A regular eye exams covers many important assessments of ocular function and health.Sight testing is a measurement of what a person can see with and without glasses or contact lenses. This gives us a good starting point to see which areas are doing well and which areas need working on.
Refractions are the part of the exam where we diagnose any refractive error that the patient may have. This includes nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism and the correction that each of these require.
Binocular vision testing measures how well the eyes work together as a team. This testing will measure how well they work as a team and how efficiently they work together examples of binocular vision dysfunctions are convergence insufficiency, tracking problems, strabismus etc.
Ocular health is another important part of the exam. A thorough eye exam not only measures and monitor patient’s ocular health but also monitors for any systemic conditions that may be causing ocular complications such as diabetes, hypertension, autoimmune conditions etc.
Eye exam results will be discussed with the patient after testing. This is the most important part because it is where we communicate the results of your exam. This is where we sum up any problems we may be facing and our recommendations to treat them. It’s a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
This is Dr. Rick’s OCT - looks like he’s okay!
A Routine Eye exam is recommended every two years for a healthy adult between the ages of 20 to 65. For children, seniors and patients with complications such as diabetes or cataracts annual exams are the recommended. These are general guidelines but more frequent assessments may be required if the doctor advises, or if one is symptomatic.
Basic eye exams are covered by the Ontario government under certain circumstances. One annual exam is covered for children up until their 20th birthday, and for adults 65 years or older. In addition, adults between the ages of 20 and 65 years are covered due to certain conditions as specified by the Ontario government.