It’s Amazing What a Simple Eye Exam Can Tell You About Your Eyes, Your Vision, & Your Health.
SEEING THE UNSEEN SIGNS OF HEALTH
Your eyes are incredible organs – perhaps some of the most incredible of all creatures on Earth – and assessing them can tell us more than simply how well you see (though that’s certainly important). As part of our comprehensive eye exam, we also look for signs of other diseases (such as diabetes) that may not be on your radar.
Most of our eye exams are completed in under an hour and will detect any changes to your sight and eye health. If it has been a while since your last eye exam, schedule yours today.
What We’re Looking For
Changes to your sight – Most eye diseases that are sight threatening, such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, are slow to develop. The impact of these diseases on your sight are subtle, often “creeping” over time. By the time you notice something is different, the loss of sight is typically irreversible.
By identifying these changes early we are 95% more likely to preserve your visual acuity.
Developing eye diseases – Glaucoma, macular degeneration, and other eye diseases have tell-tale signs that can be found via our exams. By utilizing advanced equipment that precisely image your eye (our ocular coherence tomography equipment, used to check for glaucoma, is accurate to within 10 microns), we can detect and treat these diseases in their infancy.
Other signs of your overall health – Our patients are surprised to learn that Optometrists often detect diabetes before their family doctor. Why? Because your eyes display tell-tale signs that our Optometrists are specially trained and equipped to detect.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR EYE EXAM
Our eye exams are comprehensive, thorough and accurate. For the healthy Canadian adult, an eye exam every one to two years is sufficient. If you have diabetes, Glaucoma, or wear contact lenses, annual eye exams are recommended.
TESTS WE PERFORM
Preliminary tests – These tests are usually performed by an optometric assistant (CCOA) prior to seeing our Optometrist.
Digital Retinal Optomap – An image of the back of your eye detects signs of diabetes, macular degeneration, optic nerve health, and cataract formation, as well as high blood pressure, cholesterol, and other health concerns.
Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT) imaging – A highly-detailed, 3D image of your optic nerve and macula provide essential diagnostic information about your eye health.
Visual Field Analyzer –This test assesses your visual field and is useful for indicating macular degeneration and glaucoma, in addition to tumours and stroke symptoms.
Auto-Refractor – Reads the curvature of the eye and helps approximate prescription readings. The measurements taken by the auto-refractor guide the Optometrist in fine-tuning your prescription.
Non-Contact Tonometer – A measuring device that monitors the pressure of the eye. Abnormally high intraocular eye pressure (IOP) is a known indicator of glaucoma.
Optometrist-performed tests – These tests are performed by the Optometrist. If needed, the Optometrist may perform other tests in addition to the tests below.
Slit Lamp Exam – Using an intense light and a specialized magnifying lens, the Optometrist assesses your sclera, cornea, and retina for signs of disease or abnormalities.
Visual Acuity Test – The famous “letters on the wall” test. The Optometrist will ask you to read back letters and numbers from a standardized distance (approximately 20 ft / 6 m) in order to determine your visual acuity.
Retinal Imaging Assessment – The Optometrist will review the images taken by the OPTOMAP and OCT.
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Chambers of Commerce Groups
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