How often are eye exams needed?

The Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO) recommends that adults between the ages of 20 and 39 receive an eye exam every 2 years and adults between 40 and 64 undergo eye exams every 2 years. Because eyes develop risks associated with ageing, like glaucoma and cataracts, adults over 65 should undergo annual eye exams.

Many factors, such as your medical history or individual health concerns, may change how often you require an eye exam. We will determine what works best for you based on your unique eye care needs, and will always let you know the reasoning behind our recommendation.

What to expect from a comprehensive eye exam

A comprehensive eye exam starts with a detailed discussion including your individual and family history and an analysis of your unique needs at home, work or play. A visual acuity test (sight test) helps determine your level of refractive error, such as myopia or hyperopia. A refractive test will be performed to provide you with a prescription for the clearest vision. Binocular vision tests will determine how well your eyes focus and function together. Your pupil reflexes, ocular muscle reflected and peripheral vision will be assessed. The exam will also include an assessment of the external and internal structures of the eyes included the eyelids, retina, and optic nerve. This will allow the optometrist to determine the health of your eyes to rule out cataracts or dry eyes, and diseases like glaucoma. The optometrist may dilate your pupils allowing for a better view of the back of your eye. A tonometer is used to measure your eye pressure. After completing all the various tests, the optometrist will review your results, make lifestyle and lens recommendations, and answer any questions you may have. Our aim is to provide you with complete information and a personalized treatment or management plan, including recommendations for follow-up appointments.

Keep your eyes happy, healthy, & strong

Regular eye exams are the first step to protecting your eye health, regardless if you wear glasses or not, and no matter your age. Please book your appointment with us today.