COMPLETE EYE EXAMS

Technology-assisted, with a human touch…
At Family Vision Center, we strive to provide you with the best vision care possible.
We use state-of-the-art technology to arrive at an optimal optical prescription.
But we will also review your ocular and medical history, test your eye coordination and perform a detailed examination of the internal and external structures of the eyes to detect ocular diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy or cataracts.
We have a very good collaboration with ophthalmologists in the event that a referral is needed.

 

URGENT/EMERGENCY CARE
In case of an emergency, please call us immediately at 306-693-3832 and one of our doctors will see you as soon as possible. Saskatchewan Health covers partial eye exams related to most of the following symptoms:
-Sudden decrease of vision
-New or increasing floaters, flashes or loss of a portion of your vision
-Red eye
-Painful eye
-Itchy eye
-Foreign body in the eye or ocular injuries
-Eye infection
-Eye irritation or foreign body sensation

EYE EXAMS FOR CHILDREN
The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends that children have their first examination at the age of 6 months and yearly after that. Saskatchewan Health covers eye examinations for children every year until age 18. Early childhood eye exams are important to ensure normal development of children’s visual systems. We pay special attention to make sure your children’s eyes work together and to ensure their eyes function at their very best for school tasks.

EYE EXAMS FOR SENIORS
For patients over the age of 65, eye exams are recommended on a yearly basis as there is an increased risk of eye diseases with age, the most common manifestations being cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. If needed, appropriate and timely referrals will be made to an ophthalmologist or any other health care professional.

EYE EXAMS FOR DIABETICS
Saskatchewan Health now covers one full eye exam every year for patients diagnosed with diabetes. Annual eye exams are recommended for patients with diabetes of any age because of a higher risk of certain eye conditions (such as diabetic retinopathy and cataracts). Our doctors will perform a complete eye exam for these patients once per year which will include a retinal scan to check for diabetic retinopathy. In most cases, a patient with diabetes will require a dilated eye exam, so we recommend that these patients arrange to have a driver for these appointments.
In diabetic retinopathy, the walls of tiny blood vessels in the retina are weakened, causing blood leakage or retinal swelling, sometimes in the absence of visual symptoms. If needed, a referral will be arranged with an ophthalmologist for further assessment and management.

SURGICAL CARE
Cataract surgery
Cataract surgery is a procedure by which the cloudy crystalline lens is removed from the eye and replaced with a clear lens implant. Your optometrist can assess whether you would benefit from having this procedure done and make a referral to an ophthalmologist when indicated.

Laser vision correction
Our optometrists are trained in the pre-operative and post-operative management of refractive surgery and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about procedures such as LASIK, PRK and Kamra. We can help determine if you are candidate for laser vision correction or other refractive surgery options and will refer you to a laser vision center or eye surgeon if suitable.

TECHNOLOGY
Autorefractometry and Autokeratometry
A special instrument can determine a starting point for the determination of your optimal prescription and measure the curvature of your eyes.

Slit-lamp
A microscope that is specifically designed to examine the front (cornea, iris, lens) and back of the eye (retina, optic nerve).

Retinal photography
A camera is used to take detailed photos of the retina, helping in detecting retinal disease.

OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography)
In only a few seconds, the OCT creates a high-resolution image of the layers of the retina and of the optic nerve. Special software helps in obtaining a very detailed analysis of the retina.
The OCT is especially helpful in the diagnosis and management of conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

Visual field testing
A Visual Field Analyzer maps your eyes’ ability to detect light of different intensities in the central and peripheral sections of your vision. Visual field testing is used to detect and monitor any loss of peripheral vision which can result from glaucoma or other neurological diseases. It can detect abnormalities that would otherwise be very difficult to uncover.

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