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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long will my exam take?

Your time is important to us! We know that no one likes waiting and we’ve created a system to minimize wait times. At the same time, we believe every patient should get full attention and not be rushed through a visit. Because many examinations require dilation, you should plan on a one to two hour visit. If you have time restrictions, let us know in advance and we will do what we can to work with your needs.

Will my eyes be dilated?

The majority of our examinations require dilation. Some follow-up and special visits do not. See our section on pupil dilation for more information.

Will I be able to drive after the exam?

If your eyes were dilated, we recommend that you be driven home. However, with dilation most patients' ability to drive usually is unaffected and most choose to drive without having any trouble. You will probably be sensitive to bright light for a few hours following your exam. We recommend that you bring sunglasses with you to wear after your exam, or we can provide you with dark lenses. If you have any doubts, please make arrangements for transportation. You should not drive if you do not feel safe and comfortable after the effects of dilation.

Will I be able to read after the exam?

If we dilate your eyes, you will have difficulty reading for the duration (see below), unless you already wear reading glasses or are near-sighted.

Will I be able to read after the exam?

4 hours, typically.

Will my vision coverage insurance pay for my exam?

Rochester Eye Associates will try and assist you with insurance; however, insurance plans differ with each patient and are complex. It is each patient’s responsibility to know what his or her insurance will cover. One key item to understand is when you have an exam with one of our ophthalmologists you very often need a “medical diagnosis” in order for your insurance to pay for the visit. Eyeglasses and contact lens prescription problems are excluded as a medical diagnosis for most insurances. Most insurances will pay for those needs under “routine coverage” in your vision plan or "vision coverage" and not your Medical insurance. Typically, your vision plan will allow one “routine” eye visit every one or two years with us. Many times your vision plan will cover the purchase of glasses.

My vision insurance limits me to exams every two years. Do I have to wait that long for each visit?

If you have a medical eye condition, such as cataract, or you require monitoring due to diabetes or family history of eye disease, your exams will be covered under your medical insurance, not your vision insurance. The every-two-years vision coverage limitations apply to you if you are being seen for measuring your glasses or contact lens prescription and you do not have other reasons for a medical exam.

What is the difference between an ophthalmologist and an optometrist?

Ophthalmologists provide comprehensive eye care, including medical, surgical and optical care. They must complete four years of premedical college, four years of medical school, one year of internship and three years of medical and surgical training in eye care. Optometrists are specifically educated in an accredited optometry college for four years, but they do not attend medical school. Optometrists may diagnose eye conditions; however, they are usually not licensed to perform surgical eye treatment procedures.

When should my child’s eyes be examined?

The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that the first vision screening be conducted for a newborn prior to being discharged from the hospital. Visual function will be monitored by your child’s pediatrician during well-child exams (usually at two, four and six months of age). If there are any signs of an eye condition, your child may be referred to an ophthalmologist. Beginning at three years of age (and yearly after five years of age), amblyopia (poor vision in an otherwise normal appearing eye), refractive and alignment screenings should take place. If you notice any signs of decreased vision or misalignment of the eye, please contact your ophthalmologist for a complete eye examination.

When should an adult’s eyes be examined?

We recommend adult examinations of the eyes be performed on a regular basis. Here is a chart with a recommended time line of how often an adult should receive an eye examination.

Ages 20-39
Ages 40-65
Ages 65 and older
Every two to four years
Every one to two years
Every year


High risk patients should be examined more frequently and include, but are not limited to: People with glaucoma or have a strong family history of glaucoma. People with a history of diabetes, cancer, heart attack, stroke, or high blood pressure.

Will sitting too close to the television hurt my child's eyes?

No, there is no evidence that television sets produce rays that are harmful to the eyes. Likewise, LCD, flatscreen and HDTV displays will not harm the eyes or affect normal visual development.

Will working at a computer screen hurt my eyes?

No, there is no evidence that working at a computer can damage the eyes. However, low light, glare on the monitor, or staring at a computer screen too long can cause the eyes to become fatigued or dry. It is recommended to take frequent breaks to allow your eyes to rest.

Will reading in dim light hurt my eyes?

No, there is no evidence that low light can harm the eye.

Are sunglasses good for my eyes?

Wearing UV protective lenses protects the eyes in a number of ways. The skin of the eyelids is particularly sensitive to the effects of the sun and wearing sunglasses is one way to prevent damage and lower the risk of skin cancer. There is also evidence that sun exposure affects the progression of our most common age-related eye diseases such as cataract and macular degeneration.

With the advancement in today’s technology, there are many new materials available for glasses that have helped make them virtually indestructible. Titanium frames and polycarbonate frames are two of the newest materials used.

Polycarbonate materials, glass and various types of lightweight plastics are used to make the lenses. There are several types of coatings available for lenses, including UV protection (which is highly recommended for all types of lenses), polarization, anti-glare and scratch-resistant just to name a few.

 
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