EYE PROBLEMS

I think I may have an eye infection. What should I do?

Eye infections can be very serious and can have multiple causes that need to be treated in different ways. If you suspect you have an eye infection, call our office immediately for an appointment.

My vision has changed suddenly. What should I do?

If your vision has changed in a sudden or dramatic way, there is a reason for it. While many of these reasons are benign, some reasons are sight-threatening. Please call us IMMEDIATELY, especially if you are experiencing any of the following: fogginess, veils, curtains, flashes of light or floaters.

What is nearsightedness?

Nearsightedness (also called myopia) is a condition where objects up close appear clearly, while objects far away appear blurry. 

What is farsightedness?

Farsightedness (also called hyperopia) is a common type of refractive error where distant objects may be seen more clearly than objects that are near.

EXAMS

Eye Exam FAQs: What Should I Expect at My Eye Exam?

If you haven’t had an eye exam in a couple of years, if you’re a parent looking to schedule your child’s first eye exam, or if you’re new to MyEyeDr. vision care centers, this section is for you!

How often should I have an eye exam?

We recommend that everyone over the age of five have a complete eye exam every year. If you’re experiencing eye discomfort, vision loss, or blurry vision, you should schedule an eye exam even if your last eye exam was less than a year ago.

When should my child have his/her first eye exam?

Our doctors recommend that every child have their first eye exam by an eye doctor before they start school. If parents notice vision problems before, make sure to schedule an appointment with one of our trusted doctors.

How often should children have eye exams?

Children should have eye exams every 12 months.

How much does an eye exam cost?

We accept most major vision insurance plans, including VSP, and we will gladly file your insurance claim for you. If you don't have insurance, MyEyeDr. offers options to help make vision care affordable. 

What is the difference between an eye exam and a contact lens evaluation?

A comprehensive eye exam consists of a series of tests to determine overall eye health and vision correction needs. A contact lens exam is additional testing to fit the patient in the best contact lenses for their eye and prescription.

What are retinal photos and why do I need them?

The retina is the cellophane-thick layer in the back of the eye composed of rods and cones that is responsible for sending light images to the brain for processing what we experience as vision. Retinal photos allow your doctor to evaluate your retina the day of your exam and furthermore document its appearance for comparison at subsequent exams. This is crucial to maintaining lifelong vision health.

Will my eyes be dilated during my exam?

Dilation is not necessary for every patient, every year. However, this is largely dependent on the health of your eyes at the time of your visit.

Can I drive if my eyes have been dilated?

Dilation usually affects near vision the most, leaving distance vision relatively unchanged. This means that with a good pair of sunglasses, most people are able to comfortably drive. If you are concerned about this, however, we suggest you bring someone with you to drive.

Why do I need the puff of air test?

During a routine eye test, we test your intraocular pressure (IOP), which measures your risk for several potentially blinding diseases such as glaucoma. This is done with an instrument known as a non-contact tonometer. This “puff of air” is an excellent way for patients to have this test, as it is quick and painless. If you prefer, we have other options for measurement. We want to ensure that our patients are as comfortable as possible!