Frequently Asked Questions
At Vision Care Specialists Colorado, we understand that you have questions. We have listed some of the most popular Eye Care FAQ’s below regarding comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, medical eye care, LifeFit™ Approach, financing options and LASIK.
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What tests do you do in an eye exam?
There are four components to a comprehensive eye exam.
- Case History: This includes a medical/family history and a discussion of any concerns or problems that the patient may want the doctor to address.
- Refraction: This is often the central focus for the patient – what is my prescription?
- Health exam: This is a comprehensive look at your eye health. Common ocular health issues include cataracts, glaucoma, age related macular degeneration and other retinal issues.
- Summary and Plan: This is a discussion about the results of the testing and recommendations going forward.
Why do my eyes hurt after a long day at the computer or after using my hand held devices?
You could be suffering from Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)
Our eyes are made to see well in the distance (with a person’s current prescription) with very little effort. Sustained focus on objects up close fatigues the focusing ability of the eye.
Digital devices with many colors and differing pixel patterns create a decrease in contrast compared to printed material. The decrease in the contrast ultimately causes the eye to continually refocus, meaning a greater overall workload.
It is recommended that you have a comprehensive eye examination so your doctor can make sure the symptoms are not related to a more serious condition.
See our 7 Steps for Minimizing Computer Vision Syndrome.
Why should I consider computer lenses?
Computer lenses are designed with one goal is mind and that is to reduce the focusing stress on the eyes.
I tried contact lenses in the past and they didn’t work well. Should I try again?
Contacts are more comfortable than ever before. New materials and designs to address astigmatism, dry eyes, and multifocal lenses are now available. Exciting options like one day disposable lenses are also very convenient and affordable.
How do I know if I am a good candidate for LASIK?
It all starts with a comprehensive eye exam by one of our experienced Colorado Eye Doctors. The anatomy of your cornea will be central in this assessment. We will perform pachymetry (a corneal thickness test) as well as corneal topography.
We will also discuss and review your expectations, medical and ocular history, occupation, and any potential risks of the procedure.
If I can’t get LASIK are there other options?
When I drive at night, why do I have problems with the lights of oncoming cars?
The lights of oncoming vehicles cause glare, which is a halo of light surrounding the car light. Bright lights and glare cause the pupils to dilate (increase in size), making it more difficult to see details in the dark. Lenses with anti-reflective coatings can eliminate the glare, making night driving more comfortable.
I am currently wearing bifocals. Can I adjust to the no-line bifocals?
Yes. Progressive lenses (no-line bifocals), continue to evolve in design. Shamir offers an array of lens options. Through our exclusive LifeFit™ Approach, our certified opticians are experts at guiding you to the eyewear solutions that best fit your look, lifestyle, and prescription.
How often should I have my eyes checked?
We recommend an annual comprehensive eye examination. This is especially true with contact lens wearers, those over 40, and those with prescription changes.
At what age should I bring my child in for an eye exam?
Starting at age 5 is recommended. If you or your primary care doctor are noticing eye problems please call our office for an appointment to allow any of our Colorado Eye Doctors to fully evaluate and discuss any findings with you and your child.
There is a history of macular degeneration in my family, what should I do?
If someone in your family had macular degeneration, you’re more likely to develop the condition. Call our offices (303-991-9600) or go on-line and schedule an appointment with one of our eye doctors. Our Colorado eye doctors will perform a Comprehensive Eye Exam and may conduct several tests to diagnose if you macular degeneration. Macular Degeneration is a serious eye disease. Early detection and treatment can be beneficial.
How long will it take for my glasses to be ready?
It truly depends on your prescription, lens design, treatments, and insurance plan. These factors taken together will determine the length of time to complete your order.
Our Certified Opticians are experts at guiding you to the eyewear solutions to let you express your unique point of view.
Can I buy my contact lenses cheaper online?
You would be surprised how often that is not the case. As the largest private employee owned eye care practice in the Rocky Mountain region, we are able to offer contact lenses at a more competitive price.
In addition, we provide those “special” service items you will not receive from online vendors – lost or damaged replacement lenses, cleaning solutions, 60 – 90 days of follow up care, as part of our Right Contact Lens services.
What is the difference between an optometrist and ophthalmologist?
An optometrist specializes in routine vision care, prescribing glasses and contact lenses. Our Colorado Eye Doctors have additional training to provide care for Medical Conditions up to and including minor in-office surgical procedures (such as the insertion of punctal plugs for dryness).
An ophthalmologist specializes in Medical Conditions and Surgical Vision Solutions. Ophthalmologists can be corneal, retinal, or neurological specialists. Our corneal specialist, Dr. Gregory Kouyoumdjian performs LASIK and cataract surgeries and also sees patients for medical eye concerns.
My eyes are dry and itching all the time. What can I do about this?
Dry Eye Syndrome is the most common eye condition in the Western US. It can be attributed to both environmental as well as systemic eye diseases. Our doctors will cater their solution to your individual need and educate you on all your options.
Do they make bifocal contact lenses?
Absolutely! There are currently several different multifocal designs available in soft and gas permeable The Right Contact Lens. Our optometrists are highly skilled at evaluating your prescription, discussing your specific needs and then designing a solution to fit your individual lifestyle.
Why don’t insurance companies pay for the contact lens portion of the exam?
That is sometimes the 64,000 dollar question! Most insurance companies consider The Right Contact Lens as cosmetic, and therefore treat them as optional services. We make every effort to assist you in understanding insurance benefits and can often maximize coverage.
We also offer manufacturer rebate programs throughout the year which can also lower your out of pocket expense.
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