Comprehensive eye examinations conducted by optometrists are designed to assess the function of the visual system, the refractive or optical status of the eye and the health of the eyes and visual neurological pathways. Many ocular disease conditions are not accompanied by obvious symptoms, especially in early stages when interventions are most successful. Comprehensive eye exams also review focusing and eye co-ordination ability.
In addition, systemic disease (such as diabetes and high blood pressure) may present with ocular signs that are detectable in a comprehensive eye exam, facilitating early diagnosis and better management of the condition.
Frequency of eye exams is dependent on your particular eye care needs, age, health issues and family history. Your specific eye exam schedule will be discussed as part of the counselling after your initial exam is completed. (It is generally recognized that most eye exams should be done no less than every two years).
When it comes to newborns, the six month mark is usually when the first eye exam should take place. After this, the age of three and five are recommended for the next exams. After age five, eye exams should be an annual routine. Once a person reaches later adolescence, approximately nineteen years of age, it may be advised to transition from annual to biannual eye exams or as recommended.
Emergency Eye Exams
In Nova Scotia, MSI covers emergency eye care with Therapeutic Licensed Optometrists.
Red eyes, foreign body removal, recent onset of “flashes and/or floaters”, sudden vision changes and other potential ocular emergencies can be assessed and managed at our clinic.