Eye Health Exams in Hamilton and Burlington
At Spectrum Family Eye Care we offer an OCT Wellness Scan. This screening will safeguard your eye health. OCT is a new, completely painless and highly advanced screening system that checks for potentially serious conditions such as glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration, vitreous detachments and many more conditions.
Eye exams are used to evaluate the health of the eye and diagnose vision impairments and disease. Each is comprised of a series of several tests that analyze various functions of the eye, such as color differentiation, distance vision, and peripheral awareness. A comprehensive eye exam can identify vision complications during their earliest stages, providing eye doctors the opportunity to treat them more easily. A comprehensive eye exam will consist of:
- Visual acuity testing to measure the clarity of your sight
- Refractive evaluation to diagnose refractive errors
- Visual field testing to measure your peripheral vision
- Color vision analysis to identify an inability to distinguish certain colors
- Examination of the back of your eye, retina, and underlying blood vessels
- Glaucoma testing to measure intraocular fluid pressure
- Eye muscle testing to identify weak eye movements
- Corneal exam to evaluate the health of the cornea, iris, lens and surrounding tissues
Did you know…
that a yearly eye exam can reveal underlying health issues long before other symptoms are present? In addition to identifying vision complications and eye disease, a comprehensive eye examination can also reveal conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, or even a brain tumor. The Canadian Optometric Association recommends that adults under age 60 undergo an eye exam at least once every two years. At-risk patients and patients over age 60 should get an eye exam annually.
Optomap Ultra Widefield Photography
Regular detailed examination of the inside of the eye – the retina, is critical to eye health. Doctors use a number of techniques to examine the retina including looking into the eye, usually after dilating and the use of special cameras for imaging inside the eye. Until recently, most ophthalmic cameras could only photograph about 20% of the retina at a time. We now know that many eye diseases occur or begin at the outer edges of the retina, (“the periphery”), so examining this area is extremely important.
Because seeing the entire retina is so important at Spectrum Family Eye Care we have invested in the most advanced camera for ultra widefield photography and angiography. In a single, quick shot, this camera produces “optomap” photos of about 82% of the retina. These optomap images provide superior visibility of the retinal periphery allowing us to see, document, show you, and follow pathology that could not be seen with traditional eye cameras.
The optomap exam is quick and painless and combined with the thorough eye exams our doctors are trained to provide this advanced technology offers a new level of diagnostic confidence. We are proud and happy to offer this service to our patients.
Frequently Asked Questions
I’m healthy and can see clearly. Do I need an eye exam?
Yes. Eye examinations can reveal much more than vision impairments – they can save lives. If you haven’t had an eye exam in the past 12 to 24 months, contact your eye doctor to schedule an appointment.
What should I expect during my eye examination?
Your eye exam will take approximately half an hour and will include a series of tests using advanced optometric machinery. You will also be asked about your medical history and any vision complications you may be experiencing. Eye exams typically do not hurt, but you can expect to look into bright lights or have air blown into your eyes during your visit.