True or false: If a person can see well, their eyes are healthy.
It is a common misconception that how well a person can see indicates how healthy their eyes are. Instead, how well you can see at distance is only one of more than forty different tests and measurements performed during a comprehensive eye examination with an optometrist. Comprehensive eye exams can not only serve to detect early, asymptomatic eye disease, but also can detect signs of early general diseases like diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol. Focusing on preventative care can lead to improved ocular and overall health and contribute to an enjoyable life.
An optometric exam of your eyes and vision will include:
- A review of your eye health and general health history;
- A measurement of your visual acuity;
- An assessment of your binocular vision system, i.e. how well your eyes work together (eye movements and muscle balance);
- Refraction to measure myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and/or presbyopia;
- An eye health examination, including a measurement of intraocular pressure;
- Retinal imaging to map the back of your eye using Optomap technology; and
- Any additional tests which may be required based on your doctor's findings and recommendations.
We offer retinal imaging to support the early detection, diagnostic analysis, documentation, and management of ocular and systemic diseases. Further diagnostic testing may be indicated for patients who are at risk or being treated for diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetes- or hypertension-related ocular disease. Our practice prioritizes carrying the latest and best in diagnostic equipment to provide the highest quality of care to our patients. Through our reliable professional network, we work closely with other surgical and medical professionals to ensure we refer you to the right provider for further assessment or treatment if required.
Children have unique eye care needs as their eyes grow and change. With about 1 in 4 kids having an eye or vision problem, they cannot always tell us when something is wrong with their vision. What is “normal” for them may be them compensating for an eye health or vision problem. Indeed, as many as 60% of children with literacy issues have one or more vision disorders. Proper visual development during younger years is critical and can impact a child for the rest of their lives.
OHIP insures comprehensive eye exams once a year and also all follow-up visits for kids between 0-19 years of age. The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends that your child see an optometrist between 6-12 months of age, before starting kindergarten, and then annually throughout the school years or as recommended by your optometrist.
SD&G Optometry Clinic is a proud member of the Eye See…Eye Learn Program, which allows children in junior or senior kindergarten to receive one free pair of glasses after an eye exam:
Adults should receive a comprehensive eye exam every 1-2 years depending on age, risk factors and whether refractive correction is necessary or not. We tailor each exam to address our patients’ needs and strains arising from our digitally demanding visual world. We understand you lead a fast-paced life, and we aim to equip you with comfortable and clear vision for lecture halls and driving as well as for our ever-changing technology driven workplace. Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is something we frequently identify during our adult eye examinations and provide tools and strategies to improve your ocular comfort and health. We also carry out preventative care for early identification of eye disease, mitigating unexpected vision challenges that can arise from conditions such as keratoconus, diabetic ocular disease, and glaucoma, each of which can impede your ability to function.
Many eye diseases become more common with aging. A comprehensive eye examination will assess you for cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and a variety of other eye health conditions which can affect how you see the world. Often, these diseases do not have symptoms in the early stages, but early intervention can decrease your risk of permanent vision loss. Since approximately 75% of vision loss is preventable or treatable, we recommend annual comprehensive eye exams for patients 65 years and older. OHIP provides coverage for comprehensive eye exams and problem-specific eye examinations for these individuals.
Our doctors are trained and experienced in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease. In circumstances where more complex care is required, we have a well-established network of highly skilled specialists with whom we refer and co-manage patients.