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What is included in an eye exam?

Our eye exams are very through and include:

  • Case history
  • Ocular pressure check
  • Refraction
  • Visual field
  • Fundus photography
  • Dilation 

We also offer more specialist equipment like our Optical Coherence Topographer. Our OCT gives us colour-coded, cross-sectional images of the retina. These detailed images are revolutionizing early detection and treatment of eye conditions such as wet and dry age-related macular degeneration, Glaucoma, Retinal Detachment and Diabetic Retinopathy.

How often should I get my eyes tested?

For children (0-18) and seniors (65 and over) we recommend having an exam done yearly. These exams are partially or fully covered under MSP.  For healthy adults we recommend every two years.

At what age, should I bring my child in for his first eye exam?

Children's eye can be checked as early as 6 months of age!  Your child does not need to know their ABC’s or even be able to speak.
 

What’s the difference between single vision, bifocal, and progressive lenses.

Single vision indicates lenses that do one particular task i.e. distance glasses, computer glasses, reading glasses, golf glasses etc.

A bifocal is a set of lenses that have to distinct zones divided by a line, the top for distance and the bottom for reading.

A progressive has three zones blended together with no lines. It progresses from the distance in the top of the lenses through the intermediate (i.e. computer/dash board length) to the full amount of reading towards the bottom.

I am thinking about getting contact lenses… where do I start?

The first step would be to have a comprehensive eye exam to see if you are a candidate for contact lenses. Once we determine what type of contact lenses you need we would set up a time to teach you to insert/remove the lenses and probably clean and dispose the lenses. We also check the fitting of the lenses and vision to make sure it’s perfect fit and will suit your needs.

 

I am thinking about laser surgery.  Am I a good candidate?

The best place to start is to have a comprehensive eye exam to see if you would be a good candidate for laser surgery. If everything seems in order the laser clinic also will do a consultation and determine if laser surgery is right for you and discuss your options.

What is pink eye, and how do I tell if my child has it?

Pink eye also known as viral conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the thin, clear covering of the white of the eye and the inside of the eyelids (conjunctiva).  It is usually caused by the common cold and results in very, itchy eyes and light sensitivity. One or both eyes can be affected.

It is highly contagious and can be spread by coughing and sneezing, but also by touch.  If your child has pink eye, rubs his or her eyes and then touchs furniture or toys, it can easliy spread to anything that he or she touches.

What is the difference between an ophthalmologist, an optometrist and an optician?

An ophthalmologist is a medical specialist (MD) that diagnoses and treats all eye diseases, and performs eye surgery.

An optometrist is doctor of optometry (OD) that specialises in vision problems, treating vision conditions and prescribing medications for certain eye diseases.

Opticians are vision care specialists who are trained to design, verify and fit eyeglass lenses and frames, contact lenses, and other devices to correct eyesight.

I have a lot of old glasses that I don`t wear anymore.  Can I donate them or recycle them?

Yes, you can donate your old glasses!  Bring them into our office, and we will add them to the box for the Third World Eye Care Society.  For more information about this program, please visit http://www.twecs.ca/eyeglassrecycling.php