When should my child have first eye examination?
-Ideal age to have the first dilated eye exam is between 3 to 4 years of age.
Amblyopia / Lazy Eye
Term “lazy eye” is generic term most often used to cover a number of different conditions
Why is dilatation important?
-It allows us to obtain the most accurate amount of Refractive Error and to determine if glasses are necessary
How long will the dilation last?
For children, a special dilating drop or spray is used in the office that will cause an enlarged pupil, light sensitivity and blurred vision when focusing at a close range. This normally will last approximately 6 to 8 hours. For adults, a different dilating drop is used that will cause the same effects but should last approximately 2 to 4 hours. Caution should be taken with driving. We provide free disposable sunglasses or dark sunglass inserts. We recommend avoiding driving or operating dangerous machinery immediately afterwards. We recommend that someone accompany you to drive you home if you feel uncomfortable doing so.
When can my child begin wearing Contact Lenses?
When the child is responsibly ready to maintain the proper handling and care of the contact lenses. This is not at any one particular age. We typically will ask the parent or guardian if the child is responsible with daily chores, school, and is motivated for the extra work that contact lenses require.
Can I wear contact lenses if I just need reading glasses?
Most people can still wear contact lenses comfortably even though they only need help focusing on near work. This probably will mean they need a multifocal contact lens or may be a better candidate for mono vision.
What are Multifocal Contact Lenses?
Multifocal Contact Lenses are lenses designed with different focal points within the lens. They help to focus distance, intermediate and near vision. They are soft and disposable and normally very comfortable. They usually help to eliminate or decrease the dependence on reading glasses. They also help to restore depth perception.