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Our comprehensive eye examinations will evaluate all aspects of your vision and eye health.
The comprehensive eye screening includes a detailed examination of all parts of your eyes as well as an extensive check of your eyes with advanced scans and screening tests to check your eye health and look for any signs of eye disease.
Our experienced optometrists will test your vision in a variety of ways.
If you’ve had an eye screening recently, you might say, “My vision is fine! I don’t need a comprehensive eye exam.”
But a routine vision screening provides a limited perspective on the overall health of your eyes. It’s a bit like getting your blood pressure checked and not getting the rest of your annual physical. You’ll have useful information, but it’s not the whole picture.
Simple eye tests only evaluate your ability to see clearly in the distance. This is called visual acuity (VA) and it is just one factor of your overall vision. Some may include colour vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. These screenings also do not evaluate how well the eyes focus close up or how they work together. More importantly, it doesn’t give any information about the health of your eyes.Book Online Now
General eye tests or vision checks are offered in many places – schools, health fairs, as part of a work physical or for a driver’s license. Even if your physician conducts the screening, he/she is a generalist and only has access to a certain amount of eye health training. Most individuals don’t have the tools or knowledge to give you a complete assessment of your vision or eye health.
Eye tests may use inadequate testing equipment.
In some cases, a visual screening or eye test is limited to an eye chart across the room. Even when conducted in a physician's office, they won’t have the extensive testing equipment of a trained optometrist.Book Online Now
Comprehensive eye exams look at the totality of your health history. Just because you visit a separate office for your eye health, that doesn’t mean your eyes also shouldn’t be treated holistically. Your eye specialist will discuss your overall health and that of your immediate family, they will assess any medications that you’re taking, and whether you have high blood pressure and diabetes. They’ll also want to know if you smoke and how much sun exposure you get. All these factors will help us properly assess your eye health.Book Online Now
The tests included in a comprehensive eye examination may vary. This can change according to a patient’s age, general health, and family history.
Our specialist will take a brief medical history, and then decide what is needed. Trained ophthalmic technicians will usually assist with some of the testing.
We are committed to providing the very best quality when it comes to eye examinations and we dedicate sufficient time to all patients to ensure the very best in service and eye care.
An eye exam involves a series of tests to evaluate your vision and check for eye diseases. Your eye doctor is likely to use various instruments, shine bright lights at your eyes and request that you look through an array of lenses. Each test during an eye exam evaluates a different aspect of your vision or eye health.
A complete eye exam will help detect potential eye problems at their earliest stage and when they're most treatable. Regular eye examinations give your eye care professionals a chance to help you correct or adapt to visual changes and provide you with tips on caring for your eyes. And an eye exam can provide clues to your overall health.
Several factors can determine how frequently you need an eye exam, including your age, general health and risk of developing eye problems.
In general, if you are healthy and you have no symptoms of visual problems, it is highly recommended that you have a complete eye exam at least at the age of 40, this is when vision changes and eye diseases are likely to start. Based on the results of your screening, our specialist can recommend how often you should have future eye exams.
If you're 60 or older, have your eyes checked every year or two.
Have your eyes checked more often if you:
What will happen on day of your screening:
This test evaluates the muscles that control eye movement. Your eye doctor watches as your eyes follow a moving object, such as a pen or a small light. He or she will look for muscle weaknesses, poor coordination or control.
This test measures how clearly you see. Your doctor asks you to identify different letters of the alphabet printed on a chart or a screen positioned some distance away. The lines of print get smaller as you successfully move down the chart.
Each eye is tested separately. Your near vision also may be tested, using a card with letters held at reading distance.Book Online Now
Light waves are bent as they pass through your cornea and lens. If light rays don't focus perfectly on the back of your eye, you have a refractive error. That can mean you need some form of correction, such as glasses, contact lenses or refractive surgery, to see as clearly as possible.
Assessment of your refractive error helps your doctor determine a lens prescription that will give you the sharpest, most comfortable vision. The assessment can also determine that you don't need corrective lenses.
Your doctor may use a computerised refractor to estimate your prescription for glasses or contact lenses. Or he or she may use a technique called retinoscopy. In this procedure, the doctor shines a light into your eye and measures the refractive error by evaluating the movement of the light reflected by your retina back through your pupil.
Your eye doctor usually fine-tunes this refraction assessment by having you look through a mask like device that contains wheels of different lenses (phoropter). He or she asks you to judge which combination of lenses gives you the sharpest vision.
Your visual field is the full extent of what you can see to the sides without moving your eyes. The visual field test determines whether you have difficulty seeing all around in your overall field of vision. Types of visual field tests include:
Using your responses to one or more of these tests, your eye doctor determines the fullness of your field of vision. If you aren't able to see in certain areas, noting the pattern of your visual field loss can help your eye doctor diagnose your eye condition.Book Online Now
You could have poor colour vision without realising it. If you have difficulty distinguishing certain colours, your eye doctor might screen your vision for a colour deficiency. To do this, your doctor shows you several multicoloured dot-pattern tests.
If you have no colour deficiency, you'll be able to pick out numbers and shapes from within the dot patterns without difficulty. If you do have a colour deficiency, you'll find it challenging to see certain patterns within the dots.
For most people, colour blindness that's present at birth (congenital) is red-green, meaning you can't distinguish those colours. Most people who develop colour blindness as a result of disease, such as glaucoma or optic nerve disease, can't distinguish blue-yellow.Book Online Now
A slit lamp is a microscope that magnifies and illuminates the front of your eye with an intense line of light. Your doctor uses this device to examine the eyelids, lashes, cornea, iris, lens and fluid chamber between your cornea and iris.
Your doctor may use a dye, most commonly fluorescein, to colour the film of tears over your eye. This helps reveal damaged cells on the front of your eye. Your tears wash the dye from the surface of your eye fairly quickly.Book Online Now
This examination - sometimes called ophthalmoscopy or funduscopy - allows your doctor to evaluate the back of your eye, including the retina, the optic disk and the retinal blood vessels that nourish the retina. Having your pupils dilated with eyedrops before the exam keeps your pupils from getting smaller when your doctor shines light into the eye.
After administering eyedrops and giving them time to work, your eye doctor may use one or more of these techniques to view the back of your eye:
Tonometry measures the fluid pressure inside your eye (intraocular pressure). This is one test that helps your eye doctor detect glaucoma, a disease that damages the optic nerve.
Several methods to measure intraocular pressure are available, including:
You might need more specialised tests, depending on your age, medical history and risk of developing eye disease.
Results from an eye exam include: