Dr. Ryan Sacksteder is a board certified optometrist who has been proudly serving St Petersburg since 2012. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina - Wilmington, Dr. Sacksteder went on to complete his Doctorate of Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry at the Eye Institute of Chicago.
Dr. Sacksteder loves calling St Petersburg home where he enjoys all the outdoor activities that this beautiful city has to offer. He enjoys fishing and diving in his free time and spending time with his wife, two young children, and chocolate lab.
Eye Exam FAQs
I would like to see Dr. Sacksteder for an eye exam, how do I do that?
Scheduling an eye exam is simple, please click the link and follow the prompts for patient information and type of exam required (glasses only or glasses and contacts).
What’s included in an eye exam?
A comprehensive eye exam includes both an assessment of the visual (refractive) system of the eyes and the health of the eyes. Dr. Sacksteder will look for diseases of the eyes including glaucoma, cataracts, dry eyes, and macular degeneration as well as systemic diseases that can affect the eyes including diabetes, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, MS, Sjogrens disease and many more. A prescription for glasses and contacts will also be provided when indicated.
What’s included in a contact lens exam?
Contact lenses are FDA regulates medical devices, so the purpose of a contact lens exam is to ensure a healthy fit as well as optimal vision and comfort. Dr. Sacksteder offers the latest contact lens styles (including Dailies, Astigmatism, Monovision, and Multifocal contacts), and materials and can often get a trial set for a patient to test out before purchasing a supply. The contact lens exam includes all testing, trials, and health and vision assessment of lenses within a 30 day global period.
Does an exam include dilation?
A thorough eye exam includes dilation of the pupils with eye drops and is included at no extra cost to the patient. Pupil dilation allows Dr. Sacksteder to thoroughly assess the health of the eyes and in some cases provide a better glasses and/or contact lens prescription. The drops may cause temporary blurred vision, mostly with reading at near, and may last for a few hours. They may also cause light sensitivity so sunglasses are encouraged after an exam. Dilation becomes especially important for those with a history of eye disease, diabetes, cataracts, eye floaters, or high amounts of nearsightedness.
Do you accept my insurance and what is the cost of an exam?
The office does not contract with any insurances and instead has transparent and straight forward pricing. A comprehensive eye exam with an assessment of the ocular health and a refractive test for glasses is $149. The comprehensive eye exam with glasses and an assessment of contact lenses costs $189. Any medical exam or ER visit for eye conditions is $199. There are no additional taxes, fees, or hidden charges. Payment is due at time of service and acceptable forms of payment include cash, credit card, and personal checks with valid ID.
What ages do you see for eye exams and how often should I get my eyes checked?
The office can accommodate vision exams for almost every age. Children can be seen if they know their alphabet enough to read the eye chart, usually around age 5 or 6. There is no upper age limit on examinations and Dr. Sacksteder has examined patients well into their 100’s. Eye exams are usually indicated annually to assess eye health and most people have some change in their spectacle or contact lens prescription from year to year.
We hope each patient leaves their exam feeling that their needs were met and that they have a good understanding of the health status of their eyes. We aim to maximize a patients vision with the most up to date prescription. If a patient is unsatisfied with the outcome of your glasses or contacts, the office will be happy to recheck the prescription for you.