Eye care services available at Yonge College Optometry include:
Comprehensive Eye Exams
A complete eye exam is a thorough examination of the visual system in its entirety. This assessment provides the doctor with an accurate conclusion of any refractive measurements associated with the patient’s visual correction. The examination also includes a detailed ocular health assessment of the entire eye, both internal and external parts. All exam findings lead to the doctor’s recommendations regarding the best short and long term visual care for each patient.
Pediatric Eye Exams
Did you know that 1 in 4 children has a vision problem? According to the Ontario Association of Optometrists, 80% of what a child learns in the first 12 years of life comes with their ability to process information through their visual system. Undiagnosed vision problems often cause children to struggle in school and can unfortunately prevent them from reaching their fullest intellectual potential.
It is recommended that children have their first eye exam at 6 months of age. Optometrists are trained to check the vision and ocular health of infants and children to make sure that their eyes are developing properly and to ensure that they can perform their best in the classroom. There are many objective tests (that do not require active participation by the child) that the doctor can do to determine what the child is seeing and if they need a spectacle correction.
Many vision problems that occur in children can be corrected if they are caught early, including Amblyopia and Strabismus (commonly referred to as ‘lazy eye’). In many cases, parents assume that their child can see properly because they do not complain. However, a child will assume that what they are seeing is normal when in reality they don’t know what normal vision looks like. Some common symptoms that suggest your child may be having a vision problem include, headaches, squinting, eyestrain, hyperactivity, and an inability to focus on homework. In many cases, if your child is not performing well in school, it may simply be because they cannot see clearly or have a binocular vision disorder that makes them uncomfortable when reading or doing any near work. If you notice any of these symptoms it is very important to schedule your child for a complete eye exam with an optometrist.
In Ontario, OHIP covers annual eye exams for children until the age of 19.
Contact Lens Fittings and Evaluations
Contact Lenses are medical devices. Care must be taken to choose the best type of contact lens for each individual person based on the physical characteristics of their eyes, as well as their current lifestyle. An external evaluation of the ocular surface and specific corneal curvature measurements are used to guide the doctor in recommending the most beneficial contact lens for the patient. This choice often results in the most patient comfort, while maximizing the patient’s ocular healthy, by increasing available oxygen to the cornea. Our optometrist take as much time as is necessary in order to ensure the long-term health and safety of the patient.
Cataract and Glaucoma Testing and Referrals
A cataract is the clouding of the lens in the eye that can affect vision. It is one of the most common causes for decreased vision in adult patients. Fortunately, timely removal of the cataract when necessary is painless and provides most patients with a lasting solution. Visual results following surgery are often excellent, providing patients with an increased quality of life. We try to accomplish this for all of our patients by providing them with timely referrals to the best and most convenient ophthalmologists.
Glaucoma is a progressive condition that causes damage to the eye’s optic nerve and can result in vision loss and blindness. It is the second leading cause of blindness in North America. Glaucoma tends to be heredity and most patient often don’t feel any symptoms. The only way to detect this disease is by having regular eye exams. There are various risk factors associated with the development of Glaucoma that eye doctors check for during an eye exam. Patients with multiple risk factors are often watched more closely or are sent for additional tests that allow monitoring more closely.
Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry Eye is a condition that occurs when there is insufficient tear production to adequately lubricate the surface of the eye. It can be a chronic, troublesome experience for many people. Several things can cause ocular dryness. It can occur both with and without contact lens use. Dryness often becomes more problematic with increasing age. It is often associated with hormonal changes that occur during menopause, but can also be a side effect of commonly used medications, such as antidepressants, antihistamines and the birth control pill. Additionally specific medical conditions and/or environmental factors can also contribute to dryness. A detailed ocular health assessment, concentrating more so on the external elements of the eye, assist the doctor in reaching the appropriate diagnosis and treatment approach for each individual patient. This better assists the doctor in recommending the best short term and long term care in order to provide maximal comfort for each patient.
Diabetic Eye Exams
Diabetes is the leading cause of preventable blindness in North America. Uncontrolled high blood sugar can result in many changes within the eye, for example it can cause damage to the eye’s small blood vessels causing them to leak. It can also cause swelling in the lens of the eye as well as in the macula, causing the patient’s vision to blur. As a diabetic patient, regular visits to your eye doctor for a dilated eye exam become very important. In fact, if you are diabetic, OHIP covers a yearly comprehensive exam, in order to prevent any of the aforementioned problems.
LASIK Referrals and Co-Management
Refractive surgery has become a very popular option used to correct refractive error. In order to determine if you are a good candidate for a LASIK procedure, your optometrist will need to assess your refractive error, the thickness of your cornea as well as the health of your eyes. Thousands of patients have successfully undergone this treatment and are now living happily free of glasses and/or contact lenses. Although LASIK is relatively commonplace, it is very important that you first have a thorough eye examination and that we recommend the best surgeon for each individual patient’s case. Additionally, it is essential that we appropriately manage the healing process of our patients, as well as the long term future ocular health of each patient.