At Bee Ridge Vision Center, we strive to provide the best service to our clients. We are here to help you maintain clear and healthy vision, as well as answer all of your questions. If you can’t find the answers you are looking for here, feel free to call us at (941) 923-3411 and ask.

What are your office hours?

Our Office Hours

Monday: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Tuesday 8:30 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Friday: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

What is an Optician?

Opticians are fully trained and licensed, but they are not doctors, they receive special training so that they can become certified to fit contact lenses correctly. Most opticians sell and can fit eyeglasses, sunglasses, and specialty eyewear that is based on a prescription written by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. A lot of Opticians have specialized equipment on the premises that allow them to grind lenses and put them in frames negating the need to order them from an outside lab.

What is an Optometrist?

Optometrists are Doctors of optometry (ODs). The Optometrist will examine your eyes for both vision and health problems. They also prescribe glasses and fit contact lenses. They prescribe many ophthalmic medications and in the event you have eye surgery, they often participate in your pre- and postoperative care. ODs must complete four years of post-graduate optometry school for their doctorate.

What is an Ophthalmologist?

Ophthalmologists are medical doctors (MD) who specialize in the eye. Ophthalmologists are there to treat diseases of the eye, prescribe medication, perform surgery, administer eye exams and write a prescription for your eyeglasses and contact lenses.

Are eye exams important?

A regular eye examination is important whatever your age or overall health. Eye exams can provide early detection of vision complications, diseases of the eye, and other general health related problems before they become an issue. Your Optometrist will determine a treatment plan for your eye health needs if required, based on the results of your eye exam.

Do I need regular eye exams with 20/20 vision?

Absolutely! You may have perfect vision, but eye exams can be used to discover many eye diseases and disorders which have nothing to do with your general vision, and are asymptomatic. It is always best to detect any condition and have treatment started as early as possible to avoid or minimize damage to your eyes.

What is a vision screening?

Vision screenings are brief eye tests that can help to identify people who may be at risk for vision problems. Vision screenings are not full eye exams and as such they can miss important vision problems that require treatment. If you want to ensure your eyes are healthy then you should always go for a complete and comprehensive eye exam.

Do Contact Lenses have any benefits?

Contact lenses offer all around vision and are sometimes better than glasses at improving your vision. Contact lenses are perfect for those with an active lifestyle as well, who don’t want to restrict what they do for fear of breaking their eyeglasses. With the technology available for contact lenses today, they are even more accessible to people of all ages and many prefer them to wearing regular glasses.

What happens during a Contact Lens Exam?

Dr. Beck will examine your eyes to determine if you can wear contact lenses. Your prescription and the curvature of your eye are measured and any special needs you may have will be discussed. Dr. Beck will then determine the type of contact lenses that are best suited to fit your eyes and prescription. This will ensure your eyes remain healthy while wearing the lenses.

What happens in a Contact Lens Fitting?

Contact lens fitting is a practice session in which you try your new lenses and are shown how to wear and remove the lenses comfortably. Dr. Beck will also look at the lenses while they are on your eyes and determine if any changes need to be made. If the lenses fit and you can see clearly with them, a checkup exam will be scheduled.

Can I swim or shower while my contact lenses are in?

We advise against wearing contact lenses while swimming or showering as the constant stream of water can cause your lenses to dislodge and you may lose them. Also, while swimming you are more susceptible to eye infection from the water that can become caught between the lenses and your eyes.

Are there any side effects of pupil dilation?

There can be a few side effects such as blurred vision and sensitivity to light for a few hours after your eyes have been dilated. Dilation is a very safe procedure and has no lasting long-term effects on your vision.

What is Ocular Disease?

Ocular disease is when problems occur in your eye, eyelids, eyelashes, or tear ducts. Diagnosing any evidence of eye disease or in related structures (such as the brain) is part of Dr. Beck’s work and with regular eye examinations most ocular diseases can be treated. Therefore, it is important to receive yearly eye examinations so that problems can be detected early.

What kind of glasses do you sell?

As your full-service eye care provider, we offer an enormous selection of frames designed to accommodate any prescription, style, and price range. We stock designer ophthalmic frames and sunglasses, including:

  • Costa Del Mar, Ted Baker, Anne Klein, OGI and more!

Do you sell contact lenses?

At the Bee Ridge Vision Center, we provide a high level of personalized care and service for our contact lens patients which can only be delivered in a private practice setting such as ours.

All varieties of contact lenses are fit in our office, including soft disposables, rigid gas permeables, and multifocals. Prices are extremely competitive and rebates are available.