937-592-5005 - Bellefontaine, OH

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Frequently Asked Questions About Eye Care

  • Less than 20 years old: every year

  • 20-40 years old: every 1-2 years

  • Over 40 years old: every year

How often should I have my eye exam?

For safety purposes, we recommend you have a driver with you for the appointment. You should also bring sunglasses or ask for disposables. Please know that dilation typically lasts for 3-4 hours. Sometimes it lasts longer for those with a darker eye color.

How should I prepare for eye dilation?

Having an astigmatism means that your eye has two different focal points. This is why two different prescriptions or bifocals are required for near and far vision.

What is astigmatism?

A strabismus occurs when a weak eye muscle is overpowered by an overactive one, causing the eye to turn. This can be corrected with surgery. If the strabismus is not too severe, you may be able to train the eye. We can even put prisms in your glasses to help with training.

What is a strabismus?

  • Ophthalmologist - performs surgeries, can write prescriptions for medicine, and typically specializes in specific conditions

  • Optometrist - provides eye therapy and also writes prescriptions for medicine

  • Optician - provides glasses, but can’t actually prescribe glasses or medicine

What's the difference, doc?

Just like the rest of your body, the eyes are susceptible to infection from bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Infections can range from mild to severe, sometimes leading to vision loss if left untreated. Viral infections are more common compared to bacterial and fungal infections.

Do eyes get sick?

If you are experiencing eye watering, blurred vision, and moderate discomfort, you may have an eye virus. Think of a viral eye infection as the "common cold" of the eye.

How can I tell if my eyes have a virus?

Symptoms of bacterial eye infections include a greenish mucus discharge and a "meaty" red eye. Chances are a foreign object from a tree branch, leaf, or other type of vegetative material entered your eye, causing the infection. Even though they're rare, fungal infections should be treated immediately, as they cause damage quickly.

Do I have a bacterial eye infection?

No! You should consult a doctor right away if you believe you have an eye infection. Eye drops are typically successful at treating infections, but it's crucial to start treatment early.

I can just tough it out, right?




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