What to expect for your general eye exam
General Eye Exams in Edmonton - FAQ
At Optometrists Clinic Inc, we offer general eye exams to patients of all ages in Greater Edmonton. Here are some of the most common questions patients have about getting their eyes tested.
General Eye Exams in Edmonton
1. What can I expect during a complete eye exam?A complete eye exam is performed to assess and correct your vision and diagnose ocular diseases. It includes a comprehensive vision test to determine your prescription for eyewear, an ocular motility exam to test eye movements and an assessment of your overall eye health. Following the exam, you’ll receive information on your eye health status and advice on the best eyewear options if applicable. On average, the exam takes 20 minutes.
2. What can I expect from a Dilation Exam?A dilated fundus exam (DFE) is used to detect a number of common eye disorders, including macular degeneration and glaucoma. During the DFE, your eye doctor will administer drops that relax the iris muscles and widen the pupils. This will provide the doctor with a better view of the back of the eye. The average exam length, including the time it takes for the drops to take effect, is 30 minutes. The dilation can last four to eight hours, so patients are advised to have a driver.
3. What can I expect from a contact lens assessment?A contact lens assessment can be provided in addition to a complete eye exam upon request. The contact lens assessment is used to determine which type and fit of contact lens are ideal for you. The doctor will also provide detailed advice on lens care.
4. How often should I get my eyes tested?In general, our clinic adheres to the following guidelines for eye exams: Healthy adults: every two years Contact lens wearers: yearly Seniors and children: yearly Diabetics or those with other ocular diseases: yearly dilations However, everyone has different needs for their eyes, so it’s recommended that you consult us for personalized advice.
6. Why do some people require more frequent eye exams?Certain individuals are at higher risk of eye disease and therefore need to have their eyes examined more frequently. You should get your eyes checked on at least a yearly basis if: You wear contact lenses You’ve had an eye injury in the past Your eyesight gets worse over time You have a family history of eye disease You have diabetes Ask your eye doctor about additional risk factors for eye disease.
7. What are the signs that it’s time for an eye exam?If you have any of the following symptoms, don’t wait to get your eyes tested: Eye strain. If your eyes quickly become tired when you’re reading, or if you get headaches due to squinting, you likely require glasses or need to update your prescription. Blurred vision. Blurred vision is a sign of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. If distant objects appear blurry, you may be nearsighted. If nearby objects appear blurry, you may be farsighted. However, if you have difficulty perceiving both nearby and distant objects, you may be suffering from astigmatism. Light sensitivity. If normal light levels seem bright and cause discomfort, you should have your eyes tested. A variety of eye disorders and infections are linked to light sensitivity. Double vision. This problem may be caused by abnormalities in the cornea, lens, retina or nerves. It may also be linked to astigmatism, keratoconus or dry eye. Eye infection. If your eyes are red, swollen, itchy and/or producing a discharge and you’ve ruled out allergies, you may be dealing with an eye infection. Poor night vision. If you’re having increased difficulty seeing at night (for example, when driving after dusk), you may be experiencing the onset of cataracts. An eye exam is the first step to diagnosing and treating these and various other eye problems.
At Optometrists Clinic Inc, our eye doctors provide comprehensive general eye exams to patients of all ages in Edmonton. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.