THOROUGH EYE EXAMS & A COMPASSIONATE TOUCH
Regular eye exams are an essential part of preventive health care. You expect to get your prescription during an eye exam, but did you know that your eye will also be checked for signs of eye disease and other health concerns, like diabetes or high blood pressure?
Eye exams are so much more than just assessing your prescription. We take a careful and thorough approach to examining your eyes’ overall health, looking for the potential of underlying issues, and setting the benchmark for your future exams.
Like everything else, our eyes change as we age, leading to eyesight issues and increasing our risk of developing eye diseases or age-related conditions. An eye exam will help us catch these issues, allowing us to manage or treat them before they cause vision problems.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU NEED AN EYE EXAM?
How often you need an eye exam will depend on your personal health and eye care needs. We follow the recommendation of the Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO).
Your child’s eyesight will continue to develop as they grow. When they turn 6 months, they will gain eye muscle control and hand-eye coordination. It is at this point that children should receive their first exam. At this age, your optometrist will look for signs of strabismus (crossed eyes) or amblyopia (lazy eye).
If left untreated, these conditions can cause reduced function or vision loss. However, when caught early, treatment can support proper development and even correct it.
Preschool children should receive at least one eye exam between the ages of 2 and 5. This exam will allow your optometrist to check the development of your child’s eyes and look for any issues. Your child is still learning to see at these ages, and there are activities you can encourage to help their eyes develop well.
Children between the ages of 6 and 19 should have an eye exam every year. Because eyes and vision change so drastically during these developmental years, regular eye exams will help us catch any vision issues or eye conditions and diseases. Annual eye exams will allow us to diagnose any refractive errors, like astigmatism, hyperopia, or myopia, but also assess their binocular vision, and diagnose potential eye diseases.
Problems with their eyes can impact a child’s ability to learn, read, watch TV, play sports, or use the computer.
Protect your child’s eyes and watch for signs of vision problems, symptoms like:
- Red or watering eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- The consistent turning in or out of one eye
- Squinting, rubbing, or excessive blinking
- Lack of concentration
- Covering or closing one eye
- Irritability or a lack of interest in books or TV
Whether you need corrective lenses or not, adults between the ages of 20 to 64 require an eye exam every 2 years or as recommended by your optometrist. These exams will allow us to detect and diagnose potential eye disease, support healthy visual hygiene and care practice, and issue an updated prescription if one is needed.
Adults over 65 should start undergoing annual eye exams again to monitor for age-related risks and vision changes.
Because everyone is unique, you or your child may require a different examination frequency than those listed here. Our experienced eye care team will determine what works best for you and will provide you with all the information you need.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING AN EYE EXAM
All our eye exams are designed to determine your required eyeglass prescription, detect and/or diagnose disease, and assess your visual system’s health and strength.
Because so many eye diseases have little to no discernible early symptoms, regular eye exams are essential to protecting your eyes’ health, no matter your age or if you wear glasses.
During an eye exam, we will:
- Discuss your history, including your current or past vision issues and detailed family history.
- Analyze your visual needs at home, work, school, and play.
- Measure the visual acuity (eyesight) of each of your eyes.
- Assess your binocular vision (how your eyes work together).
- Evaluate your internal and external eye health.
- Assess the neurological visual system, including pupillary reaction, eye muscle movement, and peripheral vision.
We use a selection of trusted eye care techniques and advanced diagnostic equipment to get a complete picture of your eye health and vision requirements.
Our passion is eye care, and nothing is more important than your health and comfort. We aim to provide you and your family with progressive care in a comfortable environment. Protect your eye health with regular exams, and please book your appointment with us today.
WHERE TO FIND US
You can find us in the Williamsburg Town Centre above the Lisboa Bakery and Grill.
The entrance upstairs is located behind the building.
Unit 628, 1187 Fischer-Hallman Rd
Kitchener, ON N2E 4H9
Monday: 9 AM – 5:30 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM – 5:30 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM – 5:30 PM
Thursday: 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Friday: 9 AM – 5 PM