Routine eye examinations for adults and seniors are a huge component to preventative eye care.
Contrary to what most people may think, a comprehensive eye exam is more than just providing a prescription for glasses and contact lenses. Your optometrist is looking for any signs of ocular disease that could potentially negatively influence a person’s quality of vision – immediately or years down the road. The complex characteristic of many vision changes and ocular disease is that it is typically gradual and painless, making it difficult for a person to recognize that anything is abnormal.
The Eye Examination Process Includes:
Your technician will perform a series of tests using multiple instruments prior to your time with your optometrist
- Screening spectacle prescription measurement using the autorefractor
- Intra-ocular pressure measurement
- Peripheral vision screening
- Retinal imaging
- Your optometrist will ask multiple questions that help set the stage and to build a profile on your current eye status and health
- We will ask specifics on your personal and family medical history. The reason is simply because everything is connected – what affects the overall body can affect your eyes. In addition, a lot of diseases have a strong hereditary factor
Vision Assessment, Binocular Vision Testing & Best Corrected Visual Acuity Testing
- Your optometrist will determine how well you are seeing with your current prescription
- We will perform a series of tests to ensure that your eyes are working together effectively as team
- The phoropter is then used to determine the most up-to-date prescription for spectacles and contact lenses
- Your optometrist collectively uses instruments and imaging to check for any signs of ocular disease
- After “gathering the evidence”, your optometrist will educate you on the clinical findings and provide counsel on how to maintain your vision and health
- If anything is of concern, certain medications may be prescribed and/or further appointments may be made for further testing
These are the general testing we do for both adult and senior exams to ensure healthy vision and health.
According to the Alberta Association of Optometrists, the recommendation for an adult routine examination to be every 2 years for those between the ages of 19 – 64 years. For seniors at age 65 and older, it is recommended to have a routine exam every year as the risk factor for developing disease increases at this age.
A senior routine eye examination is covered through Alberta Health Care.