We’ve all heard the expression that your eyes are the windows to your soul, but in fact, they are the windows to your health. Did you know that you could have 20/20 vision, but still have an undiagnosed eye disease?
Optometrists play a unique role in the health care of a patient. We are primary eye care providers, meaning we not only prescribe eyeglasses and fit contact lenses, but we also screen for a variety of conditions of the eyes, nervous system, and circulatory system. Optometrists also treat many eye diseases and infections, and prescribe medication when necessary. We communicate any special concerns to your family doctor, as well as any other specialists who may be involved in your care. We also arrange referrals to ophthalmologists and other specialists if additional testing or evaluation is required.
A typical eye exam begins with a history and problem assessment. I consider this to be the most important part of the exam. We discuss your reasons for coming in, your medical and eye history, and your occupation and hobbies. You may wonder why you need to provide this information. Certain medical conditions can have a direct effect on your eyes, and some medications have side effects that affect your vision, cause dry eyes, or change your colour perception, among many others. It is also important to understand how you use your eyes on a regular basis, so the exam can be tailored to your needs.
The rest of the exam consists of screening tests, your refraction (the portion of the exam when we determine your prescription), testing the prescription in a trial frame if necessary, and a health assessment. During the health assessment, I examine the external and internal structures of your eyes using a slit lamp and a high-powered lens. I may also check your eye pressure using an anesthetic drop and dilate your pupils using another drop, if further examination is indicated.
Throughout the exam, I will communicate my findings to you and perhaps ask you more questions. I also make sure your questions are addressed, and believe me; no question is silly or stupid. My primary goal is to help you see better and to make sure you’re healthy, comfortable, and well informed.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-929-5312 and book your eye health exam today. Your eyes will thank you later.