General Eye Care FAQs

What happens during an eye exam?

A doctor performing an eye examDuring an eye exam, ophthalmologist Sandra Belmont uses a variety of tests to evaluate your vision and the health of your eyes. Specific tests will measure the sharpness of your vision, examine how your eyes work together, check for glaucoma, look for potential colorblindness and determine your eyeglass prescription (if needed). Dr. Belmont may dilate your pupils and/or use an instrument called a slit lamp to get a magnified view of your eye and its structures. This enables her to look for signs of disease or infection. If any problems are identified, Dr. Belmont will explain the possible treatment options.

I am tired of wearing glasses and contact lenses. What do you recommend?

If you have nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, you might be a candidate for laser vision correction with LASIK or PRK. Laser vision correction modifies the shape of an abnormal cornea so it can correctly refract light on the retina for clearer vision. LASIK and PRK are short procedures that provide quick results with little downtime. Contact Belmont Eye Center today to schedule an informational laser vision correction consultation.

My eyes feel tired from working on my computer all day. What can I do?

A woman with strained eyes lifting up her glassesYou have “digital eye strain” or “computer eye strain,” which is a common job-related condition. Studies show that between 50 and 90 percent of computer workers experience eye strain and other visual symptoms. A few things you can do to reduce eye strain are:

  • Minimize glare – cover windows to reduce outside light or use an anti-flare screen on your monitor
  • Adjust your display settings – brightness of the screen should be the same as your workstation
  • Blink often
  • Take periodic breaks to relax your eyes

I seem to be losing my peripheral sight. Also, sometimes I see halos around lights. What is going on?

It is impossible to diagnose you without performing an in-person eye exam. However, those are symptoms of open-angle glaucoma, which is a very common eye disorder that can lead to complete loss of vision. Dr. Belmont encourages you to schedule an eye exam immediately so she can evaluate the problem.

At what age do cataracts develop?

A senior man smilingMost cataracts are associated with advancing age. By the age of 80, almost half of all adults have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. In most cases, cataracts start to develop in a person’s 40s or 50s, but they usually don’t affect vision until after the age of 60.

Not all cataracts are caused by advancing age; other causes include eye trauma, congenital factors and behaviors like smoking or steroid use.

How can I protect my vision?

There are a few things you should be doing regularly to promote the health of your vision. First, protect your eyes from the sun by wearing sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat. Do not smoke, and do eat a well-balanced diet full of antioxidant-rich foods.

Have your vision monitored by a professional like Dr. Belmont. Schedule an eye exam at least once every two years. If you develop a problem with your eyes or vision, call Belmont Eye Center for an appointment as soon as possible.

Contact Belmont Eye Center

If you have additional questions about general eye care, please contact Belmont Eye Center to speak with New York City ophthalmologist and laser vision correction surgeon Dr. Sandra Belmont.