Eye Exam in Richmond Hill
Regular eye exams are an essential part of maintaining overall health and are just as important as an annual physical with your family doctor. If you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses an annual eye exam can ensure your prescription is up-to-date and provides optimal vision correction. If you don’t have any specific vision needs an annual eye exam helps to maintain your eyes’ health or allows for early detection if any issues arise.
An eye exam involves a series of tests to evaluate your vision and check ocular health. The optometrist’s comprehensive eye exam will diagnose and provide a plan for you to achieve the best possible vision.
Regular vision testing and ocular exams ensure that you maintain clear and comfortable vision and optimal ocular health. Colour vision, peripheral vision and whether the eyes are focusing, moving and working together may also be evaluated during your exam.
In addition to diagnosing cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration in their early and more treatable stages, our optometrists can often be the first to detect “silent” systemic diseases such as diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, and overactive thyroid. A comprehensive eye exam is an important component of your yearly health maintenance routine.
Common Vision Disorders:
The more common vision conditions are myopia, hyperopia, presbyopia and astigmatism.
- Myopia or Nearsightedness – near objects are easier to see than things in the distance. The eyes require extra effort to focus and see clearly, possibly causing blur, fatigue, discomfort, and headaches.
- Hyperopia – the opposite of myopia, is a condition in which someone can see things clearly that are far away but things that are near may be blurry.
- Astigmatism – Astigmatism is a common eye condition that can make your vision blurry or distorted. It happens when your cornea (the clear front layer of your eye) or lens (an inner part of your eye that helps the eye focus) has a different shape than normal.
- Presbyopia – usually occurring after the age of 40, it is a natural change in which the ability to focus on close objects decreases over time. It can cause blurred vision, headaches, tired eyes, and the need for more light when reading.
When should I get an eye exam?
Eye exams can help detect eye conditions at an early stage. Regular eye exams are essential for identifying vision changes, monitoring eye health, and providing early and effective treatment options.
Several factors influence the appropriate routine schedule for your eye exam. These factors may include your age, overall health, and family history and risks for developing eye diseases.
We recommend that children have their first eye exam as early as age three. This will help the optometrist rule out common childhood eye problems, and ensure healthy vision, alignment and development. Annual exams are recommended.
Adults and Seniors should schedule eye exams every 12-18 months unless there is an underlying eye health condition or other circumstances requiring more regular eye exams. Your optometrist will recommend a recall schedule to best suit your individual ocular needs.
Some of such circumstances for more frequent exams include:
- Contact lenses wear
- Diabetes or other chronic diseases with risk factors for the eyes
- Family history of glaucoma or other eye diseases
- History of medical conditions affecting the eyes
- Taking certain medications that have side effects that affect the eyes
The Benefits of Having an Eye Exam
An eye exam is the best way to maintain your eye health and ensure optimal vision. An ocular assessment can detect eye issues and determine an appropriate treatment plan. With regular exams, our optometrists are able to help prevent, detect or slow the progression of eye conditions.
What can people expect from an eye exam in Richmond Hill?
Our optometrist at our Richmond Hill office will ensure you’re comfortable and cared for during the exam. The visit includes a series of tests to provide a comprehensive eye health evaluation. The optometrist will ask questions about your personal eye health history as well as your family health history to determine any possible risk for eye disease. At the end of the eye exam our optometrist will discuss the results with you, offer solutions and treatments and advise you on your exam schedule for future eye exams, and any vision correction elements you might need including options for contact lenses.
Clear vision with Contact Lenses
Contact lenses are a great option for many clients and for many reasons:
- A glasses-free look
- Hassle-free vision correction
- The ability to wear non-prescription sun wear and sports goggles
- Contact lenses may provide improved vision for people with a high prescription or astigmatism
- Availability of multifocal contact lenses
Your doctor will recommend the best contact lenses to suit your eyes, vision and lifestyle.
Success with contact lenses depends upon a certain amount of motivation and commitment on your part. You must learn to take proper care of both the lenses and your eyes. Good candidates for contact lenses have:
- Realistic expectations about contact lens wear
- The ability to follow directions on the regular care and cleaning of contact lenses
- A prescription that lends itself to contact lenses
- Healthy eyes
Book your next eye exam with us in Richmond Hill
Eye exams can help determine your eye health and discover any problems that need immediate care. Attending regular appointments gives you a strong foundation for caring for your eyes. Eye exams at our Richmond Hill, more specifically Hillcrest Mall, location are provided by our highly trained, licensed Optometrists. Our top priority is to help you maintain your eye health and, if necessary, determine how best to improve your vision and ocular health. Book a consultation with us to discuss your options and schedule your next eye exam.