Cannon Eyecare | 341 Belgrade Avenue, Roslindale, MA 02131 | T: 617-323-0200

Frequently Asked Questions

I have eye allergies during the summer, can they be treated?2014-12-21T19:24:56-05:00

If over-the-counter medications like Claritin, Benedryl or Zyrtec do not seem to be easing your eye irritation, it is important that you are seen by your Optometrist to determine what the best treatment option is for you. Most over-the-counter allergy eye drops are not recommended.

I have a sudden pinkness in my eye – what should I do?2014-12-21T19:41:06-05:00

Any time your eye becomes pink/red, there is any discharge (mucous/tearing), any pain/irritation, or sensitivity to light, you should contact your Optometrist immediately. We can be reached at 617 323 0200, our staff will ensure you are seen on the same day, even if our schedule is full.

Why can’t I buy eyewear on your website?2016-11-05T16:48:30-04:00

We feel that there really is no substitute for trying glasses on in person. It is not only very difficult to imagine how a particular frame will look on your face, but even harder to know if a certain frame is suited to your individual prescription. Our professionals will ensure that you not only look, but see your absolute best with correctly fitted frames and lenses.

Do you have a stylist that can help me choose the right frames?2013-09-30T19:06:45-04:00

Our licensed dispensing optician will help pick the best frame for your look and educate you on how your prescription will look in that frame. Our team of knowledgeable stylists will help you find just what your looking for.

Do you do lasik surgery?2014-12-08T16:38:47-05:00

No, we are not surgeons at Cannon Eyecare, but we do work closely with an excellent LasikSurgeon, Dr. Santiago Villazon at The Laser Center (TLC). We perform Pre- and Post-Op at our office for your convenience, and can answer all your questions if you are considering Lasik vision correction.

What kind of diseases/conditions can be identified during an eye exam?2014-12-21T16:09:07-05:00

Common eye diseases include cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration. But most people don’t realize that the eye truly is the window to the health of the body. We evaluate the blood vessels in the retina to diagnose and monitor diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, as well as many other systemic diseases. Other common findings are over-accommodation which can cause headaches and eyestrain, especially with how many hours many people spend on the computer these days.

Do you recommend the Optomap 3D eye exam?2016-11-05T16:48:30-04:00

We firmly believe that a combination of an Optomap 3D eye exam and a dilated retinal evaluation provide the most comprehensive determination of ocular health. This is because both procedures provide similar but different valuable information. The Optomap provides an incredible high definition, high magnification permanent record of the health of the retina, while the dilation allows us to evaluate the retina out to it’s fullest extremities, sometimes unveiling peripheral damage that may have otherwise gone unnoticed, and untreated.

Learn more here.

How early can my child be seen for an eye exam?2013-09-30T19:03:55-04:00

The American Optometric Association recommends that infants should be examined at six months of age, an exam which is provided at no cost under the InfantSee program for children 6-12 months. Dr. Cannon is experienced with infants and toddlers, as well as all other age groups, and feels strongly about the importance of monitoring each child’s vision development, even if there are no apparent problems. Sometimes the warning signs can be very subtle.

Do you see kids?2013-09-30T19:03:32-04:00

Absolutely. It is so important to ensure good eye health and vision in children, since 90% of what they learn is using their eyes! Dr. Cari Cannon has special training in pediatrics, working with children of all ages (including infants), and those with special needs.

Are your frames and lenses guaranteed?2013-09-30T19:02:48-04:00

All of our eyewear frames and lenses are warrantied for normal wear and tear for a year, with replacement if they are not fixable. We also offer a special replacement guarantee if you or your family member lose your glasses for half price if you purchased your glasses from us within a year of the loss.

Is there parking near your practice?2016-11-05T16:48:30-04:00

There is street parking right in front of the office, as well as around the corner on Anawan Street. We are also located close to Bellvue station on the commuter rail, and accessible via bus routes 35, 36 and 37. See our map here.

How often should my eyes be examined?2014-12-21T16:09:23-05:00

Annual eye exams are very important for every member of your family. Children grow and change very quickly as does their vision. Adults and teens may also have vision changes, but also health issues that need to be addressed, like headaches, eyestrain, and allergies. All contact lens patients need to ensure that their eyes are staying healthy, and that their contact lenses are still the right ones for them.

What insurance do you take?2014-12-21T16:09:32-05:00

Vision Service Plan (VSP), Eyemed, Medicare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Harvard Pilgrim, Tufts, Aetna, Cigna, United Health Care, Unicare/GIC and many more. Please call for more information.

Do you sell colored contact lenses?2013-09-30T19:18:53-04:00

Yes we do. There are some colored contact lenses that enhance your eye color for a natural look, and others that make them stand out for an exotic feel. All you need to do is call our office and schedule a contact lens evaluation with our doctors.