Frequently Asked Questions

How much will my eye exam cost?

We are committed to keeping our prices extremely competitive:
* Glasses Exam - $69
* Contact Lens Exam (includes Rx for glasses and contacts) -starts at $109
* Specialty Contact Lens Exam (Toric for astigmatism, Mono-Vision, Multi-Focal and New wearers) - $139
* Medical Office Visit - (starting at) $45
* Hard/ Rigid (Gas Permeable) Contact Lens Exam - $150



What do I need to bring to my eye exam?

If possible, please bring;
* Your old glasses (Even if they are broken, we'd like to know the prescription you've been wearing.)
* Your over the counter reading glasses
* Your contact lens boxes or package tops
* Your driver's license
* Your insurance card(s)
* A list of the medications you are currently taking (if any)
* Your primary care doctor's name and phone number (if any)
* Your ophthamologist's; or eye specialist's name and phone number (if any)



How do I know if I need an eye exam?

The following symptoms may indicate the need for an eye examination:
* Blurred vision
* Difficulty focusing
* Eye strain
* Headaches
* Double vision
* Flashing lights
* Floating spots
* Difficulty seeing at night
* Vision slow to adjust when changing fixation to different distances
* Words jumbling on the page or losing place often
* Eyes are red, itchy, painful, irritated, watery, mattered, or if there is a foreign body sensation



What can I expect at my eye exam?

During your eye examination the optometrist will determine how well you can see, with or without your best glasses prescription, both at distance and near. This is usually done by comparing the clarity of a series of lenses. How well your eyes work together may also be tested. Your eye health will be examined using light from a special microscope to determine the health of both the front and back of your eyes. A routine eye examination DOES NOT HURT OR CAUSE PAIN. A non-contact tonometer will be used to determine your eye pressure by puffing air into your eye. This may give you a start, but is not uncomfortable. If necessary, the eye drops instilled in the office will sting for about 10 to 20 seconds, but are not painful or harmful. At the completion of your examination, you will be provided a copy of your glasses and/or contact lens prescription (depending on exam type)



Will my pupils be dilated?

If you are a new patient please plan on having your eyes dilated. The optometrist may deem dilation medically necessary for some emergency or established patients based on examination findings. If you are a Diabetic, have a personal or family history of retinal/ocular disease, or have a high near-sighted prescription, it is extremely important to have your eyes dilated yearly. Most people feel comfortable driving dilated with the drops we typically use at our office. However, if you are concerned about driving with your eyes dilated, please make the necessary arrangements prior to your exam.



What will pupil dilation do to my eyes/vision?

Visual side effects of pupillary dilation can vary from person to person. Most people can expect blurred near or reading vision and light sensitivity for about 2 or 3 hours. These affects are strongest about 15 to 20 minutes after the drops are instilled and wear-off gradually from that point. We will provide post-dilation sunglasses to minimize light sensitivity.



How long does an eye exam take?

We schedule our patients every 30 minutes in order to provide the highest quality of eye and vision care possible. Please expect your examination to take at least 30 minutes. If you are a new patient, please come early to your first exam to fill out paper work or use our convenient new patient intake form on our website. If you are late or need to reschedule your exam, please be considerate of our other patients and give us as much advanced notice as possible.



What can I expect if I am trying contact lenses for the first time?

For first-time contact lens wearers we split the examination up into two visits to assure patient comfort and satisfaction. At your initial visit, we will determine the prescription, perform an external eye examination, and perform a contact lens fitting. The optometrist will discuss proper contact lens hygiene and a staff member will demonstrate proper contact insertion and removal strategy. If safe contact lens insertion and removal can be performed in-office, trial contact lenses will be distributed to take home to try. About a week later, you will return for a follow-up visit. Please come to your follow-up HAVING HAD YOUR CONTACTS IN FOR A FEW HOURS so the optometrist can properly assess the fit and prescription of the contact lenses. At this follow-up visit, your eyes will be dilated for the internal eye examination and you will get a copy of you contact lens prescription if the fitting process is completed.