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Comprehensive Visual Exams, Glasses & Contacts since 1984
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What do you look for during an eye exam?
I am looking to see if we can get you to 20/20 in each eye and what it will take to get you there. I also examine the health of the eyes, including looking for glaucoma, cataracts, diabetes and macular degeneration.
How often do I need to have my eyes checked?
You should be seen at least every 1-2 years even if you do not need vision correction; checking the health of the eyes is very important. Diabetics should be seen at least once a year. However, if you have concerns with how you are seeing or the health of your eyes, you should come in sooner.
What is nearsighted and farsighted?
Nearsighted (Myopia) is the ability to see clearly close up but blurry far away. Farsighted (Hyperopia) is the ability to see clearly farther out and with more effort close up.
What is an astigmatism?
An astigmatism is like looking through a magnified glass that is football shaped, opposed to one that is basketball shaped. Images look distorted.
What does the dilation do?
Your pupils are naturally about 3-4 mm wide. When you shine a light into them they get smaller. By putting dilation drops into your eyes the pupils will increase to 8-10 mm; also, when shining a light to see inside your eye your pupils will not get smaller. Larger pupils make it easier to see the lens and retina. Dilating your eyes can cause temporary blurriness, though this wears off in a few hours.
What determines if I am legally blind?
Legally blind is not the total absence of light. It means your best corrected vision is worse than 20/200 or your visual field is less than 20 degrees.
When should I have my child's eyes examined?
I recommend seeing children before they begin Kindergarten unless a problem is noticed sooner.
What is glaucoma?
Glaucoma is when pressure increases inside the eye. Over a long period of time it can damage the optic nerve.
What are cataracts?
The lens, located behind the Iris (the colored part of the eye), begins to get cloudy. It scatters the light and does not allow for visual clarity (like looking through a dirty window). Cataracts can develop at different rates, more so after the age of 50; however, some people can even be born with them.
What is the difference between an optometrist and an ophthalmologist?
An optometrist performs comprehensive eye exams, prescribes glasses and contacts, and can handle some eye diseases.
Most ophthalmologists are surgeons. Also, they can specialize in areas such as the retina, the eye lids, eye muscles, glaucoma and pediatrics.
Is there an age limit for wearing contact lenses?
My oldest patient, so far, has been 91 years old.  My youngest has been 7 years old.  It all depends on the health of the eye and your level of responsibility.
Can contact lenses get stuck in or behind my eye?
They cannot get stuck. The space between your eye and eyelid is like a pocket (Can you reach through your pants pocket and touch your knee? No.)

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Boyd Eye Care
2400 W Michigan Ave, Suite 27
Pensacola, FL 32526
Email: Click here to email us today.
Phone: (850) 941-4500
Fax: (850) 941-4466

Business Hours

Mon - Tue: 08:15 AM - 05:30 PM
Wed: 08:15 AM - 01:00 PM
Thu: 08:15 AM - 05:30 PM
Fri: 08:15 AM - 01:00 PM
Sat - Sun: Closed
Appointments Available, 24-Hour Emergency Service

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In Business Since 1984