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We Have Been Caring for Calgary’s Aging Eyes for Over 35 Years. Visit Us in North, South, & Downtown Calgary For Your Next Eye Exam.

Our Eyes Change as We Age & Should Be Monitored Annually

As with all things in our bodies, our eyes change with age. Some change is anticipated, such as the gradual development of presbyopia, while others are often the result of developing eye diseases. The most common and potentially troubling eye conditions that develop with age are cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma.

Many eye diseases, including those mentioned already, begin with no symptoms- no pain, no sudden vision loss… nothing. This “silent” development means that a disease will often progress over the course of months or even years before the patient notices. Sadly, vision lost to such diseases is generally lost forever.

Annual eye exams are the best proactive mechanism we have for detecting and treating eye diseases early.

Early treatment can reduce vision loss by as much as 95%- have your eyes examined every year.

Dealing with visual challenges can be extremely frustrating. At Calgary Optometry Centre, our focus is on improving your quality of life by providing the best eye care available.

By helping your eyes stay healthy we can ensure you enjoy your independence as much as possible. While assessing your eye health, we also update your corrective lens prescription and ensure you leave our office seeing as well as you can.

Our field of medical science has advanced dramatically over the last 35 years. Part of our commitment to our patients is that we will remain on the forefront of our field, ensuring we always provide eye care that meets or exceeds the standard available today.

You can expect our Optometry practices to use the latest in diagnostic, imaging, and testing equipment.

What to Expect From a Comprehensive Eye Exam

Most eye exams are completed in under an hour. Contact lens fitting exams may take slightly longer.

Before you meet with one of our Optometrists, you will have some preliminary testing done by an Optometric Assistant. These tests are fast and non-invasive, and are used to help guide the tests performed by the Optometrist.

These tests include:

  • Retinal imaging – Using a high-resolution, wide-field digital retinal camera, a detailed image is taken of your internal eye structures (retina, macula, etc.). Eye diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration are both clearly visible via this process.
  • Ocular coherence tomography – Similar in nature to retinal imaging, albeit different in process, the OCT imaging equipment that we use allows us to create highly-detailed images of the back of your eye, and critically, your optic nerve (which, when damaged by eye diseases like glaucoma, causes serious and irrecoverable vision loss).
  • Visual field testing – This process assesses your peripheral vision quality. Certain eye diseases, such as glaucoma, will begin to impact your peripheral vision prior to your central vision. Visual field testing can indicate the presence of a developing eye disease and also highlight deficiencies in your visual field.
  • Autorefractor – This test quickly approximates what corrective lens prescription, if any, is needed for your eyes. The Optometrist uses this information to quickly hone in on the ideal prescription.
  • Tonometer – This test measures the your intraocular pressure (IOP). An abnormal IOP is a strong indicator of certain eye diseases, including (you guessed it) glaucoma.

After the preliminary testing is complete, you will meet with one of our Optometrists for a few more tests and to discuss any concerns you may have.

Tests the Optometrist will perform include:

  • Case history – gathering information about your vision and eye health concerns. Updated general health and medications information as both of these factors may affect vision and eye health.
  • Visual examination of the eye and eyelid – The eye and surrounding tissues are great indicators of overall health. We assess yours during the exam to ensure everything looks as it should.
  • Vision clarity testing/prescription refinement – If your eyes would benefit from a corrective lens prescription, the Optometrist will refine the approximation generated by the auto-refractor.
  • Binocular vision assessment – the eyes are meant to work as a team. Various testing is done to make sure the the two eyes are aligned, tracking and focussing together.
  • Digital imaging assessment – The Optometrist will review the images captured by the retinal camera and OCT equipment, outlining any changes or concerns they may have.

The Optometrist may perform other tests, including dilation, as needed.

Most eye exams take under 60 minutes to complete.

Alberta Health provides annual financial coverage for all standard eye exams performed on Albertans age 18 and under and age 65 and over. Additional testing recommended by the Optometrist may or may not be covered by Alberta Health.

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