The Doctors at TSO Dowlen Road want to make sure that you receive all of the information that you need to make educated decisions about your eye health. We are always available to answer your questions.
Dr. Leigh Kimball answers frequently asked questions
Q: What is color blindness?
A: When people say they are color blind, what they really mean is that they have a color vision deficiency. Color blind people actually see a lot of color, but have a problem differentiating between shades of reds, greens, and browns. This is an inherited condition that affects about 1 in 10 males. It is inherited on the X chromosome – so if you are a male, and your mother's father is "color blind", you got a 50/50 chance of being color blind also.
Q: Can I wear contacts when I'm swimming?
A: We do not recommend wearing contact lenses while swimming. First of all, the likelihood of losing your contacts while swimming is very high. But more importantly, dirty water can contaminate your contact lens and increase your chances of serious eye infections. We understand that wearing glasses while swimming has its own drawbacks. Ask your eye doctor about single use contact lenses that can be worn while enjoying water sports.
Q: Should I wear sunglasses during the winter?
A: Ultraviolet protection is not just a summertime concern. People often forget that UV danger is allso present in the winter, and may even be multiplied due to reflection off snow and ice.
Q: Can kids wear contact lenses?
A: There is no physical reason why young children cannot wear contact lenses. However, most young children are not responsible enough to care for contact lenses, which put them at higher risk for infections and other complications. Generally around 11 or 12 years old, we can introduce contact lenses as a single use daily disposable and have good results with contact lens use.
Q: At what age should my child have his/her eyes examined?
A: We recommend children have their first routine eye exam around 4 years old prior to beginning pre-K. However, children can be examined even younger if you notice a problem, such as avoiding using one eye, or noticing an eye crossing or wandering. The sooner problems such as lazy eye are diagnosed, the better the treatment results.
Q: Can I borrow and use someone else's glasses?
A: Wearing someone else's glasses will not cause permanent damage to your eyes, however it will likely give you a serious headache. We do not recommend using someone else's glasses. Treat yourself to clear vision by getting your very own eyeglasses!
Q. What are cataracts and how can they be treated?
A. Cataracts are more of an aging problem than a disease process. Like gray hair and wrinkles, if you live long enough…. you will have cataracts. We all have a natural lens behind the colored part of our eye that is perfectly clear when we are born. With age, certain medications, and UV exposure, this lens turns yellow and eventually clouds up to the point that you cannot see clearly through it. When functional vision becomes affected by this problem, the natural lens can be removed and replaced with an artificial lens implant. This is not always bad news! The power of this lens implant will be calculated such that after cataract surgery most patients do not need glasses to see distant vision.