Eye Examinations for People who are Unable to Communicate

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A comprehensive eye exam is important for everyone, including people that are not able to speak or communicate.  In fact, regular eye check-ups are more important for someone who is not able to communicate, because if a problem does arise, this person is not able to tell us that there is vision loss or eye pain.  Without an eye examination, a serious eye problem could be missed and permanent vision loss could result. Loss of vision means loss of mobility, functioning and independence.   

If someone is not able to communicate verbally, your optometrist can still do a complete eye examination and get the results necessary to determine an eyeglass prescription and to determine that the eyes are healthy.  With their specialized equipment, your optometrist can prescribe glasses, even if someone is unable to answer the question, “Which is lens is clearer, one or two?” It is also possible to determine if the eyes are working together and to check the internal and external health of the eyes.  With the cooperation of the patient, your optometrist can also measure the eye pressure to help determine one’s risk for glaucoma.   

Therefore, for those who are unable to communicate, including young children, elderly people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, those affected by stroke or those with cognitive disability, it is still possible for your optometrist to do a complete eye exam.  Eye exams should be done annually or sooner if there appears to be any change in mobility or functioning, as these people are unable to communicate when a problem does arise. Good vision allows us to learn, allows us to recognize people around us, and allows for mobility and independence.  What could be more important?

Written by Trevor Miranda

Dr. Miranda was raised in Simcoe, Ontario and graduated from the University of Waterloo with his Doctorate of Optometry in 1995. Following graduation, he moved to beautiful Vancouver Island, where he continues to serve the eye care needs of the Cowichan Valley. Trevor is also an active member of the Third World Eye Care Society and has participated with other professionals to improve the vision of the less fortunate. Dr. Miranda was named Optometrist of the Year by the British Columbia Association of Optometrists in March 2015. This prestigious honour recognized Dr. Miranda’s commitment to providing every patient with exceptional care while mentoring optometrists across Canada. Outside the office, you will find Trevor enjoying hockey, coaching soccer, involved with the South Cowichan Rotary Club, and spending time with his wife Cheryl and their three children. Trevor looks forward to continuing to care for the eyes of the Cowichan Valley and welcomes new patients without a referral. Dr. Miranda is available for appointments in our Duncan and Cobble Hill.
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