What is a Complete Eye Exam & Who Needs It?
Many people think that eye exams are only necessary when you notice a problem with your eyes or vision. This isn’t true. Everyone – all ages and all conditions of physical health – needs regular eye exams to keep their vision in tip-top shape. The symptoms of many common eye problems and vision disorders are not usually noticed by the individual until the condition advances to a late stage. And at that point, irreversible ocular damage may already have occurred. That’s why it is essential to schedule routine, comprehensive eye exams with your caring eye doctors in Sherwood Park and Edmonton, AB. Book your appointment today.
What happens during a comprehensive eye exam?
In our Sherwood Park and Edmonton, AB, eye care clinics, our optometrist will customize your eye exam to meet your unique requirements. Our optometrists will check your visual acuity and inspect your ocular health. Vision and eyes change throughout life for adults and kids alike. It is critical to monitor these changes so you enjoy clear, comfortable, and healthy eyesight for as long as possible.
We will determine the particular tests and procedures to perform based on your age, any visual complaints, and health condition. At the beginning of your eye exam, our eye doctors in Edmonton and Sherwood Park will inquire about your family eye history, medical case history, and visual lifestyle needs. We will assess visual acuity to ensure that your vision prescription is precise and up to date, along with checking binocularity, color vision, peripheral vision, and health of your inner eye tissues.
Using advanced diagnostics, such as digital imagery, OCT scans, and high-powered magnification, our eye doctor will evaluate your retinal tissues and optic nerve for any signs of eye disease, such as macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. We may also use tonometry (blue light probe or puff test) to measure the pressure of the fluid inside your eye; this is a fast and painless method of screening for glaucoma. Prior to the start of your eye exam, we may administer dilating eye drops in order to give us a clearer view of your whole eye.
Why do children need pediatric eye exams?
Children are at risk for a different set of visual disorders than adults. Also, their visual skills and requirements are different. As kids grow and mature, they may develop certain vision conditions that can interfere with learning. Only a comprehensive pediatric eye exam can detect and diagnose these problems accurately.
According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), children are recommended to have an eye exam at 6 months old, 3 years old, and then before entering elementary school. If no vision treatment, such as vision therapy or prescription glasses, is required, then we advise kids to return for follow-up eye exams in our Sherwood Park and Edmonton offices every year to two years. Children who need vision correction will require more frequent eye exams.
Eye care experts recommend you have a complete eye exam every year to assess your risk for potentially damaging eye conditions, as well as to keep on top of any changes in vision you may be experiencing.
Sherwood Park Eye Exam For Kids
Some experts estimate that approximately 5% to 10% of pre-schoolers 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 for eye or vision problems should then continue to have their eyes examined at every year 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
- family history of eye disease
- history of eye injury
- other physical illness or disease
The AOA recommends that children who wear eyeglasses or contact lenses should have their eyes examined at least every 12 months or according to their Edmonton eye doctor's instructions. Read more about Pediatric Eye Exams.
Free Eye Exam For Infants in Edmonton
Our eye doctors are proud partners with the Eye See Eye Learn program in Edmonton and Sherwood Park. This program provides kindergarten children a one time FREE pair of prescription glasses following an eye exam at our clinic.
Finally, important things to watch for to see if you need to arrange a children's eye exam immediately:
- light sensitivity
- constantly turned eye
- visible squinting or straining
- rubbing one or both eyes
- covering one eye to look at things
- avoids vision related tasks
Book Your Eye Exam In Edmonton At Village Eye Centre or 1st Street Eye Centre
The AOA also recommends an annual eye exam for any adult who wears eyeglasses or contacts. If you don't normally need vision correction, you still need an eye exam every year. Doctors often recommend more frequent examinations for adults with diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders, because many diseases can have an impact on vision and eye health.
If you are over 40, it's a good idea to have your eyes examined every one to two years to check for common age-related eye problems such as presbyopia, cataracts and macular degeneration. Read more about Vision After 40.
Because the risk of eye disease continues to increase with advancing age, everyone over the age of 60 should be examined annually. Read more about Vision After 60.
6 Tips to Prepare You for Your Eye Examination Appointment
1) Arrive 10 to 15 minutes early for checking in and pretesting. Map the directions to the location in Edmonton or Sherwood Park where you arranged your appointment.
2) Also, if you are a contact lens wearer, please wear your contact lenses to the appointment. Be sure to bring your eyeglasses with you.
3) Importantly, if you are a contact lens wearer and this is your first visit to our clinic, please bring your contact lens information with you.
4) If you now that your eyes will need to be dilated for your exam, arrange for transportation. Remember to bring a pair of sunglasses with you.
5) Remember to bring your prescription eyeglasses with you to your appointment.
6) Bring your Alberta Health Care card and other coverage information with you.
A brief video about eye exams.