Q: How often should I have an eye exam?
A: The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends that adults wearing glasses or contacts and adults aged 61 and older should see their eye doctor every year or as recommended.
Q: What insurances do you take?
A: Brodie Optometry accepts most medical insurance and vision insurance plans. Visit our insurances (link to page) page to find out if yours is accepted here. The medical plan usually covers the exam and the vision insurance covers materials such as eyewear, lenses and contacts.
Q: What is a cataract?
A: A cataract is a cloudiness of the lens in your eye that prevents light from passing to the retina, which can impair your vision. Cataracts form naturally as you age and sometimes remain small and unnoticeable. However, with more developed cataracts, it’s like viewing the world through a foggy window.
Symptoms may include:
✓ Cloudy vision
✓ Difficulty seeing at night
✓ Halos around lights
✓ Frequent changes in glasses or contacts prescriptions
✓ Double vision in on
✓ Light sensitivity
✓ Seeing faded colors
Q: What is the difference between nearsightedness and farsightedness?
A: Nearsightedness, or myopia, causes objects in the distance to be blurry. Farsightedness, or hyperopia, causes near objects to appear blurred.
Q: How do I know if I have presbyopia?
A: Presbyopia is the hardening of your eyes’ natural lenses. One of the early indicators of presbyopia is trouble reading fine print where you may find yourself having to hold books or prescription bottle labels farther away to see them clearly.
Other symptoms may include:
✓Blurred vision at normal reading distance even while wearing your normal glasses or contact lenses.
✓Holding reading materials at arm’s length to focus properly. ✓Headaches
✓Fatigue while reading or doing close up work.
Q: What should I bring with me to my eye exam?
A: First, you need to have your medical and vision insurance card(s) to confirm your coverage and a photo ID. Make sure to bring your current prescription glasses and contact boxes. Also, most importantly, you should provide your doctor with a list of prescription medications and any vitamins or dietary supplements you’re currently taking or regularly took in the past.
Q: How do I know if I have glaucoma?
A: The only way to know is to be examined by an eye doctor. Glaucoma has no symptoms until there is damage to your optic nerve. We provide the latest and most advance digital technology to take 3D photos of your eyes to detect eye diseases such as glaucoma.
Q: Can myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism be prevented?
A: No. These common focusing errors are the result of a defect in the mechanism of the eyes that is most likely hereditary. However, in the case of myopia, there is some evidence that visual stress caused by too much close work may exacerbate an existing condition.
Q: What is dry eye?
A: Dry Eye is a condition caused by changes in the quantity or quality of your tears. Tears are composed of three main layers that work together to keep your eyes comfortable and protected. If anything affects the balance of these elements, your tears may evaporate too quickly, causing your eyes to feel dry and irritated.