Do your doctors perform the dreaded “eye puff” test?
We do not. The measurement of intraocular pressure is an integral part of every eye exam we do. Elevated eye pressure is a big risk factor for glaucoma. The eye puff test is a gross estimate of your eye pressure. There are other techniques that are much more precise and accurate. These are the techniques we use during our exams.
Will my eyes be dilated during my eye exam?
In most cases, yes. A dilated exam is the only way for our doctors to view the entirety of the inside of your eyes. This is necessary to check for all the various conditions that may adversely affect the health of your eyes. After a dilated eye exam, your eyes will be sensitive to sunlight and your near vision will be blurry for approximately 3-4 hours. We will provide you with post-dilation disposable sunshades. Most patients are comfortable to drive themselves home after their exam but bring a driver if you would rather not drive.
Are your prices competitive?
We have all seen the “Buy One, Get One Free” eyeglass advertisements. We promise to provide you with a higher quality of optical product and service than would you would find at a discount optical store. We provide you with the best quality optical products, brands, and technology and provide them at a very competitive price.
After I have cataract surgery, will I ever need to have it done again?
No. Cataract surgery is only needed once per eye during your lifetime. There are a small percentage of patients who will eventually need a laser cleaning of a film that can form on the back of the lens implant. If your vision becomes affected by this opacity, our doctors will schedule you for the laser procedure.
Do online eye exams provide good eye care?
We love the advancements in our field made possible by new technology and the improvements in eye care that result. However, we strongly feel that for an eye exam to be comprehensive and accurate it must be done in person. Obtaining the optimal glasses prescription, accurately fitting the lenses, and examining eye wellness require a first-person hands-on setting.
Are eyeglasses purchased online worth it?
A study published by the American Optometric Association with the Optical Laboratories Association and The Vision Council reinforces the drawbacks of online orders. The study concluded:
- Of 200 glasses ordered online, only 154 pairs were received;
- 44.8 percent had incorrect prescriptions or safety issues;
- 29 percent had at least one lens fail to meet required prescription;
- 19 percent of adult lenses failed impact resistance testing; and,
- 25 percent of children's lenses failed impact resistance testing.
When you purchase your eyeglasses from us, we will stand behind and guarantee their quality and craftsmanship.
Can I order my contacts lenses through your office online?
Yes! Just click on the “Order Contact Lenses” button on our home page. We will process your order right away.
Why should I get my eyeglasses at Columbia Eye Consultants Optometry?
We display a large number of quality frames in our offices. We feel that we have a frame selection that will meet every style, size, color and function that our patients want. The quality of the frames we provide will be complimented by the quality of the lenses and craftsmanship we use in making your spectacles.
Is Columbia Eye Consultants Optometry involved in philanthropy?
Through our KindSight 2020 program, we donate one pair of glasses for each pair we sell. We also donate a monetary portion of each sale to help fund the program. KindSight 2020 is our homegrown mission to provide eye care and glasses to the people of Guatemala who are in need of our assistance.
What is an appropriate age for my child to start wearing contact lenses?
Beginning contact lens wear for the first time can be a very exciting moment for a young person. The appropriate age may vary depending on the situation. The child’s parent should feel confident that he or she would be able to safely care for the contact lenses and wear them in their prescribed manner. Serious complications can arise from non-compliance or over wear of contact lenses. The child also needs to feel motivated to complete the training period with contacts. The initial early stages of wearing contacts are subject to a steep learning curve during the insertion and removal of contacts. Adequate motivation is necessary to see them through. Due to advances in contact lens technology the average starting age for wearing contacts is younger than it was years ago. Let us know if your child is interested in starting contact lens wear.
I have both vision and medical insurance. Which one will be billed for my examination?
When you come to see us for a routine exam for glasses and/or contact lens prescription update and have no symptoms or conditions other than those related to your prescription update, this would be an instance when your exam would be submitted to your vision insurance plan. Of course at these examinations we will still check your general ocular health status. If you present for your exam with a history of medical eye conditions or symptoms related to a medical eye condition, your exam will be submitted to your medical insurance plan. In this case, we can still submit your glasses and contact lens expenses to your vision plan. Any medical eye testing that needs to be completed at your exam to monitor or investigate for the presence of medical conditions will also be submitted to your medical plan. Our staff has extensive experience navigating the confusing world of insurance plans. We are glad to answer any questions you have regarding your insurance benefits before or after or during your visit with us.
How long will my eye exam appointment last?
In most cases, your eye examination will take roughly one hour to one-and-a-half hours. You may want to allow more time for your frame selection after your examination.
Are you accepting new patients? All the doctors at Columbia Eye Consultants Optometry accept new patients. And we greatly appreciate your referrals of friends, co-workers, and family members.
When should I bring my kid for his/her first exam? The American Optometric Association recommends your child’s first eye exam be completed at 6 months of age and then again and 3 years old. Missed those milestones? We are happy to see children of all ages.