FAQs


 

What is the role of optometrists and optometry in eyecare?

  • Optometry is the diagnosis and treatment of vision problems, including refractive errors and eye diseases.
    An optometrist administers comprehensive eye examinations and prescribes treatments to correct for any vision errors. Treatments include prescriptive eyewear (eyeglasses and contacts), vision therapy, and other care.

What do the letters after an optometrist's license mean?

  • Our doctors are TPA or TLG certified. This indicates that the optometrist is certified to use therapeutic pharmaceutical agents and the optometrist may treat certain conditions of the human eye, or any of its appendages, with therapeutic pharmaceutical agents. The optometrist may also perform certain procedures on the eye. The therapeutic pharmaceutical agents that may be prescribed, the conditions of the eye, and the authorized procedures are listed in California Business and Professions Code Section 3041.

    The TLG designation indicates that, in addition to the optometric services described in the TPA section above, the optometrist is also certified to perform lacrimal irrigation and dilation procedures for patients over the age of 12 years and diagnose and treat primary open angle glaucoma in patients over the age of 18 years.

I have good vision. Do I still need to get my eyes checked?

  • Yes! Eye examinations check your vision, but they also screen for eye diseases and other problems. Eye-related diseases may develop slowly and may progress undetected without proper screening.

    In general, eye exams are recommended:
    Annually: For children and adults (18-60) with prescriptive eyewear and for adults 61 and older
    Every Two years: For children and adults (18-60) without prescriptive eyewear.

Color contact lenses - do I need a prescription?

  •  Keep in mind that all contact lenses, even those that are cosmetic — lenses meant to change the appearance of your eye rather than correct your vision — require a prescription. Lenses need to fit your eye correctly. If they don’t, or if they aren’t used and cared for properly, they can cause problems like:

    • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
    • Scratches
    • Sores on your cornea
    • Blindness

I might have an eye infection, can the optometrist help me?

  • Our optometrists are trained and capable of treating a wide range of eye diseases, including red eyes. Please see our conjunctivitis information page for details.

Do you recommend refractive eye surgeries like LASIK?

  • Procedures such as LASIK have their rewards and risks.  It is necessary to perform thorough evaluations to determine whether you are qualified for LASIK or other related surgeries.  If you do proceed for refractive surgery, we co-manage your treatment and follow up with you each step of the way.

What is dry eye and how can it be treated?

  • Dryness of the eye can sometimes be straightforward and simply treated with eye drops.  It can also be a chronic condition called dry eye syndrome.  Your eye doctor can provide analysis and management of your dry eye symptoms.  Please see our dry eye information page for details.

Is it possible to get migraines of the eye?

  • Some people know that a migraine is about to hit because they see about 10 to 30 minutes of flashing lights, floating zigzag lines, or shimmering spots or stars first. We call these symptoms “aura.” You may see an aura whether your migraine is mild or severe migraines.

Can I perform eye exercises to improve my vision?

  • Some people know that a migraine is about to hit because they see about 10 to 30 minutes of flashing lights, floating zigzag lines, or shimmering spots or stars first. We call these symptoms “aura.” You may see an aura whether your migraine is mild or severe migraines.

I have reduced vision from trauma and/or eye disease. Glasses won't help me, so what are my options?

  • Low Vision Rehabilitation is treatment for visual impairment. Doctors of Optometry who specialize in low vision rehabilitation are skilled in the examination, treatment and management of patients with visual impairments not fully treatable by medical, surgical or conventional eyewear or contact lenses. Each type of low vision problem requires a different therapeutic approach. A thorough examination by an optometrist, which will also include tests to determine the patient’s current vision status, will result in the development of a treatment plan.  Treatment plans may include prescription of glasses, specialized optical systems, therapeutic filters, non-optical options, and/or video magnification, and the prescription of rehabilitation therapy to effectively maximize visual functioning for activities of daily living.  Therapy may also be prescribed to enhanc

 

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Pasadena, CA 91101
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