Eye examinations are essential to preserving your vision. We recommend seniors have their eyes examined every year. This allows us to ensure any prescriptions are up to date and to monitor the overall health of your eyes.
Eye Exams for Senior Citizens Are Extremely Thorough
- Age Increases Risk – Age influences the probability of many diseases. We use our advanced technology to screen for any signs of disease and thoroughly examine the health of your eyes.
- High Tech – Our office invests in the latest technology to ensure we have a thorough view of the retina and overall eye health which alerts us to any changes we need to investigate.
- Seniors Eye Exams Involve Dilation – Dilating your eyes allows us to see all of the internal structures of the eye. While it does mean that your vision will be temporarily blurred for 2-4 hours, it is the best way to ensure a thorough examination of your eyes.
Note: the MSP provides financial assistance for eye care services for senior citizens. Call our eye doctor in Sidney to learn more.
Common Eye Diseases For Which Seniors are at Risk
- Cataracts – Cataracts impact vision and are a leading cause of vision impairment. Vision can be restored via a relatively routine surgery. Learn more about cataracts.
- Macular Degeneration – Also known as age-related macular degeneration, this disease can cause significant impairment in your central vision. Opaque protein deposits called drusen form on and under the retina, obscuring and distorting vision. There can also be leaking or bleeding from new blood vessels that requires prompt attention. Learn more about AMD.
- Glaucoma – Glaucoma can lead to complete blindness if neglected. This disease typically presents with no symptoms as it slowly reduces peripheral vision. Without proper diagnosis, glaucoma can cause significant and permanent visual impairment. Learn more about glaucoma.
- Your provincial health card
- Your third-party medical insurance information
- Your current eyeglasses or contact lenses (if you have both, please bring them)
- Your sunglasses
If this is your first appointment with us, there will be some preliminary paperwork. This should only take 5-10 minutes and once completed, we will not need to do it again for your next visit.
Before you meet with one of our opticianss, an optometric technician will perform a series of preliminary tests using our diagnostic equipment.
Some of these tests include:
- Digital retinal imaging – Our specialised camera will take a high-resolution image of the inside of the eye, including the macula, retina, and other structures responsible for sight. This aids in diagnosing various eye diseases.
- Ocular coherence tomography (OCT) – This imaging equipment takes extremely detailed images of your optic nerve, retina, and cornea. It is invaluable in diagnosing glaucoma, and also beneficial when looking for other eye diseases (such as macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy).
- Autorefractor – This piece of equipment approximates your corrective lens prescription and makes it easier for the opticians to determine your prescription.
Our opticians will also assess your current eyeglasses and sunglasses for UV protection.
With the preliminary tests complete, you will meet with one of our opticians. The opticians will perform more tests and discuss their findings. Any concerns they or you may have will be discussed as well as next steps which could include eyeglasses, contact lenses, referral to a specialist or when to return for a follow up appointment.
After your apointment, take a moment to browse through our well-stocked eyewear gallery. Our opticians will fill your prescription and fit your selected frames with a lens recommended for you.
Our in-house optical lab allows us to prepare your glasses faster and more affordably than ever before.