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Patient FAQ’s

We want to make sure that you receive all of the information that you need to make educated decisions about your eye health. Dr.’s Maharaj and Singh are always available to answer your questions. Please feel free to send us your eye care questions to reception@ancasterfamilyeyecare.com.

Q&A with Dr.’s Maharaj and Singh

Our Optometrists Answer Your Eyecare Questions:

Q: Am I candidate for LASIK or Laser Eye Surgery?

A: Our doctors are trained to determine if a person is a good candidate for LASIK or another laser refractive procedure. Our doctors have worked at multiple laser centers and have extensive knowledge in both pre and post-operative care of laser surgery patients. We look forward to helping our patients decrease their dependence on glasses and contacts in the best and safest way for each patient if they are candidate!

 

Q: How old should my child be before their first eye exam?”

A: A 6 month-old infant eye examination is recommended for all children. Infants are born with very poor vision that develops quickly after birth. Colour vision is usually achieved by about 3 months of age and by about 6 months they should be almost adult-like. Thus, this is the best time for our office to see your child, to determine their eyes have developed properly. The earlier an eye condition can be found the better the treatment outcome and less affect it has on a child development!

 

Q: I am seeing flashes and floaters, what should I do?

A: These can be a sign of a serious retinal condition, such as a retinal tear or detachment which should be diagnosed and treated ASAP. The first step would be to call our office, we will see you the same day to diagnose and treat the cause of your flashes and floaters.

 

Q: I have pink eye or a red eye what should I do?

A: There are many causes of a pink eye or red eye and the best way to have a proper diagnosis and treatment plan is to make an appointment at our office. We will make the time to see you the same day and provide the appropriate medical management and care.

 

Q: What is OCT imaging and why is it recommended for routine eye exams for patients over 40?

A: OCT stands for Optical Coherence Tomography, this non-invasive imaging takes a cross section of our retina (inner layer of the eye) and optic nerve. This allows your doctor to see below where they can typically see with conventional testing, thus allowing us to catch the earliest signs of diseases such as macular degeneration and glaucoma. These diseases become more prevalent after the age 40, therefore OCT imaging is recommended for all patients over 40 years of age.

 

Q: What is an FAF image?

A: FAF stands for Fundus AutoFlourescence, this is a form of non-invasive imaging that highlights active and none active portions of disease processes within the retina (inner layer of the eye) and allows the doctor to better diagnose, manage and treat a variety of retinal conditions.

 

Q: Why do I need a yearly eye examination when I was told I see 20/20?

A: Unfortunately, seeing 20/20 does not mean your eyes are healthy. Most eye diseases are asymptomatic, and thus will not affect a patient’s vision. By the time it starts to affect vision it is usually much more difficult to treat and preserve vision. Prevention is the best medicine, and for our eyes having a comprehensive eye examination is the only way to ensure your eyes are healthy and continue to stay healthy.

 

Q: Why do I need a yearly eye examination when I was told I see 20/20?

A: Unfortunately, seeing 20/20 does not mean your eyes are healthy. Most eye diseases are asymptomatic, and thus will not affect a patient’s vision. By the time it starts to affect vision it is usually much more difficult to treat and preserve vision. Prevention is the best medicine, and for our eyes having a comprehensive eye examination is the only way to ensure your eyes are healthy and continue to stay healthy.