Monday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Tues & Thurs: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday: Morning Appointments Only
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Q. What is astigmatism?
A. Astigmatism is a common condition caused by a non-spherical shaped cornea or lens. Rather than focusing in a sharp point on the retina, light is diffused, which results in blurred or distorted vision. Fortunately, astigmatism can usually be corrected with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Q. Why do I need to have my eyes dilated?
A. Dilation allows the pupil to open up wide enough to for the doctor to see the back of the eye. This is an important part of assessing the health of the eye, as well as the overall health of the patient. Optometrists can detect diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and more by examining the back of the retina.
Q. What are cataracts?
A. Common cataracts are by natural changes within the crystalline lens. Over time, the clear lens material breaks down, causing discoloration and cloudy areas. Your optometrist will track these changes, and refer you to a surgeon if necessary.
Q. Why do I need an annual eye exam? My vision seems okay.
A. Your optometrist is an important member of your health care team. Not only does he or she keep your vision as sharp as possible, he or she can also be the first to detect other health problems. Optometrists can often be the first to notice signs of stroke, hypertension, diabetes, tumors, and other diseases. They may find early signs of vision problems such as macular degeneration and glaucoma before the patient even notices a change. They can then treat the patient to minimize any resulting decrease in vision.

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8500 Herring Run Road
Seaford, DE 19973
Phone 302-629-6691
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