FAQs

Common Vision And Eye Care FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions are for your convenience and we hope that they provide the answers you need. If you have additional vision questions, please feel free to contact us. Our staff and eye doctors are happy to help.

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How long does an eye exam usually take?

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An eye exam typically takes about an hour, more or less, according to your individual needs. If you are choosing glasses or being fitted for contact lenses, your visit may be longer. Remember, if this is your first time visiting Cooksey Vision & Cosmetic Center, you can  request your appointment online and can download your new patient and medical history forms online

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How often should you have an eye exam?

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It is recommended that school age children have their eyes checked first, before starting school and then every year or two depending upon their individual needs. For adults - health, prescription, and other risk factors will determine eye exam frequency. Most healthy adults can go every 1-2 years in between exams.

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What do you check for in an eye exam?

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We will check your refractive status (need for glasses) and also check you for many ocular diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration, dry eye and glaucoma. During the eye exam, we can also see signs of many diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol.

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When should a child have his or her first eye exam?

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A child should have their first vision evaluation as early as 6 months old and annually thereafter unless a visual problem is suspected earlier.

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What causes cataracts?

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Cataracts are largely an age-related condition, but many factors can enhance earlier onset. Ultraviolet Light exposure has a cumulative effect, as does smoking.

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Does laser eye surgery correct all vision problems?

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Laser eye surgery is used to correct many cases of myopia (blurred distance vision) and astigmatism safely and predictably. Laser correction of hyperopia (farsightedness) is in its advanced testing stages. Results are not as predictable, nor as successful.
Presbyopia, which causes the need to wear reading glasses or bifocals, cannot be corrected by laser surgery. As a result, individuals over 45 years will require reading glasses in most cases following surgery. Amblyopia (lazy eye) or other existing conditions that have caused damage to the eye or loss of vision, cannot be repaired by laser surgery.

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Is laser vision correction safe?

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There are possible risks with any surgical procedure. Serious complications with LASIK or PRK are extremely rare. The chance of having a vision-reducing complication from LASIK has been documented in clinical studies to be less than one percent. Many of the risks and complications associated with this procedure can be reduced or eliminated through careful patient selection and thorough pre-operative testing using the latest diagnostic technology.

After laser vision correction, you may experience some visual side effects. These are usually mild and most often diminish over a few days to a few weeks. But there is a slight chance that some of these side effects won't go away completely, such as feelings of dryness, glare and halos. If after a thorough examination we decide you are a good candidate for laser vision correction, you will be given additional information about the procedure that will allow you to make an informed decision about whether to proceed. Be sure you have all your questions answered to your satisfaction.