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General Vision Questions and Answers

Question: Should I find a specialist for my eyecare, or is every optometrist the same?

Answer: You should find a specialist. All optometrists are not the same. If you know you have a particular condition or wear a specialty type contact lens, for example, it would be a good idea to ask whether the optometrist specializes with the condition or specialty contact. Sometimes, if the optometrist doesn’t actually specialize in that area, they know another optometrist who does and get you to proper care more promptly than an urgent care doctor or primary care doctor.

Question: What is color blindness?

Answer: Color blindness is a condition where the cells (photoreceptors) in the inside lining of the eye (retina) do not absorb light properly. Certain cells (rods and cones) are better at absorbing a particular color of light (wavelength) and if those rods or cones are not working properly, the eye is unable to detect that color.

Question: My child has myopia, is it dangerous?

Answer: Myopia is not dangerous, but it is a concern with the number of near-sighted tasks children are exposed to at younger and younger ages now. We are seeing an increase in myopia in the world’s population.

Question: why do you dilate my eyes during an exam?

Answer: 1-Dilation blocks your eyes natural focusing mechanism so we can determine the truest prescription of the eye. 2-It allows the optometrist to see your retina or the inner lining of your eyes. This is important for examining the health of your eyes. We can detect signs of retinal degenerations and detachments, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and even diabetes, hypertension and hypercholesterol.

Question: Why should I take a photo of my retina during my eye exam?

Answer: Retinal photos are a good way to document the appearance of your retina now to be able to detect changes if or when they occur. It is also a good way to document any condition or disease process you have in your retina and then to monitor such condition for change over time.

Question: Is wearing makeup or eye mascara harmful to my eyes?

Answer: In general, makeup and mascara are not harmful to the eyes. What is harmful, is not cleaning the makeup off your lids and lashes before sleeping. This will clog the pores and blocks oil glands from properly secreting natural oils into your eyes. These things lead to eye infections, styles, and chronic dry eye, which can be very painful and cause vision loss. Over time, this will also lead to thickening of your eyelids and Harding/ drying up of the oil glands, which is nearly impossible to recover. Another thing about mascara, the tube should be replaced every 90 days. This is because we all have good bacteria living on our skin, especially near hair follicles. If these bacteria become scarce or overpopulated, infections occur. Every time you dip that mascara brush and apply that mascara to your lashes, you are at risk of disrupting those good bacteria cells. Plus, you are re-dipping the brush and putting some of these bacteria into the tube, where they can grow and multiply.