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Contact Lenses

Do you fit contact lenses?

Absolutely. From gas permeable, to soft, to bifocals, to color contacts, to daily wear disposables, to extended wear, to ones for astigmatism. There are more choices than ever! Our doctors can give you options, recommend the best type depending on your prescription and lifestyle and fit you with the most comfortable contacts you have ever had.

I have trouble wearing contacts, are there options for me?

If you have trouble wearing contacts, you may simply be “hard-to-fit”.  Don’t worry–it doesn’t mean you can’t wear contact lenses. Our doctors are very skilled at fitting “hard-to-fit” patients.

Is there a separate exam required for contact lenses?

The contact lens exam is a special exam in addition to your routine eye exam. This special contact lens exam ensures the proper fit of your contacts and evaluates your vision with the contacts. This exam is frequently referred to as a “fitting & evaluation”.

EYE GLASSES

Can you fill my outside prescription?

Yes, as long as the prescription is valid and not expired. We would be more than happy to check your insurance benefits for you as well to apply towards your eyewear purchase.

Do you guarantee your products?

We stand behind everything we sell. All of our products carry the manufacturer’s warranty against damage and defects. Because we are an authorized dealer, we can get parts for your eyewear if we don’t have it in stock.

How long does it take to get my new glasses?

The typical turn-around time for a pair of eyewear is 7-10 business days, depending on the specifics of your order.

How much do eyeglasses cost?

There are many factors that determine the cost of a pair of eyeglasses. We focus on each of our patients own specific needs to build a pair of eyewear that is both functional and attractive. Frame prices vary due to a number of factors which include manufacturer and materials used. After an optician has reviewed your prescription, we can offer lens and lens option pricing to meet your vision needs and budget.

What frame lines do you carry?

The Eye Studio has carefully chosen our frame lines to deliver the latest in style and technology. Please visit our eyewear collections page for a list and description of the frame lines we offer!

Ortho-K

How about ortho-k for astigmatism?

The amount of astigmatism reduction achievable will depend on the amount and the type. 1.50 diopters of “with-the-rule” corneal astigmatism and 0.75 diopter of “against-the-rule” corneal astigmatism are considered the upper limits for astigmatism reduction. Ortho-k will not have an effect on residual (internal) astigmatism.

Once the treatment phase is completed, how frequently will I need to wear the overnight retainer lenses?

Most people will need to wear the shaping lenses six to seven consecutive nights in order to enjoy good, unaided vision during the entire day. Patients with lesser degrees of myopia (nearsightedness) may find that wearing them every other night is satisfactory. However, this will be determined on an individual basis by the eye care practitioner.

Is ortho-k permanent?

After treatment, maximum results are achieved and retainer-shaping lenses are worn to stabilize and maintain the new corneal shape. Failure to wear the shaping lens on an ongoing basis will result in a return to the pre-existing prescription. Retainer shaping lenses will likely be prescribed for overnight wear.

Is everyone a candidate of ortho-k?

No! While orthokeratology can help most individuals (including those with certain types and amounts of astigmatism and moderately high myopia) improve their vision, the procedure is often most effective for those prescriptions falling within a specific range. Additional factors may include individual corneal rigidity and shape factors as well as an ability to wear contact lenses. A thorough consultation and examination using advanced computerized diagnostic instrumentation can easily determine if orthokeratology is right for an individual.

If the patient decides to return to wearing glasses, can vision be resorted to its pre-treatment level?

The wearer’s eyes will return to their pre-treatment nearsightedness after about two weeks. Depending on how long ortho-k lenses have been worn, this process may be as long as 30-90 days. In order to provide good vision during this transitional period, patients are refitted with gas permeable lenses or disposable soft lenses while the corneas recover their pre-treatment shape.

How safe is ortho-k?

Ortho-k is believed to be safe when appropriately fitted and managed properly. Many people have been able to eliminate their dependence upon their glasses and standard contacts with no adverse effects. Unlike surgical procedures like radial keratotomy (RK), photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK), and laser assisted subepithelial keratectomy (LASEK), the corneal tissue is not incised or vaporized by a laser. As with all contact lenses, proper lens care and handling must be performed to maintain eye health. The state-of-the-art, high-permeability GP materials now available provide adequate amounts of oxygen to the tissues of the eye.

How much myopia can a person realistically expect to be able to reduce using orthokeratology?

Generally, 5.00 diopters of myopia is the upper limit for myopia reduction. However, work is underway on designs that will hopefully correct higher amounts of myopia. Lower amounts of myopia are easier and faster to reduce.

How long does it take to be able to see well without glasses?

Rapid visual improvement normally occurs in the first few days. Stabilization then follows over the next few weeks and months. Once the wearer’s eyes are stabilized, improved eyesight is maintained by wearing shaping lenses as recommended to maintain vision at the desired level.

How do ortho-k lenses work?

Ortho-k shaping lenses are designed to progressively reshape the central surface of the cornea systematically, similar to the effect of lasers in reversing nearsightedness. However, unlike laser surgery, the effect of ortho-k treatment is temporary and reversible..

What are the risks of wearing lenses overnight?

The complications of wearing contact lenses include corneal ingrowth of vessels, ulcers, and abrasions. The risks associated with wearing contact lenses overnight are higher than wearing contact lenses only while awake. Contact lenses cannot become lost behind the eye (this is anatomically impossible) and is rare for ortho-k shaping lenses to become decentered from the cornea.

Who is not a candidate for ortho-k?

While ortho-k can be performed on practically anyone with healthy eyes who can insert a contact lens and follow lens care directions, it is not recommended for people with prescriptions above 5.00 diopters of myopia or above 1.50 diopters of astigmatism. Also, people with pupils that are larger than normal (>6 mm in normal light) and those having irregular corneal astigmatism or any corneal disorder such as keratoconus are not candidates.

Exam

Do you perform laser vision correction or LASIK?

We work with very well qualified surgeons who do excellent work. Since our office does not perform the surgery, we are in a very good position to give you unbiased information. After a thorough exam, we can discuss the variables that make a person a good candidate for the procedure, tell you if you are a good candidate or not, explain step-by-step how it works, what to anticipate, and how to tailor the prescription that will be best for you.

Do you perform Ortho-K?

Yes, we do. Please see here for more information.

How long does a typical eye examination take?

An eye exam typically takes 45-60 minutes. We are very thorough!

How often should I get my eyes examined?

You and your doctor should determine the eye exam schedule that best meets your eyecare needs. However, as a rule, you should not go beyond two years to have your eyes examined, and the recommended care is an eye exam every year. Those with a family history of eye diseases, diabetic patients and anyone whose general health is poor or who are taking medications that may have potential side effects on the eye, may need to have their eyes examined more often.

Is your doctor an Optometrist or an Ophthalmologist?

Our eye doctor is an optometrist. An Optometrist is considered a primary eye care provider, skilled at prescribing glasses and various contact lenses. Optometrists are also trained to detect and diagnose eye diseases.  The doctors at The Eye Studio treat eye infections, inflammations, dry eyes, glaucoma and perform specific ocular procedures, such as foreign body removal and punctal plug insertions. For most patients, an optometrist can address most of their visual needs. In cases where patients need further testing, we have a network of ophthalmologists who we can refer to depending on their needs, whether it’s a retinal, glaucoma, corneal or cataract specialist.

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

The American Optometric Association suggests that children should have their first regular eye exam at six months of age. Follow up exams should be done around age two to three because a child’s visual system undergoes its most rapid development at this age and vision correction is most effective.

What is included in an eye exam?

Our comprehensive eye exams include a complete health check of the eye: retinal check with dilation, glaucoma test, field of vision testing, plus the refraction test for your eyeglass prescription. This year, we added two new tests to the eye exam: a photo of your retina (inside of your eyes) and Z-view test.

INSURANCE

Can I use my flex-spending or bill insurance on my own?

We will provide you with an itemized receipt that may accommodate you with this. We strongly recommend you first speak with your benefits representative to determine the best method of using your benefits.

Can you bill my insurance?

In most cases we will be happy to bill your vision insurance on your behalf. We are participating providers for most insurance plans.  Please call the office or email us.  We will help you figure out your insurance plans.

Will you explain what insurance benefits I'm entitled to?

Absolutely. We can do this either in person or just give us a call. We can also best advise you on how to maximize your benefits for glasses or contacts if you need both. We can calculate the various scenarios for you and let you decide which option you want to go with.

OTHER

Do you offer gift certificates?

We offer gift certificates up to any amount in twenty five dollar increments.

Why should I choose an independent practice?

An independent practice is not part of a large multiple group and is usually owned by the optometrist providing the services to you. Research has shown that independent practices are seen to offer more personal and expert service than the large national chains.