Eye Exam Preparation

Here are some helpful and time saving tips before your appointment:

  • Bring your British Columbia Personal Health Card. Our receptionist will request a copy of your BC Personal Health Card upon arrival.
  • Your eyes will be dilated during the eye exam. This will make your vision feel slightly blurry and you will find it bright outside on a sunny day. Please bring a driver with you or be prepared to wait to drive until the symptoms of the drops subside. You will be given disposable sunglasses after the eye exam.
  • If you are a new patient and wear contact lenses, bring in the contact lens packaging or boxes with contact lens brand, power and base curve (BC).
  • Bring old or current glasses in with you.
  • If the purchase of computer lenses is a possibility for you, measure the distance between your computer screen and your eyes.
  • Finally, please bring a list of any medications you are taking.
  • If you have private insurance, please contact your provider prior to your appointment to check the dollar amount or percentage of your coverage, and the time of your last claim. You will be issued a receipt that you can use submit to your insurance provider.

Eye Exams

Regular eye exams are important for every member of the family!

Children, Adults and Seniors each have their own unique set of requirements for optimal eye health. Ensuring that care is received by a licensed Optometrist can help maintain good vision and reduce the risk of Eye Conditions such as Cataracts, Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration.

We thoroughly test your eyes at each visit to make sure your vision is at its best and there are no issues on the horizon.  Having a checkup in any of our offices is a simple way to keep your eye health on track.  Our standard tests include:

  • Visual Acuity using a projected chart
  • Ocular Motility to see how well your eyes can follow objects
  • Retinoscopy to determine proper eyeglass prescription, if required
  • Refraction helps to define your accurate lens prescription
  • A glaucoma test helps to determine the pressure in the eye and whether or not you are at risk for glaucoma
  • Dilation helps us to get a good view of the structure of your eye and diagnose any conditions that may be developing

Eye Exams for Children

Many people don’t realize how important it is to bring their children to the Optometrist, but it is a valuable step in every health routine –  especially for our youngest patients!

Children are often unaware of, or unable to express, difficulties that they are having with their vision.  Children whose eye sight is not corrected suffer from many challenges, including poor academic performance, limited acuity in sports, and even headaches resulting from eye strain.

In addition to testing for vision, we also test kids for depth perception and alignment.  Children with improperly aligned eyes can suffer from strabismus, which is a condition that needs to be treated early on with either eye surgery or patching to strengthen the weaker eye. We recommend eye exams every year for children under 18, so make sure to book your check up today.

Eye Exams for Adults

As healthy adults we often overlook our eyes as a part of our overall medical care, but there are many reasons to visit the optometrist at least once every two years.

As we age, our vision degenerates over time, meaning the glasses that worked for you a couple of years ago may not be the right prescription any longer.  You may not notice yourself enlarging your screen or holding your book at arm’s length. An Eye Exam can make sure that your vision is corrected to your current needs.  Having the right prescription cuts down on fatigue and headaches and makes you more comfortable in completing your daily tasks.

There are also many eye conditions that can go undetected unless diagnosed by a Doctor of Optometry.  Many of these Eye Conditions can be prevented or corrected – a worthwhile reason to come in for an Eye Exam.

Senior Eye Exams

Age is the biggest risk factor for many Eye Conditions.

Cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration all require regular monitoring and care.  We will keep your treatment plan on track and make sure you and your family have all of the information you need to maintain your best eye health.

We spend a little extra time with our most experienced patients, because we know how important proper eye care is to independent living and comfort.  We check our patients’ vision on an annual basis to ensure they are using the right prescription eye wear, and see patients as often as necessary to preserve their vision and manage any existing or emerging eye conditions.

Emergency Eye Exams

Even if you aren’t a regular patient at our office, feel welcome to give us a call with any urgent concerns you may have. We will be happy to fit you in to our schedule to accommodate your needs. Any of the following symptoms warrant a visit to an optometrist:

  • Blurred vision
  • Spots or Flashes of Light
  • Eye Pain
  • Eye Injury or Accident
  • Sensitivity to Light
  • Excessive Watering
  • Itching or Burning Eyes
  • And other visual symptoms