patient resources

Whether you’re thinking of coming to South Waterfront Eye Care for the first time or are a longstanding patient, we want you to feel fully informed and prepared for your experience with us.

Insurance

South Waterfront Eye Care accepts most health care insurance plans serving the majority of Americans. A full list of the insurance plans we accept will appear here soon.

In the meantime, if you’re curious about whether or not we accept your insurance, just give us a call. We’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you have.

Frequently Asked Questions

At South Waterfront Eyecare, we encourage our patients to be proactive about the health of their eyes. Being inquisitive is an important part of being proactive, and we’ve compiled a list of eye health questions we are asked most commonly.

Have more questions? Get in touch! We’re happy to give you any information you need.

How often should I have an eye exam?

The American Optometric Association (AOA) has recommended that adults who wear contact lenses or glasses have an eye exam every year or as recommended, as should adults over the age of 61. If no vision correction is required, adults between the ages of 18 and 60 should see their eye doctors every two years.

What is the difference between nearsightedness and farsightedness?

Nearsightedness, also known as myopia, makes it difficult to see things that are far away. Nearsighted people can easily see things that are near to them.
Farsightedness, or hyperopia, makes it difficult to see objects that are nearby. Farsighted individuals can see things that are far away.

What should I bring to my eye exam?

Make sure to bring a list of prescription medications, vitamins and dietary supplements you are currently taking. Also bring your glasses or contacts and, if possible, a copy of your most recent prescription. You might be sensitive to light for a few hours after your exam, so you may want to bring a pair of sunglasses or over-glasses.

What is Dry Eye?

Dry Eye is a condition that is caused by changes in the quality or quantity of your tears. Tears are made up of three elements that keep your eyes moist and protected — if anything changes to get the balance of these elements out of whack, you may find that your tears dry up too quickly, leaving you with red, irritated, dry eyes.

Is LASIK surgery safe?

There are risks associated with all surgery and we encourage you to speak with your doctor in detail about the risks and benefits of LASIK before undergoing this procedure. Most LASIK patients, however, do not suffer from serious side effects. The most common risks of LASIK surgery include dry eye, a possible need for glasses or contacts after surgery, visual symptoms like halos and double vision, and loss of vision.

What happens at a contact lens fitting?

During a contact lens fitting, we will check your vision using an eye chart. Then, we’ll guide you through several tests that determine your eye health and whether you need prescription eyewear to correct refractive errors like myopia or hyperopia.
After testing is completed, we’ll gather additional information in order to fit you with contact lenses. We may ask general questions about your lifestyle and preferences regarding contact lenses, such as whether you’d prefer daily disposables vs. monthly replacement lenses.

HIPAA Statement

Please take a moment to read our HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) Act statement, available here.