Albany Office

2715 Willetta St. SW Suite B
Albany, OR 97321

Lebanon Office

100 Mullins Drive Suite B3
Lebanon, OR 97355

Corvallis Office

330 NW Elks Drive Suite A
Corvallis, OR 97330

Frequently Asked Questions

Eye Health

What is a medical eye exam?

When making an appointment for your exam you may be asked whether you need a medical eye exam. These exams are specific to medical conditions (diabetes, glaucoma, cataracts, retinal disorders, etc.) of your eye and do not include a refraction.

What’s the difference between being nearsighted and farsighted?

Nearsighted or Myopic individuals have their sight at near, with objects being blurry in the distance. Farsighted or hyperopic people have trouble seeing up close.

Why do I have to hold things further away to read?

As we age the lens in our eyes begins to lose elasticity, which then affects our ability to accommodate. This is usually the point when we choose to get reading glasses, bifocals or progressive addition lenses.

Will my eyes get worse by wearing eyeglasses?

Although this is a very common belief there is no evidence to support it.

How often should I have my eyes examined?

We recommend that those under the age of 18 or contact lens wearers have annual eye exams. For healthy eyes over the age of 18 we recommend an eye exam every two years. You will want to consult with your doctor during your exam to get his/her recommendation based on your individual needs.

What is a refraction?

The word refraction means many things, including the way light passes through an object. Generally, when referring to an eye exam, it is defined as the series of tests done by your optometrist or ophthalmologist to help define your need for an eyeglass prescription. These exams are known as routine or eyeglass exams.

What is astigmatism?

It is a vision condition that causes blurred vision due either to the irregular shape of the cornea, the clear front cover of the eye, or sometimes the curvature of the lens inside the eye. An irregular shaped cornea or lens prevents light from focusing properly on the retina, the light sensitive surface at the back of the eye. As a result, vision becomes blurred at any distance.


What is a blended or progressive lens?

A progressive addition lens is one made without lines, and which provides the wearer with a smooth transition to a variety of distances. These lenses are good for distance, arms length and close work.

Are all lenses considered safety lenses?

While all lenses pass ANSI standards in regards to safety, they are not considered safety lenses.

Insurance and Payment

Why am I getting a bill?

We contact your insurance as a courtesy at the time of the order. In return, we receive an estimated amount out of pocket quote. The remaining amount owing after insurance is patient responsibility.

For more insurance questions, see our insurance page.