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Frequently Asked Questions

When should I visit an optometrist?
You should have a thorough eye health and vision examination every year. 

What is a Doctor of Optometry?
Doctors of optometry are independent primary health care providers who examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases and disorders of the visual system, the eye and associated structures as well as diagnose related systemic conditions.  

At what age should I have my children's eyes checked?
A baby’s first eye examination should take place when he or she is six months old. 

What makes for a thorough eye exam?
A thorough eye examination is vital for early diagnosis and treatment of any eye condition or disease.  

What things should I tell my optometrist?
To get the most from your eye examination you should take an active role by providing your optometrist with information about yourself including facts about your health, on-the-job and recreational vision needs and any problems you have noticed with your eyes and vision. 


How can I find a qualified optometrist in my area?  
You can locate a highly educated optometrist in your area by utilizing the California Optometric Associations’ Find An EyeDoc locator service.

Who is the California Optometric Association (COA)? 
The California Optometric Association (COA) is dedicated to assuring the highest quality of health care for the public through the advancement of optometry.


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