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Cohen's Fashion Optical: Ask a Doctor

Ever wanted to ask a doctor your eye health questions?

Check in with a veteran optometrist from Cohen’s Fashion Optical to learn more about the importance of eye exams, what they check for, and understand why seeing your optometrist annually is so important.

Why is an eye exam important?

Routine eye exams are very important. They not only pinpoint any vision correction requirements you may have, they also check your eyes for early signs of common vision-related diseases and overall health.

Why do I need to see an optometrist?

A licensed optometrist (O.D.) is a trained medical doctor that specializes in the eyes. In addition to determining your prescription during your comprehensive eye exam, eye doctors are often the first health care providers to detect chronic systemic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

Who should have their eyes examined?

Eye exams are an important part of health maintenance for people of all ages. Children will benefit from vision screenings as early as 6 months of age—with regular eye exams scheduled starting at three years old. Adults should have their eyes checked annually for changes in vision correction needs and to check for any eye health issues.

What is the eye doctor checking for during the eye exam?

Some common things your optometrist will look for during your eye exam include:

  • Refractive Error: including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism
  • Presbyopia: age-related condition that makes up-close vision blurred
  • Amblyopia: visual problem resulting from turned eyes or varying prescriptions in eyes
  • Eye Diseases: including glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy
  • Overall Health: eye doctors can detect early signs of some diseases and conditions by looking at your eye’s retina and blood vessels
Can I just buy my eyewear online?

You need a doctor’s prescription to purchase prescription eyewear or contact lenses anywhere, whether online or in a professional optical store such as Cohen’s Fashion Optical that specializes in fitting eyeglasses, contact lenses, and other vision solutions. When you choose to purchase your eyewear from an optical store, you’ll receive eye care and eyewear fitting that is customized to your specific vision needs.