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Comprehensive Eye Exams

 A regular comprehensive eye exam is an important part of preventative healthcare. 

Comprehensive eye exams can detect eye diseases and disorders such as glaucoma, cataracts, retinal detachments and macular degeneration, as well as other systemic health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

Most serious eye conditions don’t have obvious symptoms. Some eye diseases only show symptoms when the condition is advanced and difficult or impossible to treat.
An Accuity or Sight Test is Not a Comprehensive Eye Exam
A comprehensive eye exam provides the full assurance of vision and eye health that a store sight test or a school screening does not. A sight test can only determine a power for glasses by relying on computerized tests using automated equipment. These automated sight tests are not comprehensive or accurate and do nothing to determine if your eyes are healthy.

Non visual acuity health conditions that can be detected  in a routine eye examination that relate to  general health include diabetes, thyroid dysfunction, hypertension and neurologic disorders.  If any of these conditions are indicated we provide referrals to specialists and can help manage post-eye-surgery health. From preschoolers and school age children through to grandparents, comprehensive routine eye examinations  ensure quality of vision and eye health, and quality of life.

As Doctors of Optometry, we evaluate many factors that can affect your vision and eye health. We review your case history, conduct an external and internal exam of your eyes using advanced imaging technology and measure vision qualities, such as eye movements and coordination, sharpness of vision and peripheral vision. We also evaluate your ability to adjust focus, and to see colour and depth normally. If we detect problems, we may recommend glasses, contact lenses, exercises, medication or surgery.

Your vision is priceless. Routine eye exams can ensure the best possible vision you can attain and prevent severe vision loss.

8 Signs You Might Need an Eye Exam

Ideally, one eye exam every year should help you to stay on top of your eye health, but some people might need to schedule more than one exam in a year. Vision can change quite a bit over the course of a year, especially for those over the age of 50, and it is important to know when you need to schedule an exam.

Here are 8 signs that you should get another exam on the calendar soon:

  • Your eyes are red, dry, itchy, or you are seeing spots, flashes of light, or floaters.
  • You have diabetes or another health condition that affects your eyes. Also, if you have a family history of conditions like diabetes or glaucoma you may need exams more often, especially as you move into your 50s and beyond.
  • You can’t remember when you last had an eye exam. If it’s been longer than a year, you’re overdue.
  • You have difficulty driving at night and seeing street signs in the dark.
  • You experience eye strain, headaches and/or blurred vision after spending an extended amount of time in front of a computer screen.
  • You get motion sick, dizzy, or have trouble following a moving target.
  • You hold books or the newspaper further away from your face and squint or close one eye to read them clearly.
  • You notice any changes in your vision, especially after an incident of head trauma.

Don’t wait until you experience any of these 8 things before you schedule an eye exam. Keep in mind that an eye exam benefits more than just your eyes. Your eye doctor can detect a wide range of diseases like diabetes and cancer just by looking at your eyes.