At South Beach Vision we pride ourselves in carrying the best quality optical frames and lenses. We know that our patients do not want to just wear any "run-of-the-mill" eyeglasses.Read More
Don't be fooled into getting a refraction versus a comprehensive eye examination with your Miami Beach optometrist.
We now live in a society where convenience and ease of use has become not only a necessity but our right. We pride ourselves at South Beach Vision in providing only thorough comprehensive eye examinations with our licensed board certified doctors of optometry. We provide efficiency and convenience without compromising patient care. Other alternative sources for glasses and contact lens prescriptions (refraction only tests) are not comprehensive and put patients at risk of blindness and potentially life-threatening conditions.
When we go get our eyes tested at the DMV often times people misunderstand this as a vision examination. This is not only incorrect it is severely insufficient to measure anything quantitative or qualitative about our vision. What we do at South Beach Vision and other private practice optometrist's offices is to measure refractive error and visual acuity as only one small fraction of the comprehensive eye examination.
Our optometrists measure the balance between the eyes, how the eye muscles react, focusing, depth perception and allow the patient to give us input on how they feel with their final prescription. That's just the start. Next our doctors go into an in-depth evaluation of ocular health by using a microscope examination of the anterior surface of the eye. Then we perform a dilated examination of the retinal tissue, evaluate the optic nerve and vasculature health of the eye.
This can reveal many different conditions that cannot only affect vision, but can also be life-threatening. A little inconvenience to get a dilated eye examination (which can cause mild light sensitivity and near vision blur for several hours) is well worth the benefits. A doctor of optometry can diagnose early vascular and neurological issues that could lead to blindness and/or death by dilation and microscopic examination.
Don’t choose the easy path the next time you visit your Miami Beach optometrist
The next time you go to get your eyes examined by a Miami Beach optometrist don't choose the easy path and deny a dilation. The small inconvenience could potentially save your vision and or your life. It is well worth the few hours of blurriness.
Refusing or not being offered a dilated exam would be the same thing as going to your dentist and only opening your mouth reveal your front teeth thus not letting them examine the back of your mouth. There is a whole plethora of potential issues that we diagnose on a regular basis that would be impossible without a dilated examination.
Make sure you see a licensed doctor of optometry in person and have a thorough examination for a complete comprehensive eye examination. Do not settle for just a refraction. Getting prescriptions for glasses and contacts is only one small portion of eye care. Make sure you take full advantage of your highly trained eye doctor and don't put yourself at risk unnecessarily by opting for an incomplete evaluation.
Need to book an eye examination? Then contact our Miami Beach optometrist today.
The dangers of online eye examinations and prescription eyeglasses: You get what you pay for!
As a Miami Beach optometrist I see my share of interesting patients. Many are very interested in the highest quality eye wear possible and top-notch service, which we pride ourselves in providing at South Beach Vision. We do rarely get patients who are more interested in being extremely price conscious and finding the lowest prices on products, regardless of quality. We offer many products that can help accommodate all budgets and we pride ourselves in making sure that the service we give to every patient is the best in the business.
Even with offering different levels of optical goods, we want to keep a certain quality level threshold to make sure our patients are given proper quality products and optimal vision when they receive their glasses. Just like any thing in life, you get what you pay for. Just because certain things look like they are similar in appearance when you get down to the design of spectacle frames and lenses, the optics and quality of materials can make drastic differences in the visual performance of these medical devices.
Why online eye care doesn’t work
Online "eye exams" are not exactly what they claim. The are hardly an eye exam at all and merely a rudimentary online refraction to get a very basic estimate of your refractive error. This is only one small part of what we do during an actual eye exam. But, we perform a subjective manifest refraction in a significantly more complex and accurate manner performed by an EYE DOCTOR when we get your glasses prescription at the office. We measure many other things, including ocular deviations, prismatic need and the focusing ability of your eyes...which cannot be duplicated outside of the office. A one on one fitting with our highly trained optical staff. The evaluation of the exact measurement of your pupillary distance, optical center, prismatic displacement and segment heights for the specific pair of glasses and complex lenses you choose at our optical also vitally important factors and cannot be duplicated by online glasses purchases.
The false claims of high quality and low-price will soon reveal themselves once the glasses you purchase come with wear difficulties and issues needing correction. These become a problem when you have to deal with a computer to get these fixed instead of a live skilled person at the optical where you were professionally fit. We highly advise patients to consider all of this before making their decision.
We obviously would like to have our patients as our optical patrons, not just so that we can capture your business, but more importantly so we can make sure you're getting the best quality products and vision from our prescription eye wear that we prescribed, fit and dispensed. Our expert optical staff do everything in our power to make it perfect the first time and if it does not come out that way due to either measurement errors or a lab defect, we are able to take care of this for our patients. You can't say the same about online glasses as these are not able to be evaluated on your eyes by a professional who will accurately diagnose and fix issues correctly. We cannot even start to discuss the multitude of problems caused by lower quality optical frames and lenses as there are so many possibilities when you start getting into cheaply made products. Just like a knockoff designer bag will not last or give you the same performance as a high-quality hand-stitched designer bag.
Prescription glasses and contacts are medical devices which should not be shopped for as if they were socks or underwear, which in the worst case could be uncomfortable. These could cause serious vision issues and discomfort and often are unable to be corrected without replacement. This almost inevitably leads to a visit at a quality optometry office and optical and the purchase of additional prescription eye wear that are accurate and of higher quality. It often takes the first bad experience of online shopping for patients to realize that the quality of complex individual items (such as medical devices to perfectly correct vision) does not equal the quality and reliability you can get from a professional fitting and dispensing of prescription lenses at an optometry office and their optical.
We pride ourselves in serving the Miami Beach area as the go to professionals and optical with the best service and products. We want our patients to come back year after year. Our main focus is giving you the best service, vision and ocular health for the rest of your life. Please call 305-877-2026 for an appointment so that we can review your eye condition today. If you're dissatisfied with your lenses from another source please come in and see how we can help fix that problem. We are focused on you! Contact our optometrist today.
As we age, the eye goes through some predictable changes. Not accounting for ocular disease, which may affect a percentage of those over 40 years of age, there are expected age related changes to the eye that cause refractive error. The most common is presbyopia, a loss of the flexibility and accommodative power of the crystalline lens of the eye.Read More