would review your options and, should you elect to have the surgery, would perform it. You would see us for your pre and post surgery vision care.
What health issues might I have that could affect my vision?
People with diabetes have a higher risk of certain eye diseases. Also, if members of your family have had glaucoma, cataracts or macular degeneration you could be at greater risk of developing these diseases.
What can I do to protect my eyes from diabetes complications?
Follow your physician's orders regarding controlling your blood sugar, and see your eye doctor regularly.
What treatments are there for glaucoma and how do I know if I have it?
You may not notice symptoms until the disease is advanced. Every standard eye examination includes testing for signs of glaucoma, so we can detect is as early as possible. For people without risk factors, testing should be every year after age 50. With risk factors, test every year after age 40. Risk factors include an individual or family history of Glaucoma, diabetes or high blood pressure, previous history of trauma to the eye as well as other health conditions. Treatment options include eye drops that can slow the disease's progress, laser treatment to slow or stop its progression and prevent vision loss, and surgery.
How will I know if medications I am taking will affect my eyes?
Ask your primary physician, or Doctor Kaplan. Examples of such types of medication are: Plaquinil and Prednisone, and many others.