Comprehensive Eye Exams, Right Here in Chestermere
Healthy eyes and vision is a gift, but it’s also a responsibility. At Chestermere Optometry, we approach eye care as an essential part of maintaining your overall health. Your eyes can signal several changes in your health that could affect your lifestyle, and identifying these issues early is vital to maintaining your quality of life.
With the Alberta Association of Optometrists and other leading optometric organizations recommending annual eye exams for healthy Canadian adults & seniors, we can’t stress the importance of eye exams enough.
Book your appointment and take control of your eye health today.
Eye Diseases Can Creep Up On You
As we get older, we have to focus a little more on maintaining our physical well-being than we did in our youth. Even when the rest of your body (and mind) is perfectly healthy, vision-threatening eye conditions can still arise—and the key to staying ahead of them is an annual comprehensive eye exam.
The trouble with many progressive diseases like age-related macular degeneration or glaucoma is that they initially present very few symptoms in their early stages. They also typically target older individuals, leaving those over 65 years old at a higher risk of developing eye diseases.
An eye exam every 12 months gives us an opportunity to diagnose vision-threatening eye diseases before symptoms are present.
What to Expect From an Eye Exam
Our eye exams are thorough but relaxed and comfortable. We take your well-being seriously, so please let us know if there is anything we can do to make your visit more comfortable!
- A comprehensive eye exam takes approximately 1 hour to complete.
- Please arrive 5 minutes early to ensure all your information is up to date.
- An optometric assistant will perform several preliminary tests. These tests are non-invasive and easy.
- The optometrist will meet you, perform comprehensive testing, and discuss any findings.
- If you require corrective lenses, we will provide you with your prescription after the exam.
- You can choose from hundreds of different styles of frames from our optical dispensary and decide which type of lenses and coatings will work best for you.
- Glasses can often be made on-site, sometimes in as little as 1 hour!
Eye Exams Tailored for Seniors
After our initial conversation about any symptoms you might be facing and your ocular and medical history, we start our preliminary testing. We use dilating drops during our senior exams to ensure we get as much information from your eyes as possible.
Your eyes will remain dilated for approximately 2–3 hours, meaning that it will seem very bright outside, so you will need a ride home from your appointment, as you will not be able to drive.
Then it’s onto the eye exam itself. Eye exams generally take less than 1 hour, using the results from the preliminary tests as a base to look for prescription changes, age-related eye diseases, and other conditions.
Providing quality eye care means using leading tools and technology to get a full look at your eyes. Our optometrist will be happy to walk you through the steps of each test, and we’ll ensure each test we perform is non-invasive and comfortable.
Autorefraction / Autokeratometry
Autorefraction measures your prescription and the curve of your corneas. This process helps determine your corrective lens prescription and highlights changes in your refraction.
Non-contact tonometry tests measure eye pressure, a key indicator in the development of glaucoma.
Digital Retinal Photography
Digital retinal photography uses a very powerful camera to take detailed images of your retinas inside your eyes. These images are highly effective when looking for signs of macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and other eye diseases that present changes in your eye health.
Optical Coherence Tomography
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging provides cross-sectional images of your corneas, retinas, optic nerves, and other components of your eyes. This process, like digital retinal photography, is non-invasive and very powerful.
Refraction tests, using a phoropter, determine which type and strength of corrective lenses provide ideal vision. Repeat after us: Number one, or number two?
Eye Muscle Assessment
We can determine how well your eye muscles perform their duties, assessing their function and performance across a range of vision tests.
Slit Lamp Exam
During a slit lamp exam, we use a powerful microscope to examine your eyes. This exam looks at the anterior segment of the eyes, inspecting for corneal disease, conjunctivitis, cataracts, and other eye health indicators
Binocular Indirect Ophthalmoscopy
Binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy is a routine test we perform after dilation, and is used to examine the retina at the back of the eye. This test is non-invasive and allows us to gather important information about your eye health.