Our Office Hours

Tuesday - 7:30am-5:00pm

Wednesday - 12:00pm-7:00pm

Thursday - 9:00am-5:00pm

Friday - 7:30am-5:00pm

Our Offices are Closed from 1:00-2:00pm for lunch

(except on Wednesdays)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you accept my insurance?

Cary Vision Care accepts most medical and vision insurance plans, including:  Aetna, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Cigna, Community Eye Care, Davis, Eye Med, Medcost, OptiCare, Spectera/United Health Vision, Superior Vision Services, Tricare, United Health Care, and Vision Service Plan (VSP).  We also accept Medicaid, NC Healthchoice, Medicare and most Medicare Advantage Plans.


Patients are responsible to know their insurance plan and benefits. Prior to your appointment, we will verify insurance coverage and eligibility for services.   If we cannot verify coverage or eligiblity, we will notify you.   We will be happy to file a claim with your insurance company.


Is an eye exam painful?

There should be no discomfort with the screening tests or eye examination.   Please let us know if you have any concerns.


Many people ask if we do the "puff test" (eye pressure check for glaucoma).  We do not do this test.  We now check your eye pressure with a special device called the iCare tonometer that does not require the air puff or anesthetic drops.


How long will my appointment take?

We understand that time is valuable.  We will do our best to be on time and we appreciate it when you are also.  First time patients are encouraged to complete the registration forms online to save time with registration.


Plan for 60-90 minutes for  screening tests, eye examination, contact lens fitting and training if new contact lens wearer, and selection and fitting of eyeglasses.  Patients with special eye care needs, e.g. eye diseases or hard-to-fit contact lenses, may require more time.


Will I need to have my eyes dilated?

New patients will generally need to have their eyes dilated so that Dr. Stikeleather can examine the inner structures of your eyes and become familiar with your unique eyes.  After your first visit, providing that you have no eye diseases or chronic medical conditions that affect the eyes, you may not have to have your eyes dilated at your annual examinations.  We have a state-of-the-art retinal scanner, OptosTM, that can take detailed photos that may make annual dilated eye exams unnecessary.


If I have astigmatism, can I wear contact lenses?

Yes!  We have a large selection of contacts lenses for patients with astigmatism.  Dr. Stikeleather specializes in challenging contact lens fittings.  He will fit you with trial contact lenses and do follow-up exams to find the most comfortable lenses and clearest  vision for you.


If I need reading glasses, can I wear contacts?

Yes!  If you wear contacts, you can try a multifocal contact lens that provides vision near, far, and in-between or monovision in which one contact lens is prescribed for near vision and the other contact lens for distance vision.  If you only need help with reading, you may be prescribed a contact lens for one eye or both eyes.  Many of our patients with changing vision needs have been pleased to be able to read without wearing glasses because Dr. Stikeleather prescribed just the right contact lens(es) for them.


When do my kids need to be checked?

The American Optometric Association, of which Dr. Stikeleather is a member, recommends the following schedule for infants and children:


        First eye exam at 6-12 months of age.

        At age 3 years.

        Before 1st grade.

        Every 2 years between the ages of 6 and 18.


People with risk factors should have their eyes examined more frequently.  Risk factors for infants and young children include:


        Infants born prematurely or with low birth-weight.

        Infants whose mothers had rubella , STD or AIDS-related disease during pregnancy.

        Family history of crossed eyes or eye disease.

        Family history of high refractive error (i.e. nearsightedness, farsightedness, or 


Risk factors for school-aged children include:


        Reading and/or learning difficulties..

        Complaints of headaches or tired eyes.


        Needing glasses for nearsightedness at an early age.

        Family history of high refractive error.


Dr. Stikeleather participates in InfantSEETM, a no-cost public health program created by the American Optometric Association and The Vision Care Institute of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care , Inc.  Infants receive a one-time, comprehensive eye assessment in their first year of life at no cost, regardless of income.


Sources:  "When to Have an Eye Exam."  www.eyetopics.com

"Protecting Your Baby's Windows to the World" Brochure.  InfantSEETM.  American Optometric Association.