Eye Exams - Adults
When was your last eye exam?
Regular eye health exams by an optometrist are vital for monitoring, preserving and protecting your eye sight. Everyone, no matter their age or health should receive regular eye health exam by an optometrist every year. An eye exam provides peace of mind that your eyes are healthy and you vision is clear and sharp. An up to date eyeglass prescription can also help to reduce visual fatigue and eye strain while at work.
The eye is one of the only places doctor’s can view the blood vessels in your body directly.
An eye health exam by an optometrist can provide indications of high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. It can also provide early indications of eye diseases such as glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Early detection of eye diseases is crucial for limiting vision loss and preserving your vision for the future.
Cost: $100.00 no GST
Frequency: every 1-2 years or as directed by your optometrist
Dilated Retinal Examination- Paid by Alberta Health Care or $55.00
A dilated retinal examination provides a more thorough examination of your overall internal eye health. It provides your optometrist with further insight into things such as: cataracts, glaucoma, diabetes, age-related macular degeneration, optic nerve disease, retinal disease, floaters and numerous other eye conditions. A dilated retinal examination is the best eye test available for eye doctors to detect these eye conditions early, as well as monitor them.
A common question patients ask us is why should I have my eyes dilated? It is always performed in the case of reduced vision, visual concerns and individuals with certain medical conditions such as diabetes. This is the best eye test available for eye care providers to detect early eye disease, and is highly recommended to all patients. If your optometrist spots any eye health conditions during your comprehensive eye exam that requires further examination at that time, they may suggest that you upgrade to a medical eye examination. Depending on the eye condition this additional testing may or may not be covered through Alberta Health Care (your optometrist will inform you prior to any additional testing being performed).*
What can I expect?
- Medicated eye drops are administered to enlarge the pupil. These eye drops takes about 20-30 minutes to start working.
- At first, you’ll notice that your near vision will start to blur slightly, then eventually you may notice distance blur. You may also become more sensitive to light. Depending on the eye drops used, your vision may remain blurry for 4-6 hours.
- Interesting! People with light coloured eyes will often react quicker to the drops than those with darker coloured eyes. Their pupils will often dilate more, but the effects of the drops will usually wear off quicker, too.
- After the procedure, we recommend you wait for the effects of the eye drops to diminish or have someone pick you up. If you feel comfortable however, you are certainly ok to drive yourself home. It’s a great idea to wear dark sunglasses after the procedure to reduce light sensitivity.
So, why doesn't eye-bar optometry just dilate everyone? Ideally, we would like to perform a detailed retinal examination on every patient every time. However, not everyone has the time to perform this type of eye exam. Many of our patients visit us during their workdays, or drive to our clinic on their own. Dilated retinal examinations can make it harder to read at work afterwards, and may blur your vision for driving or make you light sensitive. However, if your eye-bar optometrist feels that a dilated eye examination is required, they will rebook you at a more convenient time or when someone can drive you home.
Contrast Sensitivity Testing - $55.00
Contrast sensitivity testing measures the ability to distinguish between fine increments of light vs. darkness (contrast). In situations of low light or glare, reduced contrast can affect a person's visual function such as night driving and make you feel as if you are not seeing well. Certain visual diseases (such as glaucoma or cataracts) and surgical procedures such as LASIK or PRK can lead to reduced contrast sensitivity.
Both the Edmonton Police Services application the RCMP vision application require contrast sensitivity testing for any applicant who has undergone a refractive eye surgery procedure such as LASIK, PRK or Lens Implant procedure.
eye-bar Optometry in Sherwood Park is an approved provider for contrast sensitivity testing. If you require contrast sensitivity testing, please notify us when you book your eye exam so our doctors can allocate enough time to complete the test and fill in the required paper work.
Adults - Vision for your Lifestyle
At eye-bar, our vision correction solutions consider your lifestyle, occupational demands, safety and sports. The discussion begins with an eye-bar optometrist who will conduct a very thorough eye exam to discover any vision problems that you may have. From these results, your eye-bar optometrists will be able to discuss various options for your vision correction including: a prescription for eyeglasses, sunglasses, computer glasses, safety eyewear, contact lenses or laser vision correction.
Your eye-bar optometrist will also provide you with a detailed eye-bar eye exam review form, outlining your eye exam findings, and treatment recommendations. Following your eye exam, one of our trained Licensed Opticians will assist you in selecting the right frames, lenses and sunglasses as recommended by your eye doctor to provide you with optimal vision to suit your lifestyle needs.
Adults - Refractive Surgery Consultations
If you have been considering laser vision correction such as LASIK or PRK, implantable contact
lenses or other elective eye care procedures you will benefit from a refractive
surgery consultation with an eye-bar optometrist. Dr. Amy Bakelaar and Dr. Ross McKenzie work alongside local Edmonton ophthalmologists
offering state-of-the-art femtosecond laser vision correction,
implantable contact lenses and elective cataract procedures. eye-bar
optometrists will fully discuss your surgical options with you, allowing you to
make the right decision and to choose the right surgery centre for your
surgical needs. Learn More
Adults - Eye Issues: Dry Eye, Red Eyes & more
At some point in your life, your eyes may show signs of irritation such as dry eyes, red eyes, pink eyes and more. These more common eye health conditions all need to be taken seriously and treated immediately as they can have profound impact on your daily life and lasting influence on your long term vision. eye-bar provides in-depth services to diagnose and treat dry, irritated and/or red eyes.
Medical or emergency eye exams such as theses are paid for by Alberta Health Care regardless of your age.