FAQ

General FAQ

1What services do you offer?
  • Digital Eye Exams
  • Diabetic Eye Exams
  • LASIK Consultation
  • Cataract Co-management
  • Myopia Control (Ortho-k) & Specialty Contact Lenses
  • Dry Eye Treatment
  • Medical Eye Care
  • Glaucoma Management
2What insurances do you accept?

We accept most major insurances including:

  • VSP
  • EYEMED
  • SUPERIOR VISION
  • SPECTERA
  • DAVIS VISION
  • BCBS
  • AETA
  • CIGNA
  • MEMORIAL HERMANN
  • UHC (pending status)
  • MEDICARE (pending status)
  • HUMANA (pending status)
  • If your insurance is not listed above, you may have a vision supplement we are in-network with. Feel free to give us a call at 832.831.7386 if you have any questions regarding your insurance.

3How much is an eye exam?
With insurance, there is a copayment fee which varies depending on the plan. Once we authorize your benefits, we can inform you what your copay is. If you don’t have insurance, we offer an in-house vision discount plan with exams starting at $90. Feel free to contact us for more information regarding our discount plan.
4What should I bring to the exam?

If available, please bring the following:

  • Insurance card and ID
  • Current glasses and contact lens boxes
  • Completed medical history form
  • Copy of previous prescriptions

Vision FAQ

1What is the purpose of dilation and is it necessary?

Dilation enables our doctors to evaluate the interior health of the eyes and screen for conditions such as:

  • Glaucoma
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Choroidal Melanoma
2Am I a candidate for LASIK?

LASIK is a great alternative for those who want to be free of glasses and contacts. A good candidate is:

  • Over the age of 18
  • Prescription stable for at least 2 years
  • No corneal disorders or other underlying eye diseases
  • Adequate corneal thickness
  • Not suffer from dry eyes

Benefits of LASIK compared to other vision correction surgeries include:

  • Quick recovery time
  • Outpatient procedure

If you are considering LASIK or have any additional questions, please give us a call at 832.831.7386.

3Are sunglasses necessary?

Just like your skin, harmful UV rays from the sun can damage the eyes. UV damage to the eye can cause:

  • Pinguecula growth
  • Accelerate cataract formation
  • Increase risk for ocular melanoma
  • Increase risk for macular degeneration
  • We recommend everyone have a pair of high-quality polarized sunglasses to protect the eyes. Transitions are a great alternative to sunglasses. Transitions are activated by harmful UV light and transforms prescription lenses into prescription sunglasses.

    Visit https://www.transitions.com/en-us/why-transitions/ to learn more about Transitions

4What is the purpose of Blue-Light Protection?

There has been increasing concern regarding the effect blue-light has on the eyes. While blue-turquoise light has positive effects on the body, blue-violet light emitted from digital devices are believed to be the most harmful to the retina. Those who experience eye strain or are at risk for macular degeneration would benefit from blue-light protection. We offer blue-light blockers (Eyezen & Crizal Prevencia) which not only protects the health of the eyes, but also relieves eye strain.

5What is the purpose of Anti-Reflective Coating?

Anti-reflective coating (AR coating) is commonly known as the no-glare lens. AR coatings provide many benefits including:

  • Clearer vision
  • Reduces glare
  • UV protection
  • Scratch resistance
  • Smudge resistance
  • Repels dust and water
  • Not all AR coatings are created equal. You may have experienced AR coatings peeling off or creating a bubbling effect in the lens. These side effects are more common with lower-end AR coatings. We offer the top of the line Crizal Anti-Reflective Coating from Essilor.

    Visit https://www.essilorusa.com/products/crizal/crizal-sapphire360-uv to learn more about Crizal

6What causes eye strain and fatigue?

In today’s society, digital devices play a major role in our daily activities. We are constantly staring at screens (tv, computer, cell phone) all day which takes a toll on our eyes. Our eye muscles are working overtime to accommodate, which leads to eye strain and fatigue. We offer the Eyezen lens from Essilor, a digital lens designed to prevent eye strain and protect your eyes from the harmful blue-light of digital devices.

Visit https://www.essilorusa.com/products/eyezen-computer-glasses to learn more about Eyezen

7Why am I starting to have trouble seeing things up close?

It is common for people to begin experiencing decreased vision at near around the age of 40. This occurrence is called Presbyopia. When we look at objects up-close, our eye muscles accommodate by bending the crystalline lens in our eye to generate more power. As we get older, the lens grows thicker thereby making it harder for the eye muscles to bend the lens. Symptoms of presbyopia include:

  • Difficulty focusing at near
  • Earlier onset of eye fatigue when focused at near
  • Having to hold things farther away to see clearly

Presbyopia can be managed with progressive lenses. Progressive lenses are commonly known as the no-line bifocal. They appear as a normal lens but offer a range of powers to help the user see at distance, intermediate, and near. Not all progressives are created equal. We offer the Varilux X Series, the newest innovative progressive lens on the market. With traditional progressive lenses, the user must look through specific areas of the lens for different viewing distances. This requires a large learning curve and adaptation period. The Varilux X Series allows patients to see multiple distances in a single gaze direction by utilizing Xtend technology. Xtend technology allows for easy transition to a progressive lens with a minimal learning curve.

Visit https://www.essilorusa.com/products/varilux?gclid=Cj0KCQjwla7nBRDxARIsADll0kAAWhKb-NqsKvWHIzJg5TKId-h9vGsd8-e_DbGb78aeSoHhKt5uMKwaAqOqEALw_wcB to learn more about Varilux X Series.

8How can I stop my prescription from getting worse?

Myopia (nearsightedness) occurs in 30-40% of adults in the US and Europe, and up to 80% of the Asian population. Myopia has increased by 66% in the United States since 1971. Severe cases of myopia can cause:

  • Early cataract development
  • Increased likelihood to get glaucoma
  • Increased risk of retinal detachment

The good news is there are ways to combat myopia. The three most common methods are:

  • Corneal Refractive Therapy (also known as Ortho-k or Orthokeratology)
  • -Multifocal Contact Lenses
  • Atropine Drops

Corneal refractive therapy (CRT) is the most common and effective method for myopia control. By wearing CRT lenses overnight, the cornea is reshaped to focus light onto the retina. Early detection is the key to prevent and reduce myopia.

If you are interested in CRT or have any additional questions, please give us a call at 832.831.7386.

Ocular Health FAQ

1What causes pink eye?

The general public refers to an eye infection as pink eye. Pink eye can be bacterial, viral, or fungal in nature. The most common cause of eye infections is from contact lens abuse. Overusing and sleeping in contact lenses increases the risk of getting an infection. Signs of eye infections include:

  • Pain
  • Light sensitivity
  • Discharge or crusting
  • Watering
  • Redness
  • Blurred vision

Our doctors are highly trained in the diagnoses and treatment of eye infections. If you have an emergency, we will work you into our schedule.

2Why do my eyes feel so dry?

A recent online poll discovered that over 50% of Americans over the age of 18 suffer from dry eye symptoms. Symptoms include:

  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Aching
  • Dryness
  • Blurred vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Red eyes

If you suffer from any of these symptoms, you may have Dry Eye Syndrome. Dry eyes can be caused by:

  • Low blink rate
  • Lagophthalmos (incomplete eyelid closure)
  • Decreased function of the lacrimal gland
  • Meibomian Gland Disease
  • Contact lens abuse

At Eye Theory, we specialize in the treatment of dry eye syndrome. Call 832.831.7386 to schedule a dry eye evaluation.

3How can diabetes affect the eye?

If you are diabetic, you may have experienced occasional blurred vision. This is a result of either swelling of the lens or leakage from vessels inside the eye. Constant swelling of the lens can lead to early cataract development. Diabetes can also cause diabetic retinopathy. This occurs when high blood sugar levels damage the vessels in the eye. This leads to hemorrhaging in the eye and can cause neovascularization (growth of new vessels). The new vessels are fragile and result in more bleeding. Signs of diabetic retinopathy include:

  • Increased number of floaters
  • Blurred vision with rise in blood sugar
  • Dark areas in field of vision

We strongly recommend routine comprehensive eye exams for diabetic patients. Early detection is the key to management of diabetic retinopathy.

4What are Cataracts?

A common misconception is that cataracts is a hereditary disease. The truth is, majority of cataracts are a result of aging. We have a crystalline lens in our eye that plays a role in focusing light entering the eye as well as protecting the eye against harmful UV damage. Over time, the lens undergoes anatomical changes including growing thicker and cloudier. Signs of cataracts include:

  • Cloudy or blurred vision
  • Increased glare
  • Poor night vision
  • Frequent changes in prescription

Once cataracts are mature enough, they can be removed and replaced with intraocular lenses through cataract surgery.

5What is Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in America. It is caused by deterioration of the macula. The macula is responsible for your clear central vision. Risk factors for macular degeneration include:

  • Age – higher risk in those 55 and older
  • Race – Caucasians are at greatest risk
  • Smoking – doubles the risk
  • Genetics – higher risk if you have a family history

There is currently no cure for macular degeneration but there are ways to slow down the progression and treat the side effects. Like most diseases, early detection is the key to managing macular degeneration.

6What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a disease in which the eye pressure damages the optic nerve. It is a silent condition that results in peripheral vision loss and can lead to eventual blindness. Glaucoma is diagnosed with special testing including:

  • Visual field test
  • Dilated fundus exam
  • Tonometry
  • Pachymetry

Treatment involves medication to lower the eye pressure. In rare cases, surgery may be required to lower the eye pressure. Our doctors are Optometric Glaucoma Specialists certified to manage glaucoma.

If you have any additional questions, please email us at eyetheorytx@gmail.com




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