Eye Exams In San Marcos, Ca

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Eye Exams For Glasses

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Our Eye Doctors have extensive experience in treating the primary health of your eyes, and can make recommendations specific to your individual needs during your Eye Exam.

Here are some of the many services we provide:

  • Routine Annual and Preventive Eye Exams
  • Contact Lens Exams and Evaluations (soft contact lenses, extended wear, daily disposables, bifocal contact lenses, colored contact lenses, toric/astigmatism contact lenses, and rigid gas permeable “hard” contact lenses). Click Here for more information.
  • Specialty Contact Lenses for Keratoconus & Irregular Corneas (RGPs, hybrid contacts, scleral lenses). Click Here for more information.
  • Referrals, Pre and Post Operative care for LASIK and Cataracts
  • Treatment and Management of Dry Eye
  • Treatment of minor eye trauma, abrasions, foreign body removal, red eye
  • Safety Eyewear
  • Walk-ins Welcome for Routine or Emergency Eye Care
  • Evening and Saturday Appointments Available
  • SAME DAY GLASSES service for most prescriptions

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Our doctors use the most advanced technology to ensure you get the best the eye exam in a practice setting that is pleasant, soothing with excellent customer service.

To book an appointment for our Grand Plaza Location on Las Posas Rd:

Please call 760-510-3130 or book ONLINE HERE for Grand Plaza

To book an appointment for our San Elijo Hills Location on San Elijo Rd:

Please call 760-539-7099 or book ONLINE HERE for San Elijo Hills

Frequently Asked Questions About Eye Exams

How long are glasses prescriptions valid for in California?

Glasses prescriptions are valid for two years.  Yearly checks are recommended to track any prescription changes, as preventative care and to monitor other health conditions linked to eye wellness.

How long are contact prescriptions valid for in California?

Contact lens prescriptions are typically valid for one year.  Contacts are considered medical devices and are regulated by the FDA because they are inserted directly onto the surface of the cornea.  Yearly in-person check-ups are necessary to better monitor eye wellness.

How often should I visit an optometrist?

Yearly check-ups are recommended as a good preventative measure to ensure good eye wellness.  However, certain health conditions may require a yearly check-up in order to monitor changes. 

What eye-related problems are optometrists able to treat?

Optometrists specialize in minor to intermediate eye-related problems including dry eye, eye infections, and the removal of a foreign body from the eye.  They are also better suited than a primary care physician at correctly diagnosing and treating eye infections such as pink eye.

How long is an appointment?

Most examinations typically take thirty to forty-five minutes; contact lens evaluation average forty-five minutes.

What is dilation for?

Dilating the pupils allows the doctor to see the peripheral portions of the retina that are typically not viewable.  Dilation can cause blurred vision, light sensitivity, and the inability to focus for up to six hours after. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not be dilated due to possible complications.

Do I need to dilate my eyes every year?

Dilations are typically recommended every other year for healthy individuals, and every year for individuals with eye-related health conditions.

What are retinal photos?

Retinal photos are a quick and painless digital image of the retina.  Providing a reviewable image to both monitor and track eye related conditions and, unlike dilation, there are no side effects and the image can be reviewed at a later date in time. 

Can I choose to retinal photos instead of dilation?

Retinal photos are not a substitution for dilation.  Using retinal photos in combination with dilation offers the best comprehensive screening.

Are retinal photos covered by my insurance?

Most insurances do not cover retinal photos, but our office offers them for less than what most insurance recommend charging.

What is the eye-pressure (glaucoma) test?

When performed with a non-contact tonometer, this procedure uses a quick and painless puff of air onto the eye to check primarily for glaucoma.

What is the difference between a comprehensive examination vs. a refraction-only?

Comprehensive examinations offer a complete eye health check that includes: dilation, eye-pressure screening for glaucoma, peripheral vision screening, color vision testing, and stereo acuity testing.  The refraction for an eyeglass prescription is included. Retinal photography is an additional option that provides the optometrist with an image of the retinal, which is the tissue responsible for vision.  A refraction-only does not include any eye health checks.