Browse our FAQ’s to find quick answers to your questions about HVS and our services.
What if I’m going to miss my appointment?
Missed appointments represent a cost to us, to you, and to other patients who could have been seen in the time set aside for you.
Cancellations are requested 48 hours prior to the appointment. We reserve the right to charge for missed or late canceled appointments. Excessive abuse of scheduled appointments may result in discharge from the practice.
Which Insurance plans do you accept?
We also participate with Medicare and Medicaid. Check with our staff if you have other types of coverage.
What is Astigmatism?
Astigmatism is one of the most common vision problems. Astigmatism is not an eye disease. Like nearsightedness and farsightedness, astigmatism is a type of refractive error – a condition related to the shape and size of the eye that causes blurred vision.
In addition to blurred vision, uncorrected astigmatism can cause headaches, eyestrain and make objects at all distances appear distorted.
How do you treat Astigmatism?
Most cases of astigmatism can treated with glass or contact prescriptions. Also Lasik, PRK, and other refractive operations solve problems related to astigmatism.
What is Dry Eye?
Dry eye is a relatively common condition in which there are insufficient tears to lubricate the eye. These tears not only wet the front of the eye but are necessary to maintain the health of the eye and provide clear and stable vision.
Patients may complain of foreign body sensation, irritation, grittiness, and burning of the eyes. They may also complain of fluctuations in vision, excess tearing, and or redness. Dry eye is often a multi-factorial condition, factors that impact dryness:
- Age: As we get older dry eye is more common
- Contact lens wear: Soft contact lens wear may exacerbate and increase dry eye symptoms. In some cases dry eye may contraindicate contact lens wear.
- Medications: Antihistamines, decongestants, blood pressure medications and antidepressants may reduce the amount of tears on the front surface of the eye.
- Environmental conditions: Smoke, wind and dry conditions can impact dryness
- Gender: Women are more likely to suffer from dryness secondary to hormonal changes
The diagnosis of dry eye is based on patient history and evaluation during an office visit. A treatment plan is derived for each patient based on the symptoms and signs obtained during an exam. To learn more about Restasis and Dry Eye please click here.
What is a Cataract?
A. A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye. Cataracts develop slowly in some people and very quickly in others. It is not possible to predict how quickly a cataract will develop from person to person although most age related cataracts progress gradually over a period of years. At some point a person will note that the vision changes secondary to cataract affect their daily lifestyle.
Common symptoms include:
- Painless blurring of vision
- Needing brighter light to read
- Fading or yellowing of colors
- Increased sensitivity to glare
- Poor night vision