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Seniors Eye Exams

Eye Care at Every Age

The Importance of Seniors Eye Exams

After the age of 65, Canadians are at a higher risk of vision problems and a number of eye related diseases. If left undiagnosed and untreated, many of these conditions can cause an irreversible, total loss of vision.

According to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, up to 75% of visual impairment can be prevented if it is detected early and treated effectively. We are committed to helping our patients keep their vision sharp and their eyes healthy no matter what their age.

Signs of Eye Disease

Many diseases progress silently, with no symptoms or loss of vision apparent until the disease has progressed to an advanced stage. At this point, vision loss and damage to the eye may be permanent. Some vision loss happens gradually, and you may not notice that your eyesight has become worse.

A regular eye exam can reveal disease and vision loss in the early phases, when treatment is most effective. [/pod-collapseicon]

Correcting Vision Impairment

While some vision loss is a result of disease, for many seniors vision loss is simply a natural result of aging.

Clear vision is important for maintaining your safety, cognitive health and quality of life. We offer prescriptions for glasses and contact lenses, and can help you to find a pair that is comfortable, stylish and suits your lifestyle.

Important Information About Seniors Eye Exams:

How Often Should Seniors See Their Eye Doctors?

Only an examining Optometrist can offer recommendations specific to your needs and situation, but the CAO has published guidelines for low-risk seniors.

  • Adults (40 to 64 years) – Adults between 40 and 64 years of age should see their Optometrist for an examination every 2 years.
  • Adults (65 years or older) – Adults over the age of 65 should see their Optometrist for an examination annually.
How Long Does the Eye Exam Take?

From check-in to checkout your exam will take approximately one hour. This includes pre-testing, a full eye exam and a consultation with a licensed optician.

Are seniors eye exams covered by Alberta Healthcare?

Albertans over the age of 65 years old are covered for a basic eye exam, if performed in Alberta.

Special Concerns for Seniors

Seniors have a higher risk of developing a number of eye-related conditions.

Glaucoma is a buildup of pressure inside the eye that can damage the optic nerve, causing peripheral or total vision loss in the affected eye.

Cataracts develop when the lens of the eye loses its flexibility and becomes clouded and opaque.

Diabetics can suffer from diabetic retinopathy, a disease that damages the retina and is the leading cause of blindness in seniors.

Macular degeneration can erode vision at the center of the eye.

Eye Effects can provide early diagnosis and treatment for these and other troubling issues. [/pod-collapseicon]

Our Comprehensive Eye Exam

At Eye Effects we’re committed to helping you maintain healthy eyes for life. We use the latest in technology to assess every aspect of your vision and eye health. Your eye exam may include the following:

Visual Acuity Test

This test measures the sharpness of your vision. It also checks for colorblindness, which can indicate a health problem if it develops later in life.

Cover Test

The cover test screens for strabismus, eyestrain, binocular vision problems and amblyopia.

Retinoscopy

This assessment is conducted in a dimly lit environment. The Optometrist will shine a light on your eye as he or she flips through various lenses. This can assist them in determining your prescription.

Refraction

A refraction test uses a phoropter to verify your prescription for vision clarity and preference.

Autorefractor

Another tool for verifying your prescription, the autorefractor determines the lens power needed to focus light accurately on the retina.

Slit-Lamp Examination

The Optometrist shines a thin sheet of light onto your eye while examining it with a biomicroscope. This test allows the doctor to assess the health of your retina, iris, conjunctiva, sclera, eyelid and natural crystalline lens.

Glaucoma Testing

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in seniors. This test measures the pressure of your eye to rule out this concern.

Pupil Dilation

Eye drops will be used to dilate your pupil so the doctor can more thoroughly examine the health of your eye. The effects will wear off in a few hours, however, we recommend that you bring sunglasses to use after your exam.

Visual Field Test

This test screens for medical conditions such as stroke, glaucoma, brain tumors and other neurological defects. It can also detect central and peripheral vision loss.

Contact Lens Fitting

If you are interested in trying contact lenses, please schedule a consultation with our specialized contact lens technician.

Our Location

Calgary

Eye Effects
#108 - 555 Strathcona Blvd. SW
Calgary, AB, T3H 2Z9
T- (403) 686-4990

Hours

Monday: 9am – 6pm
Tuesday: 9am – 8pm
Wednesday: 9am – 8pm
Thursday: 9am – 8pm
Friday: 9am – 6pm
Saturday: 9am – 4pm
Sunday: Closed

Didsbury

Forsight Vision Centre
2032 17th Avenue
Didsbury, AB, T0M 0W0
T- (403) 335-2020

Hours

Monday: 9am - 1pm
Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday: 9am - 5pm
Thursday: 9am - 1pm
Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Our Services

Adult Eye Exams

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