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These are some of our most frequently asked questions we hear from patients. If you have any other questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at our office and we will be happy to help you.


What should I bring with me to my appointment?

You should bring a picture ID, your health insurance card(s), your eyeglasses and/or contact lenses, and a list of your current medications.

What is refraction?

Refraction is the part of an exam by which we determine whether you can be helped in any way by a new glasses prescription. It is also how we determine the best possible visual acuity and function of your eye, which is essential medical information for us to have as we assess your eyes and look for problems.

A refraction is NOT a covered service by Medicare and many other insurance plans. These plans consider refraction a "vision" service, not a "medical" service. Our office fee for refraction is $25 and unless your plan automatically covers the refraction charge, this fee is collected at the time of service in addition to any co-payment your plan may require.

I'm not having any problems with my eyes; do I still need an eye exam?

Yes, even though you do not notice any blurry vision or symptoms, it is still very important to get regular eye exams to check the health of your eyes. Unfortunately, many diseases and disorders of the eye have no symptoms and early diagnosis is the key to preserving your vision.

Am I a candidate for refractive surgery?

Each patient must have a thorough exam to establish if their refractive error and ocular health meet the requirements for the surgery. The doctor will evaluate if you meet these requirements, take a detailed medical history, perform a careful examination and take measurements of your eyes, and educate you on the risks and benefits. You are required to be at least 18 years old, have a relatively stable prescription for at least two years, and have healthy eyes.

Will my eyes get worse by wearing my glasses too much?

No, wearing glasses will not make your vision worse or weaker. Glasses are used to correct blurry vision. Since wearing your glasses makes things clearer, you may find that you prefer to wear your glasses more often because you are aware of how blurry things are without them. Although it may feel as if you are becoming dependent on your glasses, you are actually just getting used to seeing clearly. Your eye doctor will explain the purpose of your prescription and when they should be worn.

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

The American Optometric Association recommends children have their first eye exam at 6 months old, to check for major problems that may prevent vision from developing properly. If vision is normal, the AOA recommends the next visit should be around age 3, and then again before starting first grade. After this, if the child is asymptomatic and not at risk for any problems, a comprehensive eye exam should be done every 2 years.

How often should an adult have an eye exam?

A healthy adult with no previously diagnosed ocular problems should have their eyes checked every 1-2 years. For adults at risk or with known problems, more frequent examinations are warranted and will be determined by the doctor.

Why do my eyes need to be dilated, is this necessary?

A dilated examination is essential to fully view the entire eye to monitor for many eye diseases that may occur. Since the eye is an extension of the rest of your body, diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, tumors, and hundreds of other diseases may present in the eye as well, and in some cases are the first sign of the disease that is noticed. This is very important in ensuring we have performed the most thorough examination possible and have viewed all parts of the eye.

I have dry eyes, can I wear contacts?

In most cases, people with mild to moderate dry eyes can comfortably wear contacts. There are certain brands of contacts and solutions that are better for dry eyes, and when following proper replacement schedules, contact lens hygiene, and lubrication techniques, comfort can be achieved in contact lenses. In cases of severe dry eyes, contacts may still be an option, but wear time and comfort may be decreased. For some, the dryness may be too severe to be a good candidate and glasses are the best option.

I wear bifocals/progressive lenses, can I wear contacts and see at distance and near?

Yes! Contact lens designs have come a long way. There are many new materials and designs for presbyopes ("over 40 eyes") that offer correction for both distance and near. "Multifocal" contacts are available and have different zones of vision built in. They allow vision at different distances and help you to see distance and near. "Mono-vision" is a fitting technique in which one eye is corrected for distance and the other eye is corrected for near. This also allows you to see at distance and near with contacts alone.

Why do I have to have my contact lens exam yearly?

Contact lenses are medical devices that have the potential to cause harm to your eyes. Although you may be able to detect some problems that may be occurring with your lenses, there are times when the lenses can be causing harm to your eyes without you being aware of it. Therefore, to renew your contact lens prescription, the doctor must fully evaluate your eye health, how your contacts are fitting, and review your care regimen to ensure you are able to safely continue wearing contact lenses.

I've had LASIK and my vision is great, do I still need yearly exams?

Yes, even though your vision seems clear and you are not noticing any symptoms, it is still very important to get regular eye exams to check the health of your eyes. Unfortunately, many diseases and disorders of the eye have no symptoms and early diagnosis is the key to preserving your vision. A comprehensive, dilated exam is necessary to monitor for any underlying ocular diseases or problems.

It's after hours or a weekend, I have an emergency, what do I do?

There is a doctor on call at all times for after-hours emergencies. Simply call our office at 334-260-8611 and follow the instructions. This service is reserved for true emergencies. Please do not use this for prescription refills. If you are having an emergency that needs medical attention right away, please call 911.

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MONTGOMERY
262 Mitylene Park Dr.
Montgomery, AL 36117
Phone: 334-260-8511

WETUMPKA
10200 U.S. Hwy. 231
Wetumpka, AL 36092
Phone: 334-567-7722

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