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Although updating your glasses or contact lens prescription is a very important part of your visit to Marine View Optometry, it is only one part of a comprehensive eye exam. We use various pieces of equipment to examine eye health from front to back. Sometimes, this involves using drops to dilate the eyes, in order to get a broader view of the back part of the eye. Regular eye exams are important, not only for diagnosing current or potential threats to your vision, but also for identifying signs that relate to overall body health. The eye is a complex and fascinating organ. At Marine View Optometry, we strive to educate our patients on ways to maintain their eye health.
Eye Exams are extremely important for children. Many learning impediments and academic problems are rooted in unidentified vision impairment. Unlike a scraped knee or bump on the head, young children will often not complain of poor vision. If a child is born with reduced vision, this becomes their “normal”, as they have no basis of comparison. If a child has one eye that is misaligned or has a much greater prescription than the fellow eye, the brain will often “shut off” the bad eye, and it will be destined to become a “lazy eye”. For this reason, early detection of poor vision is crucial, in order to correct the eyes accordingly, and allow them to develop to their fullest potential. Marine View Optometry stresses the importance of eye care for children, and offers free exams to those under 19 years of age. Child exams are recommended as early as ages 6 months, 3 years, and before grade school.
A common misconception of eye exams is that there is no way to determine a glasses prescription for a patient who cannot answer “better” or “worse”. Fortunately, optometrists can use objective techniques that do not rely on patient feedback, to determine a prescription. Furthermore, eye health can be assessed as it is in any verbal patient. Vision is an important aspect of quality of life, and one that should not be overlooked in any segment of the population.
The back part of the eye, known as the retina, has numerous blood vessels that are visible with a microscope. When blood sugars are elevated for an extended period of time, these blood vessels get leaky and are susceptible to bleeds. These hemorrhages can severely impact vision and serve as a likely representation of the vascular health of other organs. For this reason, annual dilated diabetic exams are imperative. A side-by-side comparison of a healthy and a diabetic eye are shown below. As a diabetic, it is important that your family doctor stay informed of your eye health. Exam reports will be sent to your doctor following each visit.
One of the most common eye conditions that plagues society today is dry eye. Whether from excessive computer screen time, dry work conditions, sleep apnea, or other cause, dry eye can be bothersome and in extreme cases, debilitating. Symptoms of dry eye often include burning, foreign body sensation and tearing. There are many different ways to manage dry eye, but an individual treatment plan should be tailored specifically to your own form of dry eye.
While contacts are often a great alternative for day-to-day activities, they can be a source of eye irritation and poor vision if not fitted and handled correctly. At Marine View Optometry, we will determine the appropriate contact lens for your unique eye. We will also ensure that you leave our office proficient with inserting and removing the contacts, and fully understand the “dos and don’ts” of contact lens wear.
There are several procedures performed by eye surgeons that correct for prescription and alleviate the need for glasses. We will identify whether you are an appropriate candidate and refer you to a surgeon of your choice. Following the procedure, we will evaluate your status to ensure your eyes are healing from the surgery appropriately.
Cataracts are a fogging of the natural lens within the eye. When vision can no longer be improved to an acceptable standard with glasses because of cataracts, we can refer you to a cataract surgeon. Cataract surgery involves replacing the foggy lens with a new lens implant, usually designed to correct for distance vision. We will then see you several weeks after the procedure to determine whether glasses are necessary to correct for a residual distance or reading prescription.
Some eye issues deserve immediate attention. If you are experiencing sudden eye pain, vision loss, or flashes/floaters, please book an appointment to see us as soon as possible. We also remove foreign bodies, including metal, and treat eye infections. If your particular condition warrants surgical treatment, we will promptly refer you to the appropriate ophthalmologist.
We complete occupational vision requirement forms as well as driver’s evaluation forms issued by ICBC.
A. Opticians are licensed professionals who specialize in fitting and dispensing glasses. They are excellent at picking out glasses that suit your unique face. Optometrists are eye care professionals that have received their Doctor of Optometry from a specialized graduate program, 4 years in duration. Optometrists are trained to determine your glasses or contact lens prescription, as well as diagnose and treat many eye conditions. They do not perform surgery. Ophthalmologists are medical doctors, specialized in eye care, who often perform one or several types of eye surgery. Because eyes are complex, opticians, optometrists, and ophthalmologists have a synergistic professional relationship designed to aid in your eyewear and eye health needs.
A. Eye exams are recommended for children as young as 6 months, to detect serious vision threatening congenital defects. Examination is also recommended at 3 years and shortly before the start of grade school, and yearly thereafter. It is important for young children to be seen early in order to detect and correct significant refractive error that may lead to compromised vision in later years.
A. Contact lens prescriptions include a specified contact lens brand and size. Contacts come in a variety of sizes and replacement schedules. Determining the type specific for your eyes is made only after careful examination of your eye health and discussion of your daily activities.
A. Presbyopia is a normal aging process that often occurs around or after the age of 40. The eyes become less flexible when focusing on near items. Fortunately, this problem can be overcome with single vision reading glasses, progressive lenses, or bifocals.
A. After signing in with our front desk staff, you will be taken to our pretest room where we use specialized equipment to take various preliminary measurements including your eye pressure and estimate of your prescription. Following this testing, you will be seen by one of our optometrists in the exam room. The optometrist will first determine your prescription and then examine your eye health. This may involve instilling eye drops that dilate the eyes. These drops usually will blur your near vision and make you sensitive to light for 1-2 hours. If you plan on driving, it may be wise to come with another driver in case you are uncomfortable driving home after the drops. Once your prescription is finalized, our optician can help you select a suitable frame if you are interested in new glasses.
A. Please bring your B.C. care card if you have one, your insurance card if you would like to direct bill the cost of the exam, contact lens box if applicable, and glasses if you currently wear correction.