Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some of the most commonly asked questions that patients ask us when coming to our office. If you have a question that isn't answered on this page, feel free to call us at (616) 796-9995 or email us at
Why does my child have to wear glasses?
Children may need glasses for several reasons—some of which are different than for adults. Because a child’s vision system is growing and developing, especially during the first 5-6 years of life, glasses may play an important role in ensuring normal vision development. Though your child may have excellent vision out of glasses, sometimes correction is used to control any misalignment of the eyes.
Where and when do eye injuries occur?
An eye injury can occur in any place, at any time. They can be sudden or occur over time. Adequate prevention is important and could probably eliminate most eye injuries. Close to 50% of injuries occur in sports and recreational activities- more often in children and teens than any other age group.
What is the difference between our office and an optical shop?
We provide medical diagnosis and treatment for the eye itself, while optical shops provide glasses and the measurements to do so. Our office does not merely care for patients who fail vision screens, though that may be the reason you are directed to us. Some optometrists do provide the care and treatment for certain eye conditions though they may refer you to an ophthalmologist for further care.
How is strabismus caused?
Most strabismus is the result of an abnormality of the poorly understood neuromuscular (including brain) control of eye movement. Less commonly, a problem with the actual eye muscle causes strabismus. At times, especially with younger patients, the eyes can appear crossed due to a strong prescription in one or both eyes.
How is strabismus treated?
The goal of strabismus treatment is to improve eye alignment which allows for better work together (binocular vision). Treatment may involve eye glasses, eye exercises, patching, prism, and/ or eye muscle surgery. Problems associated with strabismus (including amblyopia, ptosis, and cataract) are usually treated prior to any eye muscle surgery.
What is amblyopia and how is it treated?
Amblyopia is a difference in visual acuity between the eyes. We frequently treat patients with amblyopia in our office. The most common form of treatment is patching. Another common way is by using a dilation drop in the eye with the better vision.