Your vision is priceless
A comprehensive eye exam is essential to determine not only the spectacle prescription needed to see more clearly but also to ensure the ongoing health of your eyes. Dr. Yew is trained to diagnose, treat and help prevent diseases and disorders affecting the visual system, the eye and related structures. She can assist in identifying general health conditions that are often first detected through an eye exam, provide referrals to specialists and help manage post-eye-surgery health. From infants to grade-schoolers through to grandparents, a visit to your neighbourhood optometrist not only ensure quality of vision and eye health, but quality of life.
Dr. Yew will perform a thorough evaluation by reviewing your case history, conduct an external and internal exam of your eyes, and measure vision qualities such as eye movements and coordination, sharpness of vision, and peripheral vision. She will also evaluate your ability to adjust focus and to see colour and depth normally. If there are any problems detected, Dr. Yew may recommend glasses, contact lenses, exercises, medication or surgery.
Many serious eye conditions don’t have obvious symptoms. Some eye diseases only show symptoms when the condition is advanced and difficult, or even impossible to treat. A comprehensive eye exam provides the full assurance of vision and eye health that a store sight test or a school vision screening cannot. A sight test can only determine a lens power by relying on a combination of computerized tests using automated equipment. These automated sight tests are not comprehensive or accurate and do nothing to determine if your eyes are healthy.
Children's Eye Exams
Pediatric eye exams are covered by OHIP on a yearly basis until 19 years old.
Infant (6 months)
The College of Optometrists recommend your child’s first eye exam at 6 months old. Dr. Yew will evaluate your child’s tracking abilities, prescription, and the presence of congenital eye disease. Visual abilities play a key role in early development, so don’t delay in bringing your child in for an eye exam.
Preschool (2-3 years)
Following your child’s first eye exam at 6 months, the College of Optometrists recommend the next exam at 3 years old, and yearly after that. At this stage, your child is learning by actively engaging with their environment and new forms of play. Visual skills such as depth perception and visual-motor coordination are essential to your child’s learning. Often, you child will not verbalize any visual struggles because they assume that everyone else sees the way they do. That is why it is important to bring your child in for a comprehensive exam to ensure efficient visual skills are present to curb their desire for discovery.
Yearly comprehensive eye exams are recommended for school aged children. As your child grows, their eyes grow with them, and for some this may mean prescription glasses are needed to see clearly in the classroom. Aside from a prescription, additional visual skills must work in a coordinated manner to achieve clear, comfortable, and single vision. If any of these visual skills are impaired, your child may exhibit various symptoms that can take away from important academic tasks such as reading efficiency and comprehension. Increased visual demands at school can point out a vision problem that was not previously apparent. If your child struggles with these symptoms, please call in to schedule an appointment. Dr. Yew may recommend a visual skills assessment to investigate further into how your child is using his/her eyes.
Adult Eye Exams
For adults, comprehensive eye exams are integral to ensuring visual clarity and eye health. Our eyes change as we age, along with the risk of certain eye conditions. Your eyes provide a window to your overall health, and routine eye exams can detect underlying and potentially life-threatening health issues such as Type 2 diabetes, certain vascular diseases, high blood pressure, and brain or eye tumors. Adults aged 19 to 64 should have an eye exam at least once every two years. Individuals with diabetes and specific ocular diseases are covered under OHIP to have their eyes examined every year.
Senior Eye Exams
Seniors are at an increased risk of developing age-related eye health problems that can lead to permanent vision loss. Many eye diseases have no early symptoms and you may not notice any vision changes until the condition has progressed to an advanced stage. Seniors have an increased incidence of developing glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and dry eye. Expert care from an optometrist is essential for early detection and management of ocular diseases to preserve your vision and maintain your quality of life. Seniors age 65 and older are strongly recommended to schedule their OHIP covered eye exam once per year.