Many eye diseases have no obvious symptoms such as vision loss, pain, redness or discharge. Some eye diseases show symptoms only at an advanced stage when treatment is difficult.

Comprehensive Eye Exams

A comprehensive eye examination can detect these problems and treat them in time. Optometrists do not just ensure the quality of vision and the health of the eyes: they also promote quality of life.

During an eye exam, we will ask you questions about: any symptoms or issues you are experiencing, medications you are currently taking, any blurry or strained vision, your work environment, and your overall health. Family history and previous eye or vision conditions will also be discussed during this part of the examination. We will consider this information when determining any treatment and recommendation.

Regular vision testing and evaluations ensure that you always have the clearest vision possible. The doctor will measure how each eye is seeing by using a digital eye chart. Depending on the results of your vision test, you may be prescribed: corrective glasses or contacts and may be referred to an ophthalmologist.

As part of a comprehensive eye exam, we examine the overall health of the eye. We evaluate eye health by visually inspecting the eye and eyelids using magnification and a bright light. To examine the internal structures of the eye, we may dilate the pupils or review a picture using a retinal digital camera. The doctor is able to determine if you have: age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, just to name few of the possible eye diseases. After completing the evaluation of your eye health, the doctor will review the results and discusses treatments with you.

The Manitoba Association of Optometrists recommends yearly eye health and vision exams, depending on whether you are at-risk or not. For adult patients that are contact lens wearers or who’ve had laser vision correction, annual eye examinations are recommended. Patients that are being treated for diabetes, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis and other collagen or vascular diseases should be checked annually as well. MHSC does not cover routine eye assessments for patients between the ages of 19-64. Some medical conditions like diabetes may allow for an MHSC insured eye assessment once a year.

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Diabetic Wellness Eye Exam

As part of a comprehensive diabetic eye health assessment, we will dilate your pupils. A dilated pupil examination allows us an optimal view of the internal portions of your eyes and thereby helps us provide the best assessment of your eye health. The effects of the dilating drops usually last for a few hours, therefore it is wise to bring in a good pair of sunglasses or have another person drive you. Reading and close work will also be difficult while your eyes are dilated. People with diabetes should have their eyes examined yearly.

Many eye diseases have no obvious symptoms such as vision loss, pain, redness or discharge. Some eye diseases show symptoms only at an advanced stage when treatment is difficult.

Other services we provide

  • Retinal exam with retinal photography
  • Dry eye therapy
  • Cataract evaluation and post-op
  • Screening visual field testing
  • Digital retinal photography
  • Emergency eye care
  • Contact lenses fitting
  • Lasik post-op
  • Onsite lab

Pediatric Vision Care

It is recommended that children take their first eye exam between the ages of nine months and one year. Children should have at least one exam between the age of two and five, and then every year from school entry.

Although 80 per cent of learning is visual, every year thousands of children start school without ever having an eye exam. Difficulty with their vision will impede the academic progress of children. Children who cannot see the board, focus on a picture or follow words in a book may struggle academically which can lead to poor self esteem and result in a student who does not achieve their true potential.

Vision problems can also impact a child's social development and hand-eye coordination for physical activities. That is why the Manitoba Association of Optometrists (MAO) recommends comprehensive eye examinations for children entering kindergarten.

Need an Eye Exam? Call us at 204-889-0602