Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I have an eye problem?   

Sometimes you don't, which is why you should have your eyes examined on a routine basis.  Sometimes there are no obvious signs or symptoms that alert you to an eye problem.  The best rule is to have your eyes examined if you have any suspicion that there may be a problem - even if it seems minor.  If you are concerned but not sure what to do, you can always call the office and ask to speak to Dr. Quick (505) 286-0300.  For after hours emergencies, please page Dr. Quick at (505) 229-0285.

Signs and symptoms of eye problems that need immediate attention include:

• sudden blurred vision

• sudden loss of vision

• sudden increase in floaters or flashes

• red eye

• discharge from the eye

• any eye injury

• eye pain


How often should I have my eyes examined?                           


0-24 m           by 6 months of age

2-5 yrs           at 3-4 years of age

6-18 yrs         by 1st grade, then every year

18-50 yrs       every 1-2 years

51 yrs+          every year

However, different eye conditions will require different frequencies of follow-up so you should follow your optometrist's recommendation since it is specific for your eyes and vision.


What exactly does "20/20 vision" mean?

"20/20 vision" is commonly accepted as the standard of normal distance vision for a human being. Basically it means "good visual acuity at 20 feet." So if your vision is 20/20, you can read certain sizes of letters on a Snellen chart clearly at 20 feet or closer. But if your friend has 20/15 vision, his visual acuity is better than yours: you would have to stand 15 feet away from the chart to read the smaller letters that he can read while standing 20 feet away. Conversely, someone with 20/30 vision has worse distance vision than you.

By the way, visual acuity at a distance isn't the only measure of how good your vision is. You could have 20/20 distance vision but still have difficulty seeing at night because of poor contrast sensitivity. Or you could have near vision problems because you're over 40 and experiencing presbyopia.