What is a comprehensive eye exam?

A comprehensive eye exam consists of both a visual system evaluation and an overall eye health examination.

  • Visual System: A series of the test is performed to evaluate how well your eyes work as a team and the focusing ability of each eye individually. We check depth perception and eye muscle balance to make sure one eye isn’t weaker than the other. A visual system exam allows us to determine the exact prescription for corrective lenses.

  • Health Exam: All aspect of the eye is thoroughly examined, both the internal and external tissues. Your doctor will look for cataracts, use dilation to view the inner eye and widen your pupils, obtain eye pressure measurements to diagnose or assess your risk for glaucoma. Dilation allows a clear view of the retina. This allows your doctor to screen for serious threats to the vision and eye health such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and macular degeneration.

What is the average cost of contact lenses?

Since there are so many options available for all types of prescriptions and materials, the cost of contact lenses varies greatly. Prices range from $21 for a half dozen boxes of disposables up to $180 for a single pair of bifocal lenses.

Does your Lambertville office provide LASIK?

We do not offer LASIK at our Lambertville office, but our highly skilled and fully trained staff are here to help you decide if laser vision correction is right for you. Pinnacle Eye Group of Lambertville is fully equipped to provide both pre-op and post-operative care. We work closely with only top-rated LASIK surgeons in the area to provide you with the best treatment experience and the clearest vision possible.

What is an optometrist?

A Doctor of Optometry is an independent primary health care provider who is trained to examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases and disorders of the eye, associated structures, and the whole visual system, and diagnose related systemic conditions. An optometrist is skilled in co-management care that impacts the vision and eye health.

Who is a good candidate for contact lenses?

Most people can wear contact lenses now, but that wasn’t always true. With modern advances, we can fit most patients with lenses, even those with common eye conditions like astigmatism, or those in need of reading glasses or bifocals. There are even new materials that can be used for patients with dry eyes, that stay moist longer and allow much more oxygen into the cornea.

How often should I get my eyes examined?

Routine eye exams are recommended as part of your regular health and wellness checkups, to protect your eye health for life. Many eye disorders and diseases go undetected until the condition is in the advanced stages. Treatment is most effective when problems are discovered early.

If you are in good health and between 18 and 40, with no signs of vision concerns, and are at low risk of eye disease, we recommend a complete eye exam every 1-3 years. After 40, you should be seen every two years. Once you pass 60, or if you wear corrective lenses, an annual eye exam is the best course of action.

Adult patients with a family history of eye disease, or a diagnosis of diabetes, high blood pressure or some other medical condition that is linked to eye health, yearly eye exams are necessary, or as recommended by your optometrist.

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