Check Your Eye-Q
Do you know the answers to these frequently asked questions?
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Q: How long is the recovery time after cataract surgery?

A: In many cases your eye will feel comfortable the day after surgery and you will be able to resume regular activities. Some patients see very well the day after cataract surgery and others need a few days to reach their maximum vision improvement depending on how much swelling there is in the cornea. Your final vision may be improved with glasses, which are usually not prescribed for two or three weeks.

Q: How does diabetes affect your eyesight?

A: Diabetes can increase the risk for developing eye disease. High blood-sugar levels can damage blood vessels in the retina, the nerve layer at the back of the eye that senses light and helps send images to the brain. The damage to the retinal vessels is called diabetic retinopathy.

Diabetes can cause the vision in both eyes to change even if you don’t have retinopathy. Rapid jumps and dips in your blood sugar can change the shape of the eye’s lens and the image on the retina will become out of focus. After the blood sugar stabilizes the image will be back in focus. You can reduce episodes of blurred vision by maintaining good control of your blood sugar.

Q: Is there a specific starting age for contact wearers?

There is no starting age for contact lens fitting. The important thing to keep in mind is how responsible the patient will be with his/her daily eye routine and lenses. However, there will probably be more frequent changes in the necessary power of the contact lenses in patients younger than eighteen. Regular follow-up visits are important.

Q: If you have normal eye pressure, does this mean you don’t have glaucoma?

A: Glaucoma and eye pressure are commonly thought to be related. Increased eye pressure does put you at risk for glaucoma, but it doesn’t guarantee that you will get the disease. On the other hand, it is also possible to develop glaucoma without experiencing any increase in eye pressure.

Q: At what age should a child start getting regular eye exams?

A: All children should undergo an evaluation to detect eye and vision abnormalities during the first few months of life, at six months to a year, three years and at five years. Abnormalities present at birth may have profound effects on the development of the normal vision in the infant. By age three, the child will generally cooperate enough for fairly accurate assessment of visual acuity and ocular alignment, and he or she should have this assessed by a pediatrician or other medical practitioner. Any abnormalities or inability to test are criteria for referral to an ophthalmologist.

We would like to inform our patients that at the present time we are not scheduling refractive surgery, including LASIK or PRK.  We may resume this in the future.  If you would be interested we can put your name on a call list for when we do offer it again.  We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.  

Thank you for your understanding!

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