Full Comprehensive Eye Examination

A thorough, annual examination of your eyes and their surrounding tissues is important not only to maintain vision by the way of spectacles, contact lenses or other visual aids, but also for the detection and prevention of ocular disease. In many circumstances, a visit to your local optometrist under noticeable deterioration of vision may be too late. It is highly advised to visit your eye doctor regularly to rule out the possibility of silent disorders as some of the leading causes of blindness can be completely asymptomatic. 

 

These include: Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Cataracts, Amblyopia or Lazy Eyes, Glaucoma, Diabetes or even tumors. 

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Digital Retinal Photography

In our office, we are very pleased to offer our patients the availability of Digital Retinal Photography. The practice of Retinal Photography enhances the Doctor's ability to monitor subtle changes in your eye health. A high-resolution digital camera captures still images of the Eye Fundus which includes your retina, optic nerve, the central macula, and the main arteries and veins. The 4 leading causes of blindness today include Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD), Diabetic Retinopathy, Glaucoma, and Cataracts. Aside from cataract changes, routine fundus images are able to capture very subtle changes in these diseases. In addition to these diseases, there are a host of other ocular and systemic disorders that can be captured using this device such as Hypertension, Retinal Detachment, and Cancer. The Vascular and Neural supply to your eyes are so immense, that any known Systemic Disorder may have impact on your overall eye health and vision. 

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Please note that it is up to the Examining Doctor to diagnose your disorder, and under certain circumstances, proof of medication or a letter from your physician may be required to obtain OHIP coverage for your examination.

All OHIP eye examinations are subject to a $30.00 retinal imaging charge that is not covered under OHIP but may be covered under third party insurance. 

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Pachymetry

Corneal pachymetry is regularly performed in our office. It is considered an important test in the early detection of glaucoma. In 2002, the five-year report of the Ocular Hypertension Study (OHTS) was released. The study reported that corneal thickness as measured by corneal pachymetry was an accurate predictor of glaucoma development when combined with standard measurements of intraocular pressure. As a result of this study and others that followed, corneal pachymetry is now widely used by both glaucoma researchers and glaucoma specialists to better diagnose and detect early cases. Newer generation pachymeters have the ability to adjust the intraocular pressure that is measured according to the corneal thickness.

Visual Field Testing/Automated Perimetry

As part of our comprehensive eye examinations, we routinely test our patient's peripheral vision through an automated perimeter. Our Humphrey Analyzer uses specific frequency doubling technology through subtle oscillative patterns. This report is then sent to your Optometrist who will determine whether your field of vision is complete or obstructed. Visual Scotomas (or blind spots) can be indicative of many eye disorders including cataracts, retinal and/or macular disease, stroke, tumors, multiple sclerosis, retinal detachments, or even Glaucoma.

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)

Sometimes the doctor will recommend you get an OCT scan done. OCT stands for Optical Coherence Tomography and it is a non invasive imaging technology used to obtain high resolution cross-sectional images of the retina. The layers within the retina can be differentiated and retinal thickness can be measured to aid in the early detection and diagnoses of retinal diseases and conditions.