Comprehensive Eye Exams
Our office offers a full comprehensive eye exam that will not break the bank. All of our exams include dilation and visual fields testing, services that incur extra charges at other offices.
Along with eye exams for glasses, we also offer a wide variety of contact lens options to best fit your lifestyle. We carry brands from the top manufacturers including Acuvue, Ciba, Coopervision and Bausch and Lomb. We are committed to helping everyone see their best and offer contact lens services for patients needing single vision, astigmatism correction contacts as well as multi-focal (bifocal) contacts. Already have a prescription? Order online with us today.
Dr. Sokol is a proud participant in the InfantSee Program which provides free eye exams to infants 6 months to 1 year old. This program was started in order to catch birth deficiencies in the eye which can lead to learning and developmental problems later in life.
Q: How often should I have an eye exam?
We recommend yearly eye exams for all patients, unless you have a specific eye condition which may require more frequent visits. Although you may not notice a change in your prescription, annual eye exams are important to check the medical health of your eye as many systemic diseases can be discovered. Yearly eye exams are also important for those who wear contact lenses. The fit of your contact lenses must be checked to ensure they are fitting properly and not adversely affecting your eye health.
Q: How do I know if my child needs an eye exam?
All children should have an eye exam, beginning at 6 months of age. Through the InfantSEE® program, we offer complimentary eye exams for children between the ages of 6-12 months. Your child may not complain of any visual symptoms; however, a complete eye exam is the only way to ensure that your child is seeing as clearly as possible. Sometimes problems with school performance, attention, coordination, and depth perception could be the result of an undiagnosed eye condition.
Q: Why do my kids need an exam when they get their eyes checked in school?
Though vision screenings are an excellent way for the school systems to pick up gross abnormalities in your child’s vision, they do not check for eye health problems. They also do not check for more complicated binocular vision problems that may affect learning, especially reading. The only way to accurately detect problems that may affect your child’s visual performance is to have a comprehensive eye health and vision exam.
Q: How long will the eye exam take?
The length of your eye exam really depends on your specific eyes. An eye exam can range from 30 minutes to 90 minutes depending on what the doctor finds during the examination. Optomap retinal imaging, which in some cases can eliminate a dilated eye exam, significantly reduce the total time of the examination.
Q: What does the eye exam involve?
During your exam we will evaluate the health function of the following:
- Eye muscles (strabismus, otherwise known as “lazy eye”)
- Binocular Vision (how your eyes work together as a team)
- Accommodation (how well your eyes focus)
- Visual Acuity and Refraction (the test to determine your prescription)
- Color Vision
- Stereo Vision (depth perception)
- Intraocular pressure (glaucoma)
- Cornea (especially important for contact lens wearers)
- Crystalline lens (cataracts)
- Retina (macular degeneration, diabetes, and other retinal problems)
- Optic nerve head (glaucoma)
- Peripheral Vision
Q: Does Sokol Advanced EyeCare treat medical conditions like pink eye or foreign body removal?
Yes, our doctors are therapeutically trained to diagnose and treat most types of ocular disease.
Q: Do you have optometrists or ophthalmologists? What is the difference?
Doctors of optometry are trained to examine, diagnose, treat and manage disorders of the eye or vision. They detect and diagnose eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, retinal disorders, lid disorders, and infections such as conjunctivitis. They prescribe oral and topical medications to treat eye diseases. Pre- and post-operative care for glaucoma, laser, refractive, and cataract patients is provided by optometrists. Optometrists’ training includes attending a university for their undergraduate degree followed by four additional years of optometry school. To earn their doctoral degree, they concentrate specifically on the structure, function and disorders of the eye. While concentrating on the eye and visual system, optometrists also study general health in the human body. In addition to their formal, doctorate-level training, all optometrists participate in ongoing continuing education courses to stay current on the latest standards of care and to maintain their licenses to practice. Optometry is one of the only doctoral-level health care professions to require continuing education in every state for license renewal. Ophthalmologists spend four years studying the body and its systems to earn their doctorate of medicine. From there they spend on average three years in an ophthalmology residency. Ophthalmologists diagnose and treat eye diseases just like optometrists, but they are also trained to perform eye surgery.
Q: What is an optician?
An optician is a person who is specifically trained in the fitting and adjusting of eyewear. Most of LensCrafters’ opticians are American Board of Opticianry (ABO) certified and regularly attend continuing education classes to keep up-to-date on the newest technologies.
Q: What is involved in getting contact lenses?
Contact lenses need to be carefully fitted and matched to your needs and to your eyes. We will therefore need to perform a comprehensive vision and health exam, in addition to taking measurements to properly fit your eyes with contact lenses. We will always ensure that you are comfortable with handling your lenses before we prescribe them and will provide you with written instructions as well.
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Q: I have astigmatism; can I still wear contacts?
Astigmatism is a common vision condition. It is caused when the front surface of the eye, called the cornea, is not perfectly round. As a result, light is focused differently in the eye, leading to blurred vision. Contact lenses that correct astigmatism are called torics. They come in both soft and gas permeable contact lens materials. In addition, small amounts of astigmatism may be corrected with a regular, non-toric contact lens.
Q: If I have dry eyes, are contact lenses still for me?
Great improvements have been made in contact lens materials. In the past, many patients with dry eye could not tolerate contacts lenses. Now, they can be fit with numerous new types of contacts, especially ones that contain the newest polymers. These molecules attach to water, allowing the lens to resist deposits and function better. In addition, a regimen of warm compresses, artificial tears and possibly prescription eyedrops are beneficial to the contact lens wearer with dry eye.
Q: I have never worn contact lenses; will Sokol Advanced EyeCare show me how to insert and remove my contacts?
A Sokol Advanced EyeCare technician will instruct you on insertion and removal of your contact lenses before you take them home. Written instructions will also be provided to ensure that proper care and technique are continued.
Q: Do I still need glasses if I wear contact lenses?
Glasses are most definitely necessary, even if you have contacts. In the case of an eye infection or scratched eye, you would not be able to wear your contact lenses. A back up pair of glasses (with the most recent prescription) would be the only form of correction that would allow you to see properly until the eye problem has been resolved. It is also healthier for your eyes to go without your contact lenses at least one half hour in the morning and one to two hours in the evening.
Q: Am I a candidate for LASIK?
There are multiple factors that will determine if you are a candidate for LASIK surgery. These include the amount and stability of your prescription, thickness and shape of your corneas, age, and your history of eye diseases. If, for whatever reason, you do not meet these criteria, there are alternatives to LASIK surgery which we can discuss with you during your appointment.
Q: Will my insurance cover an eye exam?
Most medical insurance plans and vision plans will cover one routine eye exam annually. This is may be the case even if you have a high deductible plan. Routine eye exams usually fall under the “preventative care clause” of your health plan, meaning deductibles often do not apply. Unfortunately, this is not true for all health plans. It is best to call your insurance company in advance to be aware of your coverage. We will also call your insurance company on your behalf before your appointment to verify your insurance coverage.
The list of accepted insurances are, Auxiant, Alliance, Avesis, EyeMed, Aetna, Humana Vision, NVA, Principal Financial, Superior Vision, United Healthcare (UMR), VSP, WEA Trust, Davis Vision, Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Wisconsin and Medicare.
Q: Do I have to pay my co-pay on the day I come in?
Yes. We collect all co-pays (if applicable) and balances on the day you are seen.