1) HOW MUCH IS AN EYE TEST AND WHAT DOES IT ENTAIL?
A COMPREHENSIVE EYE EXAMINATION IS COVERED ONCE A YEAR BY ALBERTA HEALTH CARE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 19 AND SENIORS 65 AND UP. FOR ADULTS AGE 19-64, THE COST OF AN EYE EXAMINATION IS $120.
A comprehensive eye exam is performed by a Doctor of Optometry and includes:
* Checking baseline vision
* Binocular vision testing (how well your two eyes coordinate and work as a team)
* Determining a glasses prescription
* Neurological testing
* Ocular pressure testing
* Internal and External ocular health check
* Expert advice on glasses, contact lenses, LASIK and maintaining healthy eyes
* *A 200 degree digital photo of the back of the eye (retina) is included in all exams for adults age 19-64 and is an additional $20 for Alberta Health Care covered exams.
2) HOW LONG DOES AN EYE EXAM TAKE?
AN EYE EXAMINATION TYPICALLY TAKES ABOUT 30 MINUTES. IF A SPECIALTY DILATED RETINAL EXAM IS REQUIRED, AN ADDITIONAL 20 MINUTES IS NEEDED.
A dilated fundus exam is recommended yearly for:
* All patients with diabetes
* Seniors over age 65
* Patients with ocular pathology that is impeding the view of the retinal tissue
* Patients with high myopia (nearsightedness)
3) HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU GET AN EYE EXAM?
A comprehensive eye exam is recommended yearly for all patients. Children, seniors, contact lens wearers and patients who are being followed for ocular pathology may need to be followed more closely.
4) HOW LONG DO EYES STAY DILATED AFTER AN EYE EXAM?
Depending on the drops selected by your health care provider, eyes typically stay dilated for 3-4 hours but can last up to 12 hours. It may be longer or shorter depending on how quickly your body breaks down the medication and the type of dilation drops chosen. Your health care provider will advise you prior to instillation of drops.
5) HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU NEED GLASSES?
Some patients may notice they are having trouble focusing on things up close (ie: reading) or far away (ie: road signs); this may be an indication that vision correction is needed. Other individuals may see perfectly clear up close and far away but they may experience non-specific symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, or watery eyes; these symptoms can often be associated with the need for glasses. It’s best to have a comprehensive eye examination in order to determine if glasses are necessary.
6) IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ONLINE AND IN STORE EYE WEAR AND LENSES?
Online shopping is always a gamble when it comes to proper fit whether it’s clothing, shoes or eyewear. Just like a pair of shoes or a jeans, our sizing varies depending on the product. It is difficult to know if a frame you order online is going to fit your bridge, center your eyes, overall placement/comfort and so on regardless of the listed frame, lens, temples measurements.
Not only is the fit of a frame unknown; measuring, centering and cutting optical lenses to suit your prescription is even harder without having placed the frame on your face.
Although most online stores take into account how far your eyes are apart, they do not take into account how high or low the frame sits on your face. Hence, when you purchase glasses online, you may not be looking through optimal area of the lens for maximize clarity or comfort. An inaccurate measurement means that the lens is not centered correctly on the pupil and can cause blurry vision, double vision images, headaches, nausea, and fatigue.
In addition, it is difficult to customize a lens for you without know how far the frame sits, how the frames are angled and how much wrap the frame has. Without the knowledge of this, most online stores cannot design personalized lenses that take all these factors into account. Personalized lenses from an optician have less peripheral distortion/ “swimming”, giving maximize clarity and comfort.
7) HOW SOON SHOULD I GET MY CHILDREN’S EYE TESTED?
Infants should have their first comprehensive eye examination at 6 months of age and then annually thereafter. Early identification of a child’s vision problem can be crucial because children are often more responsive to treatment when problems are diagnosed early. At birth, your baby can see blurred patterns of light and dark, and over the next four months they will begin to focus on the faces of people near to them. During the first few months, baby’s eyes are not well coordinated and may appear to cross or wander, which is often normal. The eyes will usually start working together around four months. By six months of age, eye-hand coordination and depth perception begins to develop as infants start to track moving objects with their eyes and reach for them. As Doctors of Optometry, we evaluate many factors that can affect your baby’s vision and eye health using shapes, pictures and other child-friendly techniques.