Children’s Eye Exams

Children should receive their first eye exam at one year of age, then annually thereafter.  One in seven children will have a vision disorder which affects their school performance.  They do not need to know their letters to do an eye exam!

Our children’s eye exams include the following:

  • assessment of vision, eye coordination and focusing
  • Refractive error (need for glasses)
  • Diagnostic imaging for eye health concerns
  • Myopia (nearsightedness) risk assessment

Adult Eye Exams

All adult eye exams include the following:

  • Personalized lens prescription to enhance and protect your vision during all your daily activities
  • Diagnostic imaging to screen for eye diseases such as cataract, glaucoma and macular degeneration
  • Doctor’s consult to review findings and answer all your questions

Frequently Asked Questions

We recommend annual eye exams for adult patients.

During an adult eye exam, your eyes will be meticulously examined using advanced computerized equipment to measure various factors such as eye curvature, eye pressure, baseline eyeglass prescription, and high-resolution images. Our highly skilled eye doctors will inquire about your medical history, medications, eye health history (including your relatives’), and any symptoms you may be experiencing. After analyzing all the results and conducting additional tests, your eye doctor will provide you with a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan, if applicable. The results will be thoroughly explained to you, and you are encouraged to ask any questions you may have. Additionally, you will receive a thorough consultation on lenses and frames to ensure that you receive personalized advice on materials, style, and technology that are perfectly suited to your needs and lifestyle.

To properly prepare for an eye exam, it is recommended to gather all glasses and sunglasses currently in use, as well as any contact lenses and their respective packaging (foil tops from the plastic packaging). Providing a comprehensive list of medications and health conditions under treatment or monitoring is also highly beneficial. Additionally, it is important to communicate to your eye doctor any symptoms experienced, such as blurry vision, pain, irritation, discomfort, headaches, etc.

The duration of an adult eye exam typically lasts for approximately 30-45 minutes.

It is important to allocate sufficient time for a comprehensive assessment process and to ensure that there is ample opportunity for thorough discussions with our doctors and consultants. This is where you will gain the most valuable insights regarding your specific condition(s), risk factors, and available treatment options.

 Patients with certain health conditions like diabetes, risk factors like high levels of nearsightedness, or symptoms such as floaters or flashes of light may be recommended to undergo a dilation during the eye exam.  

An eye exam can detect problems beyond vision issues. Many systemic conditions often manifest themselves during an eye exam, such as high cholesterol resulting in narrowing or hardening of retinal blood vessels, diabetes and high blood pressure causing retinal hemorrhages, and certain forms of cancer showing up in scans of the interior of the eye. Our eye doctors frequently identify signs of health problems before their patient becomes aware of them.

Eyeglasses: these should be replaced when your prescription changes, when the lenses become scratched, or coatings start to deteriorate. Other reasons to replace glasses include  brittle, discoloured frames, or frames that are uncomfortable or no longer hold their adjustment.

Contact lenses: depending on the type of lens, the replacement schedule will vary from daily, weekly, biweekly, monthly, or longer. Your eye doctor will provide appropriate advice on when to replace each pair of contact lenses. The important thing to remember is that you can’t always feel when a contact lens needs to be replaced, therefore replacing according to the prescribed interval is critical to maintain optimal eye health and best vision.

To maintain good eye health, it is important to have annual eye check-ups. Many eye diseases and conditions may not show symptoms in the early stages, when they are most easily treatable. It is also recommended to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays when outdoors.  Most UV damage happens during childhood so wearing sunglasses early in life is vital to avoiding issues in adulthood!  Nutrition is also important to your eye health, with antioxidants, omega threes, lutein and zeaxanthin key to avoiding ocular diseases.