At 360 Eyecare we provide comprehensive eye exams to all ages. Our optometrists see patients as early as 6 months of age and diagnose and treat vision and eye conditions of all stages. The eye doctors at 360 Eyecare leverage the most innovative technology in the industry to help perform a thorough and precise examination.
Our goal is to help everyone in the Toronto area to see to their maximum potential with optimum optical lenses and visual aids because we know how important your ocular health is. We strive to provide the full circle of care to all our patients.
What do comprehensive eye exams include?
Visual acuity and refractive status assessment: Your optometrist will determine your vision with and without correction and then perform a complete refractive assessment to determine the most accurate prescription for your glasses for clearest and most comfortable vision. We utilize a digital cutting edge phoropter technology instead of the conventional manual phoropter to perform the subjective part of refraction (this is sometimes referred to as the ‘better one or better two’ test).
Binocular assessment: to determine how your two eyes work together as a team.
Accommodative assessment: To determine your eyes’ focusing ability at near and distant and during prolonged periods of reading and computer use. Your optometrist will also typically assess your vision for computer distance and other intermediate tasks.
Pupil assessment: determine how your pupil react to light and whether they have any physiologic or other anomalies that might be an indication of other health conditions such as nerve palsy and Horner’s syndrome.
Extra-ocular muscle function test: Determine the function of the muscles that help your eyes move in all directions.
Cover test: Assess for misalignment in the eyes and detect early and advanced stages of eye turns (strabismus) or phoric disorders and improper binocular postures.
Visual field assessment: Assess your peripheral vision. This test is done for different reasons and also has different modes. Manual confrontation test is typically done routinely for gross assessment, whereas more specific automated tests are done to assess for specific conditions such as glaucoma and brain tumours screening.
Intraocular pressure test: Assesses the pressure inside your eyes for indications of glaucoma or other disorders leading to elevated eye pressure.
Complete assessment of the anterior segment of your eyes: Your optometrist will examine the health of your eyes under the microscope (the slit lamp test) to determine if there any corneal or other anterior segment disease like conjunctivitis (pink eye) or other inflammatory eye disease or infections. Your doctor will also assess the lids and the adnexa for related medical problems.
Posterior segment disease: This test is typically done through the dilation of the pupil with drops to examine the retina, the optic nerve and the other structures at the back of the eye.
Retinal imaging: Our 360 Eyecare office prides itself in utilizing cutting edge digital retinal scans for complete assessment and documentations.
Other specialty tests that your optometrist might need to perform for your specific case.
Our eye doctors are licensed to diagnose and treat eye diseases such as urgent pink eye, keratitis, also foreign body removal and management.
Book your eye exams with our optometrists today at one of our 360 Eyecare locations in Toronto. We look forward to providing you with the complete circle of care for all your eyecare and eyewear needs.
EYE EXAM FAQ
Firstly, if you are considering an eye exam in Toronto but still have questions or things you want to clarify, rest assured, you are not alone. Based on the questions we received over the many years we’ve examined, diagnosed and treated eye conditions in the Toronto area, we’ve come up with a list of the most Frequently Asked Questions regarding eye exams. However, if you still have questions after consulting our FAQs, do not hesitate to contact us via phone, email or by also using our website.
Usually, these exams are covered by your private vision or health care plan. Your eye exam will be cover by OHIP if you are 65 and over, 19 and under or have specific conditions that are deemed insurable by OHIP. Please call our office to inquire further.
This depends on your age and previously diagnosed conditions, but a good rule of thumb is to have your eyes regularly checked every 1 to 2 years. The sooner we can spot conditions that require attention, the easier it is to correct.
We try to cater to our patient’s need; thus, we will try to accommodate you as soon as possible. We also have appointments outside of working hours and on Saturdays, so you can have lots of possibilities of scheduling you eye exam in the Toronto area.
Although not a lot of preparation is required, please be ready to answer questions about what prescription drugs you use and relevant family history. Also, if you currently wear glasses or contact lenses, please bring them with you. Lastly, if your exam requires your pupils to be dilated, we advise having someone else to drive you home.
Eye exams can take up to 40 to 50 minutes depending on the tests needed to be done. Most exams are completed in 20 to 40 minutes. Please allow extra time if you are a new patient and require to fill paperwork before your examination.
Although we do accept most types of vision and health insurance plans, it’s best to ask a few days in advance or when booking your appointment so we can check for you ahead of time.
There is no easy and clear answer for this question. After your eye exam is completed, your optometrist and optician will recommend the type of lenses you would need. The price will depend on your prescription and also on the type of lenses you require.
How often do I need to have an eye exam?
Knowing when to visit an eye doctor to get your eyes checked is important. Not only is this information valuable, but it could also save you from potentially developing advanced eye conditions that might not have symptoms at early stages. Only your optometrist can determine how frequently you should be seen for eye examinations.
However, the Canadian association of optometrists recommends the following as the minimum frequency for routine eye examinations: Infants and toddlers should undergo their first eye examination between the ages of 6 and 9 months. Preschool Children 2 to 5 years of age should undergo at least one eye examination in this period. School children aged 6 to 19 years should undergo an eye examination annually. Adults aged 20 to 39 years should undergo an eye examination every 2 to 3 years; Adults aged 40 to 64 years should undergo an eye examination every 2 years; Adults aged 65 years or older should undergo an eye examination annually.
The risk of developing ocular disease is higher at 65 years of age and older. Our doctors at 360 Eyecare in Toronto strongly advocate for following the recommended frequency of visits by your optometrist. These exams will detect early signs of many age-related eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration.
How long does an eye exam take?
A complete eye exam will typically take anywhere between 20 to 45 minutes depending on each case.
The exam will check the following:
This test checks on how well your eyes can see. It involves reading a standardized eye chart that determines how well you see letters at various distances.
Through a series of subjective and objective tests, the optometrist will determine your final glasses prescription. If a contact lens fit is also performed then a contact lens prescription will also be issued at the time of your visit.
Peripheral vision assessment (side vision test)
One of the most common diseases that impairs peripheral vision is glaucoma. The reason why many patients do not detect any early signs of loss is because glaucoma at an early stage is typically asymptomatic. These tests can also detect other eye complications that you might not be aware of such as neurological disorders.
The anterior segment of your eye
Examination of this part of the eye is necessary to detect if you are developing cataracts in your crystalline lens. Other parts of the eye tested through the slit lamp examination are the cornea, conjunctiva, iris, lids and adnexa.
The Retina and Optic Nerve (the posterior segment of the eye)
This test is typically conducted by administering eye drops into your eyes. The drops cause your eyes to dilate. Dilation will allow for the examination of the retina, optic nerve and surrounding structures and this testing helps detect conditions such as macular degeneration, nerve damage and retinopathy.
Other common tests performed at your eye exam:
Your eye exam visit to the optometrist will also include eye pressure test, cover test, pupillary test, color vision test, stereo test and other specialty tests your optometrist might need to do depending on each case.
These are the most commonly asked questions we receive regarding eye exams. For more information, feel free to contact us via email or phone, or even drop by for a visit at one of our Toronto offices. We’ll be more than happy to answer all your questions.