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The eyes are connected to many other systems in the human body. That makes routine eye exams an important part of preventative healthcare—regardless of your age or physical health. For experienced optometrists in Fort McMurray, Leduc and Drayton Valley, contact The Eye Centre to schedule your next appointment.
Comprehensive eye exams not only test your vision, but also give optometrists a close-up look at the inside of the eye, including blood vessels, veins and nerves, all of which may contain clues to conditions that affect your overall health.
Some of these conditions can be quite serious, which means that an eye exam can actually help save your life. The sooner an issue is detected, the better the chances of successful treatment. Eye exams are recommended every year. During your eye exam we will:
Assess your visual acuity
Look for developing eye conditions
Ensure your corrective lens prescription is correct and current
Answer any questions you may have
You can expect the eye exam to take 20 minutes; however, we ensure we dedicate the time required to provide a thorough examination. You will have a diagnostic testing (usually done with an optometric assistant), and assessment and consultation with an Optometrist. If you wear corrective lenses – eyeglasses or contact lenses – please bring them with you.
Eye Exam Tests Include:
This test provides an approximation of your corrective lens prescription, guiding the Optometrist so they can efficiently fine-tune your prescription.
Visual field testing
This test assesses your peripheral vision. Potential brain tumours can impact the peripheral vision, making it important we check it for signs of degradation.
Digital retinal imaging
Using what is essentially a high-powered digital camera, we take detailed images of the back of your eye. Conditions like macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy leave tell-tale signs visible using digital retinal imaging.
We test the pressure in your eye with a gentle puff of air. High eye pressure has been linked to diseases (such as glaucoma).
Slit lamp exam
The front surface of your eye is assessed for developing conditions, such as cataracts. This test is also used when assessing dry eye.
The Eye Centre provides comprehensive eye exams for children and seniors too. Get in touch with the location closest to to you.