Adult ocular health and vision assessment
A complete ocular health and vision assessment includes all of the following:
Along with these essential elements of an eye examination the doctors at Huron Optometric Centres will often recommend additional imaging of the ocular structures with OCT or digital photography. This allows an even more thorough examination and the earliest detection of ocular disease.
How often should I have my eyes examined?
Children ocular health and vision assessment
It has been determined that 80% of a child's learning is visual. It is very important for children to have their eyes examined to determine if there is any problems with vision, binocular vision or ocular health. The Ontario Association of Optometrists recommends that all children have an eye examination at the age of six months, before they begin school and then every 12- 24 months as recommended by an optometrist. Children's examinations are modified to suite the age of the child. Children do not need to know how to read or recognize letters to have an exam. Objective measurements to determine refractive error and binocular alignment can be readily performed on infants under one year of age. Children under the age of 20 years are always covered by OHIP for their examinations
Eye See.... Eye Learn Program
The Eye See…Eye Learn® program provides comprehensive eye exams by local Doctors of Optometry to junior kindergarten students in participating school regions. The eye exams are covered under provincial health insurance (or OHIP) when you show your child’s health card. This means that there is no out-of-pocket cost for the eye exam. If the child requires a pair of glasses, they will receive a FREE pair donated by Nikon Lenswear, OGI and your participating Doctor of Optometry. The value of the glasses is estimated over $250.
Vision Therapy provides effective treatment for eye control and visual processing deficits. Specific activities are performed over a period of time allowing the visual system to develop or acquire the necessary skills to function at optimum levels.
Depending on the case, the procedures are prescribed to:
o Help patients develop or improve fundamental visual skills and abilities
o Improve visual comfort, ease, and efficiency
o Change how a patient processes or interprets visual information
The Optometrist prescribes and supervises an individualized vision therapy program to fit the visual needs of each patient. The one-hour, in-office vision therapy sessions are scheduled over a 25-50 week period. Various vision skills are supplemented with procedures completed at home between the weekly office visits.
Optometric Vision Therapy programs utilize specific types of specialized equipment such as:
o Therapeutic lenses
o Occluders or patches
o Electronic targets with timing mechanisms
o Balance boards, walking rails or trampolines
Four general areas of remediation are available:
1. Eye Control Issues (eye teaming and focusing)
2. Vision Related Learning Problems (compromised academic performance)
3. Amblyopia and Strabismus (lazy eye or crossed eyes)
4. Traumatic Brain Injury (post-trauma vision syndrome)
The first step in any Optometric Vision Therapy program is a comprehensive vision exam. If your eye doctor diagnoses a vision problem that can be treated with a vision therapy program, you will be referred to our Clinton office for specialized testing.
To find out more about Vision Therapy please visit the College of Optometrists in Vision Development website.
Contact lenses may be worn on many different schedules including daily and monthly planned replacement. There are contact lenses to correct astigmatism, and presbyopia ( bifocal contacts ). With advances in contact lens design there are very few patient who could not be fit with contact lenses.
The introduction of new materials and designs have made contact lenses an option for many of our patients. Freedom from glasses can make many activities much more enjoyable. It may be for sports, social events or full time wear. Some people with more significant prescriptions will actually see better with contacts than spectacles.
If you are interested in wearing contact lenses the first step is a complete ocular health and vision assessment if it has not been performed recently. After that we will discuss the best options for you and then "test drive" the lenses during a contact lens trial. This trial will allow you to experience contact lens wear first hand and help you determine it it is really an option for you. Also the doctor will perform tests after the trial which will confirm that you are a good candidate. If the trial is successful the next step is to learn how to safely insert and remove the contact and how to maintain and care for the lenses.
Spectacle Therapy at Huron Optometric Centres
Eyeglasses are the most common and popular type of optical correction. Glasses need to be practical, useful and affordable. They are also a fashion statement reflecting your individual character and personality.
At Huron Optometric Centres, our goal is to meet your needs for great vision and also make you look good!
Refractive surgery may involve procedures with a Laser such as LASIK and PRK. It may also involve implantable intraocular contact lenses, or refractive lens exchange,
Refractive surgery, to reduce dependency on spectacles and contact lenses, may be the correct choice for some patients.
Not everyone is a good candidate and only good candidates should consider the procedure.
At Huron Optometric Centres we are trained to co-manage refractive surgery patients from the initial examination through to the follow up care. As the primary eye care provider, your Optometrist is the best person to discuss your options. We work closely with the surgeons to provide continuity between the surgeon and the primary eye care provider ( your Optometrist )
If you are interested in a refractive surgery procedure the best place to start is with a complete examination with your optometrist .
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