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Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Southwestern Eye Care located?

SWEC is located at 101 North Maple Street (Hwy 111) in Brighton, Illinois. 

How can I make an appointment?

To schedule an appointment, please call us a (618) 372-7000 for Brighton.

I haven't been to an optometrist in awhile. What can I expect at my appointment?

At SWEC, a typical examination for adults and seniors consists of these tests: general health and medications, specific eye health history, refraction for eye glasses or contact lenses,perimetry testing for peripheral vision,macular pigment density, color vision, binocular visual efficiency, depth perception, eye muscle coordination, neurological pupil testing, tonometry for eye pressure, detailed ocular health assessment, staining drops for surface disease, and dilated exam of the entire retina.

We will perform an eye health examination for all ages to detect any potentially vision-threatening condition. 

Pediatric Exams

It is highly recommended by the American Optometric Association for children in their first year of life to have a vision and eye health screening performed by a licensed eye specialist. An exam, once per year thereafter, is also highly recommended. At SWEC, we have all of the equipment and experience necessary to perform these exams. Using special techniques and gentle care, we test children of all ages for the common conditions of astigmatism, myopia, and hyperopia. We will also dilate the pupils and perform an extensive eye health exam to rule out diseases that can occur from birth such as amblyopia or "lazy eye," strabismus or "crossed eyes," congenital cataracts, retinopathy of pre-maturity, obstructed tear ducts, and ocular allergies.

Adult Exams

All adults should have an eye exam that includes eye health testing at least once every year or two. At our office, we perform all of the testing recommended by the AOA, as well as several other tests that are included in our comprehensive exam at no extra charge.

Senior Exams

Because many eye diseases start later in life, we place special emphasis on diagnosing and managing the many forms of common geriatric eye diseases such as glaucoma, dry eyes, macular degeneration, and cataracts to name a few. Our doctors have extensive experience in managing eye conditions that typically afflict senior citizens. We use retinal imaging equipment and automated optic nerve analysis to assist in diagnosing many of these problems.

What type of insurance do you accept?

SWEC accepts most medical and vision benefit insurance plans. For a full list, please navigate your browser to our “Payment Options” page. 

What does my insurance cover? 

For the best information about your vision coverage, your insurance company will give you the most accurate information. Please call your vision carrier or your human resources department.

How long will it take for my glasses to come in?

The average time is 7-10 business days, however some can come in within one day. Ultimately, times will vary depending on what glasses you have ordered.