Looking for an Optometrist in Northeast Philadelphia?
At our Northeast Philadelphia practice, optometrist Dr. Lance Dunoff, believes that a relaxing chair side manner is every bit as important as quality eye care. At Fox Chase Family Eye Care, our eye doctor provides excellent service in a comfortable environment that’s conducive to asking questions about your vision. An informed patient is a happier, healthier patient.
Our Eye Care Practice is also a certified tear testing laboratory. This means we can provide treatment for patients that suffer from dry eye. Speak to our optometrist about how this testing and treatment works.
Eye Care Services
Better vision has a direct impact on your quality of life. Make sure that your eyes are in good health by taking the time for regular vision check-ups. Our state of the art testing services are designed to go far beyond simple prescription writing. For example, Fox Chase Family Eye Care utilizes MacuHealth AMD supplementation as well as the Macula Risk NXG genetic test to determine your risk factor for AMD. Click here for more information.
Early detection and treatment of ocular problems is critical for long term vision health. Our comprehensive eye exams are among the best you will find. But don't worry, we also do write and fill eyeglass prescriptions. We proudly serve the Northeast Philadelphia, Rockledge, Cheltenham and the surrounding area. Click here for directions to our Northeast Philadelphia office. Contact our Philadelphia eye doctor now or come by our practice today!
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Q&A with Dr. Lance B. Dunoff
Dr. Lance B. Dunoff Answers Your Eyecare Questions
When is it appropriate for children to start wearing contact lenses?
A: Contact lens wear is not a matter of age. Many infants and toddlers wear them; some teenagers shouldn't. In other words, every case is different. Here are a few things you should know to help you decide whether contacts are a good idea for your own children:
- Some contact lenses can slow the progression of nearsightedness. Several studies on myopia control have had positive indications for Gas Permeable (GP) lenses. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University have found that myopia is reduced and myopia-producing eye growth slowed when orthokeratology lenses are worn at night only.
- Contact lenses are better for sports activities. Even if your child is wearing polycarbonate eyeglass lenses, if the frame breaks, it too can cause injury. With contacts, he or she can wear protective goggles. Your child will also have better peripheral (side) vision, for better awareness and performance.
- Some contacts are a better value than others. Unlike soft contacts, GP lenses are made of a firm plastic material that retains its shape. This means they're easy to clean without tearing or scratching, and they generally last longer than soft contacts or glasses.
- Some contacts are healthier than others. GP contacts let oxygen pass through to the eye much better than many soft contacts do. Corneal tissue needs oxygen to remain healthy. It also needs moisture; since GP contacts don't absorb water from the eyes (unlike soft lenses), they don't dry them out. Your child's eyes will stay more comfortable all day long.
- Many children, and most teens, would rather wear contacts than glasses. The self-esteem of children and teens is closely related to their appearance. If they don't like the way they look in glasses, it can affect their personality, their performance in school, even their future. Once they start wearing contacts, many shy kids come out of their shell and begin participating more in life.
- Most eye care professionals report great results with kids and contact lenses. They find that kids of all ages usually take contact lens wear seriously and are more likely than adults to follow cleaning instructions to the letter. No eye doctor will prescribe contact lenses for children or teenagers who aren't ready for them or who don't have a good reason to wear them. And they don't hesitate to unprescribe them if a child doesn't take good care of them.
- Talk it over with Dr Dunoff — he is the best person to help you decide what's right for your children's vision correction.