Frequently Asked Questions : Urban Eyes Vision Care, P.C - Denver Optometry - EyeCare FAQ: 


I have a hard time seeing at night and far distances, what could be the problem?

If your eyes check out as being healthy you might have what is called myopia or near-sightedness. An eye exam can determine if your eyes are healthy and what prescription you may need in order to see better at night.

I am in my early forties and I have a hard time focusing up close, what is the problem?

As we age, there is a progressive change in the focusing system of the eye that occurs which causes a condition called presbyopia. If you do have presbyopia, single vision reading glasses, bifocals or progressive lenses can be used to help you see better.

I have an old frame; can I put new lenses in it?

Yes, as long as the frame is still in good shape. We would not want you to put expensive lenses into a frame that will break in a few months! 

I would like to have Lasik done, but don’t know who to use. Can you suggest someone for me?

There are many factors to consider when thinking about laser vision correction.  Once evaluated at our office, we like to refer our patients who are interested in corrective laser surgery to Colorado Laser Surgeons ( because they are very stringent in their screening process and will let you know if they think you are a good candidate based on your eye health, prescription and expectations. If you desire, we will take care of all your pre and post-op appointments here and they will perform the surgery. The pricing is the same whether you choose CLS or Urban Eyes for your pre and post-op care.

What is the difference between a bifocal and progressive lens?

A bifocal lens only allows you to have two vision distances (near and far) while progressive lenses give you all your range of vision from distance, intermediate and near in a smooth progression. Most people like the newer technology of the progressive  because it allows for more natural vision and cosmetically they look nicer because there is no line. The upside to standard lined bifocals is that the peripheral vision is sometimes better. We will help you decide which is best for you based on your lifestyle and job requirements.

How much do you charge for an eye exam?

Please call the office and we will gladly provide you the price for an exam. It all depends on what type of exam you need, whether it is for eyeglasses only, a contact lens fitting or an office visit for an infection or “pink eye.”

How often should you get your eyes examined?

We recommend that you get your eyes examined every year especially if you wear contact lenses because they are considered to be a medical device requiring yearly monitoring to ensure good corneal health. It is important to make sure that the internal and external ocular health is good since many eye diseases do not have obvious symptoms. Early detection is essential for maintaining optimal vision and eye health.

What is the earliest age I should have my son/daughter’s eyes examined?

We recommend that your child should be seen for a well baby exam at the age of 1 or sooner if the parents or pediatrician notices any abnormalities. If at that point everything looks healthy and normal, age 3 would be the next visit and then age 5. Most young children cannot articulate vision or focusing difficulties and the purpose of the early childhood exam is to objectively identify and treat any deficiencies. Aside from eye health one of the biggest concerns is eye movement/focusing problems (strabismus), which can cause a permanent vision loss (amblyopia) if not caught early in life.

What type of insurance do you accept?

We are a VSP provider and accept VSP, Vision Service Plan Patients. For other insurances, for which we do not bill, we are more than happy to give you an itemized invoice so that you can try to submit it to your insurance company for reimbursement. 

If I get my eye exam somewhere else, can I bring in the prescription and fill it there?

Yes, definitely, you can bring in your prescription and we will help you find the best suitable eyeglasses for you. We have many patients that do this because of our unique selection of eyewear.

Can your doctor see me for an eye infection or do I have to see an Ophthalmologist?

Yes, Dr. Patel, an optometrist can see and treat you for an eye infection and various other eye conditions. If needed you will be referred to the appropriate specialist for further evaluation, treatment or surgery.  

Can I be assured that my medical information will not be used for any purposes other than my own use?

We respect your privacy and our office is HIPAA compliant. Part of this compliance includes the fact that we cannot release any of your information without your written permission.

What are cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration?

A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens making it difficult to focus light on the retina at the back of the eye. The most common form of cataracts is age-related usually starting at the age of 50. Cataracts develop at different rates and certain things such as diabetes, smoking, and exposure to ultraviolet light can increase the development of cataracts. A comprehensive eye exam can determine whether or not you have a cataract. Glaucoma is an eye disease in which the fluid in the eye builds up and causes increased pressure which can damage the optic nerve. The optic nerve carries vision information to the brain and if damage occurs to it, less information is sent to the brain and can create loss of vision. It is important to have regular eye exams because if detected early, glaucoma can be controlled with little or no further vision loss. Unfortunately, once vision is lost it cannot be restored. Macular Degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss among people over the age of 50. It results from changes to the macula, which is located in the center of the retina at the back of the eye. Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is a disease that affects your central vision. Because only the center of your vision is usually affected, people rarely go blind from the disease. However, ARMD can make it difficult to read, drive, or perform other daily activities that require central vision. A comprehensive eye exam can determine if you have macular degeneration.

I am seeing floaters, is that something I should be concerned about?

Floaters are tiny "specks", "bugs" or "dust spots" that many people see shifting back and forth in their field of vision. They become most noticeable and annoying when they interfere with clear vision. The inner chamber of the eye is filled with a clear jelly-like fluid called the vitreous. Floaters are tiny bits of this gel clumped together and floating around. It seems as if they are in the front of the eye, but in reality they are moving around in the vitreous and are seen as shadows by the retina (which is the light-sensing inner layer of the eye). Flashes and floaters can be symptoms or signs of either vitreous detachment or retinal detachment. It is important to have a comprehensive exam if one is experiencing flashes or floaters or if they increase in number or intensity. 

Urban Eyes Vision Care, P.C
Dr. Alpa A. Patel, O.D.
3459 W. 32nd Avenue
Denver, Colorado  80211
(303) 433-5820