Eye Exams By An Optometrist
Due to COVID 19, our eye doctor is only seeing emergency patients, by appointment only.
Your eye exam will consist of a thorough evaluation of your vision and eye health with consideration of your symptoms, age and medical history and computer use. It will typically include a refraction to determine your need for glasses or contact lenses as well as a screening for eye muscle coordination, dry eyes, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and retinal disease such as those associated with diabetes and high blood pressure.
Walk-ins are welcome, but please call for an appointment to make sure that Doctor will be available to see you.
Phone: (203) 571-0747
Monday-Saturday 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Contact lenses are medical devices regulated by the FDA that can only be fit by a professional and dispensed by a prescription. They must be regarded with the same caution you would use for prescription drugs, which includes prescription expiration dates and follow-up visits with your eye doctor.
The doctor must determine if the fit of the lens is the best possible utilizing special equipment. A lens must fit well enough to center properly but not so tight as to prevent an adequate oxygen supply. Your eyes go through gradual changes in size, shape and physiological requirements (such as oxygen) while wearing contact lenses. These changes can affect the health of the cornea and need to be monitored at least every year. The federal government requires contact lens prescriptions to expire after one year for these reasons.
Most insurance companies require doctors to separate routine eye examination fees from any services performed for contact lenses. More time and testing is required for a patient who wears contact lenses; therefore, contact lens services as a separate evaluation and fee.
Having a comprehensive eye exam each year is the best way to enjoy good vision. Many eye diseases have no obvious signs or symptoms. As a result, individuals are often unaware that problems exist. Early diagnosis and treatment of eye and vision problems are important for maintaining good vision and ocular health, and when possible, preventing vision loss.
Comprehensive eye exams are also an important for maintaining visual comfort especially for computer users. Staring at a computer monitor for hours on end has become a part of the modern workday. However, working adults are not the only ones vulnerable to computer related visual problems. Children who stare at portable video games or who use computers throughout the day at school also can experience eye problems related to computer use. This can include dry eyes, eyestrain, headaches and/or blurred vision. Uncorrected vision problem such as far sightedness and astigmatism, inadequate eye focusing or eye coordination abilities can all contribute to the development of computer vision syndrome.
ABOUT DR. SHREYA PATEL, OD
Dr. Shreya Patel is a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. While pursuing her doctorate she was inducted into the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society. Upon graduating in 1999, Dr. Patel began her career in Long Island, NY, where she specialized in primary eye care and contact lens fittings. She relocated to New Haven County in 2002 where she further advanced her skills working in a private optometric practice offering comprehensive eye care including treatment and management of many eye diseases.
Dr. Patel is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Connecticut Association of Optometrist. She recently moved to Fairfield County and is looking forward serving your families eye care needs. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, exploring new foods, photography and volunteering to help build a better community through the Junior League. DIRECTIONS TO DR. PATEL'S OFFICE Dr. Patel's office is located inside the Eyeglasses.com store, in downtown Westport, CT. Westport is located in the heart of Fairfield County, surrounded by towns such as Greenwich, Stamford, New Canaan, Darien, Norwalk, Wilton, Ridgefield, Weston, Redding, Easton, and Fairfield. The store is located at 147 Post Road East.
From Interstate Highway I95:
Take exit 17 for Westport, and head north on Rte. #33/#136 (Saugatuck Avenue, which then changes into Riverside Avenue). Go approximately 1.5 miles to the Post Road Rte. #1 and turn right. Go another 0.3 miles and the store is on your left.
From the Merrit Parkway, Rte. #15:
Take exit 41 for Westport, and head south on Rte. #33 (Wilton Road). Go approximately 1.7 miles to the Post Road Rte. #1 and turn left. Go another 0.3 miles and the store is on your left.