A Dilated Fundus Examination in "Regular English"

Reading through the purpose and procedure for a Dilated Fundus Examination (DFE) can sound like science fiction. Here’s our regular language interpretation.

What is it?
A DFE is an exam that uses special eye drops to enlarge the pupil of the eye. This gives optometrists a better view of the internal surface of the eye. It is a more effective method for checking internal eye health – similar to receiving an X-Ray at a dentist. It allows doctors to see the peripheral part of the retina, lens, and fluid inside your eye.

Why should I have one? 
This gives optometrists insight into your retinal health (cataracts, glaucoma, optic nerve head disease, plus many others) and about your overall health – this exam can find evidence of systemic disease prior to symptoms showing up elsewhere in the body.

What can I expect?

  • Medicated eye drops are administered to enlarge the pupil. This 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 sensitized to light. Depending on the 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 often 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. It’s a great idea to wear sunglasses after the procedure to reduce light sensitivity. 

Who should have a DFE?
A DFE is recommended for anyone with visual concerns, headaches, diabetes, hypertension, over the age of 65, or on medications that may affect vision. Anyone undergoing ocular surgery is required to have a DFE to ensure there are no underlying problems beforehand.

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Back to School Eye Test

There’s more to school than book bags and lunch boxes. It’s also the perfect time for your child’s eyes to be checked by an optometrist.  Just when you think your child is seeing well, there could very well be a problem. And vision problems are responsible for a staggering number of learning challenges due to the fact that 80% of classroom learning is done through the eyes.

Do you know how well your child can see? It isn’t always obvious to a child or a parent. Children assume everyone sees the world exactly as they do and rarely complain. As parents, the signs of vision problems are not easily detectable.

Here’s a big statistic:  1 in 6 children have some form of vision problems.

Good vision is vital to developing skills such as reading, copying and hand eye coordination. So before your children hits the books again this fall book them in for an eye exam with an eye-bar optometrist.

Eye exams are covered under provincial health insurance when you show your child’s health card. This means that there is no out-of-pocket cost for the eye exam.

Book your child’s eye exam.

It's a Beautiful Day... and I can't see it.

eye-bar is joining the Canadian Association of Optometrists pledge to support the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB).   

During the month of May, eye-bar will be donating $2 for every eye exam conducted by our optometrists to CNIB.

Together, with optometrists across the country, eye-bar is committed to enhancing the quality, availability, and accessibility of vision and related health care.     

The moving video below reminds us of the beauty and gift of sight.

Eye Care Question of the Week: #6


Can my kids wear contact lenses?



Absolutely! Contact lenses can be a great option for kids who participate in sports like dancing, gymnastics, soccer, hockey, or skiing. Eyeglass can be hard to fit under many helmets, may fall off during flips and tumbles and can actually pose an ocular hazard during contact sports. Not wearing vision correction can be just as hazardous in some sports such as hockey, where optimal vision is required for peak athletic performance and personal safety from flying pucks.

Contact lenses are a safe and healthy alternative to eyeglasses when worn and cared for in a responsible manner. In order to ensure optimal patient compliance amongst teenagers our eye doctors will often lean towards using single use one day disposable contact lenses whenever possible. Contact lenses such as Dailies Aqua Comfort Plus and Acuvue TruEyes provide parents with the assurance that their child is always wearing a clean new healthy contact lens.

At eye-bar we don’t believe that children should rely completely on contact lenses for their vision corrections needs, but certainly they can play a role. To learn more about whether or not contact lenses are a safe healthy option for your child, book an eye examination with one of the optometrists at eye-bar today


Please note: Contact lenses are a medical device and should be treated with care and respect. All contact lenses should be fit by a trained professional to ensure optimal vision and ocular health.      

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I have diabetes, how often should I have my eyes examined?

Patients with diabetes understand the importance of seeing their primary care physician and undergoing routine blood testing on a regular basis. But many patients with diabetes don’t know that diabetes is still one of the leading causes of vision loss amongst North Americans. As such, routine eye health examinations with an optometrist are crucial for the early detection and intervention of any eye problems that may arise.  

Regardless of whether patients have Type-1 or Type-2 diabetes, the visual or ocular complications are often the same.   Patients with diabetes are at a greater risk of developing early cataract changes, glaucoma, dry eye syndrome, and diabetic retinopathy (bleeding within the eye).

Did you know?

Alberta Health Care now covers patients with diabetes for a detailed ocular health examination by their optometrist every year. This ocular health examination includes a review of any vision concerns, eye pressure testing (glaucoma screening) and a detailed dilated retinal health examination. These visits however, do not include a prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, so a routine eye exam is still recommended every 1-2 years.  

To book your next annual diabetic eye health examination with an optometrist at eye-bar, please call us @ 780.467.3341.

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