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Kids eye exam

Comprehensive Eye Exam

Are you struggling with dry eyes or blurred vision? Are you worried about developing cataracts?

 

An eye exam is not just about perfecting your sight, it's about getting a comprehensive understanding of your eye health, with potential implications for your general health and well-being.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Comprehensive Eye Exams

Q1: Why are annual eye exams important?

Annual eye exams are essential for maintaining good eye health and early detection of any potential eye conditions, ensuring that you can get the proper treatment as soon as possible.

Q2: What common conditions can be detected during the eye examination?

Common conditions that can be detected during the exam include but are not limited to eye infections and inflammation, dry eye disease, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and retina disorders such as holes, tears, and detachments.

Q3: When should I take an eye exam?

Even if you don't have any known vision problems, it is generally recommended to have a comprehensive eye exam every one to two years. However, if you experience symptoms such as blurred vision, eye pain, floaters, sudden vision loss, or if you have a history of eye disease, it is crucial to schedule an exam immediately. 

Moreover, people with diseases like diabetes should have annual exams to closely monitor any potential ocular complications. If you are uncertain about the appropriate schedule for your individual needs, you can receive personalized guidance from us. 

Q4: What is the process of having an eye exam? How long does it take? 

Having an eye exam begins with a comprehensive review of your medical and ocular history. This is followed by a series of tests designed to evaluate various aspects of your vision and eye health, including the cornea, lens, retina, and optic nerve. These tests can include a visual acuity assessment, refraction test, visual field examination, and a dilated eye exam.

During the eye exam, our Optometrist will address your concerns, assess your vision, measure eye pressure, and examine the overall health of your eyes. Additional tests may be required depending on your concerns. The duration of the exam can vary depending on the complexity of the tests involved and whether or not your eyes need to be dilated. If dilation is required, it may take an additional 20-30 minutes for the eye drops to take effect.

In general, the entire process of an eye exam can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. It is important to plan accordingly and allocate enough time for the full duration of the exam.

Q5: What should I bring to my appointment?

Please bring your insurance coverage information (e.g. OHIP card and insurance card), current eyeglasses, sunglasses, contact lenses and solution information, and a list of your current medications and dietary supplements. Bring a friend or family member with you if you are not comfortable driving after the dilating drops.

Q6: Who is eligible for a comprehensive eye exam covered under OHIP in Ontario?

Children aged 0 to 19 years old, seniors aged 65 years and older, and people with certain medical conditions like Diabetes, Glaucoma, and Macular Degeneration are eligible for a comprehensive eye exam once a year or every two years under OHIP. Check out this webpage for more information: www.RedHouseVision.ca/OHIP-Changes-2023

Q7: What if I am not covered under OHIP?

Don't worry! We provide direct billing to most insurance companies. Please contact us for more details, or you can approach your insurance provider directly to understand your coverage.

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