Protect Your Eyes with Routine Eye Exams
We use our eyes every day. They’re our gateway to the world around us and are essential for how we interact and experience our lives. Our eyesight is so important that 70% of people worldwide would rather give up 10 years of their life or sacrifice a limb than lose their ability to see. However, less than 33% of the same group polled take basic steps to protect their eyes.
But caring for your eye health is as simple as visiting your optometrist for routine eye exams. Eye exams involve noninvasive tests that go beyond checking how well you see to assess your overall eye health. Our eye exams at Dr. David Oliphant Optometry are fully comprehensive. We even include optical coherence tomography (OCT) at no extra charge on all non-OHIP covered eye exams.
Start protecting your vision today and book an eye care appointment.
Why Are Eye Exams Important?
Eye exams are an essential part of preventive health care because they check your eyesight and your overall eye health. They can even uncover systemic conditions seemingly unrelated to your eyes.
Most importantly, eye exams are designed to detect sight-threatening eye diseases. Many eye diseases develop without noticeable symptoms and can cause irreversible damage before you know you have a problem. The leading causes of blindness in Canada are eye diseases, but sight loss caused by these conditions can be prevented when they’re caught and treated early.
Natural age-related changes to the eyes also make us more susceptible to eye diseases. Those over 65 are at a higher risk for cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration, among others. Learn more about these vision-threatening conditions on our Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management page.
When Should You Have an Eye Exam?
To best protect your ocular health, we recommend following the eye exam schedule suggested by the Canadian Optometric Association:
- Adults between 20 and 39 years should undergo an eye exam every 2 to 3 years.
- Adults between 40 and 64 years should undergo an eye exam every 2 years.
- Adults over 65 should undergo annual eye exams.
However, everyone is different, so we may recommend a different schedule based on your particular needs.
What Is Involved in a Comprehensive Eye Exam?
You may think of your eye exam as just a way to test your eyesight. But eye exams also evaluate your vision and eye health. Your vision is the complex relationship between your eyes and brain and how they communicate with each other to help you see and interpret your environment.
Our eye exams are designed to address all aspects of your vision, from your visual acuity to your visual skills, to ensure they’re healthy and working properly. A standard comprehensive eye exam involves several simple tests to evaluate your eye functions, structures, and overall health.
We include optical coherence tomography (OCT) in every eye exam, including uninsured exams, because we believe that this technology improves our ability to care for you.
Visual Acuity at Near
This visual acuity test assesses your vision at short distances. Your close-up vision makes it possible to read, write, work on a computer, and more.
Eye Teaming Skills
Eye teaming, also known as binocular vision, refers to how your eyes work together. When there’s a problem with eye teaming, you can experience various visual difficulties, including convergence insufficiency and poor depth perception.
Eye Focusing Skills
Your eyes focus naturally to help you see at various distances. Rapid, automatic eye focusing is essential for reading, writing, learning, playing sports, and more. Deficiencies in your eyes’ ability to focus can cause blurred vision, headaches, eye fatigue, and visual discomfort.
Eye Movement Skills
Eye movements skills include eye muscle control, eye tracking, and eye coordination. These skills are essential for children and adults and contribute to eye-hand coordination, visual reaction time, and accurate tracking.
Eye Health Evaluation
Using a slit lamp, ophthalmoscope, and OCT, we check your external and internal eye structures. We carefully look for signs of eye conditions, like dry eyes or digital eye strain, and eye diseases, like glaucoma and cataracts.
Come Visit Us
Our practice is located on the corner of Grand Avenue East and Woodland Avenue. We have a large parking lot off Woodland Avenue with accessible parking and entrance.
- 412 Grand Avenue East
- Chatham, Ontario N7L 1X1
- Phone: 519-354-5870
- Email: [email protected]
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
- Tuesday: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
- Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
- Thursday: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
- Friday: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed