Routine Eye Examinations
Even if your eyes feel healthy, you could have a problem and not know it. That’s because many eye diseases don’t have any symptoms or warning signs.
A dilated eye exam is the only way to check for many eye diseases early on, when they’re easier to treat. Getting a dilated eye exam is simple and painless — and it’s the single best thing you can do for your eye health!
You should have a exam annually if you have:
- Vision correction with glasses or contact lenses.
- Are over age 40, especially if you are African American, Hispanic or Native American.
- Chronic medical conditions, like Diabetes, Hypertension or Heart Disease.
- Family history of eye disease, especially Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration or Poor Vision for any reason.
Diabetic Eye Examinations
If you are diabetic you should have a dilated eye exam every year to detect diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in people between 20 and 40 years of age. There are no symptoms in the early stages, but early detection can prevent vision loss.
Monitoring of High-Risk Medications
Certain medications can have adverse effects on your eyes. Some of these effects can be permanent. If you can taking any of the following medications, our doctors can evaluate your eyes and design an appropriate monitoring schedule.
- Chronic Steroid Use
- Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil)
- Amiodarone (Pacerone, Cordarone)
- Fingolimod (Gilenya)
- Ethambutol (Myambutol)
- Tamoxifen (Nalvadex)
- Interferon alfa-2b (Intron, Rebetron)
Urgent and Emergency Care
We are available for urgent problems and ocular emergencies.
It can be difficult for you to judge what symptoms may be vision-threatening, so seeking care early is the best action you can take.
Call immediately If you have :
- Sudden decrease or loss of vision
- Pain or redness in your eye
- Sudden double vision
- Chemical or foreign body in the eye
- Trauma to the eye
We will discuss your problem and, if necessary, see you the same day.
Providing you with a prescription for eyeglasses requires a test called a Refraction. This test is used to determine the power of the lenses. This test can also indicate whether a change in vision is due to a medical problem, like cataract or macular degeneration, or just a change in prescription.
Eyeglass prescriptions expire after 2 years according to Maryland Law. In order to renew a prescription for your eyeglasses, a new Refraction will likely be necessary.
A new Refraction will likely be necessary if your vision has changed, you would like new glasses or you would like contact lenses.
There is a separate fee for A Refraction which is never covered by Medicare, but may be covered by other Insurance Providers.
Contact Lens Fitting
Providing you with a prescription for contact lenses requires a Contact Lens Fitting. The doctor measures the size and shape of your cornea as well as doing a refraction. A type of contact lens is chosen based on the condition of your eyes, your lifestyle and your visual needs. Lenses are tried in-office to ensure proper fit and adequate vision and you will be instructed in the proper use and handling of the lenses. In some cases, the fitting will require more than one visit. Your prescription for contact lenses will not be finalized until the doctor feels confident that they are appropriate for you.
There is a separate fee for Contact Lens Fitting. The fee varies based on the type of contact lenses. Most medical insurance companies do not cover the fitting or the contact lenses. However, vision plans generally have an allowance for this.