The Doctors at TSO Atascocita want to make sure that you receive all of the information that you need to make educated decisions about your eye health. We are always available to answer your questions.
Dr. Aaron Reneau answers frequently asked questions
Q: Should I wear sunglasses during the winter?
A: Sunglasses are a critical UV protection eyewear. If you are fortunate to experience the full range of seasons, then sunglasses become vital for blocking UV rays reflected off the snow.
Q: What are cataracts and how can they be treated?
A: Cataracts are the aging and clouding of a lens in the eye just behind the colored part. This lens protects the retina from damaging radiation, but over time breaks down and becomes less clear. It is fixed by having a surgeon remove the old cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial lens.
Q: Can I borrow and use someone else's glasses?
A: Most glasses are spefically customized for a particular patient. If you are wearing someone's glasses, it could improve your vision some, but it will not give you the crisp clear vision that a personalized pair of glasses does.
Q: Are disposable contact lenses good for my eyes?
A: Everyone has different eyes. Some people can wear contacts overnight while some patients are never good candidates for contacts. It is best to let your eye doctor determine if contacts are a good option for you.
Q: Will my insurance plan cover my new glasses?
A: Most insurance plans only cover a portion of the cost for a new pair of glasses. While your insurance may provide a great saving to you, it may still cost you to have the quality of protection and comfort in vision you are hoping for.
Q: Why do I need to scan my retina or back of my eye?
A: It is always said a picture says a thousand words. I picture or retinal scan provides a baseline for any changes that occur to the back of your eye in the future.
Q: At what age should my child have his/her eyes examined?
A: The American Optometric Association recommends parents have their child's eyes checked by the age of three.
Q: Can I wear my contact lenses while I sleep?
A: It is important to ask your doctor if your contacts are approved for sleeping also called extended wear. If your contacts are not approved for extented wear, you are putting your eyes at risk for corneal edema or a sight threatening eye infection because some contacts do not transmit enough oxygen while you sleep to keep the eye healthy.
Q: Why is my vision going bad once I turn 50?
A: Most people begin to experience vision problems around reaching the big 40 milestone. After years of exposure to the sun and normal aging, the lens in your eyes becomes brittle and you slowing start to loose the ability to focus on targets at near. By the age of 50, this has most likely become really frustrating.
Q: Can kids wear contact lenses?
A: I prefer children to be about 12 years old before fitting them with contacts due to the critical importance of contact hygiene and risk of infections.