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FAQ

What’s the Difference between an Optician, an Optometrist and an Ophthalmologist?

Opticians are not doctors, but in some states they must complete training and be licensed, and after special training, can become certified to fit contact lenses. Most opticians sell and fit eyeglasses, sunglasses, and specialty eyewear based on a prescription written by an optometrist's or ophthalmologist. Some Opticians have equipment on the premises that allows them to grind lenses and put them in frames without ordering from an outside lab.

Optometrists are Doctors of optometry (ODs). They examine eyes for both vision and health problems, prescribe glasses, and fit contact lenses. They can also prescribe many ophthalmic medications and often participate in your pre- and postoperative care in the event you have eye surgery. ODs must complete four years of post-graduate optometry school for their doctorate.

Ophthalmologists are medical doctors (MD) who specialize in the eye. Ophthalmologists perform treat disease, prescribe medication, perform surgery and administer eye exams. They can write prescriptions for medication and for eyeglasses and contact lenses.

Why are eye exams important?

Routine eye exams are important whatever age or overall health. Regular eye exams can provide early detection of vision problems, eye diseases, and other general health related problems before they become an issue. Based on the results of your comprehensive eye exam, your Optometrist will determine a treatment plan (if needed) for your eye health needs.

Do you take insurance?

Valley Eye Care & Optical are all approved Medicare providers. We accept VSP insurance. We also regularly add new insurance plans, so please call our office to see what other insurance plans we accept.

I have perfect or "20/20" vision. Do I still need to have a regular eye exam?

Absolutely! Many eye diseases or disorders have nothing to do with your general vision, and are asymptomatic. It is best to detect any condition and initiate treatment as early as possible to avoid or minimize visual impairment.

What are vision screenings?

Vision screenings are limited eye tests that help identify people who are at risk for vision problems. These are the brief vision tests performed by the school nurse, a pediatrician, and other health care providers but are not fully trained to do this. They can miss important vision problems that require treatment; for a complete and comprehensive eye exam, you need an Optometrist.

What are the benefits of Contact Lens?

Valley Eye Care offers a wealth of experience in the field and can guide you through the variety of lenses available to find you a type to suit your needs. The technology used to manufacture contact lens has advanced dramatically, making them incredibly easy to use and comfortable to wear. Some contact lens are even designed for extended use making them suitable for overnight wear. Valley Eye Care can help you find a type of lens to suit your individual needs, so you can enjoy the benefits of wearing contact lens.

What’s involved in a Contact Lens Exam?

In an initial exam, The Doctors of Visibly Better Eye Care will examine your eyes to determine if you can wear contact lenses. Your prescription and the curvature of your eye are measured and any special needs you may have will be discussed. The doctor will then determine the type of contact lenses that best fit your eyes and prescription, while ensuring that your eyes remain healthy with the lenses.

What’s involved in a Contact Lens Fitting?

A fitting examination is a practice session for you to try your new lenses and to become adept at lens insertion and removal. The doctor will also look at the lenses on your eyes and determine if any changes need to be made. If the lenses fit well and you are seeing well with them, a checkup exam is scheduled 1 week after the practice session.

What are some of the warning signs that might indicate my child has a vision problem?

The AOA lists the following signs that parents and teachers can look for to help identify a vision problem. If you notice any of the below please schedule an appointment right away.

  • An eye turning inward, outward, upward or downward frequently
  • Bumping into objects
  • Red eyes or eye lids
  • Frequent rubbing of the eyes
  • Excessive tearing
  • Turning or tilting head to use one eye only
  • Encrusted eyelids
  • Frequent eye styes
  • Avoiding coloring, puzzles, or detailed activities
  • Difficulty with eye-hand-body coordination
  • Avoiding close work
  • Holding reading material closer than normal
  • Headaches
  • Making frequent reversals when reading or writing
  • Using a finger to maintain place when reading
  • Omitting or confusing small words when reading
  • Consistently performing below potential
  • Behavioral problems

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

Your Optometrist will explain the purpose of your prescription and when they should be worn. In most cases, glasses will not cause any deterioration that would not otherwise occur. However, wearing glasses for activities different than recommended (i.e. distance glasses worn to read up close) may make the eyes work harder than they need to.