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FAQs

Do you need an appointment to see the Doctor?

We gladly accept walk-ins when available. However, it is best to call ahead of time to schedule an appointment to minimize wait time. 

My vision is fine. Why do I need an eye exam?

Your sense of sight is very important. Although you may think you have good vision, you may not or there may be underlying health issues. Just like you should have a physical yearly, it is also recommended to have any eye exam once a year to keep up with the health of your eyes. 

How often should I have my eyes examined?

Most people should be examined every 1-2 years. However, the frequency of an exam depends on many factors, such as: age, medical conditions, eye conditions, family history and whether you wear contacts or eyeglasses. 

 

What should I bring to my eye exam?

You should bring the following to your eye exam:

 

Current contact lens prescription (boxes in lieu of written prescription), eyeglasses and/or prescription sunglasses. 

 

A list of all current medications (including: vitamins, herbal supplements, etc). Certain medication can affect your vision. Knowing which medications you take can allow the Doctor to better evaluate your eyes.

 

Your primary care doctor's name and address.

 

If your appointment includes having your pupils dilated—and most yearly eye checkups do—bring a friend or family member to drive you home. Many people can’t see well enough to drive safely after having their eyes dilated, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.

 

Your vision insurance information. This may include vision provider name, ID card, primary card holder's information, etc. Lack of proper vision insurance information may result in out of pocket expenses. 

 

A list of questions and/or concerns you may have for the Doctor. 

 

When should my child have their first eye exam? Do you offer pediatric exams?

According to American Optometric Association, it is recommended that children have their first eye exam as early as 6 months old, unless a problem was detected earlier.

 

Dr. McCormack generally sees kids 5 years and older but can make a determination on a case by case basis. 

 

How old do I have to be to wear contact lenses?

There is no specific age guideline for contact lenses. Your doctor will examine your eyes and evaluate if contact lenses are right for you.  Typically, Dr. McCormack begins fitting contact lenses at the age of 12. However, each patient's candidacy is determined on a case by case basis. 

Is there an additional fee for a contact lens exam?

Contact lenses are medical devices that can be very beneficial but also can cause serious consequences such as infection, inflammation, loss of vision and permanent damage, if not fit and maintained properly. Examining a contact lens patient takes additional time and expertise, therefore there are additional charges for contact lens patients. Also, please note that all new contact lens wearers must take a contact lens training class for an additional $30.00.  Please click here for more information regarding pricing. 

What are the side effects of pupil dilation?

Most people have few side effects to being dilated other than blurry vision at near and sensitivity to light for a few hours after. You may not be able to do any close work that requires eye coordination (such as sewing or reading) for a few hours after dilation (usually 4-6 hours). Dilation is a very safe procedure and with the proper preparation you should experience little inconvenience and discomfort. Dr. McCormack does recommend that patients who are being dilated have someone available to drive them from the appointment if they have had any difficulty driving with their eyes dilated in the past or if it is your first time. 

What is the difference between and Optometrist, Ophthalmologist and Optician?

Optometrists are Doctors of Optometry (OD). They examine the eyes for both vision and health problems, prescribe glasses, and fit contact lenses. They can also prescribe many ophthalmic medications and often participate in your pre- and postoperative care in the event you have eye surgery. ODs must complete a minimum of four years post-graduate optometry school for their doctorate.  Ophthalmologists are medical doctors (MD) who specialize in the eye. Ophthalmologist treat eye diseases, prescribe medication, preform surgery, and administer eye exams. Opticians are not doctors, however in some states they must complete training and be licensed. Also, after specific training they can be certified to fit contact lenses. Most opticians sell and fit eyeglasses, sunglasses and specialty eyewear based on the prescription given by the doctor. 

What does OD and OS mean?

When you look at your prescription for eyeglasses or contacts, you will see numbers listed under the headings of OD and OS. These are latin abbreviations: OD is the right eye (occulus dextrus) and OS is the left eye (occulus sinister). Occasionally, you will see OU which means both eyes. 

What is visual acuity and what do the numbers 20/20 mean?

Visual acuity measures how clearly the eye is seeing. During an eye examination, you will be asked to read letters on distance and near reading charts. The results are written as a fraction such as 20/40.When testing distance, the top number of the fraction is the standard distance at which the testing is done, twenty feet. The bottom number is the smallest letter size you were able to read. Example: A person with 20/40 vision would have to get within 20 feet of a letter that should be seen at 40 feet in order to see it clearly. Normal visual acuity is 20/20. 

If my child has a vision screening in school, do they need to come in for an eye exam?

Comprehensive eye exams are important for everyone of all ages, especially school aged children. Vision screenings are not diagnostic and typically can only find a small portion of eye problems in children. Comprehensive eye exams are essential for children as they can detect problems vision screenings may miss such as problems with eye coordination, lazy eye, and nearsightedness and farsightedness. Good vision is necessary for children to succeed in school.  Don't delay any longer and schedule your child's eye examination today!

Do you accept insurance?

We accept select vision insurance plans. Please see here for more information. 

We are continually updating plans to better serve you. 

 

What happens if I find out I have vision insurance after my exam?

All vision insurance information must be presented prior to your examination in order for us to authorize your benefits. Authorization information is obtained so that we can properly calculate your exam charges. If something changes or you find new information, we can provide you with an itemized invoice that you may submit directly to your insurance provider for review and reimbursement. We are unable to post-date claims or make changes to claims already submitted. 

Please note that all charges, including copays and deductibles, are due at the time of exam. 

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