How often should I have an eye exam?
Anyone under 18 years old should get an eye exam every year. Everyone 18 years and older should have an eye exam every 2 years. The Saskatchewan Government pays for 1 eye exam yearly for anyone under 18 years old. If your are a diabetic you should have an eye exam every year. The government will pay for an exam yearly for diabetics that are on medication to control their diabetes.
What does an examination cost?
A full eye exam with Dr. Elias costs $150.00+tax that includes all pretesting, your Optos reading, and your time with Dr. Elias.
Why do I need a contact lens examination each year?
We like to do eye examinations yearly for contact lenses due to the cost of your lenses and we want to make sure you are getting the right lenses for your prescription. It is important for the doctor to make sure your corneas are healthy and that the contacts you are using are still the right ones for you.
Should I wear my glasses or contact lenses for the examination?
You can wear either but we will have to get you to remove your contacts to do the pretesting as well as the doctors examination. Glasses will be easier to get on and off and still give you the freedom to see and move in the office.
When should my child come in for their first eye examination?
We are able to get more information from the eye exam when the child can sit still, follow instructions and is able to identify pictures. We like to do an eye exam when the child is between the ages of 6 months and 3 years old. Children should have an eye exam before going to school at the latest. If you are noticing your babies vision doesn't seem to be developing as you think it should be it is a good idea to bring them in so the doctor can ensure that everything is done early to help in their visual development.
Do you test for macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and cataracts?
Yes we do testing for macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, retinal problems,corneal abnormality and cataracts as well as other occular anomilies.
What are some health problems that can be detected through an eye examination?
The optometrist is often able to see evidance of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, thyroid disease, cancer, tumors, autoimmune disorders.
Can I purchase my glasses and contact lenses at your office?
Yes we would be happy to help you pick frames that will look great on you and we will send it to the lab to get your prescription put in it. We have a large selection of contact lenses in stock and are able to order contacts that are usually in the office in a few days if we have your prescription in office.
What are the differences between an ophthalmologist, and optometrist and and optician?
An Optometrist is a primary health care provider who specializes in the examine,measure diagnosis, treatment, management and prevention of diseases and disorders of the visual system, the eye and associated structures such as in the case of glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. Optometrists are edcuated and trained in the normal and abnormalities of the eyes ,vision , the perceptual processes and their relationships to the functional activities of learning and recreation. They recognize and co-manage related systemic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and brain tumors. Optometrist fit and dispense eye wear, glasses, sunglasses, contact lenses, safety glasses and low vision aids to ensure they meet your vision and eye health needs. Most Optometrist can prescribe medications that will help with eye related conditions. Optometrists provide referrals to specialists like ophthamologists for treatment of systemic diseases or eye surgery when necessary as well as co-manage pre and post operative care for laser vision correction and cataract surgery as well as ocular diseases. If you have a foreign body in your eye your optometrist is fully equipped to get that out and advise you regarding care for the eye after. Another role of the optometrist is to conduct research and promote education and advancements in the visual science.
An Ophthamologist is a secondary level health care provider. Patients usually require a referral from an optometrist to get an appointment for medical or surgical treatment from an ophthamologist. They are surgeons and specialists in eye diseases.
Opticians are trained to fabricate and fit vision aids such as glasses and contact lenses based on the prescription of the optometrist. An Opticians licence doesn't allows them to asses, diagnose, treat eye or write prescriptions for eye glasses or contact lenses.
What is a Low Vision Assessment?
Low Vision assessment is for people who are finding with their prescription corrected, smaller print is still not readable for them. When this happens we do our best to determine what size of font is readable for them and find an aid(s) that will make the unreadable print larger so that it is readable. We help the person to become comfortable with the aid and support them until the new aid(s) is very comfortable for them to use.
Is there a warranty on my glasses?
Yes we do offer a 2 year warranty on almost all of our frames and always a 2 year warranty on your lenses as long as you have a coating on them, either a scratch or anti-glare coating.
Are there different coatings for my glasses?
Yes there are coating just to protect your lens from scratching, from glare,from blue light. Feel free to come in and we can tell you about all your options for coatings.
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