COMPREHENSIVE EYE EXAMS
Eye Exams for the Whole Family
The most important thing you can do to protect your vision is to have your eyes examined. Regular eye exams are necessary, regardless of your age or physical health. During a complete eye exam, your optometrist will determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses and examine your eyes for eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eye health as an indicator of your overall health.
What Happens During an Eye Exam?
A comprehensive eye exam consists of many tests and procedures to examine and evaluate the quality of your vision and the health of your eyes. Our mission is to hear your concerns and help you to solve your issues in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere.
When you arrive at the office, we will begin by discussing your eye health and general health history. If you have any questions or concerns about your eye health or about the eye exam itself, feel free to ask us. The more information you can provide to us, the better we can help you.
Next, we will assess your visual acuity, evaluate the coordination of your eyes and determine your need for eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Then we will move on to assessing your eye health. We pride ourselves on being as thorough as possible, so we employ all the latest technology including Optomap wide-field retinal imaging, fundus photography, optical coherence tomography, non-contact tonometry and visual field analysis. These tools help the doctor detect signs of eye conditions such as diabetes, cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration.
At the end of your exam, we will review our findings with you and make recommendations of products, treatments and therapies you need to preserve and correct your vision. Our fabulous optical team is ready to help you with your glasses and contact lenses.
Sudden changes in vision are a crucial sign that something potentially serious is happening in your eyes. But did you know that there are several eye diseases that are often not visible to the patient until the late stages? There are also many systemic diseases that can be discovered in a regular comprehensive eye exam such as high blood pressure, diabetes and multiple sclerosis. Early detection is key so that we can treat these issues in the earliest stages when they respond best to treatment and yield the best outcome.
The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends an eye exam every 2 years for adults 19-64. Since the risk of eye disease continues to increase with advancing age, seniors should be examined every year. More frequent eye exams are necessary for contact lens wearers, people with diabetes and other systemic conditions that affect the eye, and people who have been diagnosed with eye disease.
Babies should have their first eye exam between six and nine months. Toddlers and Preschoolers should have at least one eye exam between the ages of 2 and five. Every child entering kindergarten needs an eye exam. School age children should have an eye exam every year. For more information on children’s vision see Children’s Eye Care.