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We Have Your Eye Health at Heart

Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision—many of which do not always have obvious symptoms. Optometrists know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses, both as eyeglass lenses and contact lenses.

Our eye doctors take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

When to See an Eye Doctor

Though routine eye exams are important for all individuals, even those without glasses or contacts, there are some symptoms that point toward immediate attention from an eye doctor. If you experience any of the following symptoms contact your eye doctor:

  • You suddenly lose all or part of your vision. This could be a sign of retinal detachment
  • You see flashing lights and several floaters all at once, which can also be a sign of retinal detachment
  • You have sharp pains in or around your eyes. This could point to a corneal ulcer or infection, especially if you wear contacts
  • You experience blurred vision, tearing, redness or discharge

Be Prepared for Your Appointment

You’ll want to be sure you bring along some important information to your eye appointment. Your eye doctor will want you to have all of the following with you on the day of your appointment:

  • Your glasses or contacts if you wear them
  • A list of any health conditions or allergies
  • A list of any medications and supplements you take
  • A list of specific questions you wish to ask the doctor
  • Your insurance information

What to Expect

If you’ve never had an eye exam before, you may be curious about what will happen during the exam, continue reading to learn more about the exam and find out what to expect. Eye exams will vary based on what the doctor is looking for, but most exams will include the following:

  • Patient history – the doctor will ask you about your general health and history of family eye diseases
  • Vision Testing – the doctor will test both your close and distance vision by having you read from charts of random letters
  • Tonometry – this will test the pressure in your eye with a puff of air and a device called a tonometer. This will test for signs of glaucoma.
  • Eye exam – the doctor will closely examine the various parts of your eye. This may include dilating your eyes with eye drops in order to open the pupils wide so he is able to see inside your eye. Dilation will make your eyes sensitive to light, so you’ll need to wear sunglasses until the drops wear off.

Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

Family Vision Clinic
650 Portland St Dartmouth, NS B2W 6A3
Phone: 902-462-4600
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