Frequently Asked Questions
Eye examinations are an important part of health maintenance for everyone, they help detect eye problems at their earliest stage-when they’re more treatable. In addition to evaluating your eyes for glasses and contacts, Dr. Merhi will check your eyes for diseases and other problems that could lead to vision loss. A comprehensive eye exam begins with a thorough eye care and medical history. It is important for you to discuss with Dr. Merhi in detail any medications that you are taking as well as a history of any eye injuries or surgeries. Not only will this insure the best quality of care, but will also allow for a seamless treatment plan for future follow up.
No matter your age or background, regular eye exams are important for seeing more clearly, learning more easily and preserving your vision for life.
Q: How often do I need an eye exam?
Several factors may determine how frequently you need an eye exam, including your age, health and risk of developing eye problems. In general, if you’re healthy and have no symptoms of vision problems, you should have an eye exam every 1-2 years. If you are over the age of 40, wear glasses, have a family history of eye disease or have chronic disease you should have a comprehensive eye exam once a year or more frequently as recommended by your optometrist.
Q: Is an eyeglasses prescription the same as a contact lens prescription?
Your eyeglass prescription is very different than a contact lens prescription. A contact lens prescription can only be determined after a thorough contact lens evaluation, even if you have worn contact lenses in the past. It is a separate more specialized service.
Q: My vision seems “fine”, do I really need to get an eye exam?
Routine eye exams are important, regardless of your age or your physical health. During a comprehensive eye exam, your optometrist does much more than just determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. She will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of overall health.
Q: When should my child receive their first eye exam?
At birth be sure your baby’s eyes are examined for signs of eye health and congenital eye problems. Though these are rare, early diagnosis and treatment are important to your child’s development. Your baby will spend much of his or her first 3 years learning how to see. The many different vision skills developed now will serve your child throughout life. Vision is closely linked to the learning process. Children with undetected vision problems often will have trouble with their schoolwork. Many times, children will not complain of vision problems simply because they don’t know what “normal” vision looks like. The American Optometric Association states that children should have their first eye exam by age 3, then again before they enter kindergarten.