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.
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:
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:
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.