An adult eye examination consists of a vision and glasses prescription check, a binocular vision assessment, and a complete ocular health examination. Examinations are available by appointment. New patients are always welcome.
Preparing for your upcoming eye exam:
1. Bring any glasses or contact lens packaging that you currently use.
2. You will be asked about any eye-related or health conditions that you or your family may have.
3. Prepare a list of medications and allergies you may have.
4. The optometrist may request to dilate your eyes. Dilation can result in light sensitivity and blurred vision for a few hours after your visit. Bring sunglasses and if possible, someone to drive you home.
Infants can have an eye exam as early as six months. Babies are born with blurred vision but it significantly improves within their first six months. Eye conditions can often be missed in children because they do not always exhibit symptoms. However, most eye conditions have a better prognosis when they are detected early. Here are some symptoms to watch for in babies and young children that would warrant a visit to the optometrist:
Did you know that 80% of learning is visual? Also, did you know that just because your child has 20/20 vision, it does not necessarily mean they have good vision? School screenings can usually identify if a child has blurry vision but many kids can pass a vision screening even if they are experiencing associated symptoms such as double vision, eye fatigue and difficulty tracking while reading. A full eye exam with an optometrist is covered yearly by OHIP and will offer a full ocular assessment.
OHIP covers a full eye exam for patients with diabetes once a year. It is important for patients with diabetes to have their eyes checked at least once a year as diabetes can significantly impact ocular health and vision in a number of ways. Furthermore, it can assist the patient's family physician and endocrinologist in determining the severity of the diabetes.
Eye diseases that can be related to diabetes include:
These conditions are diagnosed by the optometrist through a dilated eye examination with our optometrists. Additional testing of retinal imaging and fundus autofluorescence may be offered to provide more comprehensive testing. With the patient's permission, as report of their diabetic eye exam will be sent to their family physician and any other related health care providers.
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