COMPREHENSIVE EYE EXAMS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
At Village Eye Centre, we're proud to use the most cutting-edge technology to provide top-notch and comprehensive eye exams to families in and around Edmonton, Sherwood Park & St. Albert.
Our eye doctors care about our patients, and will always take the time to get a complete picture of your ocular and medical history. This helps us provide the best, most personalized, eye experience possible.
Your Eye Health is Our #1 Goal!
Think comprehensive eye exams are all about determining your glasses or contact lens prescription? Step into our office, and discover a new kind of eye care.
What Makes Eye Exams at Village Eye Centre Comprehensive?
Eye exams at are truly comprehensive! Our eye care team not only checks your visual acuity to see if your vision is 20/20, but we also run tests to check for signs of common eye diseases and conditions such as glaucoma or retinal detachment, that could be potentially sight-threatening if not detected and treated early.
For children, we run tests to ensure that their eyes are working together properly as a team, so that they can more easily succeed in school and extracurricular activities.
Eye Exams For Whole-Body Health
It is also quite common for the early signs of systemic conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes to show up first during a comprehensive eye exam. This is why our eye care team also evaluates your eyes as a window into the health of the rest of your body.
Young, old, or somewhere in-between, comprehensive eye exams are an essential part of ensuring that your vision remains clear and your eyes and whole body are healthy. Contact Village Eye Centre in St. Albert, Edmonton & Sherwood Park to book your eye exam today.
Detecting Eye Disease Early Can Save Your Eyes
Eye diseases and conditions like glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy show little to no symptoms until they've already caused extensive eye damage that can't be fully undone. For these conditions, early detection and treatment are essential to prevent or slow associated vision loss.
An eye exam appointment at Village Eye Centre, includes a thorough check for these and other potentially sight-threatening conditions.
Eye Exams for Children & Young Adults
Children with undetected vision problems or with eye health may face many barriers in life, whether in school or in sports. Because 80% of all we learn is through vision, the longer a vision problem goes undiagnosed and untreated, the more a child’s brain learns to accommodate any vision issues. Having regular eye exams offers the best opportunity to correct vision issues and help a child succeed.
How Often Do Kids Need to Have Eye Exams?
Some experts estimate that approximately 5% to 10% of preschoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision problems. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), all children should have their eyes examined at 6 months of age, at age 3 and again at the start of school. Children without vision problems or risk factors should then continue to have their eyes examined at least every two years throughout school.
Children with existing vision problems or risk factors should have their eyes examined more frequently. Common risk factors for vision problems include:
- premature birth
- developmental delays
- turned or crossed eyes
- the family history of eye disease
- history of eye injury
- other physical illness or disease
The AOA recommends that children wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses have their eyes examined at least every 12 months or according to their eye doctor's instructions. Consult with our Sherwood Park, Edmonton, or St. Albert optometric team for personalized recommendations to correct vision issues and help your child succeed.
What To Expect At An Eye Exam
Our eye doctors in Edmonton, Sherwood Park, St. Albert will check your vision thoroughly to provide you with an accurate prescription. If you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, your visual acuity will be assessed both with and without your corrective lenses.
You'll be asked to read from a basic eye chart, which tests your eyesight at various distances. The normal measurement for eyes with no refractive error is 20/20. We'll also use a phoropter to check carefully for astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness. This procedure involves having you look through a series of lenses, and you'll need to give feedback on which ones give the clearest vision. With the aid of a retinoscope, we'll measure how light focuses on your retina with each of the different lenses.
These tests, among others, provide us with the information needed to check your eye health and issue an accurate prescription.
Vision Exams For Those Over 40
Just like the rest of our bodies, our eyes begin to weaken as we age. There are a number of common age-related eye conditions such as presbyopia, cataracts, and age-related macular degeneration that can begin to affect your vision and your daily life. While some of these conditions are more of an inconvenience, others could lead to vision loss and dependency.
In addition to regular yearly eye exams, it is important to be aware of any changes in your eye health and vision. Also, know your potential risk factors as well as your family ocular and medical history. Over half of the vision loss worldwide is preventable with proper treatment and care.
Safeguard your vision by booking your eye exam with Village Eye Centre in Edmonton & Sherwood Park today.
Eye Exam Q&A
Do I need an eye exam every year?
Yes. Eye care experts recommend that every member of the family has an annual eye exam starting at 6-months-old. Depending on the age of the patient, our eye doctors will check for developmental milestones, poor visual skills and coordination, and any signs of eye disease. They will also prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses when necessary.
Why are dilated eye exams so important?
Dilation during an eye exam allows your eye doctor a wider view of the inside of your eye to check for signs of disease. This is especially important for your eye doctor's ability to check for damage to the macula and optic nerve. Damage to these structures are easily missed, and can damage your central and fine-detail vision.