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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: At what age should my children receive their first eye examinations?

A: All children should be examined for the first time before the age of 2. However, if you suspect problems before that time, you should have your child’s eyes thoroughly examined. There are congenital conditions of the eye that, if not diagnosed and treated early, are irreversible. Eye exams can be performed on newborns, though such examinations are not usually necessary.

Q: How often should I have my eyes examined?

A: The frequency of your exams depends on your age and the health of your eyes. Individuals with medical problems affecting the eyes are often scheduled for check-ups more than once a year, while those who only need exams for prescription updates are scheduled every one to two years.

Q: Is this red bump on my eyelid a sty?

A: There are several glands in the eye that may become clogged, infected or inflamed. While you may not have a sty, you need to visit us for an exam to determine the cause of the bump on your eyelid. If you do have a sty, the treatment usually involves the application of a hot compress to the affected area; ointments and drops may also be prescribed to assist in healing.

Q: Could my dry, itchy eyes be a sign of something serious?

A: These complaints are typically due to allergic irritation or dry eye syndrome. Although allergies can be treated with over-the-counter eye drops “to get the red out,” there are now more effective drops available by prescription. There are several treatments available if your doctor determines that you have dry eye syndrome, or aqueous tear deficiency. This occurs when the eye does not produce tears properly or when the tears are not of the correct consistency and evaporate too quickly. In addition to being uncomfortable, dry eye can damage eye tissue, scar the cornea and impair vision. Permanent loss of vision from dry eye is uncommon.

Q: Am I a good candidate for refractive surgery?

A: To determine if refractive surgery like LASEK is right for you, you need the advice of our trained refractive coordinator. A consultation with our refractive coordinator is free and will assess potential benefits of the procedure. Dr. Randall E. Cole is highly trained and experienced in vision correction surgery and has performed over 35,000 cataract and refractive procedures. LASEK, and other refractive procedures, like any surgical procedure, is never guaranteed. Studies indicate that around 98% of patients achieve their best corrected vision or better. However, since each individual is different, some may still require glasses for night driving or reading.