Eye exams involve more than just determining your prescription for eyeglasses. They can help identify children at risk of developing amblyopia (lazy eye) as well as diagnose, manage, and treat a number of ocular diseases in adults and seniors. Hence eye exams are important at every age. Initial eye exams are encouraged at 6 months of age and then annually thereafter. Adults between the ages of 19-64 should be seen at least every 2 years, while seniors, adults with certain medical/systemic conditions (Diabetes, taking high risk medications) and contact lens wearers should be seen yearly.
We offer many contact lens options for a wide range of prescriptions and lifestyles. Whether you need spherical, toric (astigmatism), monovision, multifocal, rigid gas permeable lenses or scleral lenses, a contact lens fitting exam will finalize your best choice. First time contact lens wearers will go through a training session to ensure you can insert and remove the lenses safely as well as learn to properly care for your lenses.
Experiencing any of these?
They may be symptoms of a serious ocular condition that requires attention as soon as possible. Please call our clinic during office hours and we will do our best to accommodate you on a walk-in basis.
Myopia or Near-Sightedness is estimated to affect approximately 30% of the Canadian population with 6% of 6-8 year olds affected increasing to 29% for 11-13 year olds. While people with prescriptions of -7.00 or higher are at elevated risk of eye diseases such as retinal detachment, myopic macular degeneration and glaucoma, even prescriptions between -3.00 and -6.00 have up to a 10x risk for these issues. We can provide a variety of options to help slow the progression of myopia for your child, including spectacle correction with special lenses (MiyoSmart), special soft contact lenses (MiSight) and pharmacological intervention through Atropine therapy. The benefits of each course will be discussed, and a myopia management plan will be tailored to your child’s specific situation.
We work with your surgeon of choice and perform pre-surgical and post-surgical assessments on your eyes to ensure optimal results of your laser refractive surgery. Pre-surgery exams require some extra measurements be taken in order determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Post-surgery exams typically occur at 2 weeks, 1 months, 2 months, 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year after your procedure. All results are forwarded to your surgical centre and any adjustments regarding your treatment plan are implemented as needed. Routine eye exams are still recommended post surgery to detect any potential ocular diseases that may develop.
Children eye exams are recommended once a year. It is important to not only ensure that your child can see clearly but they are using their eyes efficiently especially in today’s world filled with digital devices and online learning.
Before cataract surgery, we will initiate dry eye management to ensure that the best cataract post-operative results are achieved. After cataract surgery, it is recommended that six weeks after surgery that you visit an optometrist to evaluate the vision and any possible surgical post-operative complications such as posterior capsular opacity or residual inflammation.
For patients with more complicated prescriptions, corneal anatomy, or corneal disorders (including but not limited to keratoconus and severe dry eye), we can provide scleral lenses and rigid gas permeable lenses to help maximize vision and improve comfort. If have been told before that you are not a good candidate for contact lens wear then these individually customized lenses may be the solution.
Dry eye disease is a chronic and multifactorial disease where not enough tears are produced or the tears are of poor quality. Tears are made up of three layers: oil, water, and mucous. When these layers are out of balance then dry eye symptoms can develop. These are but not limited to burning, scratchiness, redness, light sensitivity, blurry vision, stringy mucous near the eyes and/or excessive tearing. Dry eye symptoms affect an estimated 30% of the Canadian population. Those most at risk include women of increased age, people using certain medications (eg. antihistamines, antidepressants), people with certain medical conditions (eg. rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, thyroid diseases), extended screen time users and long term contact lens wearers. We can thoroughly evaluate your eyes using diagnostics such as meibography and reviewing your health and environmental risk factors to determine the cause of your dryness. A custom treatment plan will then be implemented to help restore your tear balance to an optimal state.
Not sure what to do with your old glasses? Bring them back to us and we can donate them to be delivered to someone who could use them. What if your glasses are broken or too unique to you? We are still able to accept them for recycling. Are you a contact lens wearer as well? Keep all your used contact lenses, blister packs and cases as we are able to recycle all of it.
Thanks for helping us to divert these items from our landfills and waterways.