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Do you have a question about eyes? Start here with some common questions or contact any of our offices.

Does a cataract have to be "ripe" before it is removed?

Cataracts happen to everyone eventually. Their development is part of our normal aging process. Just having a cataract does not mean it needs to be removed. Surgery should be considered when your vision has deceased and it is now affecting your ability to do your normal daily activities such as reading, driving or watching TV.

Are cataract removed with Laser?

Until very recently the answer to this question is no. For the last 25 years cataracts have been mostly removed by an ultrasound driven instrument in a process called phacoemulsification. Today however part of the cataract surgery can be accomplished with a new femtosecond laser. Our surgeons have experience using this new laser to assist in cataract surgery.

Is reading in dim light harmful to your eyes?

No reading in dim light does not harm your eyes. It may however make your eyes tire more easily. The decreased amount of light reduces the contrast between the words on the page and the background.  This makes it more difficult to read the print but does nothing to harm your eyes.

Is staring at a computer screen for too long harmful to my eyes?

Looking at the screen itself is not harmful to your eyes. Spending a long time staring at a near target can however cause some eye strain and dry eyes. When you stare at a computer screen or read for long periods of time you blink much less often normal. This allows the eye surface to become dry. Read the 20-20-20 rule article on the Shore Eye Blog for helpful hints to keep your eyes healthy.

I see fine why do I need to get my eyes checked?

There are several eye disease that have no symptoms in their early stages and would go undiscovered if you don't get an exam. Many of this diseases, such as Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, and Diabetic Retinopathy can be treated and success of treatment is much greater the earlier the disease is detected. For more information read the Shore Eye Blog article on Why should I get my eyes checked even if I see fine?

How Are Ophthalmologists, Optometrists and Opticians Different?

Ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.s), optometrists and opticians (the three O's of eye care) differ in their training and in what they can diagnose and treat.

As a medical doctor, an ophthalmologist is licensed to practice medicine and surgery. They diagnose and treat all eye diseases, perform eye surgery, and prescribe and fit glasses and contact lenses. After four years of college and eight additional years of medical education and training, an ophthalmologist must pass a rigorous examination given by the American Board of Ophthalmology in order to become board certified.

An optometrist is a doctor of optometry, licensed to practice optometry. Optometrists determine the need for glasses and contact lenses, prescribe optical correction, screen for abnormalities of the eye, and can prescribe a limited amount of drugs to help diagnose and treat certain eye conditions. Optometrists generally do not perform surgery. They attend college and then four years of optometry school.

An optician--licensed by a state to make optical aids--fits, adjusts and dispenses glasses, contact lenses and other optical devices on written prescriptions of a licensed ophthalmologist or optometrist. Training for an optician varies from a preceptorship to two years of opticinary school.

Is it safe to take a multivitamin along with my Macular Degeneration Vitamins (AREDS2)?

There are some concerns with the additional Vitamin E and Zinc that a multivitamin might add to the already high dose of those two components of the AREDS 2 formula.
Read the full article on the Shore Eye Blog

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