A comprehensive eye exam is an important part of preventative care and not only checks for basic visual acuity with the “which one is better 1 or 2?” test but will also assess the health of your eyes. As a doctor of optometry, Dr. Winn, is trained to diagnose, treat and help prevent diseases and disorders affecting the visual system and the eye. Routine eye exams are important because many eye conditions do not have obvious symptoms and may only be noticed when the condition has already advanced, which can make them difficult or even impossible to treat.
As we age, our vision needs change. The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends that adults 65 years an older have annual eye exams because they are at a higher risk for sight threatening diseases and eye conditions. These include presbyopia, low vision, diabetes, cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma.
During the exam, we will ask you about your previous ocular and health history as many systemic diseases can have an effect on your eyes. We will check to ensure that your eyes work well together both in their ability, focus, and movement. We may also check your ability to detect colours and see in 3D, how your eyes react to brightness levels and your peripheral vision. Based on the results, we may recommend glasses, contact lenses or referral to a specialist for further monitoring and possible treatment.