Category: Eye Exam

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When Should a Child Have Their First Eye Exam?

A young boy wearing a pair of trial frames as the female optometrist adjusts them.

When Should Children Have Their First Eye Exam? Children learn by seeing what’s around them. The world can seem scary and confusing if they can’t see clearly and do not even realize they have visual issues. The Canadian Association of Optometrists states that 25% of school-aged children have vision problems.  For those reasons, it’s crucial […]

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What is Included in an Eye Exam?

Young women undergoing eye exam at eye doctors clinic while wearing mask

You’re likely familiar with eye exams in general, but your last visit to your eye doctor might have been a few years ago. Regular eye exams are vital for your eye health, but what happens during your appointment?  Your optometrist has several diagnostic tests to help identify any potential issues. Continue reading to learn more […]

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Eye Exam Essentials: Part 1

Last year I wrote two articles discussing the pretest, which takes place with a technician prior to seeing your Optometrist. Pretest includes lensometry (glasses measurement), autorefraction (prescription starting point), intraocular pressure, visual field, retinal scans, and retinal photographs. Once the pretest is completed, you will be escorted to a sanitized exam room and seated in […]

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Could your cosmetics be leading to dry eye disease?

Dry eye is becoming quite the buzz word. We are hearing more about it as we spend more time on digital devices and as dry eye research and treatment options expand rapidly. Is there anything in your beauty routine that could be contributing to or increasing your risk of developing dry eye disease? Dry eye […]

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The Trouble with Hubble

In the age of amazon consumers have access to almost anything they could dream of delivered straight to their door. This has proven rather useful during the ongoing pandemic as it allows consumers to avoid unnecessary trips outside. While there is no harm in having a lifetime supply of toilet paper and lysol wipes delivered […]

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What is low vision and what options are available for enhancing low vision?

Low vision is uncorrectable visual loss that interferes with daily activities.   It cannot be improved with regular glasses, contact lenses, or medical intervention. Individuals with low vision may experience any combination of a reduction or loss of colour vision, central or peripheral vision, and a reduction in the ability to adjust to changing levels […]

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The Purpose of the Pretest: Part 2

After lensometry and autorefraction are completed (see the Part 1 article last month), the pretest then focuses on ocular health screening. At some of our clinics, your intraocular pressure will be measured by the technician during pretest. This technique is called non-contact tonometry (NCT). You will be asked to remain still and keep your eyes […]

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The Purpose of the Pretest: Part 1

When you arrive for an eye exam at Cowichan Eyecare, you will spend the first portion of your eye exam experience with one of our highly trained technicians. The tests that are done prior to seeing your Optometrist are collectively called the “pretest.” The tests run depend on your age, the type of exam you […]

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