Dr. Schirner from the Contact Lens Centers answers your eye care questions.
Q: At what age should I start bringing my child to the eye doctor?
A: I usually recommend around age 5. We definitely want to evaluate them before they start school so we can prevent vision limitations from affecting them in the classroom. At this age, most kids know their ABC's and can perform the tests necessary to conduct a thorough pediatric eye exam. An exam before age 5, many times, is inconclusive if they can not identify letters or if we can not hold their attention. However, please bring your child in sooner if you suspect a medical problem (white pupil is very serious) or larger vision problem (obvious eye turn).
Q:Are there any down sides to Contact Lenses?
A: In general, contact lenses are more dangerous than glasses. If not cared for properly, contact lenses can be the source of very serious corneal infections that may lead to irreversible vision loss. You must adhere to your doctor's strict instructions regarding wear schedule, sleeping, hygiene and replacement schedules. When you schedule a contact lens exam at any of our three locations, you will receive detailed information about how to put in, clean and store your lenses.
Q: Is there anything I can do to improve my vision?
A: Wearing sun protection, eating green leafy vegetables, abstaining from cigarette smoking and minimizing computer work are all ways you can improve the health of your eyes. Cataracts, dry eye syndrome and macular degeneration can all cause significant vision problems and the above suggested lifestyle modifications lower your risk for these conditions. As to improving your vision, if you are asking if there is anything you can do to reverse refractive error or presbyopia, your options are glasses, contact lenses or refractive surgery.
Q: Is blue light as bad as they say?
A: Here is a link to an article you may find interesting! https://www.c-l-c.com/2017/03/15/talk-about-blue-light-2017/
Not all blue light is bad, however, the harmful rays of blue light (415-455) are shown to INCREASE your risk for cataracts and macular degeneration.
Q: How do I schedule an eye exam?