Why it’s important to have regular eye exams

Eye exams are not just about improving your vision. That may seem like a strange declaration from a Toronto optometrist office but it is important to us that you are aware of the connection between your eye health and your overall health. Diseases such as diabetes and multiple sclerosis are often first discovered through changes in vision. Neurological impairment also affects vision. Factors that limit visual clarity are located in the retina or the brain and can be caused by brain damage, such as from traumatic brain injury or stroke which is why changes in vision should be taken seriously and why it’s vital to your well-being to have regular eye exams.

What you can expect from our comprehensive eye exams

Our eye exams include:

Visual acuity and refractive status assessment

Visual acuity refers to how clear your vision is. Clarity of vision is affected by both optical and neural factors including: the retinal focus within the eye, the health and functioning of the retina and the brain’s interpretation of what it is seeing. During your exam we determine how light is refracted in your eye and perform a complete refractive assessment because how your eye refracts light determines how clear your vision will be. Too high or too low refractive error (ametropia) is the cause of nearsightedness (myopia) or farsightedness (hyperopia). By testing for these issues and astigmatism vision correction can be achieved through eyeglasses, contact lenses or laser surgery.

Binocular assessment

to determine how your two eyes work together as a team.

Accommodative assessment

to determine how your eyes focus up close and far away during prolonged periods of reading and computer use.

Pupil assessment

to evaluate how your pupil reacts to light and to determine if there are physiological anomalies that might be an indication of other health conditions such as nerve palsy and Horner’s syndrome.

Extra-ocular muscle function test

to measure the function of the muscles that help your eyes move in all directions.

Cover test

by using this test we can access misalignment in the eyes (whether they are straight at rest) to detect early and advanced stages of eye turns (strabismus), or phoric disorders such as heterophoria and improper binocular postures.

Visual field assessment

to test your peripheral vision.

Intraocular pressure test

measures the pressure inside your eyes for indications of glaucoma or other disorders which lead to elevated eye pressure.

Complete assessment of the anterior segment of your eyes

using a microscope we determine if there any corneal or other anterior segment diseases or other inflammatory eye disease or infections.

Posterior segment disease

This test is typically done through the dilation of the pupil with drops to examine the retina, the optic nerve and the other structures at the back of the eye.

Retinal imaging with a state of the art Optomap

These modalities provide information about anatomical and functional changes in the retina with high resolution. By using cutting edge digital retinal scans we can provide a complete assessment and document or map the health of your retina and how it changes over time.

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