Vision and Eye Health Examination
The full eye exam that we conduct looks for any eye diseases in addition to measuring your sight. Using advanced equipment and highly trained staff, we look for the many eye conditions that start to become evident before you experience symptoms. As Doctors of Optometry, we also detect other health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, strokes and thyroid disorders through an examination of your eyes. Regular eye exams help detect emerging conditions, so you can get the treatment you need to maintain healthy eyes and clear sight.
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Remember a school screening is not the same as having your eyes examined by a Doctor of Optometry.
Common side effects are blurry near vision and light sensitivity which lasts two to six hours. It is recommended that you bring a driver. It is important to bring a pair of sunglasses with you to the appointment. We do have temporary sunglasses available for patients who forget their personal pair.
For example, someone who works at a computer all day may find a second pair of computer glasses relieves her eye strain and fatigue because it is customized for her occupational needs (Zeiss iOffice). Another patient who is active outdoors or drives for their profession will benefit from a pair of good quality sunglasses.
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Our staff are governed by the College of Opticians of Ontario and the College of Optometrists of Ontario to ensure that we follow Canadian health and safety standards. Continuing education is a mandatory requirement in order to continue practising as a licensed healthcare professional. Thus, we stay current in the field. If you buy eyewear online, there is no governing body nor licensed professional to ensure your glasses are made correctly.
While at first it may seem more cost effective to purchase your glasses online, there are several reasons to consider buying your glasses from either your Optometrist’s office or an optical retail store with a Registered Optician.
1. Verify that the dispensed lenses are the correct prescription at the location you purchased the glasses. The technician should also confirm that your frame and lens measurements are accurate. If it is a simple solution, the technician will make the necessary adjustments and decide whether new lenses need to be ordered.
2. If the technician cannot resolve the problem, than an appointment with your prescribing doctor will be scheduled. The prescription may need to be altered slightly.
* Please note at our office prescription changes will only be warrantied if addressed within the first sixty days of purchasing the glasses. If you wait longer than three months, than you will have to pay for new lenses at full price. *
Contact lens technology is continually evolving. The lenses most suitable for you last year, may not be the best option now. The Optometrist may want to change the contact lens design to optimize your eye health and comfort.
For convenience, if you prefer to order your contact lenses online, check out our online contact lens store. We can deliver the lenses to a preferred location or you are welcome to pick them up at our office. Your online order will be verified by your eye doctor before delivery.
We can submit directly to Green Shield if you bring your insurance card with you to the appointment.
Here are links for other common insurance companies:
- Great West Life
- Blue Cross
While scheduling your appointment, please let our office staff know you are covered by one of these programs. You will need to bring a valid health card and drug benefit card corresponding to the month of your appointment.
These social service programs provide coverage for basic frames and lenses. Some lens designs may not be covered. If you require new glasses, our office will provide you with a copy of the prescription and an estimate for your eyewear. It is the patient’s responsibility to bring this information to their case worker. Once we receive approval forms, we will order the frames and lenses.