Comprehensive Eye Examination

Why Are Eye Examinations Important?

We rely on our sight in all aspects of daily life and therefore, an eye examination is essential to monitor eye health and maintain the best vision possible. A comprehensive eye exam can identify vision problems and eye diseases at their earliest stages and often before the patient is even aware a problem exists. Some of these ocular diseases and disorders include  glaucoma, cataracts, retinal detachments and macular degeneration, to name a few.  Eye examinations can also detect systemic health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure. We strive to provide the most thorough eye examinations using the latest technology and equipment. Our state-of-the-art digital imaging is an integral part of our telehealth and co-management services with area opthalmologists.

What To Expect 

Our eye examinations generally last about 30 minutes. However, each exam can vary depending on the complexity of any ocular health issues and additional testing that may be required.

You will be asked about your medical history and any vision issues or problems you may be experiencing. Your visual acuity will be measured to determine if any vision correction (eyeglasses, contact lenses) is required. The health of your eyes will also be checked for any potential eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration, to name a few.

Our equipment includes an Optomap widefield scanning laser retinal camera which allows us to take photographs of the inside of your eyes so even small abnormalities can be detected, recorded and compared in future checks. Combining this with modern examination techniques, we can ensure all measures are taken to help prevent unnecessary deterioration to your sight and eye health. Other tests we will carry out include binocular assessment (how well the eyes work together), peripheral visual field analysis and intraocular pressure measurement.

Dr. Cousineau will explain the results of the various tests and you will be given every opportunity to ask any questions you may have. The recommendations given at the end of the eye examination will take into account factors such as your working environment, lifestyle and any leisure pursuits you have so we can meet your visual needs in the best possible way.

How Often Should One Have An Eye Examination?

We advise regular eye examinations for everyone including children even when you are not experiencing any difficulties. In accordance with national guidelines the recommended intervals are set out in the table below:

National guidelines for eye tests

1:Age 6 months first exam
2: Age 3-19 every year
3: Age 20-64 every 2 years
4: Age 65 and older every year
5: Diabetic patients every year

The above are general guidelines and many patients may require an eye examination  more frequently.

Please contact us if you have any questions about your eye examination and related issues.