Regular eye exams are important to assess vision and over all healthy of your eyes. Our comprehensive exam will not only ensure that you are seeing your best but that your eyes are healthy too.
When your optometrist is performing your exam they will be checking your eyes for eye diseases such as:
- Retina Problems
If any of these diseases are left unnoticed they could lead to permanent vision loss.
Patients who wear contact lenses and those who have had post-laser surgery should be checked annually. Adults with underlying health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure should also be checked every year. If you are over 40, it's a good idea to have your eyes examined every one to two years to check for common age-related eye problems such as presbyopia, cataracts and macular degeneration. Please call our office if you are not sure when you should come in. OHIP does not cover routine eye examinations for adults ages 20 – 64.
A child's vision is extremely important; according to experts, 80% of learning is visual, which means that if your child is having difficulty seeing clearly, his or her learning can be affected.
At Harbourview Optometry Centre we suggest that children have their first eye exam by the age of 6 – 9 months and annually thereafter. OHIP will cover eye examinations once per year from ages 0 – 19.
Here are some signs/symptoms to watch out for that may indicate your child has a visual problems:
- Red, itchy or watering eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- An eye that consistently turns in or out
- Squinting, rubbing the eyes, or excessive blinking
- A lack of concentration
- Covering or closing one eye
- Irritability or short attention span
- Holding objects too close
- Avoiding books and television
- Visible frustration or grimacing
Harbourview Optometry Centre is a proud member of the Eye See Eye Learn program. This program entitles all children who require a prescription and who are going into junior kindergarten a pair of glasses at no charge. Please speak to your optometrist today to register your child.
As most people age, their vision needs change as well. Adults aged 65 or older are at a higher risk for the following common eye conditions and diseases that can threaten sight.
Having an annual comprehensive eye examination will make sure that we optimize your vision and do a full health check on your eyes. Many common conditions affecting seniors can be diagnosed and managed by our team of skilled Optometrists. OHIP does covers one full eye exam per year for patients ages 65 and over.
For patients who have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes seeing an Optometrist on a yearly basis is best to avoid risk or damage to the retina OHIP does cover patients with diabetes one full eye examination per year.
Eye emergencies include: eye infections, eye injuries and sudden loss of vision. Such eye emergencies can be diagnosed and treated by an Optometrist. Our Doctors will make time in there daily schedule to accommodate ocular emergencies. If you are not sure which medical professional you should be seeing, we recommend you start here and call our office first.