Routine annual check-ups are important to visual health
We recommend that all patients, regardless of age, have a complete annual oculo-visual assessment. In addition to prescription changes, an annual eye exam can provide early detection of eye disorders and diseases, from common to rare, as well as systemic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension. Most eye diseases, if detected early, can be treated to prevent / reduce vision loss. Routine eye exams allow a baseline to be created and should something present in the future, the baseline allows for our doctors to notice abnormalities more easily by providing a reference point by which to detect even a small “change”.
Your annual check-up
Bypass the wait at your family physician’s office!
All of our doctors are trained and licensed to diagnose and prescribe medications to treat all ocular and vision problems. There is no need to go to a family doctor’s office if you are having vision changes or any eye condition such as an infection, itching, redness, eye pain, etc.. All of these ocular conditions can and should be addressed by a doctor of optometry. Our doctors take care of every aspect of your eye health and vision needs.
Complete assessments allow for early intervention
Many ocular conditions, including some sight threatening ones, initially present without any symptoms but can be detected through routine, annual, comprehensive eye exams. Early diagnosis and treatment can be the difference between sight for life and a visual impairment. Should we find any irregularity during your check-up, we will make sure you understand its nature and severity, and the options you have to address it.
Your routine annual assessment includes:
- A complete general & oculo-visual health history of patient & their related family
- A vision assessment
- Determination of the most accurate prescription for far, near, and work-station viewing
- Colour vision, depth and general perception testing
- Ocular motility evaluation
- Evaluation of the central nervous system relating to the eyes, ocular muscles and lids
- Tear film assessment
- Evaluation of the of the external and internal ocular tissues
- Retinal evaluation
- Vascular assessment
- Glaucoma screening, testing, treatment and management
- Peripheral visual field assessment
- Contact lens evaluation and fit assessment for those who wear contacts lenses (additional fee for these services)
- Retinal imaging and scanning (additional fees associates)
All our optometrists are certified and licensed to diagnose and prescribe
All View Eye Care doctors are certified and licensed to diagnose and prescribe medications to treat a range of ocular conditions and diseases, including bacterial conjunctivitis (pink-eye), viral and allergic conjunctivitis, contact-lens-related ocular conditions, iritis, and glaucoma.
Other exam services provided include dry-eye assessments, LASER vision correction assessments, contact lens fittings, pediatric exams, cataract assessments and referrals, and binocular vision assessments.
Contact lens eye exams
Comprehensive eye examinations are extremely important for contact lenses wearers. This exam will help ensure that corneas are healthy and to allow you to wear contact lenses for as long as possible.
Even if you do not experience any discomfort with your contact lenses and you feel that your vision hasn’t changed, your doctor will check for signs of contact lens related changes to the cornea and inner surface of the eyelid. Some of the more serious yet asymptomatic changes which result from prolonged contact lens wear include blood vessel growth into the cornea, clouding of the cornea, changes to the internal surface of the eyelid to name a few. If not detected early, these conditions can permanently alter the tissue, the vision, and one’s ability to wear contact lenses. These conditions can be caused by poor fitting lenses, over-wear, poor compliance with disposal schedules and or cleaning regimens
Eye exams for Infants, Toddlers and Children
Annual eye exams for those under the age of 20 are covered by OHIP.
- Visual Development & Early Detection: Children often don’t notice or complain about visual issues. The visual system develops from birth to approximately age 6. Some children can be born with certain eye conditions that require early intervention in order for their vision to develop optimally. We recommend that children should have their first eye exam at 6-12 months and no later than age 3, and then annually thereafter. Children from families with a history of oculo-visual conditions (e.g. high prescriptions, lazy-eye/squint, eye disease) should be seen sooner.
- Vision and Learning: Vision is involved in over 80 percent of learning. Children who are having trouble seeing may perform poorly at school, may exhibit poor behavior or attention, or may exhibit a reading or learning disability.
Eye exams for Adults
Adults should have their eyes tested yearly to keep their prescriptions up-to-date and to check for early signs of eye diseases (and other systemic diseases). Presbyopia, the age-related loss of accommodation, starts between 38 to 45 years of age and affects almost everyone by age 50.
There are various retinal diseases and conditions of the eye which result in loss of vision. Diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and the side effects of drugs can sometimes be discovered during your eye examination.
Eye exams for Seniors
By approximately age 60 there is an increased risk of developing cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and other eye diseases. This is particularly true in those with family histories, certain nationalities/ethnic groups, and certain lifestyles/habits. Many eye diseases have no symptoms in their early stages and if detected early, intervention will help reduce the risk of permanent vision loss. OHIP covers the basic components of a comprehensive eye exam annually for Ontarians aged 65 and older. Our doctors recommend additional retinal assessments annually for all patients, especially those over the age of 60. This allows for earlier detection of retinal disease in this higher risk group.