FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why annual eye exams?
Your visual system is an organ you use each and every day to function and help you navigate the world around you. Annual eye exams are an important component in evaluating your visual needs and allow your doctor to screen for early stages of ocular disease. Just like you go to primary care physician for an overall health and wellness check-up, annual eye exams are important to make sure your visual system is healthy. With an increase in visual demand from computer screens and digital devices, it is important to see your eye doctor to make sure you have a prescription that helps you function more comfortably and effectively.
- Early signs of these conditions can show on your retina long before you notice any changes to your vision or feel pain. Many eye conditions such as glaucoma and retinal tears have no symptoms until the later stages of the disease. Detected early, proper care can manage and prevent most eye diseases.
- Common health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and systemic inflammatory diseases can be discovered during eye exams.
Why is Eyecare for Children so important?
- Many vision problems begin at an early age in childhood, so it’s important for children to receive proper eye care from the time they are infants. Eye exams are very important for children as undetected vision problem can lead to learning difficulties. In addition, many, if not most, schools have no regular screening program in place and even when mandated by law, screenings are often not done. Poor eyesight can have a significant adverse effect on a child’s educational and social performance.
- With the increase of digital devices, our visual demands oftentimes become great than what are focusing muscles are able to handle. Thus, the prevalence of eyestrain and visual discomfort has become commonplace. Dr. Vu and her staff work tirelessly to uncover your visual needs and find solutions that help you function most effective and put your eyes at ease.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR ANNUAL EXAM
At Herald Square Eyecare, we believe creating a personalized eye care experience for you that is also fun and informative.
Our staff members will greet you with a smile as you walk in and will be happy to answer any questions about your exam and insurance information. Then, you will fill out a patient history form. Feel free to click here to submit your history form online so we can make your experience more efficient.
You will then be pre-assessment performed by our well-trained technicians. The process usually consists of check the pressures inside your eyes to screen for glaucoma, using the Clarifye Digital iProfiler to get an accurate starting point for your prescription, and taking retinal imaging of the back of your eyes.
Afterwards, you will see Dr. Vu or one of our other very well trained doctors. In the exam room, Dr. Vu will evaluate your visual needs and do testing on the phoropter to get a precise measurement of your prescription. She will also test your focusing system and find the most comfortable prescription for you when you do computer work or other occupational or vocational needs. She is happy to make you demonstration lenses to “test drive” the prescription to make sure you are comfortable. Dr. Vu will also discuss your lens options and make recommendations as to the best options for you given your prescription.
After establishing a comfortable prescription, the health of the front and back of your eyes will be evaluated. She will go over images of the back of your eyes. If further testing to evaluate a particular ocular condition is needed, you will be informed of why and what to expect. The eyes are a small but oftentimes confusing organ, so Dr. Vu is more than happy to answer any questions you have about your eye health and how it links to your overall systemic health.
If a contact lens fitting or training session is needed, Dr. Vu will educate you about your options and the latest advances in contact lens technology. We have newest advances in contact lens technology so you can usually leave with a pair of contacts on your visit. If we do not have your prescription in stock, we are happy to order your free trials with your contact lens fit.
Afterwards, you will be walked back out to the front desk. If any follow-up visits are necessary, you will be able to reserve your follow-up appointment at the end of the exam. If you have questions about glasses, one of the very well qualified opticians or eyewear consultants at LensCrafters will be happy to help you.
901 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 205
(2nd Floor, inside Lenscrafters)
New York, NY 10001
Monday - Friday: 10am-7pm
Saturday: 10am - 6pm
Sunday: 11am - 5pm
Walk in's and urgent care visits welcome!