Amongst things you should bring to your appointment are your referral letter(if any), all your current pairs of glasses and/or contact lens boxes. Please also bring a list of all medications you are taking.
Part of the reason our doctors at MYVISION compare your old and new prescription is to look for large or unusual changes in your prescription which may be indicative of certain ocular issues.
Believe it or not, unusual prescription changes can even indicate certain issues with your general health!
Also, the doctor takes a lot of data into consideration in determining your prescription. The goal is not only to give you the clearest vision possible, but also the most comfortable vision. Knowing what your eyes are used to looking through is an important piece of that data.
Absolutely! We welcome prescriptions from outside doctors.
Think about trying to see a room from the outside by looking through a tiny keyhole. You won’t be able to see very much. That’s similar to how it works with your eyes. In order for the eye doctor to look at the back your eyes where all the good stuff is (optic nerve, blood vessels, macula, retinal tissue, etc), she has to look through your pupils. It is difficult to get a good look through such a small opening, so the eye doctors use drops that widen your pupils. This allows them a wide enough view to adequately check the full health of your eyes.
This is important even if you are a healthy individual because many eye conditions have no symptoms early on, so the only way to catch them in time is to keep up with your annual eye exams.
Vision changes occur naturally as you age. When you reach your 40’s, focusing at close range becomes difficult. This is a natural part of the aging process caused by a gradual hardening of the eye’s crystalline lens, reducing its ability to change shape and focus at near. This condition is called Presbyopia.
Regular eye exams are the only way to catch “silent” diseases such as diabetes, glaucoma and other conditions in their early stages, when they’re more easily managed or treated.
Many conditions can be discovered in a carefully planned eye exam. Those who consider mass-produced, over the counter reading glasses are truly doing themselves a disservice, both financially and medically. One-size-fits-all reading glasses not only do not work well for most people who have a different prescription in each eye, and/or astigmatism, or whose lens and frame parameters are not measured correctly, they bypass the opportunity to have their eyes checked for early detection of many manageable diseases or conditions.
For those insisting on selecting glasses not measured specifically for their eyes, headache and eye fatigue are common symptoms.
Your eyes are intimately connected to your general health. There are many health conditions and medications that can affect your eyes and vision. Just a few examples of conditions that may have a negative impact on your eyes: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, thyroid conditions, heart/artery disease, diabetes, arthritis and other autoimmune diseases, anemia, sleep apnea, and many more.
Some commonly used medications that can affect your eyes and vision: allergy pills, blood pressure medications, anxiety/antidepressant pills, anti-inflammatories, medications for autoimmune diseases, heart medications, birth control…the list goes on. There are too many to list them all here.
It is important for your eye doctor to be aware of such information in order to give you the best care possible and protect the long-term health of your eyes and body.
Eyeglass lenses are available in a variety of different materials that will reduce both thickness and weight. Smaller frames also reduce lens thickness and weight. Your eye care professional will consider prescription, frame size, and your individual lifestyle as factors in helping you decided which lens material will be best for you.
Yes. Varilux® progressive lenses will allow you to use smaller frames while maintaining terrific vision at all distances. The visual channel that progresses from distance vision to near vision is wider and more accurate for that intermediate vision necessary for clarity in the area too far for close and too close for far. It is a wonderful lens for desktop and computer use as well.
Spots and floaters are usually harmless. However, in some cases it can be a sign of a retinal detachment or bleeding. Anyone experiencing symptoms of flashing lights and flashing spots should contact our office immediately for a detailed eye exam.

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