Here are some common questions from our patients.
How often should I get an eye exam?
If you do not have any symptoms or vision problems, we recommend an exam depending on your age:
Once as a child
Age 20 to 39: every 5 years
Age 40-54: every 2 to 4 years
Age55 to 64: every 1 to 3 years
Age 65 and up: every year
How do I know if I have glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a silent disease. You may not know you are affected until you have an ophthalmic evaluation.
What are the alternatives to glaucoma drops?
An alternative to drops is the SLT laser.
Am I a candidate for an SLT (selective laser trabeculoplasty)?
Due to the nondestructive nature of SLT Therapy unlike traditional laser therapy, SLT can be used for the following conditions:
- Primary Open Angle Glaucoma
- Ocular Hypertension
- Normal Tension Glaucoma
- Juvenile Glaucoma
- Aphakic Glaucoma
- Pigmentary Glaucoma
What are MIGS (micro invasive glaucoma surgeries)?
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How do I know I have cataracts?
Everyone who lives into their 60s develops at least mild cataracts. Early on, the cataract process not only makes your lens cloudy, it also makes your lens swell a little bit. When your lens gets bigger, you become a little more near-sighted. So in the early stages of cataract, simply changing your glasses prescription will usually restore your sight. Go to Cataract Service Page
When do cataracts need to be operated?
As you continue to get older, the cataract gets more and more cloudy, and eventually not even a change in your glasses prescription will improve your sight. At that point, the only way to restore your vision is to remove the cataract. Go to Cataract Service Page
Is there a solution to correct both my near and distance vision issues?
Yes, at Rioux Eye Center we perform cataract surgery and we can offer multifocal lenses.
How will my diabetes affect my vision?
You can have diabetic retinopathy and not know it. This is because it often has no symptoms in its early stages.
As diabetic retinopathy gets worse, you will notice symptoms such as:
- Seeing an increasing number of floaters
- Having blurry vision
- Having vision that changes sometimes from blurry to clear
- Seeing blank or dark areas in your field of vision
- Having poor night vision
- Noticing colors appear faded or washed out
- Losing vision
- Diabetic retinopathy symptoms usually affect both eyes.
How can we stop the progression of macular degeneration?
With treatment, we will slow the progression of the disease, preserve vision and hopefully recover some vision loss.
To slow down the progression you can take multivitamins and stop smoking if it applies. In certain cases, we can enter you in clinical studies.
Depending on the severity, we can offer:
- Laser treatments
- Intra vitreal injections
- Eye surgery- vitrectomy