Frequently Asked Questions

Why do exams take 90 minutes?
Your exam is a two-part exam: first we check your vision, then we check for eye problems and the internal structure of your eye. To see inside your eye we must use eye drops which may take up to 30 minutes to dilate your pupils. We also want to make sure you have time to get all of your questions answered.
How long will my pupils be dilated?
For most people, pupils will be dilated for 2-4 hours. However, some people may have dilated pupils for up to two days. If you have sunglasses or prescription sunglasses, please bring them. We have disposable sunglasses to give you if you need them.iscing elit
When should children get their first eye exam?
Children with eye or vision problems should be seen as soon as possible, even as young as infants. Children can (and should) receive their first eye exam before beginning school, ideally as young as age two. Many problems or potential problems can be treated relatively simply if diagnosed early. Children should receive an eye exam annually and adults every two years, depending upon the patient’s situation and family's medical and ocular history. Lazy eye, drifting eyes and the need for strong glasses frequently runs in families.
Why does a child need glasses?
Children may need glasses for several reasons—some of which are different than for adults.  Because a child’s vision system is growing and developing, especially during the first 5-6 years of life, glasses may play an important role in insuring normal vision development.  The main reasons a child may need glasses are:
  1. To provide better vision, so that a child may function better in his/her environment
  2. To help straighten the eyes when they are crossed or misaligned (strabismus)
  3. To help strengthen the vision of a weak eye (amblyopia or “lazy eye”).  This may occur when there is a difference in prescription between the two eyes (anisometropia).  For example, one eye may be normal, while the other eye may have a significant need for glasses caused by near-sightedness, far-sightedness or astigmatism.
  4. To provide protection for one eye if the other eye has poor vision
How do you treat crossed eyes?
Once we determine that a child’s eyes are actually crossing, there are four possible treatments: glasses, patching, atropine drops and surgery. Because each child is different, each treatment is different. After an examination we will make recommendations, explain them thoroughly and answer all of your questions. If surgery is required, Dr.Waeltermann will refer you to the appropriate surgeon.
What is pinkeye or Conjunctivitis?
Pinkeye, or conjunctivitis, is an inflammation of the thin, transparent membrane that covers the exposed surface of the eyeball and lines the eyelids. That inflammation is usually caused by infections, allergies and environmental factors. The symptoms are generally redness, itching, discomfort and discharge. Infectious conjunctivitis, which is caused by bacteria, viruses and other infectious agents, is highly contagious; conjunctivitis caused by the environment (smoke, dust, fumes, pollution) and allergies is not. Conjunctivitis will sometimes clear up on its own. However, if symptoms persist or if there is pain, blurred vision, sensitivity to light or continued itching and discharge, please contact us as soon as possible.
What are the types of contact lenses you prescribe?
Rigid gas-permeable lenses: Lenses are made of a stiffer, less flexible plastic that allows oxygen to pass through to the eyes. They offer excellent vision, can be designed for many types of prescriptions, and have a relatively long life. They can slip off the center of the eye or pop out easier than soft lenses and must be worn consistently for maximum comfort, and can trap debris behind the lenses. Soft contact lenses: Lenses are made of a more flexible silicon plastic, which also allows oxygen to pass through to the eyes, they are available for many types of prescriptions including bifocals, astigmatism and cosmetic tints. They generally require little time to get used to and are available in many wearing schedules: Daily wear: Lenses are removed every day to be disinfected and are stored in a contact lens case. Daily wear disposable: Lenses are removed and discarded after each wearing. These are ideal for patients who have allergies or are sensitive to contact lens solutions or who want lenses for occasional use. Frequent replacement: Lenses are replaced on a planned schedule, usually every 2-4 weeks. Extended wear: Lenses can be worn overnight but most doctors do not recommend patients sleeping in their lenses.
How does vision with contact lenses compare to vision with glasses?
Because contact lenses move with your eye, they offer a more natural field of view. They have no frame to obstruct your vision and greatly reduce distortions. They do not fog up or get splattered by mud or rain, as glasses do, and do not get in the way of activities or sports. For many prescriptions, contact lenses offer better sight than glasses.
At what age can children wear contact lenses?
We have infants who wear contact lenses for medical reasons, under the care of their parents. Generally, fitting adolescents with contact lenses depends upon their maturity level and ability to handle responsibility. We generally fit patients around the age of 12-14 years old.
What you should know as a new contact lens wearer?
Over 30 million Americans wear contact lenses, and they are safe if prescribed by doctors. Soft contact lenses do not pop out of your eyes. Contact lenses cannot get “lost” in the eye or slip behind the eye. Because of advances in contact lens technology, even people with astigmatism, bifocals or dry eyes who may not have been able to wear contact lenses a few years ago can successfully wear them today.
Getting use to your new contact lenses?
We get you started off on the right foot with a comprehensive eye exam and an evaluation of what type of lenses will be best for you. You will return when your lenses arrive to learn to insert, remove and care for your new lenses, and we will evaluate their fit and comfort and your vision. You will then receive a wearing schedule and complete instructions, along with initial care supplies. We will have you come back in 1-2 weeks for a second evaluation and vision check, and adjust for fit, vision or comfort if necessary. Afterwards, it is recommended to come back every year for an annual contact lens re- evaluation.
What services do you offer?
Family eye care, contact lenses, pre- and post-operative cataract and refractive surgery evaluations as well as glaucoma co-management diabetic eye exams and other medical necessary examinations. Dr. Waeltermann specialize in medical treatment of children’s eye problems, such as crossed eyes and lazy eye.
What makes our doctor different from others?
Dr. Waeltermann is an eye surgeon for children and adults with eye muscle or lazy eye problems. She has 13 years of college, medical school and eye surgery training and has over 30 years of experience in private and academic practice. Dr. Waeltermann is board certified, which is the highest level of accomplishment for an ophthalmologist, involving both specialized exams and a commitment to ongoing education. She ceased performing surgery 2 years ago, she prescribes glasses and patching therapies for children as young as 4-8 weeks, and diagnosis and treats complex eye problems in children and adults. She also is an excellent choice for surgical second opinions.
What insurance plans do you honor?
We honor most major insurance plans, and will be happy to assist you with your insurance paperwork. For care not covered by insurance, we accept Mastercard, Visa and personal checks.