Here are answers to some the questions we get asked. Don't see the answer to your question? just ask us your question by calling the office (573-449-4188), emailing the office or via Facebook.
How often should I get my eyes examined?
Dr. Kramer along with many optometrists recomends yearly eye examinations. It's especially important to have annual eye exams if you have health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, cataracts, or glaucoma, or wear contact lenses. Changes can occur without you being aware of them and early diagnosis and prevention is the key to good eye health.
If I don't wear glasses and see well, I don't need an exam right?
As we get older our eyes don't perform as well. Often by the time we are in our 40's we need help to see clearly when reading. Eye health is an indicator of other potential problems such as high cholesterol and diabetes; these are some of the reasons Dr. Kramer recomends annual comprehensive eye exams. During the refraction part of the exam patients are often surprised to find that they aren't seeing as well as they thought!
I like the idea of using contacts to change the color of my eyes. Since I don't need to correct my vision I don't need to see an eye doctor do I?
You should never buy or use any kind of contact without first seeing an eye doctor.
How long will my eye exam take?
On average you can expect to be with Dr. Kramer for 45 minutes. Only a thorough examination can uncover any vision issues you may have. As with all doctors offices there is paperwork to be completed before the exam so we advise patients to arrive 15 minutes before their appointment.
Can Kramer Family Eyecare provide me with contacts and/or glasses?
Yes! We will be happy to assist you if you already have a current prescription. By the same token you have the choice of taking your prescription from your exam with us and have it filled elsewhere. We always prefer to control the process from exam to providing and dispensing your glasses/contacts so we can ensure that your eyeware gives you the best possible vision.
Why do you need to "dispense" my new glasses and not just let me pick them up?
It's really important that your glasses are adjusted to ensure that they fit correctly and the they are comfortable. Sometimes very little or no adjustment to the frame is needed. As the eyecare experts we do want to ensure that your new glasses fit correctly, so it's worth spending a few minutes with us to ensure you can see clearly and are totally satisfied.
It seems that eye exams and glasses are always more expensive at Doctor's offices. Why is that?
Who are you comparing the independent doctors to? There are some bargain basement companies who are always offering a deal which seems a little too good to be true. In general independant eye doctors with offices like ours are not more expensive than the national chains. We always encourage our patients to be sure that they are making apples to apples comparisons. There are a lot of different lens materials and technologies let alone frame materials and the price of the choosen material will make a huge difference to the overall prices of the glasses. One size doesn't fit all, your prescription and how you use your eyes will have huge bearing on the lens material that would work best for you.
Aren't all eyeglass frames basically the same?
They may look the same but when compared there are huge differences between cheap frames and a quality frame. A well designed and made frame will hold the lenses in place firmly yet still yield enough so it can be adjusted to fit you. The cheap metals and plastics found in cheap frames will not hold their shape and will constantly go out of adjustment. Cheap frames often have weak hinges that will easily bend and or break. The frames we stock meet our tough requirements and start at less than $100. We also have "designer" frames (Coach, Tommy Bahama, Oakley, Vera Bradley etc.) which are typically a little more expensive, and a great selection of good quality, value priced frames.
I know there are different lens materials and manufacturers, how do I decide which type I need?
Over the last few years incredible advances have been made in the materials the lenses are made from and the engineering and manufacturing process. There isn't one "package" that is right for everyone and your specific needs are a lot more complex than choosing, say, channels from your cable or satelite TV company! As eyecare experts we take the time to guide you through the maze of different materials and products out there. We start with your unique prescription and how you "use" your eyes. This might dictate the type of material the lens will be engineered from and even determine that certain styles of frames won't work for you. Polycarbonate and Trivex are by far the two most common lens materials but that's only the beginning. How the lens is engineered and manufactured are also major factors to consider. Lens coatings are yet another consideration - for instance anti-reflective treatments increase eye comfort and definately should be considered. We would be happy to answer your questions and find the right lens to suit your vision needs.
What is SecondLook?
Whether you wear eyeglasses or contacts we strongly recommend that you have a spare pair of glasses with your current prescription. SecondLook is just the idea of having a spare pair you actually use. You have mutiple pairs of shoes and clothes for different occasions - why not have a different style of glasses too?
What is Visioffice and how does it benefit me?
Visioffice is a computerised measuring system which provides us with the most precise measurements possible. This ensures that the lenses are manufactured to optomize your vision so you can see better.