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Q&A with Dr. Gentile

Dr. Gentile Answers Your Eyecare Questions

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CAN WEARING SOMEONE ELSE’S GLASSES HURT YOUR EYES

Who hasn’t tried on someone else’s glasses and felt dizzy and disoriented? The wrong prescription may feel weird and it can even give you a headache if you wear them very long, but it won’t damage your eyes. If your glasses have an old prescription, you might start to experience some eye strain. To see your best, don’t wear anyone else’s glasses. And most importantly, get regular eye exams, so you always have the prescription that’s right for you.

I SEE FINE WITHOUT GLASSES, WHY SHOULD I NEED A ROUTINE EYE EXAM?

There’s a lot more to an eye exam than just checking your prescription. During a comprehensive vision exam, we will check your overall eye health, which can sometimes show signs of other serious health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Eye exams are an important part of taking care of your overall health, so make sure to see us every year.

AT WHAT AGE DO YOU RECOMMEND CHILDREN START WITH CONTACT LENSES?

At first glance, the words “contacts” and “children” may not seem to belong in the same sentence. In fact, kids and contact lenses may be a good match depending on the maturity of the child or, more likely, teenager. The most important key to safety and success with contact lenses and children is parents’ accurate assessment of their child’s sense of responsibility. Your child will need to: · Be mature enough to tolerate contacts — and recognize and want the benefit of not wearing eyeglasses. · Be responsible enough to follow the eye doctor’s instructions for contacts’ use and care exactly, day after day.

I HAVE AN INFANT, A TODDLER AND A TEENAGER; SHOULD MY KIDS BE WEARING SUNGLASSES?

Because children tend to spend more time outdoors than most adults, some experts say nearly half of a person’s lifetime exposure to ultraviolet radiation can take place by age 18. Also, children are more susceptible to retinal damage from UV rays because the lens inside a child’s eye is clearer than an adult lens, enabling more UV to penetrate deep into the eye.These factors make it very important for all children, even infants, to wear UV-blocking sunglasses when they are outdoors. This is especially true between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when UV intensity is at its highest. By investing in quality children’s sunglasses, you are helping your kids enjoy a lifetime of good vision.

WHY DO I HAVE DARK CIRCLES UNDER MY EYES?

Periorbital dark circles have many different causes, and despite what most people seem to think, fatigue isn’t the only one. While alcohol and lack of sleep can both contribute to dark circles under your eyes, there are also illnesses that can have this effect, and some people are just genetically predisposed to look that way from childhood. Common causes include allergies, eczema, stress, anemia, excessive exposure to the sun, age, and excess salt in the diet.

WHAT CAN I DO TO PREVENT DRY EYE?

Dry Eye Syndrome has become an increasing problem for people of all ages. If you suffer from dry eye symptoms like gritty, scratchy, burning eyes the first thing you should do is schedule a comprehensive eye exam with an eye care professional. There are several causes of dry eye and depending upon your cause there are different treatments that can help relieve or prevent your symptoms.

AT WHAT AGE SHOULD MY CHILD HAVE HIS/HER EYES EXAMINED?

According to the American Optometric Association, infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months old. Children should return for eye exams at 3 years of age and prior to starting kindergarten at about age 5 or 6 years old, then every year afterwards. School screenings are not adequate and often miss vision issues. Having an early eye examination is important to ensure proper visual skills for learning.

CAN KIDS WEAR CONTACT LENSES?

Yes! Once a child is mature enough to learn how to insert and remove contact lenses as well as take care of them they can wear contact lenses. The best option for children is daily disposable contact lenses . Kids greatly benefit from contact lenses especially when playing sports and extracurricular activities. They also help with a child’s self esteem and confidence.

We want to make sure that you receive all of the information that you need to make educated decisions about your eye health. Contact our office for any other questions or concerns about your eye health.