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FAQs

When should my child's eyes be examined?
The short answer is about the age of 5. However, if a parent or pediatrician suspects any abnormality, a child of any age can and should be examined. If a parent notices such things as squinting or an eye that does not move in a normal manner, the child should be seen by an eye care professional. If a child is seen at an early age, such things as ambylopia (lazy eye) or tropia ( crossed eyes) can be prevented. But, indeed, every child should have their eyes examined before they begin school, even if the eyes appear normal to mom and dad.

 

Other Common Questions

 

Can I sleep with my contacts on?

The short answer is: All eye doctors discourage the habit.

The long answer is : Maybe. Many soft contacts are approved by the FDA for extended wear use ( which means sleeping with them on). Some eyes can tolerate this type of use, but many can not. Your eyecare professional will tell you if your eyes are capable of this kind of use. It's very important to follow their advice.

How often should I replace my disposable contacts?

This  is perhaps the most frequently asked question in my office.  Patients, generally, do not replace their contacts as instructed. Eventually, that patient will be seen in the office with a red, irriated eye. The replacement schedule will vary depending on the patient and type of contact lens they use. Once again, it is important to listen to your eye doctor.

What is dry eye?

The technical answer is:  Deficit Tear Production.  Interestingly, the condition was not recognized years ago. It is just over the past few years that the eye professionals have identified and understood the problem. The classic symptoms are itchy, scratchy, stingy eyes, but quite often the symptoms are not classic. Blurry vision and difficulty with contact lenses are also common symptoms. Patients frequently claim that they have allergies, but the true problem is actually dry eyes. There are varied treatment regiments that can give releif to this chronic condition.


 

Red Eye?

 

What is the cause of red eyes?

There can be many different causes. Classically, there are three primary reasons for red eyes.

A red eye or conjunctivitis may be due to a bacterial infection. This is what may be  commonly thought of as pink eye. But, just as common, the redness may be the result of a viral infection or an allergy. The symptoms may be similar for these conditions, but the treatments are entirely different for each problem.

A dry eye or a foreign body will also cause red eye. Futhermore, there are several more rare conditions that may precipitate redness in the eye.

Patients that wear soft contact lenses may experience red eyes for a variety of reasons. If an eye appears red more than a day, it is important to see your eye care professional in a timely manner.


 

This is  a healthy looking eye. If you wear contact lenses, or have irritated eyes, my goal is to help your eye look as good as this one.