How much is an eye exam?

That is a hard question to answer…it depends on the complexity of the exam and whether the patient is a new vs. established patient. For someone wanting his/her annual eye health and visual examination including a glasses prescription if needed could expect to spend around $100. Many insurance companies or vision benefit plans such as Vision Care Direct do cover an annual exam with a minimal co-payment.

How often do I need an eye exam?

For most individuals, a yearly eye examination is adequate. Youth who are growing fast may need an update for his/her prescription sooner than one year. Certain medical conditions such as glaucoma or macular degeneration require more frequent monitoring.

Why should I have my eyes dilated?

Dilation allows Drs. Goering or Hageman to have a better view inside your eye to make sure your eyes are healthy. It is much like opening a door to see inside a room instead of looking in through a small window. With dilation, one can see the optic nerve head, blood vessels, the macula and out to the periphery of the retina.

Can I drive after my eyes are dilated?

Most individuals feel comfortable driving afterwards as long as he/she is wearing sunglasses. Some people do prefer to arrange for someone to drive them home.

How long does dilation take and how long will the effects last?

It normally takes 20 – 30 minutes for the eyes to dilate. It then just takes 5 – 10 minutes for the doctors to examine them. The pupils will remain larger than normal for 4 – 6 hours causing increased light sensitivity but vision is back to normal usually within the hour.

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism is another reason that one may need to wear glasses, contact lenses or have refractive surgery to see better or more comfortably. An easy way to think of astigmatism is when the front surface of the eye (cornea) is more oval shaped, like a football rather than round, like a basketball. Symptoms may be blurred or distorted vision or headaches and/or eyestrain. Large amounts of astigmatism cause vision to be blurry at all distances.

What is "pink eye?"

Pink eye is a broad, layperson’s term used to describe any eye that is pink or reddish colored. Bacterial, viral or allergic conjunctivitis would be more common medical diagnoses. Allergic conjunctivitis would not be contagious whereas viral or bacterial conjunctivitis would be. Pink or red eyes could also be caused by dry eye syndrome or computer vision syndrome.

Am I nearsighted or farsighted?

Nearsighted individuals generally have better near sight than far sight and farsighted individuals have better far sight than near sight. However, if one is extremely nearsighted or farsighted, he/she doesn’t see well at any distance so it makes it hard to figure out by yourself. Then to make it more confusing, once a person reaches his/her 40’s, he will have trouble with his close up vision, making him think he is farsighted. However, that is a different refractive condition called presbyopia! Presbyopia is the term we use when the natural lens within the eye loses its ability to change focus allowing us to see at different distances with one single-vision prescription.

How much do glasses cost?

Frames as low as $65 and basic lenses start at $80. We have a variety of frame and lens packages available. Our opticians are happy to give you quotes based on your prescription needs. They can recommend what would be the best lens for your visual needs. For example, if you have a high prescription, we would not suggest a traditional plastic or polycarbonate lens. There are many advancements in technology that would allow a thinner, more lightweight lens with great optical clarity. We strive to give you good quality, selection, service at a competitive price. Most of our frames have a two year warranty and our lenses have either a one year or two year warranty.

Will my eyes be dependent on glasses if I wear them full-time?

Most likely not! Most optometrists feel that wearing correction or not wearing correction won’t make your eyes get worse nor will it “cure” you! Probably what happens is that one sees so much clearer and more comfortably with correction that by comparison it makes one think his/her eyes are worse when he takes off his correction. We simply learn to “interpret the blur” after our glasses are off for a while.

Can I wear contact lenses?

Many people can be successful contact lens wearers…even those needing astigmatism correction or bifocals. Some refractive errors or visual conditions such as dry eyes make wearing contacts more challenging. McPherson Eye Care does offer a “Satisfaction Guarantee” on your contact lens fitting. After completing an eye examination, we can give you a quote on what your options are if we think you could be a successful contact lens wearer.

Why are contact lens prescriptions different from glasses prescriptions?

There are several reasons they are different: one is that the contacts are placed on the cornea and the glasses set out about 12 mm from your cornea. Another is that since the contacts do sit on the cornea, we have to match the curvature of the cornea with the curvature of the contact lenses—similar to shoe sizes—do you need a narrow, medium or wide width! Also, contact lenses are only made in certain prescriptions—so if you have a small amount of astigmatism in your glasses such as 0.50 diopters we have to adjust your contact lens prescription as contacts are not made with that amount of astigmatism—0.75 would be the minimum amount of astigmatism in contacts.

Where can I get more information?