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FAQ’s

Q: What is Amblyopia?
A: Sometimes called Lazy eye, it is the underdevelopment of central vision in one or sometimes both eyes; it also prevents both eyes from working together.

Q: What exactly is astigmatism?
A: Astigmatism is usually caused by an irregularly shaped cornea, the front surface of the eye. Instead of being a perfect sphere, like a ball bearing or a marble, it can become a little more like a football, being more curved in one direction than the other. This brings light into focus at more than one point on the retina at the back of the eye, resulting in blurry or distorted vision.

Q: My previous eye doctor told me I have “stigma!” Am I going to go blind?
A: Stigma is actually referring to a type of refractive error known properly as astigmatism, and no, you will not go blind from having astigmatism; it is not a disease. In fact, this condition is relatively common. There are three types of refractive errors: myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. The former two are also known to as nearsighted (cannot see far away) and farsighted (cannot see up close). Astigmatism is simply the third category; it can affect both the near and far vision. Much like nearsightedness or farsightedness, astigmatism is corrected using glasses or contacts. Technically speaking an eye with astigmatism requires two different prescriptions to correct vision in one eye, due to the more oval shape of the cornea. For contact lens wearers, this will require a more specialized contact lens and a more in-depth fitting procedure.

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May 4, 2020

We are excited to announce that we are now open for routine eye exams and emergency eyecare needs!

We are currently reaching out to any patient that had to be rescheduled due to COVID-19 and are arranging appointments on a priority basis.  Thanks in advance for your patience as we navigate this new normal!  Our goal is to accommodate everyone as quickly as we can while maintaining the safety of our patients, team, and the community of Cochrane.

While we are open again, many things will be quite different.  Following are important items to be aware of:

While things are different, what hasn’t changed is our dedication to providing you with high quality eye care, technology, and products in a friendly, welcoming “Cochrane” way!  Thank you so much for your support - we are very excited to see you!

Ian, Sallie, & Our Team

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