How often should I get an eye examination?

Annually. Clear and comfortable vision are more important today due to intense visual demands at work and play. Whether your vision is naturally perfect, you’ve had LASIK, or even if your vision is good with your current glasses or contacts, annual examinations are critical to ensure you have the sharpest vision and the healthiest of eyes.

What is LASIK?
LASIK stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis. This FDA approved excimer laser corrects myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia, (farsightedness), and astigmatism by reshaping the human cornea. LASIK’s objective is to reduce a person’s dependency on glasses or contact lenses. If you’re not a good LASIK candidate, there are several other eye correction surgeries available like PRK, LASEK, and phakic IOL surgery. Eye Trends-Barker Cypress doctors can determine which procedure is suitable for your condition and are very qualified and experienced to co-manage each procedure.
How do I know if I need LASIK?
LASIK and other laser-based refractive surgeries are an elective process. The incredible freedom of seeing clearly without the aid of contact lenses or eye glasses from LASIK is an absolutely amazing and gratifying reward. Each Eye Trends-Barker Cypress doctor has significant experience on selecting who is an excellent candidate for this wonderfully freeing procedure! Call us today for your FREE LASIK consultation.
What is Pink eye and how is it treated?
“Pink Eye” is a collective term used to describe a type of conjunctivitis; an inflammation and or redness of the eyes outer tissues. There are three basic types of conjunctivitis: Allergic, Bacterial, and Viral. If you are having an eye issue, CALL US TODAY! Our National Board Of Examiners In Optometry (NBEO) certified eye doctors can help you feel better, fast! Allergic: Itchy, watery, red and burning sensation are common symptoms. This condition is not contagious and is generally best treated with prescription anti-histamine drops. Classically both eyes are affected. However, it can present in one eye via direct contact from the allergen being introduced to an eye. Bacterial: Usually presents with a color (greenish or yellowish) discharge from one or both eyes. May cause eyelids to stick together. Not overtly contagious yet can be spread by direct contact with infected hands or other items that have previously touched an infected eye. Viral: Similar symptoms to allergic conjunctivitis including light sensitivity. One or both eyes may be involved. This type of conjunctivitis is highly contagious and may easily be spread from one person to another.
What is the right age to start having my child get eye exams?
Generally before your child begins grade school; around 5 years of age. However, if you notice your child has an eye turn, or they are frequently rubbing their eye(s), or they seem to struggle to see clearly at a distance as compared to others with known good vision, or if you notice they have balance or clumsiness concerns, an eye exam may be warranted sooner.
What is ocular disease?
A disorder of the structure or function in and around the eye, especially one that produces specific signs or symptoms in the eye like diabetes, high blood pressure, issues from glaucoma and retinal disease, macula and optic nerve diseases, and corneal issues such as keratoconus.
Are there different eye exams for glasses vs. contacts?
Yes. The primary reason for the differences is when something is physically sitting on your eyes (contacts) versus something located in front of your eyes (glasses), the dynamics are extremely different. Therefore, additional evaluative techniques and skills must be implemented to ensure it is safe for the patient to wear contact lenses.
What is Astigmatism?
Astigmatism means rays of light entering your eye focuses in different areas in the back of your eye instead of just one area.
What is Presbyopia treatment?
Presbyopia is the reduced ability of our eye’s to focus at near. As a result, we tend to hold items back further. When the arms can’t be pushed back any further, the decision for reading glasses, bifocals, trifocals, progressive, or occupational progressive lenses become an excellent and very functional selection. Another exciting option to improve your up close up vision are bifocal contact lenses.
Are there sports eyewear?
Absolutely! Today’s safety glasses and sports vision glasses are constructed of lightweight, rugged polymers and fantastic fun designs to look great while protecting your eyes. All Eye Trends-Barker Cypress safety products strictly adhere to ANSI. Z87.1 safety guidelines.
Are there different types of contact lenses?
In today’s world, there are contact lens products for almost every imaginable lens prescription. From daily disposables to monthly replacement lenses, torics (for astigmatism) to multi-focal (bifocal), and clear to color contact lenses, we have it all for you. Eye Trends-Barker Cypress is very proud to bring to share their very successful history of fitting complex contact lens products for Keratoconus, corneal transplants, post-RK, and other corneal-based visually debilitating concerns.
What should I look for when buying glasses?
An excellent reputable practice such as Eye Trends-Barker Cypress. Our superb reputation for quality and service has been well earned since opening in 2002. Our patients clearly know we only use premium quality ophthalmic products. In addition, we back every pair of eye glasses we custom create for you with a FREE 1-year limited manufacturers defect warranty.
What should I look for when buying sunglasses?
Something as important as protecting your precious eyes, you should only entrust them with a reputable premium sunglass lens manufacturer. 100% UV & UVB protection, 100% IR protection, Anti-Reflective coatings, uniform wavelength controlled visual spectrum, and a highly ground and polished lens makes for a remarkably clear and visually comfortable product. We proudly offer Maui Jim, Oakley, and Ray Ban, to name a few, and we can transform almost any eye glass into an incredible sunglass.
How should I take care of my glasses to make them last?
Texas weather means not leaving your premium eye glasses exposed to the intense sun and heat in your car. Placing your eye glasses in their case AND then into the glove box helps protect them from the sun’s powerful rays. Putting on or removing your glasses, use two hands to reduce undue torque. A common patient concern is their lens may scratch despite adding “scratch resistant” coatings -there is no such thing as scratch proof- scratches may still occur. Eye Trends-Barker Cypress includes a free, one-year non-scratch warranty on every lens when purchased with a premium lens anti-reflective coating. Use a quality micro cloth to clean your lenses and never use tissues or paper towels as they contain wood fibers and will readily scratch your lenses.
What are the different prescription eyeglasses?
Whether they are for work, fun, sun, fashion statement, protection, swimming, shooting, hobby, safety, or just because… Eye Trends-Barker Cypress is here to help you accomplish all of your visual needs. Single vision, computer lenses, occupational lenses, progressives, bifocals, sunglasses, etc; we craft uniqueness…just for you!
Should I have a second pair of eyeglasses?
Absolutely. Who has one pair of shoes, one dress, or one suit? Our eyes are engaged daily in multiple environments; each with their own visual demands. As such, we may want to consider how we can best utilize our eye glasses: Protection- both in the workplace and for the hobbyist, for the beach enthusiast to the mountain explorer, and Style- from traditional to the avant-garde, the look and feel that connects to you.
What is the importance of "Blue Light" protection?
Blue light is known to cause visual strain, headaches, physical and mental fatigue. Blue light comes from our sun, most electronic device (cell phones/laptops, etc), and both fluorescent and LED lighting. By utilizing blue light filters in your eyeglasses, you can eliminate many eye strain related issues.


Care & Maintenance Procedures for Your New Eyewear

Congratulations on your new eyewear purchase! The doctors and staff want you to be familiar with proper care and maintaining your new eyewear. Below, we will illustrate the proper care & handling techniques to prolong the life of your important investment: your vision.

Eyeglasses can last for years if taken care of properly. Yet be aware that warranties cover defects and not abuse. Please follow the recommended guidelines below to prevent some common eyewear pitfalls:

Did I purchase “Scratch Proof” lenses?
We wish that was an industry reality, yet “scratch proof” does not exist in the ophthalmic industry regardless of material or coating applied or even how much is spent. Not even super tough traditional glass lenses are scratch proof. Premium lens products and their respective coatings, if purchased, come with a truly tough “scratch resistance” treatment which should prevent common fine scratches from occurring. Without this treatment lenses will easily scratch; after all they are a plastic-based product. To reduce the possibility of scratching we strongly recommend high-performance anti-reflective coatings (ARC) like Crizal, Avance/Sapphire, or Zeiss Purecoat for maximum anti-glare performance, superior durability, and effortless cleaning.

The following are rules to clean and maintain your premium ophthalmic lenses:


  • Never use harsh chemicals to clean your premium ophthalmic lenses like: Alcohol, Windex, Acetone etc. Those and similar product will render the premium coatings unable to maintain smudge proof or to clean easily. In addition, harsh chemicals will cause lens and frame damage.
  • Always wipe lightly. Never press hard into the lens or try to “buff” a smudge/spot. If a spot is not easily removed, use a professionally made optical lens spray available at our practice for a nominal fee.
  • Wash or replace your cleaning cloth on a regular basis. Do not use fabric softener if you wash your cleaning cloth. Over time, the cloth will pick up debris from cleaning, the stuffing in one’s pockets or purse, and as a result, you unintentionally “buff” your lenses causing scratches and wearing down the lens coatings. Our practice offers quality ophthalmic cloths for a nominal fee.
  • Always use your eyewear case to transport your spectacles when not wearing them. Laying your glasses on the dashboard, console, in a purse, pocket, table, upside down, etc. will lead to scratches & damage.
  • Do not use paper products such as paper towels or tissue to wipe your lenses. These products contain micro-wood fibers that lead to scratches or lens coating destruction.


“Heat Damage” is also a major problem especially during Texas summers. Many times excessive or prolonged heat exposure will cause your lenses to fog, haze, crack, and warp. The heat can also crack and or warp your eyewear frames.

  • Never leave your glasses in the car during the summer time. Even shady areas still maintain the Texas heat! Texas summer easily exceeds 110 degrees in a sitting automobile and will cook your lenses & spectacles.
  • If you vacation, do not leave your glasses baking in the sand while at the beach. Both the sun’s heat and beach sand can easily cause scratches.


“Green Funk?” Avoid cleaning your glasses with water regularly. Water creates moisture and does not dry as fast as optical lens sprays. Over time water along with naturally occurring airborne debris acts as a lubricant that gets between your lenses and glasses making it harder to keep clean. Common signs will show around lenses or nose pads as they form the “Green Funk” and lead to lens smearing when you go to wipe them.


“Break Proof Frames” Unfortunately this product does not exist regardless of eyewear material. From cost conscious frames to high-end frames such as Cartier, Fendi, etc., nothing is break proof. If a frame is twisted, bent or stressed enough it will eventually fracture and break. Flexon and other “flex-like” frames are to help prevent breakage during sports, hobbies, children’s wear, or simply the convenience of a more comfortable break-resistant fit. When considering durability it is best to consult with your professional optician to find the best suited eyewear for your lifestyle. Eye Trends – Barker Cypress carry certified ANSI z87.1 Safety and or Sports eye wear from Liberty Sports and WileyX for the ultimate protection and breakage prevention eye wear. Some considerations when using your eyeglasses:

  • Use both hands to place or remove your glasses
  • Avoid falling asleep with your glasses on.
  • Avoid wearing traditional eyewear for rough activities. If you are a sports or hobby enthusiast, consider using a sport/safety pair of eyewear. You wouldn’t wear your dress shoes for tackle football…would you?
  • Avoid placing eyeglasses on your forehead or on top of your head as this stretches them. They can slip and fall to the ground damaging them.
  • Check your frames screws or if your frame starts to wobble. Regardless of your eyewear manufacture, screws loosen over time. We are always happy to perform courtesy adjustments to your.

Common Myths:


  1. My lenses are Scratch Proof: False, only scratch resistant treated lenses exist.
  2. The more money you spend the less likely it will break: False. Yes higher costs generally reflect a higher quality product leading to better performance and durability, but any product can break.
  3. Better brands mean break proof: False. Cartier can break as easily as Polo as easily as Fendi as easily as “xyz” brand. Proper handling and care leads to breakage prevention.
  4. My eyewear has a lifetime warranty: False. “Lifetime Warranties” rarely exist in the industry. Eyewear is a heavily used medical device. When applicable, warranties apply strictly to “Defects” and not abuse or normal wear & tear. Most professional practices warranty their products from 90 days to 1 year. There is a limit as to the number of times a warranty may be used without a processing fee. The “Lifetime Warranty” scenarios mandate the patient must directly coordinate with the manufacturer of the product by providing a copy of the receipt to make the claim. Examples include Maui Jim, Costa Del Mar etc.


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