Frequently Asked Questions

Do you take insurance?
We accept most vision insurance. We are accepting providers under many insurance plans. It is best however for you to check with your insurance company (the telephone number is on the back of your card) to be certain you will be covered at our office. 

I already have an eyeglass prescription; do I need to make an appointment to pick out glasses?
No, Come in anytime during our office hours and one of our opticians will be happy to help you choose the frames and lenses best suited for you. 

How long will it take for my glasses to come in?
Glasses take 7-10 days. However, if you need your glasses and you are in a bind let our opticians know and we will do what we can to get them sooner.

What is the difference between a regular bifocal and a no line bifocal?
A "regular" bifocal has a visible line and there is an abrupt change in power from distance to near. A no line bifocal or "progressive" lens has no visible line and the power changes gradually from far to near vision. This allows the patient to see clearly at intermediate distances as well as far and near. 

I don’t see as well at night as I do during the day. Is that normal?
Yes. Your eyes are not designed to see as well at night because the reduced light entering the eye at night causes the pupil to enlarge or dilate.. This enlargement creates several different types of aberration and light scatter, which reduces the optical quality of what you are looking at. Anti Glare lenses can be added to your lenses to help with your vision at night. Ask one of our opticians and they can help you make the right selection of lenses for your needs. 

Why do I need to have my eyes dilated?
A dilated pupil allows the doctor to see the center as well as the peripheral retina more clearly. This is not only important for checking the health of the eyes, but also your general health as well. Diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure can often be diagnosed or suspected, based on thorough retinal exam. 

At what age should a child have their first eye examination?
A professional exam should be done by the age of 5. If your child is using one eye only, this can easily go undetected. A good baseline exam will rule out amplyopia (lazy eye) and allow the doctor to check the general health of the eye. 

Does getting glasses make the eyes dependent and cause the need for stronger lenses later?
No, absolutely not! Eyeglass lenses bend light that enters the eye so that it focuses directly on the retina to provide clear comfortable vision. Structural changes in the eye over time, which are independent of wearing glasses, are what cause the prescription to change. 

Does Lasik surgery correct your vision forever?
Lasik surgery is designed to correct distance vision. Due to the normal aging process, some correction for reading may be necessary at some point after the age of forty. 


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Reviews From Our Satisfied Patients

  • "I have been going here for 25 years. Each visit, Dr. Waksman and his staff go above and beyond for their clients. I always recommend Erie Optical! Excellent variety of frames as well."
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  • "Dr. Waldman is outstanding! He's professional, detail oriented and passionate about keeping eyes healthy. I've been a customer for over 25 years and highly recommend Erie Optical."
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  • "The services are excellent from start to finish. The Doctor & his Staff takes the necessary time to answer all your questions. I recommend them to all my family & friends. They accept most insurance plans. Karen is my favorite!!"
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  • ""I have been going to Erie Optical for 3 years now. My sister referred me to Dr. Waldman after her great experience with him and the office. We had a previous eye doctor and the experience was not good and they charged so much. So when I went to Erie Optical I was so pleased with the office and Dr. Waldman's expertise and thoroughness. I ended up referring my parents and grandmother to Erie Optical too. I will never going anywhere else!!!""
    Angela Kovacs
  • ""They are the best- Doc Waldman takes his time with you and the staff members, like Karen, Brigit, Linda do everything they can to help you look and feel good, after all, fitting glasses is not a job for everyone!!
    You can’t go wrong there and the service is the best!""