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.
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]
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.
Only an examining Optometrist can offer recommendations specific to your needs and situation, but the CAO has published guidelines for low-risk seniors.
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.
Albertans over the age of 65 years old are covered for a basic eye exam, if performed in Alberta.
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]
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:
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.
The cover test screens for strabismus, eyestrain, binocular vision problems and amblyopia.
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.
A refraction test uses a phoropter to verify your prescription for vision clarity and preference.
Another tool for verifying your prescription, the autorefractor determines the lens power needed to focus light accurately on the retina.
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 is one of the leading causes of blindness in seniors. This test measures the pressure of your eye to rule out this concern.
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.
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.
If you are interested in trying contact lenses, please schedule a consultation with our specialized contact lens technician.