Comprehensive Eye Exams
Kleinburg Vision Centre is a full scope optometry clinic. We offer comprehensive eye examinations that check your eye muscles, alignment of your eyes, pupil function, visual acuity of the eyes, glasses and/or contact lens prescription, assessment of the anterior segment of the eyes (i.e. cornea, iris, conjunctiva, eyelids/eyelashes, etc.), assessment of the posterior segment of the eyes (i.e. retina including the optic nerve, macula, peripheral retinal tissue, etc.), the eye pressure and much more. We use all these test to detect and manage serious eye conditions and/or diseases.
Examples of a few conditions and/or disease are cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments etc. All of these conditions and/or diseases can be detected during the course of your routine eye examination. The eyes are often seen as a window into your overall health. Through the eyes, we can detect systemic conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, inflammatory conditions etc.
In Ontario, Comprehensive Eye Examinations are covered under OHIP for the following patients:
- Children ages 0 to 19 years old
- Seniors ages 65 years and older
Medical conditions such as Diabetes that is being treated, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration and some types of infections/inflammations.
All of the above patients are eligible for a full and comprehensive eye exam ONCE a year.
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What will happen at my eye exam appointment?
All of the following will be discussed and performed at your eye exam:
- review and discuss any past and/or present eye and general health conditions
- review and discuss family history of any ocular or systemic conditions
- discuss the patients visual needs and demands at work, school, home and leisure
- assess the patients current level of vision with their current glasses or contact lenses
- assess the movement and function of the eye muscles
- assess the function of the pupils
- assess the alignment of the eyes
- assess the glasses and/or contact lens prescription and the new level of vision
- assess the internal pressure of the eyes
- examine the anterior and posterior retina (with eye drops)
- take digital retinal images of the back of your eye to assess early signs of medical or ocular conditions
- educate and counsel the patients on health of their eyes and the appropriate devices to suit their visual needs
How often should I have my eyes examined?
We always recommend checking your eyes ONCE a year. This allows us to not only check your glasses and/or contact lenses prescription but more importantly to assess the health of the eyes. This assessment allows us to detect early signs of any eye conditions and/or disease that can lead to vision loss. It is estimated that 1 in 7 Canadians will develop a serious eye disease in their lifetime.
When should children check their eyes?
Children should be checked at 6 months of age and every year after that. This allows us to ensure your child’s eyes are developing and functioning correctly. Their visual skills help them to perform at school and during other activities. Children are LESS likely to complain of reduced and/or impaired vision because they may not understand the difference between clear and blurry vision. As many as 60% of children with a reading difficulty in fact have vision problems. This is because 80% of what children learn in their first 12 years comes through visual processing of information. A comprehensive eye exam is always the best way to ensure your child has clear and comfortable vision.
How do computers affect my eyes?
Computers and other devices with screen emit blue light that has been seen as a potential danger to our retinal tissue. Our retinal tissue gives us the ability to see and have functional vision. By exposing ourselves to theses blue light emissions we are potentially damaging our eye ability to see. New studies are being conducted on the exact harm blue light has on our eyes. Until we know more information, we can protect our eyes from these harmful emissions by using a special coating that helps to filter these light rays out. If you have any concerns our doctors can educate you the possible ways to manage this issue.
The other issue computer screens and other devices pose for us is eye strain because of constant screen usage. We can develop a condition called Computer Vision Syndrome. Computer Vision Syndrome, C.V.S., is a term that describes eye-related problems and the other symptoms that result from the prolonged use of computers. Some symptoms include: headaches, eye-strain, blurry vision, dry eyes, neck and shoulder pain. For most people using a computer is essential to their careers, school and leisure. We can help to minimize the effect of C.V.S. and help you live a more comfortable life.
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