North Fork Optical | Total Family Eyecare in Mattituck New York | FAQs
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Though the answers to most questions vary based on the specific circumstances involved, we will try to give you general answers to some of the most frequently asked questions asked by clients.

  • We recommend annual exams for most patients.  However,  patients with medical issues  (diabetes,  glaucoma, and patients taking certain high-risk medications to name  a few) should be seen at briefer intervals that are determined by your eye doctor..  Also, children’s vision sometimes change more rapidly, so parents should be aware of their kids squinting or straining to see  things they should be able to see.
  • Imagine the back of the eye (the retina) as a movie screen.   Light coming through the front focusing surfaces (the cornea and the crystalline lens) create an image on the retina.  If the eye is  too long, the image focuses in front of the retina (nearsightedness or myopia).  If it’s too short, the focus would be behind the retina (farsightedness or hyperopia).  With astigmatism, the eye has two different points of focus at 90 degree meridians.  In any of these cases, eyeglass or contact lenses redirect the incoming light so that images are properly focused on the retina.
  • The crystalline lens, located directly behind the pupil, changes shape to focus close objects.  Each year from birth on, that lens gets less flexible until in the early to mid forties, an eye that has no other refractive error will start losing its focus at the 14 to 16 inch (the average reading distance) range.  Reading glasses will solve that problem. However, readers will be blurry when looking far away, so many patients will opt for bifocals (either with a line or no-line, progressive multifocal).
  • No. However, your brain will adjust to that new level of clarity and not like seeing blurry any more.  Children who are nearsighted will naturally become more nearsighted through their teens, and presbyopia will naturally worsen for everyone from age 45 to 55. If you’re farsighted, that loss of focusing ability of the lens will eventually affect distance vision as well (depending on the degree of farsightedness, of course).  These are all natural changes that will occur whether you wear your corrective lenses or not.
  • The laser reshapes the front surface of the eye (the cornea) so that distant images focus properly on the retina.  It is important to remember several caveats with corrective surgery:   the eye must be healthy and the prescription must be stable: it does not correct presbyopia, so 45 and over patients will probably will need readers; since the procedure is based upon your original prescription, it is critical that the most accurate eyeglass prescription be provided to the surgeon.  Dr. Eilbert will gladly discuss this exciting vision-correcting option with you.
  • This is an emerging contact lens field. In the past, the only reasonable options for presbyopes were either,  readers over your contacts or correcting one eye for close work and the other for far.  I find binocular vision and visual comfort are more likely to be obtained with the multifocal contacts.
  • The recommended life of contact lenses varies depending on the type of lenses, from 1-day, 1-week, 2-weeks, 1-month, and longer. With any contact lens, you should follow the prescribed wear and care instructions that include guidelines for replacement.
  • Yes. Astigmatism is distorted vision caused by an irregularly shaped cornea. Contact lenses that correct astigmatism are called Toric, and are available.
  • Tinted & colored lenses are available to enhance or change eye color.