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I see fine, why do I need to see an Eye Doctor?

Regular eye exams are the only way to catch 'silent' diseases such as diabetes, glaucoma and other conditions in their early stages, when they're more easily managed or treated. Many conditions can be discovered in a carefully planned eye exam. Those who consider mass-produced, over the counter reading glasses are truly doing themselves a disservice, both financially, and medically.

One-size-fits-all reading glasses not only do not work well for most people who have a different prescription in each eye, and/or astigmatism, or whose lens and frame parameters are not measured correctly, they bypass the opportunity to have their eyes checked for early detection of many manageable diseases or conditions. For those insisting on selecting glasses not measured specifically for there eyes, headaches and eye fatigue are common symptoms.
Why do some frames cause a reaction on my skin?
If metal frames cause a reaction, nickel's usually the culprit. Most metal frames are made of a nickel alloy. Other metals used include aluminum, stainless steel, titanium, zinc, copper, beryllium, gold and silver. Stainless, titanium, gold and silver are usually hypoallergenic.

Some people can also be allergic to the nose pads on metal frames. Most are made of silicone or acetate, but they can also be made out of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), nickel, titanium or rubber. Silicone is tricky. Certain silicones are hypoallergenic (such as medical silicone), but others can trigger allergic reactions. Both PVC and titanium are usually hypoallergenic. Most plastic eyeglass frames are made of zyl (also called zylonite, acetate and cellulose acetate) or propionate. Other materials used in plastic frames include: polyamide, nylon, polycarbonate, carbon and Optyl (a brand of epoxy resin). Propionate, polyamide, nylon and Optyl frames are all considered hypoallergenic.
How can I stop glare at night or at a computer?
There can be many causes for this condition. However, many times this problem can be alleviated, or even dismissed, with the use of "AR" (Anti Reflective) Lenses. First and foremost, however, annual, or semi annual eye exams are the ONLY avenue to your eye health, and the ONLY resource to ascertain the correct reason or cause for any eye ailment! That being said, and once any medical or physical condition is removed as a possibility of cause, then the perfect solution for glare on computer screens, or glare from night driving would be CRIZAL® AR Lenses.

CRIZAL®  has made astronomical advances with new AR technology. Most AR lenses have an AR coating applied to a finished lens. CRIZAL®  has discovered how to merge a lens with new AR technology, so the lens is not AR coated, but the AR actually becomes a component of the lens. This is accomplished during the manufacturing of the lens, thereby giving superior resiliency, scratch protection, and durability to the lens.

Why are my lenses so thick?

Your prescription, your personal measurements, and the size of your frame are the three key factors that will determine final lens thickness. If you are farsighted your lenses will be thicker at their center, in contrast, if you are nearsighted your lenses will be thicker at their edges. New innovative technology in lens designs, and materials, have allowed us to reduce overall lens thickness by as much as 60% in many cases. Our staff will guide you toward the best possible results in helping you choose the best frame-lens combination for your ocular and fashion needs.

Can I buy contacts even if i havent seen the doctor lately?
It is possible but it is not recommended. You should have your eyes checked yearly for possible problems and to keep your eyesight as healthy and sharp as possible. Using an old prescription, especially when getting new contacts or glasses, will not only not help you see better but may cause an even bigger problem.

What is the cost of an eye exam?
For new patients, a complete eye exam is $165.00.-includes dilation of eye, examination of eye for prescription of glasses, and infections of the eye.

How fast can I get my glasses?
In most cases your glasses can be ready in under an hour.

Do I need to protect my eyes from ultraviolet rays?
Yes. Ultraviolet (UV) light is harmful to eyes. Experts believe UV is a risk factor in accelerating cataracts. Eyewear with UV protection blocks 100 percent of harmful sun rays, and we have lens options to protect your eyes from these harmful UV rays.

What are the benefits of purchasing lenses with antireflective coating?
Antireflective coating improves vision overall, and especially is helpful in reducing headlight glare when driving at night. It also helps to reduce eye fatigue. We have selected a brand of antireflective coating with an excellent reputation for durability and adherence.

What are Transitions® lenses?
Transitions are lenses that change darkness level based on current light conditions, and are suitable for both indoor and outdoor wear. Southwest Texas Optical has transition lenses to fit just about any frame.

How do I select the right frame and lenses for me?
Easy. Our highly trained, well qualified staff can help you choose the most flattering frame while meeting all your eyewear needs. We are experts in the most durable frames,the latest trends, and the ability to prescribe exactly what the doctor recommends.

What does 20/20 mean?
If you have 20/40 vision, it means that when you stand 20 feet away from the chart you can see what a normal human can see when standing 40 feet from the chart. That is, if there is a normal person standing 40 feet away from the chart and you are standing only 20 feet away from it, you and the normal person can see the same detail.

Why did my doctor tell me to come back after he has already fitted me with my contacts?
If he asked you to come back about a week later, it's because he wants to be sure that you're not having any problems, such as an improper fit or too much bacteria. If it's about a year later, it's to check whether your prescription has changed and to check for any diseases, which are best treated in their early stages.

What is the cost of an exam for contact lenses?
The cost for a contact lens fitting is between $69 and $99 depending on the patient needs.