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Comprehensive Eye Examinations

Periodic eye exams are important to assess vision and ocular health. Our comprehensive eye exams will not only ensure that you are seeing your best but that your eyes are healthy too. We will check for various eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma and retina problems. Left undiagnosed, these conditions can lead to permanent vision loss.

Patients who wear contact lenses and post-laser surgery patients should be checked annually. Adults with underlying health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure should be checked yearly as well.  All other adults should be seen every 2 years. Ask our staff if you are not sure when you should come in. OHIP does not cover routine eye examinations for adults ages 20 – 64. Some medical conditions such as diabetes and emergency eye care allow for an OHIP insured eye examination once per year.

Children’s vision is precious; given that up to 80% of their learning takes place visually. At Abbey Eye Care we recommend that children have their first eye examination by the age of 6 – 9 months and annually thereafter. OHIP covers eye examinations once per year from ages 0 – 19.

Children’s eye examinations are tailored to their age and ability. They do not need to know their alphabet and we make the experience as fun as possible! We use shapes, pictures, videos all in an effort to make it as engaging as possible. Parents are quite often surprised at how well their kids do during the exam.

It may be difficult to tell if your young child is having vision problems but there are symptoms to watch for. These include: rubbing eyes, squinting, blinking, turning or tilting of the head, headaches, wandering eyes, red eyes and complaints of not seeing what you see.

Our office is a proud member of the Eye See Eye Learn program. This program entitles all junior kindergarten students who require a prescription to be supplied with glasses at no charge.

We see a higher incidence of eye disease and conditions that can adversely affect vision in patients that are over 65 years of age. A comprehensive eye examination will make sure that we optimize your vision and do a full health check on your eyes.
Many common conditions affecting seniors can be diagnosed and managed by our team of skilled and caring Optometrists. For those patients requiring more complex care we have established a network of specialists that we refer / co-manage these patients. OHIP covers one full eye exam per year for patients ages 65 and over.
OHIP covers one full eye exam per year for patients ages 65 and over.

Patients with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes should see an Optometrist on a yearly basis due to the increased risk of damage to the retina (the delicate sensory layer at the back of the eye). We employ the latest in technology to detect changes due to diabetes before they impact your vision.  OHIP covers patients aged 20 – 64 with diabetes for one full eye examination per year.

eye emergency urgent eye careMost eye emergencies including eye infections, injuries and sudden vision loss can be diagnosed and treated by an Optometrist. We reserve time in our schedule each day to accommodate ocular emergencies. If you are not sure which medical professional you should be seeing, we recommend you start here and call us first.

A good laser surgery candidate is at least 18 years of age, in good general health and should be free of eye diseases including keratoconus, glaucoma, cataracts and certain retinal and optic nerve diseases. Good candidates should also be free of certain health problems including uncontrolled diabetes, autoimmune or collagen vascular disease, and any medication or condition which renders the patient immunocompromised.

Potential laser patients should make their doctor aware of any eye problems including amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (muscle imbalance), severe dry eyes, previous eye surgery or injury, or any recurrent, residual or active eye conditions which may affect healing (ie. viral infections). Other conditions that should be related to the doctor include keloid scarring with previous surgical healing, back problems, claustrophobia or other psychological problems, which may affect the surgery or recovery.

Since hormones may affect the stability of your prescription, pregnant or nursing women are not eligible to pursue LASIK surgery until two menstrual cycles after nursing has been discontinued. This is to make sure that the best results are achieved with the surgery, and to try to limit fluctuations in prescription that can occur with hormonal shifts.

It is critical that a potential laser vision correction candidate has obtained a stable ocular prescription for at least two years.

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