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Frequently Asked Questions
Here is a selection of relevant questions when it comes to general eye care and contact lenses. If you have a question that you cannot find an answer to in our frequently asked questions section, then please don't have any hesitation in contacting our optician either by phone, email, or by using the appointment request page of this website. We are more than happy to answer your queries.
Q. Why is it important to get regular eye exams?
A. According to the Association of Optometrists, periodic eye examinations are an important part of routine preventive health care. Many eye and vision conditions present no obvious symptoms. Therefore, individuals are often unaware that a problem exists. Early diagnosis and treatment are important for maintaining good vision and when possible preventing permanent vision loss.
A thorough eye examination yields far more information than you might expect. Not only does it provide your optician with information to diagnose and treat eye conditions, a look into your eyes also provides an open window on your general health.
For information on how often you should have your eyes examined, visit the Association of Optometrists' website.
Q. How often should I have my eyes tested?
A. Even if you are not aware of any problems, you should have your eyes tested every two years. The eye test is a regular health check, which can detect underlying health problems as well as changes in your vision.
It may need to be more frequent depending on your age and medical history. Your optometrist normally advises you when you should return for your next eye test and usually they send a reminder letter to you.
Q. Why do I need an eye test every two years if everything is always fine?
A. Eyes don't usually let you know that something is wrong. Any change is usually very gradual, so you become accustomed to the change in your vision. Therefore, regular eye tests are important to pick up any change as soon as possible to make sure any problem can be treated before it affects vision.
The eye test detects many conditions earlier than waiting for symptoms to appear. It does not just check whether you need glasses but can also show a number of underlying health problems, such as diabetes and glaucoma, and also reveals the general condition of your eyes.
Q. How old does my child have to be before they can have their eyes tested?
A. Children can be tested at any age. It is recommended that an optometrist sees them before they start school and start learning to read. Often, vision problems can be the reason why a child does not perform well at school, for example, because they cannot see the board.
The earlier a problem is detected the more chance there is of successful treatment. Children's eyes are fully developed by the time they are 8 years old so it is very important to have any problems detected before this.
Q. I'm diabetic but my vision hasn't changed. Why do I need an eye test every year?
A. Even if your vision appears unchanged, the tiny blood vessels on your retina may be changing. Your optometrist can look for these early signs, and they can be treated before they cause damage to your vision.
Q. How long should a sight test take?
A. It depends upon who the patient is. A young, healthy person with no apparent problems takes approximately 25-30 minutes. Someone older, perhaps with high blood pressure, diabetes, glaucoma, or other ailment can take longer. The optometrist determines what clinical tests are needed to provide the correct information for new glasses or contact lenses.
Q. I've been told that I can't wear contact lenses because I have astigmatism. Is this true?
A. There are many types of contact lenses available now which correct astigmatism, both in soft and gas permeable materials.
Q. Can my contact lens be "lost" behind my eye?
A. No, a thin, but strong membrane called the conjunctiva lines the inside of your eyelids and curls back on itself to cover the white part of the eye. Lenses cannot pass through it. However, your lenses may slide under your eyelid or become displaced.
Q. What are contact lenses made of?
A. Today's contact lenses are made from a number of different materials called polymers. These polymers ensure comfortable lens wear by allowing the eye to breathe normally and maintain their shape on the eye. Modern soft lenses offer excellent comfort and are soft because they contain water. Typically, the water content of lenses varies from about 40% to 70%.
Q. What types of vision problems can contact lenses correct?
A. Contact lenses can correct most vision conditions, including near-sightedness and far-sightedness. They can also correct an astigmatism (irregularly shaped cornea) and presbyopia (also known as "aging eye") that affects nearly everyone as they grow older. Today's lenses and lens fitting techniques can help many of these people.