Eye Examinations

Do I really need an eye exam every year?

Absolutely! Your eyes are important, which is why here at Buenau's Opticians, your vision care is our top priority, and it all starts with a annual eye exam. It's important to understand that annual eye examinations are much more than just a simple vision check. It is fairly complicated process that not only checks your visual accuity, but also neurological function, eye pressure, eye muscle coordination, and the overall health of the external and internal structures of the eye. There are serveral serious eye diseases that are asymptomatic in the early stages, which is why early detection and treatment plays such a crucial role in preventing vision loss. Conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts develop so gradually over time that many patients fail to realize there is a problem until serious damage has already occured.

Why do I have to get an annual eye exam if I wear contacts?

Contact lenses are a medial device regulated by the FDA, and it's because of this that annual exams and contact lenses evaluations are required by law. Besides making sure your prescription is up-to-date, eye doctors check the health of your eyes, the curvature of your corneas, and inspect your eyes for microscopic related complications associated with wearing a contact lenses. As we get older, so do our eyes, and a small problem today - left unchecked - could turn into a serious problem down the road. You only get one set of eyes, so why chance anything? At Buenau's Opticans, we pride ourselves in specializing in the hard-to-fit contact lens patient. With our wide selection and great prices, you can be assured that we will do everything possible to make sure that you're wearing the safest contact lenses possible.

When should I have my child's eyes examined?

Many parents often wonder just how well their children can see. Typically at around six months and again at 3 years of age, most pediatricians screen kids for potential eye problems, but it is a general screening. If you are concerned about your child's vision health, or have a family history of childhood eye problems, then your child should be seen by an optometrist. It is also recommended that a full comprehensive eye examination be performed between the ages of 4 and 6 years of age, because at this point, children are entering school. Studies show that undetected vision problems at a young age can contribute to learning disabilities, bad behavior and poor grades.

Am I a candidate for Laser Vision Correction?

In most cases, LASIK or PRK can treat degrees of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. However, LASIK or PRK eye surgery is not right for everyone, and it's important to understand the risks, benefits, and side effects of treatment. Only after a comprehensive examination and consultation by our licensed optometrists can it be determined if you fit the general requirements for surgery. The goal of Laser Vision Correction is to reduce your dependency on glasses or contact lenses, and in most cases can result in the successful improvement of ones visual acuity. So if you're interested in finding out whether LASIK or PRK eye surgery is right for you, call today and schedule an appointment.

So I scheduled an eye exam, what can I expect?

A complete eye exam involves a series of tests designed to evaluate your vision and check for eye diseases. First and foremost, it doesn’t hurt. The doctor may use odd-looking instruments, aim bright lights directly at your eyes, and request that you look through a seemingly endless array of lenses. Each test evaluates a different aspect of your vision.

The eye exam usually begins with your doctor asking about your medical history and any vision problems you might be experiencing. Next, your eye doctor makes a quick check of your eyes using a light to ensure the exterior parts of your eyes are functioning correctly. Finally, your doctor measures your visual acuity, assesses your need for glasses, and examines your eyes for signs of disease. The doctor may also preform a retial examination to exam the structures in the back of you eyes. Usually before your doctor can see these structures, your pupils must be dilated with special eye drops.

The doctor will in some cases, besides these common tests performed during a standard comprehensive eye exam, may recommend other – more specialized eye tests. Often, such tests are performed by other eye doctors, such as retinal specialists, on a referral basis.

Will I be able to drive myself home if my eyes are dialated?

Most patients can comfortably drive home if they have sunglasses. However, if you are unsure about driving while your eyes are dilated, please be safe and bring another driver with you to your examination.