We want to make sure that you receive all of the information that you need to make educated decisions about your eye health. Our optometrist, Dr. Yoongie Min, is always available to answer your questions. Please feel free to send us your eye care questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Question: How often should I get my eyes checked?
Answer: For most patients, annual eye exams are appropriate. Although prescriptions may not change, ocular health should be evaluated on a regular basis, especially if you wear contact lenses, if you have diabetes, or if you have a family history of glaucoma or other eye problems.
Question: How old does my child have to be before having his/her eyes checked?
Answer: It is recommended that your child have his/her eyes checked at least by age three. It is at this age that most children begin preschool and it is very important to have a thorough ocular evaluation for color deficiencies, lazy eye and other visual problems that can affect a child’s learning capabilities. Your child does not have to know his/her letters/numbers in order to have an accurate measurement of their visual system. Our doctors can determine a child’s prescription with their instruments and their expertise without relying on how they respond.
Question: How long does an eye exam take?
Answer: It takes between 30-60 minutes in order to accurately assess your visual needs.
Question: Do I have to be dilated?
Answer: Everyone should have their eyes dilated at the initial examination and every year or two thereafter. By dilating the pupils, the doctor can get a much better look inside the eye in order to rule out any potential problems. Many eye diseases have no symptoms until it is too late to treat. The eye drops that we use to do this will make you sensitive to light and will affect your ability to read for about 3 hours after your appointment. However, at our office, we use OPTOS which can be used in place of dilating eye drops.
Question: What are my options for contact lenses?
Answer: After your initial ocular evaluation, the doctor can discuss your options with contact lenses. We have many new options for correcting astigmatism, for dry eyes and for bifocals. Our office has the latest advancements in contact lens options available. We are prepared to fit you in whatever we feel is the best option for your lifestyle/occupational needs.
Question: I have a very high prescription. What are my options for making my glasses thinner and more lightweight?
Answer: Our opticians are educated in the latest and most technologically advanced lens materials and coatings on the market today. They will not only assist you in choosing the frame that best fits your prescription, but one that looks great on you, too!
Question: Can you tell me about prescription sunglasses?
Not all sunglasses are created equal. Various colored tints will enhance or block out certain brightness and reflections differently. Depending on your lifestyle needs, we can recommend which tints are best for you. For example, polarized tints work best for certain sports, such as golfing or tennis. If you drive a lot, polarized, anti-reflective, amber-tinted lenses work best.
Question: What if I develop an eye infection? Can your doctors treat me for this?
Yes, our doctors are all experienced in treating eye infections, injuries, and diseases. Once our doctors have evaluated your eyes, they can recommend the proper treatment regimen and they will write the appropriate prescription for medication when necessary.
Question: Do your doctors do laser surgery?
Our job as your primary eye doctor is not to perform the surgery, but to assess your candidacy for laser vision correction, educate you about the procedure, find out if it is the best option for you, and recommend the best surgeons and laser facilities for your needs. We also provide post-procedure follow-up care, as well as long term eye care after the procedure.
Question: Does your practice have emergency after-hours appointments?
Yes, we have a doctor on call at all times, including weekend and holidays. You would need to call our office number (614-273-2020) and you will be given the cell phone number of the doctor on call.
Question: What credit cards do you accept?
The credit cards we accept are Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover. We also accept Care Credit.
Q: I just turned 44 years old but I’m starting to notice that I can’t see up close like I used to. What is happening to me and can I cure this?
Dr. Min:This is a condition called presbyopia which means that the human lens within your eye is starting to lose its ability to focus on both distance and near objects as quickly. This happens to most individuals in their early to mid forties but can be earlier or later depending on genetics and other factors. It is generally treated by using reading glasses or multifocal glasses and there are also contact lens alternatives as well. Researchers are studying different implants and medications that my help treat this condition in the future, but as of now, there is no known cure.
Q: I’m having trouble reading with my contacts. What can I do to fix this?
Dr. Sims: There are several options that we have. Today, there are many great multi-focal contact lenses that provide excellent distance and near vision. We can also prescribe mono vision which enables one eye to see for distance and the other eye can see up close objects. We recommend these solutions for anyone who currently wears contacts or someone who is interested in trying contacts but wears multi-focal glasses.
Q. My mother has developed cataracts and has been told she needs surgery. What exactly are cataracts?
Dr. Min: Cataracts are a cloudiness that develops within the human lens of our eye over time. The primary cause is aging of the eye but there are many other factors that affect cataract development such as sun exposure, diabetes, smoking, diet, trauma, and medications. Cataracts usually develop after the age of 60 but can occur at any time, infants can even be born with congenital cataracts. Cataracts are treated surgically and in this day and age, the surgery is a fast, non-painful outpatient procedure.
Q. How do I know if I have dry eyes, or my eyes are just tired?
Dr. Min: The symptoms of dry eye syndrome can include tearing, burning, and a feeling of scratching in your eye, in addition to feeling that your eyes are dry. Dry eyes can be caused by some medications, certain disases, allergies, hormones and aging, as well as other factors. There are various treatments for dry eyes, depending on the severity, and of course the underlying cause. Dry eye syndrome can be very uncomfortable, however there are treatments available that provide symptom relief almost immediately.
Q. Are there any natural treatments available for dry eyes?
Dr. Min: Diet is very important for eye health in general. Make sure you eat plenty of vegetables, including green, red and orange, and fish, especially wild salmon. Most people do not get enough Omega 3 healthy oil in their diet, so we recommend taking an Omega 3 fish oil supplement. Omega 3 has been shown to relieve dry eye symptoms, and is also important for heart and general health.
Q: My eyes are always burning and tired, what is causing this and what can I do about it?
A: These are often signs of dry eye syndrome, a very common condition that affects many people over time. Women are generally more prone to developing these symptoms and aging is often a cause as well. Dryness of our eyes is often due to a decrease in the oil production in our eyelid glands which causes the surface of the eye to become irritated. Certain medications and health issues can also contribute to dryness. There is no true cure for dryness but many treatments are available such as the use of artificial tears, nutritional supplements incorporating Omega 3, prescription medications such as Restasis, and eyelid hygiene. No single treatment works for every individual so we customize treatments for each person and their specific condition.