How often should I have an eye exam?
The following are general guidelines:
-First eye exam when your child is 6 months old (covered by Sask Health)
-Yearly for children between the ages of 6 months and 17 years (covered by Sask Health)
-Every 2 years for patients between the ages of 18 and 65 years
-Yearly for patients over the age of 65
-Every year for diabetic patients of any age (covered by Sask Health)
These are general guidelines. Please book an eye exam sooner if you suspect a problem. Your optometrist may advise more frequent eye exams if you have certain risk factors.
Should I wear my contact lenses before an eye exam?
Yes contact lenses should be worn to an eye exam so we can assess how your contact lenses fit on your eyes. However, if your contact lenses cause your eyes to be red or painful, simply bring your contact lenses to your appointment but do not wear them. If contact lenses are worn to the eye exam, please bring your eyeglasses to the appointment as well.
If you are new to our office, please bring your contact lens information (package) so we know what lenses you are currently wearing.
Why are dilating eye drops used during the eye exam?
During eye exams we often use drops that dilate your pupils. This allows for a wider view of the retina. It is best to arrange to have a driver with you as your vision may blur and you will be sensitive to light for 4-6 hours after your exam.
Another type of drop (cycloplegic) is used for some children to arrive at an optimal prescription. This drop also dilates the pupils, blurs vision and causes light sensitivity for up to 24-48 hours after the exam.