Hayden Optometric Inc.
94 N Main St Mansfield MA 02048 +1 508-339-3952
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(508) 406-9342

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Mansfield, MA


Our Patients’ Top Five Frequently Asked Questions!

Want to know what our patients have been asking us?

Here are the top five frequently asked questions we get at our practice!

FAQ #1: “How often do I need to visit the optometrist?”

For those of you who do not need glasses or contacts, we encourage you to get an eye exam every two years. If you require vision correction or are over 60, we recommend coming in on a yearly basis. Every patient is unique, however, and some patients may need to have more frequent checkups.

It’s important to remember that regular eye exams are crucial for both vision correction and your health! Prescriptions can change over the course of a year, even without you realizing it. What’s more, eye care professionals are often the first medical providers to identify chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol. We want to help you see and feel your best, and good, healthy vision is a large part of that. So come in today!

FAQ #2: “Why can’t I sleep in my contacts?”

Those who sleep in their contacts are six to eight times more likely to get a serious type of corneal infection. Even those who use extended wear lenses have an increased risk of infection when they sleep in their contacts.

Because contact lenses rest directly on the eye, they decrease the amount of oxygen that reaches your eyes from the environment. When they are left on longer than recommended, or overnight, your eyes are deprived of much-needed oxygen, making you more prone to infection. Do your eyes a favor–give them a break at night!

FAQ #3: “What’s the difference between soft contact lenses and gas permeable (GP) lenses?”

While soft contact lenses are made of softer flexible plastics, gas permeable lenses are made of rigid plastics and can be used for up to a year or more. Gas permeable lenses may take a while to get used to but they have many advantages. No matter what you choose, we’re here to help you find the lenses that work for you and your lifestyle!

FAQ #4: “What does 20/20 vision mean?”

“20/20” is a fraction that describes visual acuity, or sharpness of vision. The top number in the fraction refers to the viewing distance between the patient and the eye chart–typically 20 feet. The bottom number in the fraction corresponds to a line on the chart. 20/20 vision isn’t “perfect” vision, but rather a measurement of what, on average, most people are able to read 20 feet away from the eye chart.

FAQ #5: “What are those cobwebs floating around in my field of vision?”

Floaters may look like tiny worms or cobwebs floating in the air in front of you, but they’re actually inside your eye! As we age, protein fibers in our eyes start clumping together. When light enters the eye, these clumped fibers cast a shadow on the retina, causing us to see floaters. Although bothersome, they’re usually no cause for concern!

Check out the video to learn more about those floaters!

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We Love It When Our Patients Ask Questions!

We hope these questions and answers have been eye opening for you! The more educated you are about your eyes, the better you will feel about making decisions for your vision health. Have any more questions? Call us or come into our office!

Our patients are EYE-some!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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Discover everything our practice has to offer in person at our Main Street location.


94 N Main St
Mansfield, MA 02048

Contact Information

Phone: 508-339-3952
Fax: +1 (508) 339-6907
  • Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Friday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Saturday: 8:30am - 11:30am
  • Sunday: Closed
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Why Choose Hayden Optometric?

Our Brands

Our Brands

Your eyes are unique, and so is your sense of style, which is why selecting your frames and lenses is a very personal choice. Your frames should fit your sense of style, and your lenses should suit your vision needs. Hayden Optometric Inc. is proud to offer a wide variety of brands so that we can help you find the frames and lenses that best suit your needs and style.

We're Revolutionizing Eye Care

We're Revolutionizing Eye Care

Hayden Optometric wants to be a thought leader in the eye health industry. We are always dedicated to making life better for our patients. In fact, our own Dr. Joel Hayden has leveraged his knowledge as an optometrist and nutritionist to develop his own line of eye wipes and fish oil to bolster your eye health.



Dr. Hayden is also the founder of HALT Myopia; the Hayden Advanced Lens Therapy System. Designed for nearsighted kids, HALT Myopia has been called “LASIK for kids,” only without lasers, scalpels, pain, recovery, or risk of overcorrection.

Read more about HALT and other methods of myopia control.

The Future of Eye Health Technology

The Future of Eye Health Technology

We really value innovation. That’s why we rely on some of the most advanced technology available to help us examine, diagnose, and treat all of our patients. When you choose Hayden Optometric, you know you’re getting some of the most state-of-the-art equipment the industry has to offer.

Hayden Optometric is powered by WellFed Nutrition.

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