FAQ

Have Questions about Eye Exams in the Durham Region?

Dr. Michael Pellegrino wants to help you clearly see the big picture about properly maintaining your eye health. That’s why our offices are dedicated to educating our patients about the importance of eye exams in the Durham Region. Please find the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions on this page. Should you not see the specific question and answer you’re seeking, feel free to contact us directly via phone or email.

Q. Where are you located?

A. Dr. Michael Pellegrino has two convenient eye clinics open Monday through Friday to serve you better! Visit us today in Oshawa or Whitby at:

Oshawa Office:

375 Bond St. W.
Oshawa, ON L1J 8A2

Whitby Office:

413 Dundas St. E., Unit 2
Whitby, ON L1N 2J2

Q. My vision seems okay to me. Do I still need to get my eyes examined?

A. Yes, an eye exam is recommended every two years unless your doctor has advised you to have more frequent examinations. Because visual loss is gradual, you might need a small change that’s easier to adapt to. Dr. Michael Pellegrino will be able to develop a history chart of the inside of your eye and will then be able to note any changes for which you may need further treatment.

Q. Do you have glasses that are completely covered by my insurance?

A. The amount of coverage will vary depending upon your insurance plan. We do offer a variety of single vision, bifocal and progressive trifocal glasses that are covered by various plans. Please contact us for more details!

Q. I’ve had anti-reflective coatings on previous glasses and loved them, but I found them hard to clean. What would you recommend?

A. Recent developments include lenses with anti-reflective coatings that are much easier to clean, are even more transparent and are 2.5 times less likely to attract dust or smudges.

Q. Can you tell me more about the lenses that go dark when you’re outside?

A. Transition lenses have come a long way over the years. Originally, the only lenses that darkened when outside were made of glass and were called photography lenses. Now plastic lenses are available and they’ve improved over the years, darkening and lightening much faster than the previous generations of transition lenses. They work using ultraviolet rays and go their darkest when in bright direct sunlight.

Q. I need bifocals but hate the lines they cause. What do you suggest?

A.Progressive lenses have no lines and give you three ranges of vision: near, intermediate and distance. The great advantage to trying these lenses is that you’re given 6-8 weeks to adjust to them. If, for some reason, you’re unable to adapt to your lenses, we’ll change the lenses to a different type more suitable for you at no extra charge.

Q. Should I wear sunglasses?

A.Whether or not you have a prescription, protecting your eyes from the sun is vital. Ultraviolet rays contribute to the development of cataracts and macular degeneration. We offer a wide range of sunglasses available at many price points, up to and including: Versace, Maui Jim®, Juicy Couture and Oakley.

Q. What are some helpful resources I can visit for more information?

A. We recommend the following resources for our patients:

» Review of Optometry

» Review of Ophthalmology