FAQ'sWhat are your office hours?
Our office is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Hours on Thursday are from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.
What is difference between an optometrist and an ophthalmologist?
Both are eye care professionals with doctorate training. Optometrists perform routine primary eye care, treat eye injuries and disease, as well as fit glasses and contact lenses just as ophthalmologists do. However, ophthalmologists perform both laser and non-laser eye surgeries for various eye conditions, whereas an optometrist does not. Both optometrists and ophthalmologists in Mississippi prescribe topical and oral pharmaceutical agents for the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases, infections and injuries.
Can I wear contact lenses if I have astigmatism?
With improvements in today's soft and rigid contact lens technology, many patients can now successfully correct their astigmatism prescriptions with the use of contact lenses instead of glasses. The overall success of the patient in astigmatism contact lenses depends greatly on the type of astigmatism the patient has along with the overall health of the eye.
How do I know if I am a good candidate for laser vision correction surgery (LASIK)?
Potential candidates need a thorough pre-operative examination with dilation along with various refractive and corneal measurements taken to correctly determine the desired surgical outcome. Also, the patients age, career, hobbies and lifestyle need to be evaluated in order to be a "good" candidate for vision correction surgery. Of further importance in determining one's potential success is the overall health of the patient's eyes. Finally, LASIK surgery can correct small to moderate amounts of hyperopia (far-sightedness) and astigmatism along with small, moderate and sometimes large amounts of myopia (near-sightedness).
How quickly are glasses ready at your facility?
Many prescriptions can be processed from start to finish and ready to be dispensed on the same day as the patient visit. Other special order prescription lenses and/or those with anti-reflective (non-glare) coatings can take up to 10 days to process.
What type of contact lenses do you carry "in-stock"?
Our contact lens department keeps an "in-stock" supply of Acuvue, Acuvue Oasys and Vision Care contact lenses. We also have a variety of diagnostic contact lenses in other brands for both disposable and extended wear along with those for astigmatism. Among these are Air Optics Night and Day, Pure Vision, Proclear, and Acuvue Advance. Our contact lens department also carries a variety of bifocal/multifocal soft contact lenses including Acuvue Oasys for Presbyopia and Bausch and Lomb Multifocal lenses. Other specialty fit and custom order contact lenses are available through our contact lens department.
Does a routine eye examination also check for diseases of the eye?
Yes, a comprehensive eye exam checks not only the prescription of the eyes for both distance and near, but also provides a thorough evaluation of both the external and internal segments of the eye. Conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, hypertensive and diabetic retinal complications, and others are routinely checked for with this type of examination.
If I have a question concerning insurance coverage for an eye examination or emergency treatment, who do I need to speak with?
Both our business/insurance department as well as the front desk reception area can answer most questions on the insurance plans that we participate in. These departments are readily available during our normal business hours each week.
Am I a candidate for gentle corneal molding (EZM)?
A comprehensive eye examination is necessary to determine if a patient has the appropriate prescription and corneal health for gentle molding. This procedure uses specially designed rigid gas permeable contact lenses to re-shape the patient's cornea according to their prescription during sleep. This is a non-invasive, continual process that can correct small to moderate amounts of myopia (near-sightedness) and small amounts of astigmatism. Many patients finds this a unique alternative to laser vision correction.
Can diabetes or hypertension affect my eyes?
Yes, these conditions can cause adverse retinal problems such as hemorrhaging, ischemia (lack of oxygen) and metabolic "leakages" that can damage the retina in the back of the eye. Even with good visual acuity, patients with diabetes and/or hypertension should have their eyes examined at least once per year.