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109 N Walnut St,
Plymouth, IN 46563

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Welcome to Bright Eyes

We are committed to providing compassionate, complete scope, life long patient care that is second to none. We treat each of our patients with respect by a committed team that values the importance of eye health and visual performance. From toddlers to seniors, we look forward to caring for your eyes.

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Latest Techniques

Digitally imaging the back of the eye, today’s exam visit is far more in depth yet no more invasive than a decade ago. With the optical coherence tomography scan, your eye doctor can map and measure retinal thickness. The doctor may recommend this test for early detection of age-related macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease and other eye conditions.

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Innovative Lens Technology

Using Freeform lens design technologies helps to ensure wearer comfort along with optimized visual acuity for virtually any prescription, in any shape frame.

Qualified Experts

Our experienced and friendly doctor and staff are committed to providing our patients with the best eye care and services available. We aim to give our patients the best possible vision performance and subsequent quality of life.

Our Services

Eyewear

Contact Lenses

Safety Glasses

Eye Examinations

Medical Eyecare

We know eyes.

Don’t put off your eye exam

Regular eye exams are the only way to catch “silent” diseases such as diabetes, glaucoma and other conditions in their early stages, when they’re more easily managed or treated. Many conditions can be discovered in a carefully planned eye exam.

Visit your optometrist once a year

Almost every vision plan, and even some medical plans cover an eye exam once a year. Don’t loose out on these benefits you pay for.

Don’t forget backup glasses

Accidents happen. You sit on them, you roll over them with your car, or just flat out lose them. Getting a pair of eyeglasses at the last minute can be tricky with certain prescriptions – and even more so if you want specialty lenses. Selecting glasses ahead of time before an emergency happens, that you actually like, will be one of the best choices you ever made. Or if You normally wear contacts, there may be instances where you can’t wear your contacts (you ran out, you have an eye infection, allergies, dry eyes). Having an updated pair of prescription glasses will allow you to not miss a beat with your day-to-day activities.

Our Team

Dr. Ali Garmon

Optometrist

Kara Steele

Optician

Jessica Sills

Optometric Technician

Patty Grace

Receptionist

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will my visit take?

The duration of an eye exam varies depending upon various factors. The average appointment takes around 30 minutes. If your eyesight requires multiple tests or if you have a more complex problem, the exam may run longer or require subsequent visits. Plan for an hour to be on the safe side.

What is the difference between a comprehensive eye exam and a contact lens evaluation?

A comprehensive eye exam involves the determination of the spectacle prescription. Drops are often used to dilate the pupils and the eye health is evaluated. A contact lens evaluation (or fitting) is a separate specialized service. It includes the measurement of the corneal curvature, the selection of the appropriate contact lenses based on your lifestyle and corneal physiology, and the necessary follow-up visits to assure the desired result. One-on-one instruction is provided for new contact lens wearers and sometimes multiple visits are required, depending on the complexity of the case.
Since it is an additional service, a contact lens evaluation is usually billed separately from the eye exam. Some offices lump this additional service fee into the eye exam and refer to the entire package as the contact lens exam. The end result is the same: the additional fees are added onto the eye exam. In our offices, the contact lens service fees are charged separately. It is just more straightforward to the patient that way.

Do I have to get my eyes dilated?

Whether eye dilation during an exam is necessary depends on the reason for your exam, your age, your overall health and your risk of eye diseases. The eye drops used for dilation cause your pupils to widen, allowing in more light and giving your doctor a better view of the back of your eye. Eye dilation assists your doctor in diagnosing common diseases and conditions, possibly at their earliest stages. They include: Diabetes, High blood pressure, Macular degeneration, Retinal detachment, or Glaucoma. Eye dilation also makes your vision blurry and your eyes more light sensitive, which, for a few hours, can affect your ability to drive or work. So if eye dilation is greatly inconvenient, ask your doctor about arranging another appointment. Alternatives to dilation are available, but they aren’t as effective for allowing a careful examination of the back of your eye. Are you in good health, under 40 and wondering if you need vision correction? You may not need a dilated exam this time, but know that you should have one at least every few years and more frequently as you get older. You can discuss this with your doctor.

Can I use my flexible spending account (fsa) for examinations, glasses, and contacts?

Yes. This is a great way to pay for services and materials not covered by insurance. It allows you to budget for the glasses and contacts you really want. Some patients also use flexible spending accounts for LASIK surgery.

Is there any risk to buying over the counter glasses?

Those who consider mass-produced, over the counter reading glasses are truly doing themselves a disservice, both financially and medically. One-size-fits-all reading glasses not only do not work well for most people who have a different prescription in each eye, and/or astigmatism, or whose lens and frame parameters are not measured correctly, they bypass the opportunity to have their eyes checked for early detection of many manageable diseases or conditions. For those insisting on selecting glasses not measured specifically for their eyes, headache and eye fatigue are common symptoms.

Why can I no longer focus on objects up close?

Vision changes occur naturally as you age. When you reach your 40’s, focusing at close range becomes difficult. This is a natural part of the aging process caused by a gradual hardening of the eye’s crystalline lens, reducing its ability to change shape and focus at near. This condition is called Presbyopia.

What are progressive lenses and how do they differ from ordinary bifocals?

Progressive addition lenses feature a continuous, clear field of vision from distance, through the intermediate ranges to near without the use of annoying bifocal lines. Bifocal lenses use very old technology. Abrupt and awkward changes between distance and near prescriptions are separated by annoying lines that can be frustrating to wear. Please discuss with our optometrist to see if progressive lenses would be right for you.

How can I reduce the thickness and weight of my eyeglass lenses?

Eyeglass lenses are available in a variety of different materials that will reduce both thickness and weight. Smaller frames also reduce lens thickness and weight. Your eye care professional and optician will consider your prescription, frame size, and your individual lifestyle as factors in helping you decided which lens material will be best for you.

My doctor says I have a cataract, but he wants to wait a while before removing it. Why?

A cataract is a cloudiness of the eye’s natural lens, which lies between the front and back areas of the eye. A cataract usually starts very small and practically unnoticeable but grows gradually larger and cloudier. Your doctor is probably waiting until the cataract interferes significantly with your vision and your lifestyle. You need to continue to visit your eye doctor regularly so the cataract’s progress is monitored. Some cataracts never really reach the stage where they should be removed. If your cataract is interfering with your vision to the point where it is unsafe to drive, or doing everyday tasks is difficult, then it’s time to discuss surgery with your doctor.

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.” An easy way to look at it is how large the “font size” has to be for you to be able to see it 20 feet away. So 20/20 means at 20 feet away you can see letters that are a size 20. So someone who has 20/15 vision can see an even smaller font size at 20 feet away, so their vision is better. The larger the bottom number, the larger the “font size” has to be to be able to see it 20 feet away.

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.

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109 N Walnut St,
Plymouth, IN 46563

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