Be Eye Wise

Preparing for your Exam

It’s important to have regular eye exams. When you arrive you will be asked if you are having any vision or eye problems. Please bring a list of your medications and be prepared to give a brief health history and history of any eye problems in your family. If you wear contact lenses, please wear them to your appointment and if it is your first visit to our office, bring the name of your solution and a package with the specifications of your lenses. Bring or wear your glasses and if you have diabetes or a high prescription bring sunglasses in case you need drops to dilate your pupils for a dilated retinal exam. Also bring sunglasses for your pre-schooler’s first exam as they might also need drops to determine their full prescription. Before you proceed to the exam room our Certified Optometric Assistants will check the intraocular pressure (air puff test) and take digital retinal photos. The exam will begin with a brief history of your eye and health problems. Then we will check your visual acuity, eye coordination, and pupil reflexes. A refraction will be performed to determine your glasses prescription, then your ocular health will be assessed on both the external and internal structures of your eyes. Finally the results of the exam and treatment options will be discussed and any questions answered. Most exams will take half an hour, to an hour if drops are needed.

Frequency of Exams

Based on the frequency of eye exams study, the Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends that your child should be seen at six months, and have a complete examination before starting kindergarten, and annually throughout the school years to ensure optimal eye health and developmental progress. Adults aged 19 to 64 should have an eye exam at least every two years. Contact lens wearers, people with diabetes, and those over 65 should have an exam at least once a year. Other health conditions assessed by your Doctor of Optometry may also warrant more frequent eye examinations.

For more information please visit doctorsofoptometry.ca.