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Answers to Common Eye Questions

Welcome to our most frequently asked questions section. Here you will find an assortment of questions we receive and answer on a routine basis. Although not an inclusive list, we do try to answer the most fundamental questions about eye health, visiting the optometrist, and other eye care questions.

For questions about a specific condition, it is always best to seek the advice and care of a licensed optometrist. To schedule an appointment, call Dr. J. Nardone and Associates today!

How often should I have my eyes examined?

The general guidelines are:

  • Ages 0 – 19: Once per Year
  • Ages 20 – 64: Once every Two Years
  • Ages 65 and Over: Once per Year

Persons with diabetes, eye disease, and other health conditions should be seen at least once per year, but we may recommend more frequent exams depending on the results of your latest eye exam.

When should I bring my child in for their first eye exam?

Children should have their first eye exam at age 6 months and annually thereafter. All tests are age appropriate, and are often quite fun for children. A thorough eye exam can be performed with little input from them, so there’s no worry if they don’t know their letters yet.

What are the signs that my child may have a vision problem?

There are many signs that require attention. These include eye squinting, eye rubbing, eyes that wander in or out, headaches, learning delays, reading avoidance, complaints of blurry vision, head tilting, and red or swollen eyes.

There are often NO discernible signs that a child is having vision problems. ALL children should have an eye exam by age 3, as certain conditions cannot be treated if caught too late.

Do I need to come for regular eye exams if I have no vision problems?

Yes, it is important to have your eyes assessed by a licensed optometrist on a regular basis. Many eye diseases are preventable when detected early, but unfortunately, some of them also have no symptoms until the disease progresses too far to be reversed.

How long does an eye examination take?

A full eye examination can usually be completed within 30 minutes to an hour.

What does OHIP cover?

Generally, OHIP covers one annual eye exam for the following groups:

  • Ages 0 – 19
  • Ages 65+
  • Persons with Diagnosed Diabetes
  • Persons with Eye Diseases (Glaucoma, Cataracts, Retinal/Macular Degenerations, Optic Pathway Diseases, Recurrent Uveitis, Chronic Keratitis, Keratoconus, and Some Strabismics)

OHIP also covers some partial exams for persons in the above categories in-between full exams.

Do you have direct billing to my insurance company?

We can bill direct to Great-West Life, Green Shield, Blue Cross® and some other insurance companies.

Are my symptoms an ocular emergency?

Some symptoms are signs of an ocular emergency and require immediate attention to rule out sight-threatening conditions.

These include, but are not limited to: flashing lights or new floaters, sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes, sudden onset double vision, severe pain or redness of the eyes, sudden and/or significant blurring of vision.

If you are ever uncertain of whether your symptoms are an ocular emergency or not, please contact us or visit the emergency room immediately.

Should I bring my glasses to my appointment?

Yes, it is always best to bring your current glasses to your eye examination. We will measure and assess your current spectacles to determine if there is a significant enough change to require new ones.

How long will it take for my new glasses to be ready?

It takes approximately 7 to 10 business days to have your new prescription eyeglasses made efficiently. Non-prescription sunglasses may be purchased on the spot.

Can I wear my contact lenses to my appointment?

Yes, you can wear your contact lenses to your appointment. We will have you remove your contacts in the office, so remember to bring your glasses with you as well.

Can I sleep in my contact lenses?

There are some contact lenses that are approved for overnight wear. It is important to consult with your optometrist to ensure your eye health is adequate enough and that you are using an appropriate lens if you plan on sleeping with your contacts in.

At what age can kids start wearing contact lenses?

In most cases, it is safe for children over the age of eight to begin wearing contact lenses. Safe contact lens use is mostly dependent on responsibility, care during lens wear, and following proper guidelines. For young persons, we’ll often recommend high oxygen or daily disposable contact lenses that require little to no cleaning or maintenance.

How do I know if I’ll be able to wear contact lenses?

If you are interested in trying contact lenses, your doctor will first determine what lens is best suited to your lifestyle and needs at the time of your eye examination. We will order you a trial set of contact lenses and teach you how to insert, remove, and care for them before you decide on purchasing a set of contacts.

Can I drive after my appointment?

Most patients are comfortable driving after their appointments. Occasionally, dilating eye drops are used during the examination which can cause light sensitivity and, in some persons, blurring. We recommend bringing your prescription glasses and/or sunglasses to the appointment for this reason. You may also wish to bring along another driver to be sure.

Does your office offer laser eye correction (LASIK)?

Our office performs pre-surgical consultations for LASIK and other refractive surgeries. During your appointment, we will discuss surgical options, evaluate your ocular health, determine if you are a good candidate for surgery, and refer you to a safe surgical center of your choice.

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