FAQ

“It is our goal to properly diagnose your condition, educate you as to possible causes and solutions and then together we can construct the treatment to meet your personal needs.”

– Drs. David & Jeffry Carkner

 

I have an astigmatism in my left eye. Can I wear contact lenses?

Almost certainly. In fact, with today’s technology, there’s rarely a reason why you couldn’t wear properly prescribed contacts. But proper prescription is the key. You need to be fitted by experts like the doctors at Carkners’ Family Vision Care. We carefully evaluate your current eye health – and whether or not you are a good candidate for contact lens use. Then we custom design your lenses to exactly suit your needs, astigmatism and bifocal contacts included.

 

I’m thinking about having surgery to correct my nearsightedness. But I wonder if I have any other options?

Yes, you do. A number of our patients have had excellent success with a procedure called orthokeratology as a non-surgical alternative to radial keratotomy. Over a period of months, the patient is fitted with a series of special contact lenses designed to flatten the cornea precisely to reduce nearsightedness and/or astigmatism.

 

I’m very active in sports and i’m always having to deal with my glasses. Any suggestions?

You have a number of options. One option is specialty contact lenses which are larger than normal so they stay on the eye. Another option would be specially-fitted frames designed to stay in place even during very active sports and which can provide protection for your eyes. Come in and talk with us. We can make more specific recommendations based on your eye health – and your particular sport.

 

My daughter is having trouble with ‘pink eye’ lately. What can you tell me about it?

Pink eye, named because an irritation to the eye causes blood vessels to swell and turn the eye ‘pink’, can come from a variety of causes. The most common being minor trauma and eye infection or inflammation. If it is an infection, it can be passed on to other people – which is why pink eye can keep children out of school. All three of our doctors are board certified to provide you with primary medical care using therapeutic drugs for most eye infections and superficial trauma such as those which cause pink eye.

 

Whats the difference between Carkners’ Vision Care and those ‘one-hour’ places in the mall?

One big difference is the quality of information our doctors have about you and your particular vision history and needs. We can follow the progress of your vision throughout the years, recognizing, correcting, and even preventing problems. You may find that your appointment at Carkners’ Family Vision Care takes slightly longer than the quick exam usually associated with the one-hour places. This is because we take whatever time is necessary to answer all your questions and provide a thorough solution to your needs. We also carry out the full range of examinations – including retinal photography and computerized visual field analysis and corneal mapping. While we prefer to do dilated exams for thoroughness, upon your request, we can perform non-dilated exams. We also believe we can offer you a full range of options – not just a take it or leave it solution from one lens manufacturer. Whatever your needs, we can make it work for you. Carkners’ Family Vision Care also offers special expertise in contact lenses, sports vision and children’s vision, and provides specialized services such as pre- and post-operative care for eye surgery.

 

What about actually getting my glasses or contacts? I have a tight schedule… and i’m pretty particular about my appearance.

Just as Carkners’ Family Vision Care provides state-of-the-art vision care, our optical team and optical dispensary provide you with state-of-the-art fashion wear and fast service. You’ll find a wide selection of frames – from designer styles, new, fashion-forward styles, no-line bifocals, lightweight lenses, and sports styles to sunglasses and more. And all lenses for contacts or glasses, even complicated bifocal and trifocal lenses, are designed right in our office. So you will get your personalized prescription lenses as soon as possible, usually within a few days.

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