FAQs — Eye Health


I sit in front of a computer a lot at work, should I consider a special lens in my glasses?

It’s not a bad idea to have a second pair of glasses on hand that are specifically designed for looking a computer screen or other items up close. If you suffer from headaches, focusing difficulties, burning eyes, tired eyes, aching eyes, dry eyes, double vision, blurred vision, light sensitivity, or neck and shoulder pain, you could be suffering from Computer Vision Syndrome. Choosing the right type of lens in your glasses could help relieve these symptoms. It’s important to talk with your eye doctor about your symptoms to help choose the right lens for you. There are many things to consider before prescribing lens for use at a computer - lighting, video display size, distance of the video display, the particular design of your work station, and even your age could be factors to help choose the best computer lens for you.


Why do my glasses keep falling off my nose and hurt behind the ears?

Your glasses probably need to be adjusted. It is important for you to be comfortable in your glasses. At Linsey Eyecare, we offer free adjustments at no charge for as long as you own your frames.


How often should I get my eyes examined?

A full eye exam once a year is recommended to check for any eye diseases and vision problems. Many eye problems go undetected because the patient shows now symptoms and feels no pain. That’s why it is important for an optometrist to conduct a full exam on your eyes once a year. If you have a history of an eye disease, your doctor may recommend you get an exam more than once a year. An annual exam for contact lens wearers and people with systemic diseases like diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol is also recommended.


Do my eyes have to be dilated for a complete exam?

The answer is yes and no. Here at Linsey Eyecare we do offer the latest technology called OPTOS which allows us to take a digital image of your retina without having to dilate your eyes. But, some insurance providers don’t cover this procedure, and the cost is not included in our eye exam fee. For an additional $35 you can receive a complete eye exam without dilating your eyes.


If you’d rather have a complete eye exam “the old fashioned way,” then yes – having your eyes dilated is necessary. This is the only way to insure that you don’t have ocular disease and is important for the health of your eyes.


What are cataracts?

Aging and “clouding” of the lens in the eye causing a decrease in vision. Cataracts are usually seen in the elderly, but can be found even in children.


Can cataracts be treated?

Yes, by a very simple procedure.


Can contacts or glasses make my vision get worse?

Absolutely not – they will only allow you to see more clearly.


FAQs — Glasses & Sunglasses


What are the best sunglasses?

The best sunglasses match the activity for which you will use them. For example, are you using them while you drive? Playing Golf? Kicking a soccer ball? Skiing? Different lenses and frames provide specific benefits for each sport. Your eye care professional can help you determine which lens is best for you. You can also learn more by visiting our page on sunglasses.


How can I prevent my glasses from getting scratched?

While no lense is absolutely scratch-proof, there are several options available to provide scratch protection. We recommend using Crizal Anti-reflection lenses in your glasses. TD2 is an industrial strength scratch protection that is used for children and safety lenses. We also provide basic scratch resistant lenses that have a 100% scratch free guarantee for one year.


My son plays a lot of sports and is always breaking his glasses. Do you have glasses that are more durable?

Yes, we do carry glasses that are specifically designed for children and adults who participate in sports.


I swim and can’t wear my contacts in the pool. Do you have anything I can use to see underwater?

Yes, we offer goggles with your prescription.


How many pairs of glasses should a person have?

That’s like asking someone how many pairs of shoes they own. Some people have a pair of shoes for every occasion, every outfit, and even every purse. The number of pairs of glasses can be thought of in the same way. Feel free to own multiple pairs of glasses to help accessorize your outfit or to match your mood. It’s also great to have a few pairs on hand if you have different prescriptions for seeing far away and up close or if you participate in different sports.


Do you have fashionable but affordable glasses?

With thousands of frames to choose from, we offer glasses at every price range.


Do darker glasses indicate more UV protection?



FAQs — Contacts


Why do I need separate prescriptions for glasses and for contacts?

The prescription for contact lenses includes more information than what is available on the prescription for eyeglasses. Special measurements are taken of the curvature of the eye for the contact prescription.


Can I wear my contacts all night while I sleep?

Many patients are prescribed extended wear contacts. There are several contact manufacturers that have designed extended wear contacts. But not everyone can wear such lenses due to corneal health, prescription of contacts, astigmatism, etc.


My eyes got so dried out from my contacts. Are there contacts to help this?

Yes, there are new lenses that may be much better for this now — Dr. Parsons specializes in difficult, hard to fit contact lens patients. Sometimes dryness may be as simple as changing or reducing environmental irritants, changing cleaning solutions or adding rewetting drops. Some patients with chronic dryness may even have a chronic infection of the eyelids.



Linsey Eyecare


For more than 20 years, Linsey Eyecare has been a fixture in the Port Richey community, offering quality eyecare for the entire family. Linsey Eyecare is a full-service optometric practice with an onsite lab. We offer routine eye examinations, contact lens fitting and emergency care. Most insurance plans are accepted and evening and Saturday appointments are available. Schedule your appointment today.


Nicole Linsey Parsons, O.D.

Brent E. Parsons, O.D.

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