Eye Examinations Can Protect Your Sight & Health
An eye examination is like a physical for your eyes, and it’s performed by a trained and licensed professional. Our optometrists are knowledgeable about eye health and can recognize eye symptoms related to your overall health.
Regular eye examinations are crucial for protecting eye health and preventing eye problems at any age.
How Often Should You Have an Eye Exam?
Regular visits to the optometrist can help you protect your vision and prevent eye disease. However, how regularly you schedule your appointments can depend on your unique eye care needs.
We follow the Canadian Association of Optometrists’ general recommendations:
- Adults 20–39 should undergo an eye examination every 2–3 years
- Adults 40–64 should undergo an eye examination every 2 years
- Adults 65+ should undergo an eye examination yearly
Patients with vision problems or health conditions may need more frequent examinations. For example, patients with diabetes should have diabetic eye examinations at least once a year. Our optometrists can help patients determine appointment frequency based on their individual ocular health.
Assessments for Eye Conditions are Covered
The Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) covers yearly examinations for adults age 65 plus, as well as necessary follow-up assessments. Additionally, eye assessments for adults (20–64) are covered by OHIP for specified eye or health conditions, including:
- Amblyopia (lazy eye)
- Corneal disease
- Optic pathway disease
- Retinal disease
- Strabismus (crossed eyes)
- Visual field defects
- Recurrent uveitis
If you have an eye or health condition that is not on this list, talk to our team. We can answer your eye care questions.
What to Expect at Your Eye Exam
While every eye examination includes a thorough look at your eyes, it also includes:
- Analysis of patient’s vision needs (work, school, sports)
- Discussion of eye health and medical history
- Measurement of visual acuity
- Binocular vision assessment
- Colour vision assessment (if required)
- Evaluation of eye structures
- Intraocular eye pressure (IOP) testing
- Neurological assessment of the visual system
- Screening for eye diseases and conditions
If the patient has previously been diagnosed with vision or eye problems, we’ll also reassess eye health or update any eye medication prescriptions as necessary. After the eye examination, our optometrists will recommend management or treatment options for any current ocular health concerns. This is also a chance to discuss prevention methods customized for your unique eye and vision needs. Prevention is crucial in protecting our eyes and overall health. For example, patients who enjoy the great outdoors may need advice about UV protection. Or, patients might benefit from lifestyle changes to prevent digital eye strain or dry eye.
Trust Us, You’ll See
Regular eye examinations provide optometrists insight into your changing health. When we look at your eyes, we see more than your vision. Optometrists get a close-up look at blood vessel and nerve tissue, giving us clues into your overall health.
We can work together to make your vision as comfortable as possible and develop a customized plan to maintain your health. Our eye doctors welcome patients to ask questions during appointments so we can provide you with more information.
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Where To Find Us
At the corner of Springbank Drive and Wonderland Road, our clinic offers plenty of parking out front.