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Our Eye Exams: This Is What Makes Them The Best!
- Experienced Optometrists: When it comes to providing healthcare, there is no substitute for experience and know-how.
- Personalized Care: Every person and every eye is unique. We customize eye care based on the needs of our patients.
- A Professional Team That Cares: Eye care requires a team effort. Every one of our professionals contributes to patient care and service.
- State-of-the-Art Diagnostic Technology: Technologies promote the early detection of diseases causing irreversible vision loss.
- Thoroughness: Patient-first service that dedicates the time, resources, and know-how to provide world-class eye care.
- Patient Education: Our eye care professionals make every visit a friendly, informative learning experience.
Comprehensive Eye Exams
Regular eye exams are necessary regardless of your age or your physical health. Children and seniors should see an optometrist annually, while healthy adults should have their eyes examined at least once every two years. Eye exams are necessary for assessing eye coordination and muscle balance, evaluating visual acuity, and, most importantly, for determining overall ocular health.
A comprehensive eye exam is different from a sight/vision test. Only licensed optometrists and ophthalmologists can perform comprehensive eye exams and diagnose/treat eye diseases. eye-deology Vision Care optometrists have the expertise and technologies that will best serve your eye care needs.
Eye Exam vs. Sight Test
Some optical stores offer sight (or vision) tests, which rely solely on automated equipment. A sight test is NOT a proper comprehensive eye exam. Only a trained and licensed professional doctor of optometry or ophthalmology can perform a comprehensive eye exam. Optometrists and ophthalmologists have the education, training, and knowledge to examine, diagnose, treat, manage, and help prevent diseases and disorders affecting the visual system, the eye and related structures, check an individual’s prescription, and prescribe eyewear.
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Pre-testing is a detailed process that gathers all necessary information for the optometrist in advance of the optometrist-administered eye examination. This process involves completing a detailed patient history, as well as a series of standard tests. Pre-testing is an essential part of the comprehensive eye exam process, providing valuable information and visuals for both the optometrist and the patient.
1. Eye Exam: Pre-Testing
Medical & Vision History. Personalizing Eye Care
Information gained by asking specific questions, either of the patient or their caregivers, to obtain information useful in formulating a diagnosis and providing medical care to the patient. The medically relevant complaints reported by the patient are referred to as symptoms, in contrast with clinical signs, which are ascertained by direct examination. The medical history, together with the physical examination, enables the optometrist to form a diagnosis and treatment plan.Schedule Eye Exam
2. Eye Exam: Pre-Testing
Auto-refraction. Establishing Baseline Refactive Error
An autorefractor is a computer-controlled machine used during an eye examination to provide an objective measurement of a person's refractive error and prescription for glasses or contact lenses. It achieves this by measuring how light is changed as it enters a person's eye. Auto-refraction is used to provide the starting point for the optometrist in subjective refraction tests.Schedule Eye Exam
3. Eye Exam: Pre-Testing
Keratometry. Evaluating Cornea Curvature
Keratometry is the measurement of the corneal curvature; corneal curvature determines the power of the cornea. Differences in optical power across the cornea results in astigmatism, so keratometry measures astigmatism. A keratometer is the diagnostic instrument used to perform keratometry and to assess the extent and axis of astigmatism.Schedule Eye Exam
4. Eye Exam: Pre-Testing
Pachymetry. Assessing Corneal Thickness
Corneal pachymetry is the process of measuring the thickness of the cornea. A pachymeter is a medical device used to measure the thickness of the eye's cornea. Uses of the device include performing corneal pachymetry in advance of refractive surgery, screening for Keratoconus, and screening for patients suspected of developing glaucoma.Schedule Eye Exam
5. Eye Exam: Pre-Testing
Tonometry. Measuring Intraocular Pressure
A tonometry test measures the intraocular pressure (IOP), or pressure inside your eye. This test checks for glaucoma, an eye disease that can cause blindness by damaging the optic nerve in the back of the eye. Tonometry measures IOP by evaluating the resistance of your cornea to pressure. A non-contact tonometry test uses a puff of air to create pressure against your cornea.Schedule Eye Exam
6. Eye Exam: Pre-Testing
Visual Field Screening. Assessing Field of Vision
A visual field test detects dysfunction in central and peripheral vision due to medical conditions such as glaucoma, stroke, brain tumours, or other neurological deficits. FDT stands for the Frequency Doubling Technology deployed during the test. During a visual field test, flickering targets randomly appear to the patient. Patients click a button each time they see a target.Schedule Eye Exam
7. Eye Exam: Pre-Testing
Lensometry. Measuring Current Eyeglass Lenses
If a patient currently wears eyeglasses and the prescription of the lenses is unknown by the patient nor the doctor, then lensometry will be performed. A lensometer determines the sphere, cylinder, axis, and prism present in each lens. It also determines the focal power in multi-vision lenses (e.g., bifocals).Schedule Eye Exam
8. Eye Exam: Pre-Testing
Colour Test. Assessing For Colour Blindness
A colour blind test determines if you have a colour vision deficiency, or colour blindness. The most widely used screening test for colour blindness is the Ishihara Colour Vision Test, named after Japanese ophthalmologist Shinobu Ishihara. The Ishihara Colour Vision Test consists of a series of coloured plates comprising many dots of various colours, brightness, and sizes. The composition of circles enables a person with normal colour vision to see a single-digit or two-digit number, while a colour blind person will not.Schedule Eye Exam
9. Eye Exam: Pre-Testing
Stereoscopic Vision Test. Assessing Depth Perception
Stereoscopic vision and depth perception testing is important for identifying diseases, such as amblyopia, strabismus, suppression, and stereopsis. Stereoscopic vision refers to how each eye may see an object from different angles but combines these angles to provide a three-dimensional image. During a stereoscopic vision test, the patient tries to identify the "raised" letter, shape, or animal as a means to measure depth perception and to evaluate if the patient's eyes are working together.Schedule Eye Exam
eye-deology Vision Care differentiates itself from other clinics by having the most advanced modern diagnostic specialty testing equipment. Specialty equipment, such as a wide-angle high-resolution retinal imager, Optical Coherence Tomographer (OCT), Humphrey Visual Field Analyzer and corneal topographer, ensures that patients receive the best comprehensive eye care. In some cases, specialty diagnostic equipment supports both screening and detailed tests. Screening tests occur before seeing the optometrist, while detailed assessments happen after an initial examination by the eye doctor. Patients wearing contact lenses or that have known conditions typically have specialty tests included in their regular exam.
10. Eye Exam: Specialty Testing
Retinal Imaging. A Detailed View of the Retina
Wide-angle retinal imaging is a unique technology that can capture more than 80% of the retina in one panoramic image, while traditional imaging methods typically only allow for 15% of the retina to be viewed at one time. The image enables optometrists to see the entire retina and to identify any concerns to patients. Getting a retinal image is fast, painless, and comfortable. Nothing touches the eye at any time. To receive a scan, one looks into the device and follows the prompts.Schedule Eye Exam
11. Eye Exam: Specialty Testing
OCT Screening. Assessing Retinal Structure
Optical Coherence Tomography uses low-intensity infra-red light to provide a 3D image of the back of the eye. It shows not only the surface but also the depth of the structures. It is similar to using ultrasound and creates an image similar to that of a MRI or CT scan. The scan takes only seconds to acquire an image, and it is totally painless. All you need to do is look at a light, keep your eyes still, and not blink for two seconds.Schedule Eye Exam
12. Eye Exam: Specialty Testing
Humphrey Visual Field Analysis. Peripheral Vision
This specialty test is frequently necessary to provide a comprehensive evaluation of a patient's visual field. For example, if a patient has glaucoma or receives poor results during the FDT screening test, they will likely undergo Humphrey Visual Field Analysis. For this test, the patient maintains focus on a central target and presses a button each time they see a light stimulus. It is impossible to see every light stimulus, and some lights may appear brighter/duller and slower/faster than others. The eye not being tested is often covered, and room lights dimmed for the test.Schedule Eye Exam
13. Eye Exam: Specialty Testing
Corneal Topography. Assessing Surface Curvature
Since the cornea is responsible for approximately 70% of the eye's refractive power, evaluation of its topography, or surface curvature, is essential for determining the quality of vision and ocular health. Corneal topography is a non-invasive medical imaging technique used for mapping the surface curvature of the cornea. The three-dimensional map generated by the scan is a valuable aid for optometrists that can assist in the diagnosis and treatment of several conditions, plan cataract surgery, plan refractive surgery (i.e., LASIK), and assess the fit of contact lenses.Schedule Eye Exam
eye-deology Vision Care optometrists perform a multitude of tests and assessments to evaluate ocular health, eye coordination, and visual acuity. In addition, they also evaluate the results of the tests and scans performed during pre-testing. As part of patient education, our optometrists also take the time to show and explain results to patients.
14. Eye Exam: Optometrist Exam
Discuss Medical & Vision Concerns. Tailored Eye Care
The optometrist will discuss any concerns identified by the patient during pre-testing. The medically relevant conditions or symptoms reported by the patient, along with their medical history, will assist the optometrist in determining if additional specialty tests are required, formulating a diagnosis, and providing a treatment plan.Schedule Eye Exam
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Visual Acuity. Assessing Sharpness of Vision
Among the first tests performed in a comprehensive eye exam are visual acuity tests that measure the sharpness of your vision. These usually are performed using a projected eye chart to assess your distance visual acuity and a small, hand-held acuity chart to measure your near vision.Schedule Eye Exam
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Cover & Binocular Vision. Evaluating Eye Coordination
A cover test or cover-uncover test is an objective determination of the presence and amount of ocular deviation. The test involves having the patient focusing on a near object. A cover is placed over an eye for a short moment then removed while observing both eyes for movement. A misaligned eye will deviate inwards or outwards. The process is repeated on both eyes and then with the patient focusing on a distant object.Schedule Eye Exam
17. Eye Exam: Optometrist Exam
Eye Alignment Assessment. Diagnosing Strabismus
An eye alignment test is an essential examination for investigating strabismus. Optometrists use a variety of tests to evaluate eye alignment. For more information on the techniques used to assess eye alignment and identifystrabismus, please ask our optometrists during your eye exam.Schedule Eye Exam
18. Eye Exam: Optometrist Exam
Pupillary Testing. Evaluating Pupil Size, Shape & Reaction
Like the cover test, the equipment required to perform pupil testing is minimal. All that is needed is a pupillary gauge and a transilluminator, or penlight. During pupillar testing an optometrist will evaluate four elements: 1) pupil shape, location and size; 2) pupillary reaction to light; 3) pupillary reaction to the swinging flashlight test; and 4) pupillary reaction to a nearby stimulus.Schedule Eye Exam
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Extraocular Muscles. Assessing Strength & Function
Extraocular muscle function testing examines the function of the eye muscles. Patients sit or stand with their head up and looking straight ahead. The optometrist will hold a pen or other object approximately 40 centimetres (16 inches) in front of their face and move it in several directions. Patients then follow the pen with their eyes without moving their heads.Schedule Eye Exam
20. Eye Exam: Optometrist Exam
Refraction. Determining Refractive Error & Prescription
The refraction test portion of an eye exam assesses a patient's prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. For the test, patients sit in a chair with a device, called a phoropter or refractor, attached to it. The patient looks through the phoropter and focuses on an eye chart approximately six metres (20 feet) away. The eye doctor performing the test will ask if the chart appears more or less clear when different lenses are in place. The test is performed one eye at a time.Schedule Eye Exam
21. Eye Exam: Optometrist Exam
Slit Lamp. Examining Front Ocular Structures
A slit lamp is a binocular microscope (or "biomicroscope") that our eye doctors use to examine the structures of your eye under high magnification. During the slit lamp exam, patients place their forehead and chin securely against the rests on the front of the instrument so the eye doctor can examine the structures of the front of their eyes. A variety of eye conditions and diseases can be diagnosed with the slit lamp exam, including cataracts, macular degeneration, corneal ulcers and diabetic retinopathy, etc.Schedule Eye Exam
22. Eye Exam: Optometrist Exam
Dry Eye Testing. Analyzing Tear Film & Break-Up
Our optometrists use several tests to assess the presence, severity, and cause of dry eye syndrome. The advanced, modern diagnostic technologies at Eye-deology Vision Care use a combination of white and infrared light to non-invasively evaluate tear film quality. Eye-deology Vision Care's high-resolution colour camera makes even the tiniest structures of the eye visible. Moreover, in addition to measuring tear break-up time and meniscus tear, these technologies evaluate the lipid layer and tear film dynamics. All of these measurements are essential to diagnosing and treating dry eye symptoms.Schedule Eye Exam
23. Eye Exam: Optometrist Exam
Pupil Dilation. Assessing The Health of The Retina
The view to the back of the eye is limited when the pupil undilated. When your pupil is small, an optometrist can see your optic nerve and macula, but the view of the retina periphery is limited. A dilated pupil is necessary to see the entire retina. Optometrists dilate pupils using special eye drops. They typically take about 15-30 minutes to fully dilate the pupils, depending on the person’s response to the medication and often, take 4-6 hours to wear off.Schedule Eye Exam
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BIO. Assessing Retina Periphery Health
A Binocular Indirect Ophthalmoscope, or BIO, is an instrument used by optometrists to examine the interior structures of the eye. Specifically, eye doctors use it to evaluate the periphery of the retina, an area that cannot be seen or scanned with other instruments. Individuals with no medical history or symptoms typically require BIO evaluations once every 3-5 years.Schedule Eye Exam
Licensed Optican Consultant
One of our experienced licensed opticians will assist you in selecting new eyewear if the optometrist determines that you require corrective lenses or that you need to update your lenses to improve your vision. They will customize their fit to your unique attributes, needs, lifestyle, and budget. Our opticians are happy to provide you with information about the latest eyeglass frame and lens technologies available so you can make informed decisions to get you seeing and looking your best. We have a wide variety of frames and lenses to fit any budget.
25. Eye Exam: Licensed Optician Consultation
Eyewear Assessment & Consultation. Your Needs
Following the exam, a eye-deology Vision Care licensed optician will greet patients requiring prescriptive eyewear and discuss their eyewear, lifestyle and budgetary preferences. Equipped with this information, the optician will assist the patient in picking eyewear that addresses their medical needs and lifestyle preferences.Schedule Eye Exam
26. Eye Exam: Licensed Optician Consultation
Prescription Eyewear. Frame Size, Shape, & Colour
For most, the most influential factor when choosing eyeglass frames is how they look on their face. One could try on every pair of eyeglass frames in the store, but narrowing down the choices in advance can save a lot of time, stress and aggravation. To accomplish this, eye-deology Vision Care opticians will evaluate your face shape and tone, and present eyeglass frame styles and colours that would look best.Schedule Eye Exam
27. Eye Exam: Licensed Optician Consultation
Eye Measurements. Tailoring Prescription Eyewear
Several measurements are necessary to ensure that the eyeglass frame properly fits and that lens optics aligned. Pupillary distance (PD), or the distance between the centers of the pupils of each eye, is measured at the time of eyewear purchase and is one of the most important. If an individual requires multifocal lenses, then several other measurements are necessary. Some of these include pupil height, segment height and pantoscopic tilt. These measurements are critical for higher prescriptions and multifocal lenses and should be left to experienced professionals to calculate.Schedule Eye Exam
28. Eye Exam: Licensed Optician Consultation
Personal Eyewear Fitting. Customized For You
Before patients leave with their new eyeglasses, opticians may perform several final adjustments so that they fit perfectly to the individual. Temple arm bowing, temple arm balancing, earpiece bending and nosepiece/nose pad adjustments are needed to customize and personalize fit to the patient.Schedule Eye Exam