Eye Exam

Your eyesight is priceless. An annual eye exam will help to maintain clear and comfortable vision and detect eye disease early. Children should have their eyes examined by age 3 and may be examined as young as 6 months old. Currently, OHIP coverage allows for one full eye exam every year for patients 19 and under or 65 and older. Certain individuals between the ages of 20 to 64 may also be covered by OHIP. Most private health care insurance plans will cover the cost of an eye exam but individual plans vary on the frequency and the amount covered so patients are encouraged to check this information prior to their appointments.

Besides measuring a patient’s vision and assessing if glasses or contact lenses are required, we also check a patient’s eye muscle balance, colour vision, depth perception and ocular health. We consider risk factors like personal medical history, family history of eye disease and strength of eyeglasses prescription to assess a patient's probability of developing certain eye diseases. Often we can detect systemic diseases like diabetes, hypertension, and cholesterol while examining the eyes. If there are any eye diseases that require more advanced treatment like surgery, then we will ensure you are referred to the appropriate specialist.

To examine the retina more thoroughly we combine the use of our instruments with the Optomap retinal exam. Each method provides us with a very different view of the retina and when used together it gives us a more complete picture than when used separately. This allows us to diagnose both ocular and systemic diseases much easier. The Optomap is recommended to our patients of all ages since it is non-invasive and provides us with a permanent image of the retina to store in the clinical file to allow easy comparisons between visits.

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