What is a Comprehensive Eye Exam?

Many different tests comprise a full or comprehensive eye exam. Vision is much more than just seeing 20/20. Things like peripheral vision, depth perception, colour vision and the ability to see close up are just a few of the other aspects of healthy vision for which we test thoroughly. The following summarizes the different important and interesting tests our doctors perform as part of a comprehensive eye exam:

1. Visual Acuity Evaluation: This is the old "can you read that line" test we're all familiar with. Using the Snellen Chart, our doctors are able to deduce and express your vision as a fraction - for example, 20/20. Systematic automated and manual refraction allows our doctors to fine-tune the perfect prescription for glasses or contact lenses.

2. External Eye Evaluation: Using a powerful microscope (slit lamp), our doctors meticulously examine the outer surfaces of the eye, ensuring health and visual comfort.

3. Internal Eye Evaluation: Using the slit lamp and a number of different lenses, the intermediate and internal layers of the eye can be thoroughly assessed. Diseases like Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Retinopathy are detected with this vital test.

4. Retinal Evaluation: State-of-the-art technology aids our doctors in evaluating one of the most important layers of the eye: the retina. It is the retina that is responsible for crisp, clear vision as well as detecting movement and colour.

5. Visual Field Evaulation: Our modern computerized visual field machines (perimeters) are able to help our doctors ensure diseases like Glaucoma are detected early for the sake of prevention and treatment.

6. Central Field Evaluation: Specialized tests such as the Amsler Grid allow our patients' central vision to be well evaluated at every visit.

7. Eye Pressure Evaluation: Known as the dreaded "air puff" test, tonometry is actually one of the most crucial parts of the eye exam as it is able to detect early signs of Glaucoma.

8. Binocular Vision Evaluation: Cool-sounding tests such as the "Worth-4-Dot" and the "Titmus Stereofly" test enable our doctors to evaluate visual function as well as depth perception. Our doctors love working with children who have reading difficulties and concentration issues. Many times, these all stem from poor vision!

How often should I get my eyes examined?

Routine eye exams are an important part of a healthy life. Potentially sight-threatening as well as life-threatening conditions may be detected as part of a routine exam. The following exam schedule is recommended by the Alberta Association of Optometrists:

• Infants and Toddlers (0 - 24 months) - First exam by 6 months.

• Preschool to Adult (2 - 18 years) - Yearly exams.

• Adulthood (19 - 64 years) - Every two years*.

• Seniors (65+ years) - Yearly exams.

*Diabetic patients should have a comprehensive eye exam every year

Are Eye Exams covered by Alberta Health Care?

Comprehensive Eye Exams are covered at least every year for children (18 years and younger) and seniors (65 years and older) through Alberta Health Care. Although patients between 18 and 65 are not covered through health care, we can direct bill numerous insurance companies, which means oftentimes there is little to no out-of-pocket expenses at all! Call us to ask if we can direct bill your insurance provider, as our list is always being updated.

My child cannot read or speak yet. Can you still do an eye exam on him/her?

Absolutely! In fact, we are able to tailor the exam specifically for your child's needs and capabilities. Our objective testing procedures enable our doctors to accurately evaluate visual function and eye health in children of all ages.

Are your clinics wheelchair accessible?

Of course! Our staff are ready to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable eye care experience whether you're in a traditional manual wheelchair or one of the newer fancy computerized scooters!

Am I a candidate for contact lenses?

Probably! We offer a wide range of contact lens brand and fit options to work for most all prescription types - high astigmatism, progressive prescriptions included! So call us today to book a fitting with one of our doctors of optometry!

What if my new frame breaks or new lenses are defective?

We have a comprehensive 365 Day warranty that covers any and all manufacturer's defects for our frames and lenses. As well, we have a fool-proof 90 Day prescription guarantee - If one of our doctors deem that you need an adjustment to your prescription, we will make those changes free of charge within 90 days of purchase! Like we said, we'll do just about anything to make you happy!

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