Read on for an eyecare Q&A with our own Dr. Harvey Moscot, and click here to schedule an exam at any of our New York City locations!
1. How often should I have a Comprehensive Eye Exam? What about a Contact Lens Exam?
In general, we recommend regular Comprehensive Eye Exams. Depending on your health history, prescription status, and/or age, we recommend a Comprehensive Eye Exam every 12 - 24 months. Contact lenses wearers should have a Contact Lens Exam every year.
2. What should I expect in a contact lens fitting?
Contact lenses are not one size fit all! Our doctors will measure the curvature of the cornea, or front surface of the eye, to ensure the lens properly fits the curve of your eye. A tear film evaluation will ensure the eyes are adequately hydrated and ensure your eyes are in optimal shape for contact lens wear.
3. Why should you not sleep in contact lenses? What happens to the eye?
Sleeping with your contact lenses is never a good idea. Even extended-wear contacts approved for overnight wear come with risk of causing eye infections. Leaving contacts in overnight interferes with the oxygen supply to the cornea. This can result in abnormal corneal changes, serious red eyes, and general irritation under the upper eyelids that result in the inability to continue to wear your contact lenses.
4. Do you recommend wearing Blue Light filtering glasses?
Over-exposure to high energy blue visible light from computers and other digital devices can lead to symptoms such as eyestrain, headaches, and sleep disruption. Blue Light Filter lenses help to eliminate glare which can provide a better experience for anyone viewing a digital screen.
5. What are the best foods to eat to maintain eye health?
Certain nutrients such as zinc, copper, vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein, and beta carotene may reduce the risk of age-related eye health decline. Nutrient-rich foods such as leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits, carrots, nuts and legumes can help to prevent such decline. And don’t forget your Fish Oils for healthy eyelid gland secretion!
6. Why do I need more than one pair of glasses?
Just as you wouldn’t go running in high heels or wingtip shoes, the same goes for wearing your progressive lenses on the computer. Different prolonged visual tasks might require a different lens design for optimal comfort. Also, and on another note, just as you switch up your everyday accessories (scarfs, tie, necklace, belt, etc.) why not switch up your eyewear look too? After all, not every day calls for the same look!