Your eye exam tests how well you can see and if you need a prescription for glasses and/or contacts. In addition, a comprehensive eye exam should check everything from colour vision and depth perception to how well your eyes work together (binocular vision) and everything up to the health of your eyes. There are some important questions that you should ask your Optometrist to ensure a thorough and comprehensive eye test is done.

Question 1: What can I do about my dry eyes, especially living in Calgary?

We know that Calgary is known for its dry climate, which affects both our skin and our eyes. We recommend starting with artificial tears. Our clinic is a big fan of preservative-free eye drops. These drops do not have all those extra added ingredients which can irritate the front of the eye. We are a huge fan of imed Pharma’s idrop, Pur drops, and Candor Vision Hylo drops.

Question 2: What type of testing do you do to check for common eye diseases such as macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma?

Before you even see the optometrist, you typically go through a few tests including, but not limited to, the “puff” test to check pressures, colour vision, depth perception, and, at some clinics, retinal imaging. Our clinic has a Daytona Optomap, which is a new retinal imaging technology used to capture a 200 degree photo of the back of your eye. This photo gives us a lot of information on retinal diseases. The optometrist also uses a slit-lamp (a microscope for the eyes), to check the rest of your eyes.

Question 3: What are blue light blocker lenses?

Nowadays, our work life consists of staring at a computer all day, and our lifestyle has many of us glued to our tablets and cellphones. Blue light is an invisible light emitted from electronics. Blue light is known to cause eye strain, headaches, tired eyes. Too much blue light can contribute to cataract formation and macular degeneration. You can now get a blue light filter on your glasses to help decrease symptoms of digital eye strain and prevent certain eye diseases.

Question 4: Will my pupils be dilated at today’s eye exam?

A dilated eye exam consists of putting in medicated eye drops which enlarge the pupil size. This helps the Optometrist view the back of your eye (retina) a bit better. Because the pupils are enlarged, your vision will be blurry and light sensitive for a few hours. We dilate patients if there are any suspected eye diseases, or if the patient has medical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

Question 5: What can I do to prevent getting an eye disease?

Sun protection and UV protection are important for the eyes. UV damage can cause an increased chance of developing cataracts and macular degeneration. Cigarette smoking is also a known cause for eye diseases. Nutrition plays a huge role in preventing eye disease. It is recommended to get a good diet of leafy green vegetables, and adding supplements or vitamins into your diet, such as omega 3s.

Always ensure that your concerns regarding your eye exam are addressed.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions in your eye exam! There are many more important questions that you can ask your Optometrist depending on your health, activities, hobbies, lifestyle, etc.

Consider these important questions to ask your Optometrist at your next eye exam! Contact us to schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists today! Our clinic is here to help and answer any questions that you may have!

Core Eye Care, #332, 751 3rd Street SW Calgary, AB T2P4K8. Phone: 403-290-1535 Email: [email protected]