FAQ

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How often do I need to have my eyes examined if my vision is perfect?

Healthy Adults between 25 and 40 should have an eye exam every 18-24 months. 

Healthy Adults between 40 and 60 should be examined every 12-18 months.

Healthy Adults over 60 should be examined every year. 

If wear contact lenses or glasses, or if you have been diagnosed with a medical condition (diabetes, high blood pressure, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, etc), your eye doctor may recommend more frequent exams.

My child passed the school screening. Why do they need an eye exam?

Once children are in school, they should be examined yearly by a pediatric optometrist. School screenings are wonderful at detecting large vision problems for children whose parents cannot afford to take them to an eye doctor. Vision screenings are only able to detect a small percentage of children needing professional care. Only a trained pediatric optometrist can determine if your child’s vision is developing normally and is sufficient for their learning needs. 

When should I have my child’s eyes checked?

A well baby should have an appointment with an eye doctor who is adept at examining children somewhere between their 6th and 9th month, unless you have concerns before that. After that, children should be examined at age 3; right before they start Kindergarten and then yearly while they are in school. Even though your pediatrician will be doing eye health screenings at well child visits, they do not have the equipment to look for problems easily missed during screenings. 

Do I need an eye exam even if my vision is 20/20?

You are fortunate to be blessed with wonderful vision. You want to keep it that way, right? Eye exams are essential to detecting early and treatable diseases that have no symptoms. The best example of this is glaucoma. Glaucoma in most cases has no symptoms for many years. Yet, overtime, it causes loss of vision. Glaucoma is treatable in the early stage. If you still aren’t convinced, Google Kirby Puckett and glaucoma. 

What does 20/20 mean?

"Normal" vision is 20/20. This means that the test subject sees the same line of letters at 20 feet that a normal person sees at 20 feet. 20/40 vision means that the test subject sees as 20 feet what an individual with perfect vision sees at 40 feet. Some people have better than normal vision, 20/15 or even 20/10. 

How should I prepare for my exam?

Please wear your contact lenses and bring your glasses. We will ask for your insurance information when you reserve an appointment, but please bring your insurance cards if you have them. If you have VSP, you probably don’t have an insurance card. Our doctors dilate all new patients over the age of 10 and sometimes children under 10.

How long will I be there for an eye exam?

In most cases, new patients are in our office for about an hour. If you are here later in the afternoon, you may be here a little longer; conversely, patients who come in the morning may be here less time. 

Can I bring my family?

Yes, of course. Keep in mind, however, that if there are other people in the exam room, they can distract the patient while they are trying to concentrate on the eye exam. If the patient is distracted by their sibling or by their child, they may not get the most accurate prescription for their glasses or contact lenses. 

What happens at an eye exam?

During check in process, either in the comfort of your home or on one of our computers in the office, you will be asked basic demographic information, just like at any other doctor’s office. We will also collect information about your insurance coverage. An assistant will go over your medical history and then check visual acuities, extraocular muscle function, color vision, basic visual fields, pupil function, and measure the distance between your eyes. 

Your doctor will then check your eyes for a glasses prescription and compare this with your previous glasses prescription, if you have one. Your eyes will also be further checked for muscle balance and the strength of your focusing muscles. Next, the health of your eyes will be examined. This includes a “no puff” glaucoma test and evaluation of your eyes using a microscope to look for problems with infections, scarring, corneal health, dry eyes, and cataracts. The doctor will then dilate your eyes to look inside and further assess the health of your eyes. 

Why dilation?

Dilation is really about preventative maintenance. Our doctors believe that dilation of the pupils is very important to be able to fully assess the health of your eyes. You will be dilated at your first exam with us in order for us to assess the health of the retina. We will be looking for holes, tears, or tumors in your eyes that occur without symptoms in many cases. We are also able to look for damage to your eyes from diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid disease, and high cholesterol. Dilation allows us to more fully assess your lenses for early formation and progression of cataracts. Most healthy patients only need to be dilated every 2 years to insure that you have healthy eyes and good vision for as long as you need them. 

Do you sell glasses?

Yes. We love to help you choose the frame that is best suited to you along with the lenses that help you to see your best. We have trained color consultants to help you look your best. Our frame collections include Nike, Calvin Klein, Maui Jim, Marchon, Flexon, Candies, Revlon, Tommy Bahama, Eyes of Faith, Geek Eyewear, Disney, Airlock, 9 West, Airlock, Juicy Couture, Guess, Harley Davidson, Sketchers. We also carry Ansi Z87.1 safety frames. 

What insurances do you take?

We accept VSP

VSP (Vision Service Plan) If you are a Yukon Public Schools employee, this is the vision plan that you likely have. 

We are not currently accepting Medicare patients. 

 

What if I have an insurance that you do not take?

You will be expected to pay on the day of the exam.  Some insurance plans allow you to go out of network. If so, we can help you with the paperwork, and in some cases, your insurance company will reimburse you the fee that you paid in our office on the day of your exam. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer this service to patients with Medicare. 

If you purchase glasses or contact lenses from us that day, we will offer you a 15% discount on your exam. 

How much is an eye exam?

A comprehensive eye exam for adults ranges in cost from $130 to $150. For a child under the age of 10, the cost ranges from $70 to $150.

How much are contact lenses?

If you have worn contact lenses recently, you will then need a contact lens evaluation which will range in cost from$59 to $100. If you have never worn contact lenses before, you will need a contact lens fitting which will range in cost from $159 to $210.

Generally, the contact lenses cost between $200 and $300 per year for monthly disposable contact lenses. Some Specialty contact lenses run a little more if you have significant amounts of astigmatism or types of bifocal contact lenses. 

What does the contact lens fitting fee include?

The contact lens fitting fee includes the initial fitting of the lenses by your doctor, contact lens training, and 90 days of follow up care related to your contact lenses. You will be provided with trial lenses during the time we are actively determining your contact lens prescription. At the end of the fitting period, usually 1-2 weeks, you may order your boxes of contact lenses. 

What happens at a contact lens fitting?

This includes a 2 hour initial fitting in which you will get to try on a pair of contact lenses. Your doctor will then assess the contact lenses for vision, fit, and comfort. Next, we will teach you how to insert and remove the contact lenses, as well as how to clean them and what to do in an emergency. You will be able to leave with your trial lenses after your training if you are able to demonstrate that you can insert and remove the lenses without help. Some patients need more than one session to practice before they are able to take them home. 

You will then schedule a contact lens follow up visit 7-10 days later. This is typically a 10-20 minute trouble shooting visit. Your doctor will again assess your vision, the accuracy of the contact lens prescription, the fit, and movement of the contact lenses using a microscope. This is also a time when you should tell your doctor of any challenges or comfort issues you may have had with your contact lenses. If everything is perfect, you may order contact lenses after this visit. 

My dad wears contact lenses. Do I still need contact lens training?

Yes. At your fitting, the doctor will assess the fit, comfort, and vision of your lenses and then during the training portion, we will teach you an appropriate way to handle your lenses and teach you how to safely wear contact lenses to allow many years of safe and comfortable contact lens wear. 

Why do I need a contact lens follow up after my eye exam?

Contact lenses are a safe medical device when used appropriately. However, after wearing them for a few days, they usually fit slightly differently than they do fresh out of the package. Because of this, our doctors feel it is very important to assess the fit of the lenses a week or so after you are given your trial lenses to make sure the lenses fit correctly. If the lenses fit tightly, they might get stuck on, create an abrasion, not allow your eye to breathe, and create an opportunity for an eye infection. If they are too loose, they might cause abrasions and scarring. In addition, the follow up gives your doctor an opportunity to fine-tune the prescription to make sure you will have your best vision for many months.  

Is it safe to sleep in contact lenses?

For some patients, it can be. Sleeping in contact lenses always increases your risk for infections and ulcers to your eyes. However, if you meet all the following criteria, you will minimize the risk of sleeping in contact lenses.

Wear a lens that has been approved for overnight wear in your prescription. (High prescriptions do not breathe as well and your doctor may tell you not to sleep in your lenses even if the brand was approved for overnight wear in lower prescriptions).

  • Have healthy eyes. 
  • Always throw away your lenses at or before the recommended time
  • Always wash your face before bed to remove surface bacteria from your eyelids.
  • Remove your contact lenses at least every couple of days to sleep without them.
My contact lenses are still comfortable past the time I’m scheduled to throw them away. Is it ok to keep wearing them?

Even though you can’t feel it happening, contact lenses gradually lose the ability transmit oxygen to your eyes. When your eyes are starving for, your eyes will grow new and inappropriate blood vessels. This can result in an inability to wear contact lenses permanently or the inability to have LASIK due to the risk of scarring. Also, when your eyes can’t breathe, you are more likely to get eye infections. 

Can I take my prescription elsewhere?

You may have a printout of your current glasses prescription at the end of the glasses exam. You may have a printout of your contact lens prescription at the successful conclusion of your contact lens fitting. 

Choose the vendor of your glasses or contact lenses wisely. Are they someone who will be certain your prescription is correct? A private doctor of optometry is your best bet for accurate spectacle lenses. If you cannot see with your glasses as well as you should, is it the fault of the lab who made the lenses or the doctor who wrote the prescription? If you order your eyewear from us, you will be able to rectify the problem easily. If there is a problem with your contact lenses, are you in the same town to be able to obtain an easy fix to your problems or do you have to mail them back?