Eye exams

Eye exams

An eye examination is a series of tests performed by an ophthalmologist (medical doctor), optometrist, or orthoptist assessing vision and ability to focus on and discern objects, as well as other tests and examinations pertaining to the eyes. Health care professionals often recommend that all people should have periodic and thorough eye examinations as part of routine primary care, especially since many eye diseases are asymptomatic.

Grande Prairie Eye Care provides great service in a comfortable environment, as well as convenient location and hours. Our optometrists and opticians provide the highest level of personalized services, from eye exams and follow-up care, to frame and lens consultations.

Routine eye exams are an important part of good healthcare. In some cases, serious eye or medical problems are first discovered in a routine exam. In general, the earlier a potential problem is diagnosed, the better the prognosis for treatment. Our eye examination is exceptionally thorough and is designed to be a comprehensive checkup of the visual system and overall eye health. We incorporate technology to assist in the evaluation of spectacle and contact lens prescriptions, peripheral vision, intraocular pressure, and the general health of the eye.

The examination allows us to determine what type of vision correction is best suited for each individual patient. Your ability to see clearly at different distances will be tested to determine a proper prescription for glasses and or contact lenses. It includes the measurement of visual acuity, and a computer-assisted measurement of your refractive error. Your specific visual problems and needs are taken into consideration before the final correction is determined.



Various computerized instruments and procedures are used to evaluate your eyes for disease. A biomicroscope is used to check for cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye, ocular allergies, macular degeneration, blood vessels and retinal problems, as well as evidence of systemic disease. Common systemic conditions detected on a routine eye examination include diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and many neurological conditions. It may also be necessary to have dilation eye drops instilled at our visit in order to attain views of the retina which require the pupil to be dilated.

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