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Old 02-14-2012, 10:46 AM   #1
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Not sure how busy this thread will get, but if you have a question regarding Optometry or the Eyes go ahead and ask it.

It can pertain to glasses, contacts and eye exams in general, as well as your perceptions of the profession.
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:48 AM   #2
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How bad is it for your eyes to wear contacts while you sleep?
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:50 AM   #3
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How often should one check one's prescription (assuming there are no appreciable issues)?
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:50 AM   #4
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Believe it or not.

My Optometrist's last name is Ball.
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:50 AM   #5
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How often should I go for check ups? Should I go annually, or is once every 2 or 3 years ok? I used to go every year or so, but it's been almost 3 years since my last appointment. I should really make an appointment, but I've just been too lazy about it.

Oh, and is it true that watching TV in the dark doesn't actually contribute to my eyesight getting crappier, and that the reason for glasses / contacts is due to the oval growth of the eyeball?
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:51 AM   #6
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Is there an optimum age for laser surgery? What is too young or too old?
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:51 AM   #7
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How necessary are the drops to see the back of your eyes?

I get the feeling that this is some sort of scam to bilk people out of some extra Blue Cross money just for the hell of it
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:52 AM   #8
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Why can I go see a doctor for free if I have a slight cough, but it cost me $120 to go get a five minute checkup on my eyes?
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:52 AM   #9
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Is eye strain a bigger factor in causing myopia or just some underlying genetics?
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:53 AM   #10
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I got crappy eyes, so I need the super high-index lenses or else I'll end up with lenses as thick as Coke bottles.

At the time 1.67 was the thinnest profile lens available. Is this still the case?
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:55 AM   #11
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I got crappy eyes, so I need the super high-index lenses or else I'll end up with lenses as thick as Coke bottles.

At the time 1.67 was the thinnest profile lens available. Is this still the case?
I had 1.72s or something last time I had mine done
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:55 AM   #12
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Is it true jerking off makes you go blind?
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:56 AM   #13
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Is it true jerking off makes you go blind?
Can you read this?

Yes?

Then, no..........
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:56 AM   #14
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Is Kate Upton really that hot, or are my eyes fooling me??
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:57 AM   #15
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Is it true jerking off makes you go blind?
Only if you get it in your eye.
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:59 AM   #16
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My dry eyes drive me nuts. I use Tears Natural II for relief. Is there a better product? Is there anything longer-lasting for night time use? I've tried gels, but I just seem to blink them out into my eyelashes one second after I put them in.
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:59 AM   #17
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Cheap sunglasses vs. expensive sunglasses? I've heard varying opinions from "as long as it's polarized/UV filtered there's not much else you can do" to "If you aren't buying a $300 pair from Serengeti you'll be essentially blind by 40". I've heard from people who buy both, but I've never asked an optometrist their opinion.
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Old 02-14-2012, 11:00 AM   #18
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was the air-puff eye test developed by Mengele?
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Old 02-14-2012, 11:01 AM   #19
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What was the name of the optometrist you recommended to me over a year ago?
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Old 02-14-2012, 11:02 AM   #20
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My lenses are supposed to be good for two weeks (I take them out each night). Is it bad if I wear them for three weeks? I've accidentally done this a couple of times lately, and while I haven't noticed any irregularities I just want to hear what the optometrist has to say.
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