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Eye Exams on Long Island in minutes!

No matter how physically healthy you are and no matter your age, regular eye examinations are extremely important. This is the best way to protect your eyesight—and an easy precaution to take. It is particularly important if you notice a change in your vision, if your eye is injured in any way, or if you have a family history of eye disease. In fact, it’s more than just an eye exam – The eye is the window to the body’s health conditions. We provide comprehensive solutions for Eye exams on long island and this guide is made by our eye doctors for your reference.

Read on to know what our patients say about Optix Family Eyecare and our optometrists! 

Why choose us for an Eye Exam

Here are some reviews on Optix Family Eyecare. Let’s see what some patients have to say about us.

“I’ve been going to Optix Family Eye Care for my entire life! It’s not just a family run business, they make you feel like family. My favorite part (other than their lollipops) is their honest and fashion forward opinions when helping to pick out new frames. I highly recommend going to Optix for any eye exam.”  – Stacey L. Richter

We have been extremely pleased with the level of service that Optix has offered. We purchased eyeglasses for my young son in the fall of 2015. Since then, we have returned 3-4 times for adjustments and once to replace his frames which were broken in school. Each time, we were treated kindly and respectfully. Customer service was impeccable and we will definitely be returning for future glasses! – Dana Cohen

My son and I had a great experience at Optix Family Eyecare Center. This was my son’s first time picking out glasses and Cathy was very friendly as well as helpful and made the whole experience comfortable for my son. He was able to pick out a nice pair of glasses. I highly recommend this place especially to families with children getting glasses for the first time!  – Linda T.

Since 1984 The Optix Family Eyecare practice has been providing it’s patients with quality vision solutions, personalized care and outstanding customer service. We have formed close relationships with all of our patients residing in the Long Island Community including Roslyn, Jericho, Oyster Bay, Old-Bethpage, Melville, Plainview, Bethpage, Woodbury, Syosset, Hicksville, and Glen Cove. Our motto, “Your Vision, Your Look, Our Focus.”

Meet Optix Family Eyecare – Eye Doctors in Long Island

 

This comprehensive guide on Eye exams has everything you need to know about Eye exams, eye tests for yourself, your children and your family. This guide is structured in the following manner:

  • Why you need an Eye exam today?
  • Who needs an Eye exam?
  • When should I get an Eye exam?
  • What to expect in an eye exam at Optix Family Eyecare?
  • Everything about Children Eye exams
  • Common FAQs
  • iWellness Eye Exams – Comprehensive eye exams at Optix in minutes!

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This being a detailed guide, you can jump to the section that is most relevant for you. You can also read directly about the detailed eye exam (iWellness) conducted at the end of the post and book the appointment now for the same.

Why you need an Eye Exam today

A comprehensive eye examination with an optometrist includes more than just a check of visual acuity. The examination begins with a detailed history. Many systemic diseases and certain medications can have an effect on the health of your eyes. Believe it or not, some diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes can even be detected FIRST by your eye doctor. Aside from checking for a spectacle prescription, your optometrist will also evaluate eye focusing, eye teaming, and eye movement. Based on each patient’s history and exam findings, the doctor can also determine whether additional testing or a referral to another health care provider is needed.

Who Needs an Eye Exam?

Everyone!  Starting in early childhood, eye exams are necessary to ensure that a child develops normal vision to give them the best chance to perform well academically. Remember, 80% of learning is through the eyes. Eye exams are necessary for adults to help determine the best quality of vision, to check for the early development of eye disease and to screen for diseases like high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes and thyroid disease, just to name a few.

When should I get an eye exam?

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How frequently you need to see your eye doctor will depend heavily on many factors including your age, eye health, family history and overall risk for developing eye disease. Below is a brief outlook for the pediatric eye patient and the adult eye patient to help you understand the need for visits to the optometrist.

Recommended Eye Exam Frequency for Children

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), the first eye exam should be at six months of age, then at three years, before first grade and every one to two years subsequently. The only reason that it should be more frequently is if your child is considered to be at risk for developing vision and eye problems. Some risk factors may include:

  • Low birth weight, prematurity, oxygen at birth
  • Family history of eye problems such as cataracts, retinoblastoma, etc.
  • Mother has infection throughout pregnancy
  • Strabismus or anisometropia
  • High refractive error
  • Suspected or known dysfunction of the central nervous system

Recommended Eye Exam Frequency for Adults

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), any individual between age 18 and 60 should receive an eye exam from their eye doctor every one to two years unless otherwise notified.  For adults 61 years of age or older, a comprehensive exam is recommended yearly.

Adults at risk, which will require more frequent eye exams, include those who:

  • Wear contact lenses  or have undergone eye surgery
  • Have diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of eye conditions such as glaucoma or cataracts
  • Work in occupations that initiate eye strain or are hazardous to the eyes
  • Take prescription medicines that have ocular side effects
  • Have other health conditions

Problems with your vision can ultimately begin at any age.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 88% of older Americans have vision problems, most of which are related not only to the need for eyeglasses, but include one or more eye disease issues.  Age-related diseases that can cause problems with vision and ultimately vision loss include glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.  If you experience any decrease in vision, double vision, eye pain, redness of the eye, drainage of the eye, flashes of light, halos surrounding light sources, floating specks of light, or if you have diabetes, you need to schedule an immediate comprehensive eye exam with your eye doctor.  Early detection and treatment can greatly reduce your risk of complete vision loss.

What to expect in an eye exam at Optix Family Eyecare?

What to Bring to your Eye Exam

Your doctor will examine the health of your eyes.  He will look to determine if you need prescription contacts or eyeglasses while also looking for any early signs or development of any type of eye disease. Here is a brief list of eye conditions your Long Island eye doctor may look for:

  • Refractive Errors – nearsightedness, farsightedness and even astigmatism.
  • Focusing Difficulties – including difficulty for children and age-related problems with the elderly, also known as presbyopia.
  • Eye Diseases – such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macula degeneration.
  • Other Diseases – an eye doctor can determine if you have diabetes or not, as in many cases, there is bleeding in the eye that the doctor can see during a complete eye exam.

With our crazy schedules and a million things on our mind, coming prepared to an eye appointment is not always at the forefront of our mind. However, there are only a few crucial things to remember in order to come to your eye exam prepared and get the most out of your annual eye examination.Here at Optix Family Eyecare, we want to make your check-in as easy as possible. When you arrive for your appointment and check in at the front desk, there are a few things that we will need to collect from you.

  • Your medical insurance card
  • All current glasses, and sunglasses!
  • Your contacts if you are coming for a contact lens examination

When you visit your Long Island eye doctor at Optix Family Eyecare Center, it is important to tell him or her all about your family history.  Don’t leave anything out, as this could hinder the tests that you undergo and the results that you receive.  A thorough eye exam will check your vision and eye health using a number of various tests.  Upon completion of your eye exam, your optometrist will express his concerns with you and will let you know when you should return.  It is at this time that you will likely find out how frequently you will need a comprehensive eye exam

Everything about Children Eye Exams

DID YOU HAVE YOUR CHILD’S EYES EXAMINED? WAITING CAN BE COSTLY.

Childrens eye exam

Do parents know that 80 percent of learning comes through the eyes?  The sad thing about this statistic is that I live it every day I am in the office. It seems that I am always examining older teenagers and adults that either have never had an eye examination or didn’t have an eye exam until they were at least in high school. Many of these hard working adults have previously undetected vision problems, including lazy eye, farsightedness and glaucoma. Some of their vision problems undoubtedly contributed to lack of a quality education and lower paying jobs.

I always like to ask my first time kid patients after showing them how much better their vision could be after glasses – “What took you so long to tell mom/dad you couldn’t see well?”  Their usual response tells me that they had no idea it was possible to see better than what they were seeing. This shows the importance of Children’s Eye Exam.It’s important to realize that most children will not complain about vision difficulties simply because they don’t know they have them.  They think it’s normal to squint to watch the television, or get tired when playing on the iPad for too long, or even hold the book up very close to their face when reading.

Bring your children in for a complete comprehensive eye exam, regardless of whether they are complaining about their vision.  During Children’s eye exam at Optix Family Eye Care, along with examining for a glasses prescription, we will test color vision, check depth perception, and evaluate the health of the eye structures.

How Should Parents Prepare Small Children for Eye Exams

Children's Eye Exam

Once your child is old enough to understand that he will be seeing the eye doctor, you should sit down and have a chat with your child.  Explain that your child will be asked to look at pictures, letters or numbers and that the eye doctor will ask what your child is seeing and that perhaps the doctor will shine a light in his eyes. Tell him that the doctor may put eye drops in his eyes which won’t hurt but might sting just a little bit.

Tests for Children’s Eyes

  • Before the age of twelve months, your Long Island Eye Doctor can check your child’s eyes for any signs of nearsightedness (a problem with seeing objects which are far away), farsightedness (problems seeing items which are close), astigmatism (improperly curved surface of the eye which causes blurred vision), or amblyopia (“lazy eye.”)  Your optometrist will also check that your child’s eyes move properly, that his eyes are aligned properly, that his eyes react correctly to light and dark, and for any other eye problems. Eye disease must be caught early as good eyesight is based on great treatment.
  • Once your child reaches the age of three, your eye doctor will conduct another physical exam of the eye and also do a vision test which will test how well your child sees. Optometrists use special tests which are meant for children who cannot yet read. This is a good time to detect lazy eye, or amblyopia. When detected early, children may be protected from the vision loss associated with amblyopia.

Your child’s vision is a precious! Have your child’s eyes examined by your trusted optometrist to get the very best vision care possible and to insure the health of your child’s eyes.

I have 20/20 Vision. Do I still need an Eye Exam?

Some of my friends and family boast about their “20/20 vision” without glasses! As an optometrist, it’s not uncommon for me to hear all about a person’s vision issues… even outside of the exam room.

Here are some of the more common descriptions:

“I never needed glasses… until I turned 40. Now I need reading glasses.”

–          Yes, this one can be a bummer. But, we’ll all be there someday!

“I’m practically blind without my glasses! I have the worst prescription you’ve ever seen.”

–          Honestly, I’ve probably seen worse, but I get what you’re saying.

But, the line that concerns me the most is: “I have great vision! I can see fine without glasses, so I don’t need to go to the eye doctor.”

–          Well, I’ll admit that I am jealous of your clear vision without glasses or contacts… but that statement is incorrect. So I’m going to tell you all the reasons you STILL need an eye exam.

Read a case study on how 20/20 vision does not guarantee eye health and how an eye exam saved a patient’s life. The moral of the story: Your eyes need an ocular wellness checkup whether you wear glasses or not!

Why Vision screening is not a replacement for Eye exams

But I Just Had a Vision Screening!

Vision screenings are simple tests that children have annually at school or at the pediatrician.  Adults have a screening every eight or so years to get their driver’s license renewed.  Screenings simply test the level of visual acuity.  What screenings to not test for is eye health.  They also cannot determine if the eyes are straining to see.  Think of it this way.  We can still walk with a one pound ankle weight on our ankles but we wouldn’t want to do that for very long because the muscles will tire.  What if our eyes were working hard?  We would get eye strain. Recent studies revealed that school screenings and pediatrician screenings missed 72 percent of vision problems in children.  This is why a thorough, routine eye exam from your optometrist is recommended.  While screenings may help to determine if you can see, they cannot tell you if you are seeing efficiently.  It is by no means a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam.

My point is that an eye exam is only an eye exam when an eye doctor (optometrist or ophthalmologist) does the examination.  The rest is just a screening.  Screenings are valuable but do not take the place of a comprehensive eye examination by an eye doctor.   Early detection leads to early prevention.  Early detection leads to an easier time learning in school.  It does not mean that every child will be a genius if their eyes are examined.   It does mean that at least a child has a better chance of seeing what they need to see in order to have an easier time learning. At Optix Family Eyecare Center, we can help you understand more about your eyes and will spend much of our time educating you about your eyes.  The most important thing to realize, though, is that you need regular eye exams to ensure your eyes are in good health.  As you age, not only does your body’s health change, but your eye health changes as well.  Luckily, you can get a comprehensive eye exam by caring professionals on Long Island right now!

iWellness Eye Exams – Comprehensive Eye Exams in minutes!

iWellness Eye exam

Here at Optix Family Eyecare Center an iWellness scan using Spectral-Domain OCT technology is recommended for all of our patients. This special screening test and eye exam helps to detect early structural changes or damage to the inside of the eye that is not yet visible for the eye doctor to see with the current viewing magnifying lenses that are traditionally used. It also creates a baseline evaluation of your normal values to compare to future testing to determine if any changes occur with time. This type of prophylactic testing helps to screen for an eye disease that may otherwise go undetected.

Eye Diseases

Glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and others are sight threatening diseases that can have no symptoms.  Incorporating this exam is important for a thorough evaluation to help protect vision.  If the iWellness reveals pathology, additional tests are ordered.  Eyesight is precious; it’s our main focus to protect yours.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Book your Eye exams on Long Island now to protect yourself and your family from eye diseases. You can also call at 516-931-6330 today to book it directly.

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