FAQ Answer Page
Q: What is a refraction?
A refraction is the measurement of your eyes for glasses and or contact lenses. This part of your eye exam
is typically performed by using an instrument called a phoropter. A phoropter has numerous lenses through which the
patient views an eye chart. The patient is asked to compare different lens choices for clarity. A prescription
for eye glasses and or contact lenses is then generated.
Q: What is a D.O.?
A: A D.O. is a medical doctor who has graduated from
an osteopathic medical school. An M.D. is a medical doctor who has graduated from an allopathic medical school.
While the medical training is the same, the philosophy of how to treat the patient is different. A D.O. is trained to
take on a more holistic approach to treating the patient. The D.O. is taught to "treat the whole patient, not just
the disease". The D.O. student is also taught how to perform manual adjustments of body structure. There
is a strong belief in the D.O. educational foundation that structure begets function.
More about D.O.s
Q: Will I be dilated? Can I drive with my eyes dilated?
this is your first visit to us then we would most likely want to dilate your pupils. Dilation is necessary for the doctor
to get a good view of the inside structures of your eye. The two main short term side effects of having these dilating
drops are blurred vision, usually up close, and light sensitivity for about 4 hours. We do recommend having someone
drive you home if your eyes will be dilated.
What if I don't have insurance?
Please call the
office at (708) 848-2030 or (630) 279-2030 for an estimate of the charges for an eye exam. If you are concerned about
the possibility of a large bill we do offer a payment program.
Do you speak Spanish?
Our staff is fluent in
Spanish and Dr. James McCarthy is also fluent in Spanish.
James L. McCarthy, M.D.
Timothy J. McCarthy, D.O.
McCarthy Eye Center, S.C.
* 7055 W. North Avenue * Oak Park * IL * 60302 * (708) 848-2030
1200 S. York Road, Suite 3290 * Elmhurst * IL * 60126 * (630) 279-2030