Why are eye exams important?

Routine eye exams are important whatever age or overall health. Regular eye exams can provide early detection of vision problems, eye diseases, and other general health related problems before they become an issue. Based on the results of your comprehensive eye exam, your Optometrist will determine a treatment plan (if needed) for your eye health needs.

What’s the Difference between an Optician, an Optometrist and an Ophthalmologist?

Opticians sell and fit eyeglasses, sunglasses, and specialty eyewear based on a prescription written by an optometrist’s or ophthalmologist. Some opticians have equipment on the premises that allows them to grind lenses and put them in frames without ordering from an outside lab.

Optometrists are Doctors of Optometry (OD’s) whom have completed four years of post-graduate training for their doctorate. They are qualified to treat both vision and health problems concerning the eyes; as well as prescribe glasses and fit contact lenses. They can also prescribe ophthalmic medications to treat a variety of eye diseases. Additionally, OD’s will often participate in pre- and postoperative care following ocular surgeries (ie LASIK or cataract surgery).

Ophthalmologists are medical doctors (MD’s) who specialize in the eye. The main distinction between ophthalmologists and optometrists is the ability to perform surgery on the eyes.

I have perfect or “20/20” vision. Do I still need to have a regular eye exam?

Absolutely! Many eye diseases or disorders have nothing to do with your general vision, and are asymptomatic. It is best to detect any condition and initiate treatment as early as possible to avoid or minimize visual impairment.

What are vision screenings?

Vision screenings are limited eye tests that help identify people who are at risk for vision problems. These are the brief vision tests performed by the school nurse, a pediatrician, and other health care providers but are not fully trained to do this. They can miss important vision problems that require treatment; for a complete and comprehensive eye exam, you need an Optometrist.

Do you take insurance?

We do accept various insurance plans, so please call our office to see what insurance plans we accept.

What are the benefits of Contact Lens?

We offer a wealth of experience in the field and can guide you through the variety of lenses available to find you a type to suit your needs. The technology used to manufacture contact lens has advanced dramatically, making them incredibly easy to use and comfortable to wear. Some contact lens are even designed for extended use making them suitable for overnight wear. Rad Optometric Care, Inc. can help you find a type of lens to suit your individual needs, so you can enjoy the benefits of wearing contact lens.

What’s involved in a Contact Lens Exam?

In an initial exam, The Doctors of Rad Optometric Care, Inc. will examine your eyes to determine if you can wear contact lenses. Your prescription and the curvature of your eye are measured and any special needs you may have will be discussed. The doctor will then determine the type of contact lenses that best fit your eyes and prescription, while ensuring that your eyes remain healthy with the lenses.

What’s involved in a Contact Lens Fitting?

A fitting examination is a practice session for you to try your new lenses and to become adept at lens insertion and removal. The doctor will also look at the lenses on your eyes and determine if any changes need to be made. If the lenses fit well and you are seeing well with them, a checkup exam is scheduled 1 week after the practice session.

What are the side effects of pupil dilation?

Most people experience few side effects other than blurry vision and a sensitivity to light for a few hours after their eyes have been dilated. You may not be able to do any close work that requires eye coordination (such as reading or sewing) for a few hours after dilation. Dilation is a very safe procedure and with the right preparation you should experience little inconvenience and discomfort.

Can I swim or shower with contact lenses on?

You can, but we advise against it. There are two reasons why we discourage swimming or showering with your contact lenses – possible loss of the lenses and contamination of the lenses. Contact lenses may be washed out of your eye while swimming or cavorting in water. Contact lenses are likely to absorb any chemicals or germs in the water, which can cause irritation or infection.

What is Ocular Disease?

Ocular disease is present when problems occur in the eye, eyelids, eyelashes, or lacrimal (tear) system. An Optometrist is able to diagnose any evidence of eye disease or in related structures (such as the brain). Therefore, it is important to receive yearly eye examinations so that problems can be detected early.

Am I a good candidate for laser vision correction?

By having a consultation and eye examination at Rad Optometric Care, Inc., our doctors will be able to determine if you are a good candidate for laser vision correction. Patients, who are at least 18 years of age, have healthy eyes that are free from retinal problems, corneal scars, and any eye diseases are generally suitable. Patients who are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism are also potential candidates.

What is Lasik?

Usually the shape of the cornea and the eye are not perfect and the image on the retina is out-of-focus or distorted (refractive errors). There are three primary types of refractive errors: myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. Persons with myopia, or nearsightedness, have more difficulty seeing distant objects as clearly as near objects. Persons with hyperopia, or farsightedness, have more difficulty seeing near objects as clearly as distant objects. Astigmatism is a distortion of the image on the retina caused by irregularities in the cornea or lens of the eye. Combinations of myopia and astigmatism or hyperopia and astigmatism are common.

Glasses or contact lenses are designed to compensate for the eye’s imperfections. Surgical procedures aimed at improving the focusing power of the eye (and removing the need to glasses or contacts) are called refractive surgery. In Lasik surgery, precise and controlled removal of corneal tissue by a special laser reshapes the cornea changing its focusing power. Call Dr. Rad today to see if Lasik surgery is the right choice for you.

What is Lasik co-management?

As a professional partner with the ophthalmologist who performs the surgery, Dr. Rad has been trained in all aspects of the procedure. She will ensure that you are well prepared for the surgery and you understand your surgical options. Additionally she will provide you with all of the necessary pre and post-op care up to 12 months following the surgery.

How will my vision be after LASIK surgery?

The new, corrected vision will be noticeable in as little as a few hours after surgery. Most patients that have undergone Lasik surgery find the change is permanent within a few days.

Some patients do not get a fully corrected sphere of vision after their Lasik procedure. This happens in roughly 3 percent of patients. In all or nearly all cases, the physician in charge will perform an additional Lasik procedure to improve this.

Will I still need glasses or contact lenses?

Usually someone who has undergone Lasik surgery will no longer need to wear glasses or contacts.The goal of refractive surgery is to reduce your dependence on glasses or contact lenses. An occasional patient may need to wear a thin pair of prescription glasses for driving at night.