Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q)
We at Thosoo, have compiled a list of the most common questions we get asked; so if your questions not on the list give us a call.
Why do I need an exam every year in order to renew my prescription
when my eyes are fine?
Routine eye health examinations are vital tools in evaluating an individual’s overall health and wellness by aiding in the early detection and prevention of medical problems such as:
Detecting these and many other disease states during an eye examination can provide cost-effective early intervention, reducing overall medical costs improving patients’ quality of life.
An Optometrist is a State Licensed Doctor of Optometry who examines, diagnoses, treats and manages diseases and disorders of the visual system as well as prescribing medication for certain eye diseases.
An Ophthalmologist is a specialist in medical and surgical eye problems. Ophthalmologists diagnoses and treats all eye diseases, performs eye surgery and prescribes medication for eye related diseases.
While Ophthalmologists are trained to care for all eye problems and conditions, some Eye M.D.s specialize in a specific area of medical or surgical eye care.
What's the difference between an
Optometrist and an Ophthalmologist?
Opticians are State Licensed as Ophthalmic Dispensers and/or Ophthalmic Technicians who designs, help fit eyeglasses and contact lenses, following prescriptions from Ophthalmologists and Optometrists. Opticians determine the specifications of various ophthalmic appliances that will give the necessary corrections to a person’s eyesight. Opticians as a profession has grown leaps and bounds in the last 15 years.
Today Opticians can no longer simply fit and dispense eyeglasses as our grandparents once did. Opticians now must become personal Frame Stylists, have knowledge of physics and optics, become master technicians in order to repair, adjust and custom fit the hundreds of different materials and styles of frames. To become a Master Optician, it is to know all of the above and a consultant to each patient. Opticians are the Multitaskers!
Most eye doctors agree an annual eye exam is important. If you are a contact lens wearer it is best to get your annual checkup. The importance of having your annual eye exams can never be underestimated.
An eye exam can detect vision problems, eye disease and general health problems before you are even aware of any problems.
How often should I
get my eyes examined?
Recently enacted federal law, the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act (15 U.S.C 7603) and its
implementing regulations (16 CFR 315.5), requires that contact lenses be dispensed only in accordance
with a contact lens prescription.
The Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act requires a prescription for contact lenses to be valid for at least 1 year unless, in the prescriber’s medical judgement, the patient’s eye health requires a shorter period of time. The FDA considers contact lenses medical devices, therefore contact lenses prescription expires for the same reason that medical prescriptions expire.
Can I still order more contact lenses without a prescription or an outdated prescription?
Can I order more contact lenses when i'm still happy with the lenses I have now & prescription has not changed?
Just because your eyes and vision seem perfect, that may not actually be the case. Remember that contact lens is a foreign body placed into your eye. It lies on top of the Cornea. While the cornea provides most of the vision of the eye, it is made of living, breathing cells.
Over-wearing contact lenses can lead to lactic acid buildup within the cornea, resulting in swelling. When swelling occurs, the cells in the cornea may spread apart, possibly creating infection and scarring.
It can lead to oxygen deprivation; new blood vessels will begin to grow into the cornea to try to feed it the oxygen it needs. Next time you reluctantly schedule a contact lens checkup, remind yourself that you are protecting your vision by maintaining the health of your eyes.