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We totally understand- the low prices on some websites are tempting. But there are several benefits from ordering contacts from us that you may not have realized.

1. We file your insurance claim for you.

If you have a contact lens benefit, don't let it go to waste! Did you know that sometimes even medical insurances have a certain dollar allowance to be used towards contacts? We can help you look into how much you are eligible for and file the claim for you.

2. Exclusive manufacturer rebates.

When you purchase a year's supply, the manufacturer gives a rebate. Sometimes it's hundreds of dollars. Between your insurance coverage and the rebates available, your out-of-pocket cost ends up being surprisingly low.

3. Free delivery to your home or workplace.

Gone are the days when ordering contacts from the doctor meant you had to stop by the office to pick them up. We ship them to your house at no charge.

4. Easy exchanges if your prescription changes.

It's important to us that you have something you can actually use. If your prescription changes before you run out, just bring unopened boxes back to us and we will order you the updated prescription.

5. 40% off non-prescription sunglasses.

Contact lenses mean you now have freedom to wear cool sunglasses this summer. We'd like to hook you up.

But the most important reason of all is: You are supporting small business! Thank you to all of our patients and customers!

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Updated: Oct 8, 2019

This blog post is a special thank you to Dr. Lawrence Cusma, who retired last week. I've worked at Dr. Cusma's office since August 2016.

In 2016, I was the new doctor at Dr. Cusma's office in Glenville. I found a lot of patients were a little unsure about seeing me for their exams. I discovered right away why that was. Dr. Cusma was one of those rare doctors who demonstrated care, concern, and quality. Patients were loyal to him and he was loyal to patients.

Dr. Lawrence Cusma

Beside opening Maltavista in 2018, I've had 9 jobs in the optometry field. So I've seen it all. There are some great doctors and some not-so-great doctors. Some who take time with patients, and some who rush. Some who remember your name and others who see you as a number. Some with humility and others with arrogance. Dr. Cusma embodies the mantra: "It's nice to be important but it's more important to be nice." I aspire to be among his ranks. It's a dying breed.

Before retiring, Dr. Cusma was involved in the NYSOA, and the TLC advisory board. He was well known among peers by always being a friendly face at meetings and continuing education events. He never missed an issue of "Review of Optometry" magazine. His love for the profession was apparent in the pride he had in his office and the optometry community as a whole.

When I first told Dr. Cusma that I was thinking of opening my own office, he was nothing but supportive. He was quick to offer advice and help. Not only that, he was not threatened or competitive in the least, even though my new office would be just 20 minutes from his. I learned from him that the best and most successful optometrists are those that support and collaborate with fellow optometrists. It's all about building others up, so we can rise together. That is precisely why, even though he is retiring, his legacy lives on through all he's helped.

For those of you who are wondering- Dr. Cusma's office was purchased by Dr. Paloma Salam (She's awesome!) and is now called 518Eyes. The phone number is the same: 518-399-6368.

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The first thing is not to panic. Reasons for failing a school screening range from just being nervous to mixing up letters to needing glasses to more severe reasons like strabismus (misaligned eye) or amblyopia (lazy eye). The best thing is to get it checked as soon as possible.

If it's nearsightedness or farsightedness: Glasses may make a huge difference in your child's academic performance.

If it's an eye misalignment: Your child may be seeing double. Believe it or not, kids sometimes go for a long time seeing double without complaining, thinking that's just the way people see. Visit an optometrist first and figure out the best course of action. Sometimes its glasses with prism lenses. Sometimes its Vision Therapy.

If it's amblyopia/lazy eye: Don't delay. If one eye sees significantly better than the other this can have detrimental long term effects. Lazy eye can be fixed but only if action is taken in a timely way. The hardest part is, many times since the child has one good eye, he or she functions very well and is resistant to glasses, therapy, patching, or whatever the course of action may be. But do be persistent- don't ignore this problem even when the child says everything is fine.

If it's an ocular disease: Ocular diseases such as glaucoma are very rare in children but do occur. If this is the case, the first step is a visit to the optometrist who will direct you to the appropriate ophthalmologist as needed.

If my child passed the screening... We're good right?

Not necessarily.

Kids are clever and crafty (I'm a parent too, I know). Imagine your kid standing in a line with other kids. The first kid in line reads the bottom row: EVOTZ with the right eye. EVOTZ with the left. The second kid says the same. Next its your child's turn. Uh-oh. Blurry. But heck, he knows the answer already- he was listening carefully and just heard his classmates say it: EVOTZ. School nurse checks off his name and he moves on happily with his day. Same thing can happen if your child can see it perfectly with one eye and then realizes upon switching the occluder over that the second eye is blurry. Good thing he remembers what the letters were.

Part of getting an accurate eye test on a kid is making sure he or she can't outsmart the system. That's where we come in.

Remember there are some limitations to what a school screening can actually detect. Read more about it here:

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