FAQ

As your trusted Latham and Clifton Park ophthalmologist, we at Brass Eye Center are glad to provide you with an unparalleled level of eye care. When you stop by our Albany eye care center, you’ll find that we’re capable of offering a wide range of treatments that are designed to correct and treat any eye problems or disorders that you may have. We place an emphasis on patient care and awareness, which is why we’re more than happy to take the time to provide you with a listing of the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about ophthalmology.

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What’s the Difference Between an Ophthalmologist and an Optometrist?

Ophthalmologists provide comprehensive eye care that includes medical, surgical, and optical care. Ophthalmologists must complete four years of premedical college, four years of medical school, one year of internship, and three years of medical and surgical training in eye care.

Optometrists are specifically educated in an accredited optometry college for four years, though they don’t have to attend medical school. Optometrists can diagnose eye conditions, but they’re usually not licensed to perform surgical eye treatments.

How Does the Eye Work?

Our eyes actually work in a way that’s very similar to cameras. When taking a picture with a camera, the lens in the front of the camera allows light to pass through and it will focus that light on the film that covers the back side of the camera. When the light hits the film, a picture is then taken. The way our eyes work is that the fronts of our eyes (the cornea, pupil, and lens) are clear and allow light to pass through. The cornea and the lens will focus the light on the retina, the eye’s back wall. Just like the film, the retina is the ‘seeing’ tissue of the eye, sending messages to the brain through the optic nerve, which allows us to see.

What Is Legal Blindness?

While perfect vision is when a person’s visual acuity is 20/20, a person is considered legally blind when their better eye’s best corrected visual acuity is less than 20/200. A person can also be considered legally blind if their side vision in their better eye is narrowed to 20 degrees or less. Even though a person is legally blind, they’ll still have some degree of vision that’s helpful for functioning in everyday life. Legally blind people are also able to qualify for certain government benefits.

What Is Low Vision?

Low vision is a level of vision that’s below normal (20/70 or worse) that can’t be corrected with standard eyeglasses. Low vision can be a detriment toward a person’s daily activities, whether it’s reading, driving, or anything else.

When Should My Child’s Eyes Be Examined?

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Ophthalmology both recommend that the first vision screening be conducted for a newborn just before being discharged from the hospital. Your child’s pediatrician will monitor for visual functions during well-child exams that are generally at two, four, and six months of age. If there are signs of an eye condition, your child will likely be referred to an ophthalmologist. Beginning at the age of three (and yearly after the age of five), amblyopia, refractive, and alignment screenings should take place.

When Should an Adult’s Eyes Be Examined?

We recommend that eye exams for adults are performed on the following basis:

  • Patients between the ages of 20 to 39 should have an eye exam every three to five years.
  • Patients between the ages of 40 to 64 should have an eye exam every two to four years.
  • Patients that are 65 years of age or older should have an eye exam every one to two years.

Is Poor Vision Hereditary?

Yes, poor vision can be directly related to the eye health of your family. If you happen to have family members with poor eyesight, it’s important to visit an ophthalmologist at the first notice of poor vision.

Will Working at a Computer Screen Hurt My Eyes?

There isn’t any evidence that a computer screen is harmful to a person’s eyes in terms of long-term visual health. However, staring at a computer screen for too long can cause your eyes to become fatigued. This makes it important for you to take occasional breaks to rest your eyes.

Will Sitting Too Close to the Television Hurt My Eyes?

Like with staring at a computer screen, there isn’t any evidence that shows that sitting too close to the television can harm a person’s eyes.

Will Reading in Dim Light Hurt My Eyes?

No. There hasn’t been any evidence found that suggests that dim light can hurt someone’s eyes.

Will Carrots Help Maintain Good Vision?

Yes, carrots contain a small amount of Vitamin A, which is highly beneficial toward maintaining good vision. Vitamin A is also found in other many other foods, including milk, egg yolk, cheese, and broccoli.

Can Eyes Be Transplanted?

No, there’s currently no medical way to transplant a whole eye.

Contact Your Latham and Clifton Park Ophthalmologist Today!

If you have any further questions, we encourage you to contact us. We at Brass Eye Center are glad to help you in any way we can. If you’d like to schedule an appointment at your Albany eye care center, please feel free to give us a call at (518) 782-7827 or fill out our online appointment request form. We can’t wait to hear from you!