When you come see us for an eye exam, our opthalmic assistant will ask you some questions regarding your health history and medications you take. You will also be asked about family history of medical problems and eye disease. You will then be taken into a room to have some pretesting or measurements of your eyes and measurements of any current eyeglasses that you have.
This test checks your peripheral vision and may be followed up with a more sophisticated test called a visual field test where your peripheral vision is checked in more detail if needed.
This is the part most patients find tough. “Which is clearer 1 or 2?” Don’t worry! This test is tough for everyone, but we will make it much easier now with our new automated vision tester which allows you to compare choices side by side to improve accuracy and directly feeds into the electronic medical record to eliminate error.
An eye drop is inserted before doing this test, allowing the doctor to check the pressure inside the eyes. You will see a blue light and a probe will put a gentle pressure on the front of the eye but you will not feel this. This only takes a few seconds.
This is the part that more directly checks the health of the eyes. Using a slit lamp which is really just a large microscope to view inside the eyes to check for disease. Using a lens combined with the slit lamp, different parts of the eye can be viewed in great detail. The doctor may put a drop in to open up or dilate the pupils to get a better view inside if needed, to check the retina or back of the eye in more detail. The doctor will often use a binocular indirect ophthalmoscope to view the peripheral areas in the back of the eye in more detail after the eyes are dilated.
To be part of the solution to the challenge posed by COVID-19 and as recommended by the College of Optometrists of Ontario, Clear Vision Eye Care will not be seeing patients for non-urgent exams until March 29th. We will remain closed except for providing urgent care to members of our Kitchener-Waterloo community. We will continue to monitor the situation and follow recommendations and guidelines provided by the College and the Province of Ontario as the situation continues to evolve. Our staff will contact you to reschedule your appointments.
We are committed to and focused on your health and well-being, and we recommend that all our patients follow the guidelines provided by the health officials to reduce physical social connections to prevent the transmission and spread of the virus.
In case you are experiencing a sudden change in your vision or other eye-related emergencies, please call us at 519-208-8668 and we will either schedule an urgent appointment or provide direction if you need to go to the hospital.
We thank you for your patience and support and hope that working together as one humanity, we can overcome this challenge.
Clear Vision Eye Care Team