EYEWEAR, CONTACT LENSES
Our opticians offer personalized eyewear fittings and lens selection. We also provide contact lens fittings as well as insertion and removal training sessions.
HELPING YOU SEE CLEARLY
True personalization of your experience is our mission
We know not everyone has 20/20 vision, our goal is to help you see what you are missing.
We believe in one on one personalized service ensuring you have the right prescription and fit customized for you.
We have hundreds of frame models for you to choose from but we only carry one of each style so your look will be completely unique.
A thorough adult comprehensive eye exam takes approximately 30-45 minutes plus an additional 10 minutes of pre-exam diagnostic testing for a total of roughly one hour.
If you wear contact lenses, we ask that you please wear them into your exam, as well as bring your eyeglasses and sunglasses with you to the exam. We want to assess all of your vision correction options and help you select what is best for your visual needs, lifestyle and correction.
Your comprehensive examination process will include the following:
Pre-Examination Testing – The pre-examination is a series of diagnostic tests performed with some of the most advanced equipment available. We will use our Topcon Maestro high resolution camera and optical coherence tomographer to take detailed images of your retina and optic nerve. This extremely sensitive and detailed assessment of your eye is the first step in detecting glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and other vision-threatening eye diseases. We will also require you to present us with all of your eyewear, as we will determine their prescription so that we can establish your visual history.
Appointment with our optometrists – Dr Barrus or Dr Cooke will take your relevant medical history, a list of any medication or herbal supplements you are taking. They will the determine your vision quality with your current eyewear and determine your necessary prescription with your subjective answers. They will as well assess your eye health. You will have an opportunity to discuss your lifestyle needs when it comes to vision correction options. This many include Laser Surgery, Contact Lenses, Eyewear, Speciality eyewear, Vision Therapy or many other solutions.
Loss of vision is not reversible. The best way to maintain or achieve good eye health is to visit your optometrist for an eye exam every year.
Specialize care for mature vision
Problems with eyesight can occur at any age, but are more common in seniors. For most eye conditions the risk rate increases over 70 years or over 80 years old. Aging does increase the risk for some sight-threatening eye conditions, which is why it is important to be informed and to have regular eye check-ups.
Our eyes age as we do, and our risk rate for eye problems increases, particularly over the age of 70. Due to this increased risk, annual eye exams become even more important than when we were younger. We are actively looking for diseases such as Macular Degeneration, Cataracts and other sight threatening concerns. Alberta Health Care covers the fees for most of the eye exam, leaving only a small Medical Imaging fee.
You will likely feel that your visual needs change, as your prescription shifts and as your employment needs change or you retire.
The most common eye problems among seniors include:
Presbyopia is a natural effect of aging, usually occurring after the age of 40, in which the ability to focus on close objects decreases over time. It can cause headaches, blurred vision, tired eyes and the need for more light in order to comfortably read things clearly. This can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses.
Cataracts exist when the normally clear lens within your eye becomes cloudy and opaque. Cataracts are a function of aging and are most often found in people over the age of 60, although they are occasionally found in younger people, including newborns.
Macular degeneration affects the macula–the central most part of the retina. It causes the centre of your vision to blur or distort while the side or peripheral vision remains unaffected. It is generally related to the aging process, and is the leading cause of blindness in North American adults over the age of 55. While there is no cure, early detection and preventative measures can help to delay or reduce vision loss.
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in Canada. It is a progressive disease that most frequently occurs in individuals over the age of 40, with the risk of the disease increasing with age. Unlike other diseases, it typically reduces the side or peripheral vision so it makes it hard to detect this without having an eye exam. There is a greater risk of developing glaucoma for people with diabetes, high blood pressure, a history of eye injuries or a family history of glaucoma.
Diabetes and its complications can affect many parts of the eye, and can cause changes in vision. Detection during an eye exam is often the first indication that a person may have the disease, or that a person with diabetes does not have adequate blood sugar control.