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Frequently Asked Questions About Eyes

1. Is reading in dim light harmful to our eyes?
Although reading in dim light can make your eyes feel tired, it is not harmful!

2. Is it harmful to watch a welder or look at the sun if you squint?
Even if you squint, ultra-violet (UV) light still gets to your eyes, and can damage the cornea, lens, and retina. Never watch welding without wearing the proper protection. Never attempt to look directly at the sun, especially during an eclipse.

3. Is using a computer, or video display terminal harmful to our eyes?
Although using these devices is associated with eyestrain or fatigue, it is not harmful to the eyes.  

4. If you use your eyes too much, can you wear them out?
You can use your eyes as much as you wish! They do not wear out from use!

5. Can poorly fit glasses damage our eyes?
Although good glasses fit is required for good vision, a poor fit does not damage your eyes.

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6. Can poorly fit contact lenses damage our eyes?
Poorly fit contact lenses can be harmful to the cornea (the window at the front of the eye). Make certain that your eyes are checked regularly if you are wearing contact lenses.

7. Do we need to have our eyes checked before old age?
Yes, it is important for people of all ages to have regular eye exams because there are several diseases that have no symptoms that cannot be recognized without having an eye exam.

8. Are safety goggles more trouble than they are worth?
Safety goggles prevent many potentially blinding injuries every year. Keep goggles handy and use them!

9. Is it alright to swim while wearing soft contact lenses?
Potentially blinding eye infections can result from swimming or using a hot tub while wearing contact lenses! Remove them before swimming, and keep a pair of prescription eyeglasses handy until you can replace them.

10. Can children outgrow crossed eyes?
Children do not outgrow truly crossed eyes. A child whose eyes are misaligned has strabismus and can develop poor vision in one eye (a condition known as amblyopia) because the brain turns off the misaligned or ‘lazy’ eye. The sooner crossed or misaligned eyes are treated, the less likely the child will have permanently impaired vision.

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11. Does a cataract have to be ‘ripe’ before it can be removed?
With modern cataract surgery, a cataract does not have to ripen before it is removed. When a cataract keeps you from doing the things you like or need to do, consider having it removed.

12. Can cataracts be removed with a laser?
Modern cataract surgery can be enhanced and optimized by the use of a Femtosecond Laser that allows our surgeons to offer a BLADELESS cataract removal.  The computer-guided laser makes precise incisions which result in a laser optimized procedure. While the Femtosecond Laser does not actually remove the cloudy natural lens, it does soften it which makes the extraction quicker and easier. Phacoemulsification is the term used to describe the equipment, technique and procedure that actually breaks up the cataract into small segments using ultrasound waves and simultaneously pulls the pieces up through a vacuum and out of the eye.

13. Can eyes be transplanted?
The eye cannot be transplanted. It is connected to the brain by the optic nerve, which cannot be reconnected once it has been severed. The cornea (the clear front part of the eye) can be transplanted. Surgeons often use intraocular lens implants (IOLs) to replace natural lenses removed during cataract surgery.

14. Are all eye care providers the same?
An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor (M.D.) or doctor of osteopathy (D.O.), uniquely trained to diagnose and treat all disorders of the eye. An ophthalmologist is qualified to perform surgery, prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses, and prescribe medications and treatment plans.                                                                                   

An optometrist (O.D.) is an independent health care professional who is specifically educated, clinically trained, and licensed to examine, diagnose, and treat conditions or impairments of the eye and human vision system, prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses, and prescribe medications.

An optician fits, supplies, and adjusts eyeglasses and contact lenses. An optician cannot examine the eyes or prescribe eyeglasses or medications.

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