What insurances do you accept?
We gladly accept assignment for BCBS, UHC, VSP, Medcost, and Medicare. Of course, coverage and eligibility is dependent upon your plan and is not guaranteed.
How often should I have an Eye Exam?
We recommend that you have your eyes checked once every year, but this may vary depending upon your ocular and systemic health. Should you wear contact lenses, a more frequent interval may be advised. These recommended intervals assume that you are not experiencing any symptoms of visual change or discomfort.
Will my sight worsen if I start wearing specs or contact lenses?
Wearing a prescription does not make your vision worse. Often when someone gets spectacles for the first time the visual improvement is so amazing that vision without them seems much worse, especially as time goes by. However, this is simply because the brain can now compare two images directly: one with specs and one without. Prior to this, your eyes had nothing to make a comparison with. Therefore, the vision did not seem quite so fuzzy, when in fact it was. Both nature (your genes) and nurture (life’s influence on you) have their roles to play and their interaction will decide the way your eyes will change with time.
How long will the eye exam take?
This should not take longer than 30 minutes assuming no extra tests or contact lens fittings are required. We endeavourer to have completed our service to you within an hour.
What does the eye exam involve?
- An Eye Exam allows the optometrist to:
- Determine any relevant prescription for your eyes (far or near-sighted, astigmatic, presbyopic)
- Check that the muscles of the eyes work together
- Check your Eye Health through dilated pupils and screen for any associated general health problems
At every visit to Focus Eye Care we will assess the health of your eyes from front to back. The tests performed may include but are not limited to: depth perception, color vision, visual fields, interocular pressure, biomicroscopy and ophthalmoscopy. A patient’s systemic health will influence what tests are performed. Patients may be asked to return for additional testing to rule out ocular disease. For more information, please see the eye exam section of our web site
What is the difference between an ophthalmologist and an optometrist?
Ophthalmologists are sometimes known as eye surgeons or eye specialists as they concentrate on surgical treatment of eye diseases. They are essentially medical doctors that specialize in eyes and may perform surgery and prescribe medication as they see fit. Some also undertake the prescription of spectacles, contact lenses and recommend eye exercises, although this is quite rare. Optometrists can prescribe medicines, diagnose and treat most eye diseases but will refer to ophthalmologists if necessary or if surgery is recommended. Optometrists are more experienced in writing spectacle and contact lens prescriptions than ophtalmologists. Some also specialize in eye exercises to improve eye muscle conditions.
What is LASIK surgery?
LASIK stands for Laser In Situ Keratomileusis. It is a form of refractive surgery, which corrects near or far-sightedness and astigmatism. It cannot correct presbyopia, but treatment is sometimes aimed at leaving one eye slightly short-sighted in order to account for this condition. For more information on presbyopia, see our Optical Terms section. LASIK can only be performed by an eye surgeon. Use is made of a microsurgical instrument to create a flap through the cornea (front part of the eye). Once the flap is moved out of the way, the exposed tissue is reshaped using a laser. This reshaping is what corrects the vision. The flap is then replaced over the cornea and the eye is allowed to heal. To find out if you are suitable for LASIK you would need to attend a pre-operative assessment at which your corneal thickness will be measured and your prescription verified for stability. If your cornea is too thin or your prescription is still changing, you will probably be advised against LASIK. Dr. Brimer co-manages LASIK with several ophthalmic surgeons in the area. She has had 2 years experience working at a LASIK surgery center and can answer many questions patients may have about if they are a good candidate and what to expect after the surgery.