Eye Exams

Our eye exams protect precious eyesight for all ages. Each comprehensive eye exam includes a screening optical coherence tomography (OCT) to look deep into the retinal layers beneath the surface, and ultra-widefield retinal imaging to see the periphery. Eye surgery consultations, pre and post- operative care for cataract and laser refractive patients are also offered. Our Optometrists work in close collaboration with Ophthalmologists to ensure patients receive prompt referrals and outstanding care.

Optometrist checking patient’s eyes with phoropter in exam room - Dr. Kamachi

How Often Should You Check Your Eyes?

It is recommended that those aged 20-39 years undergo an eye exam every 2-3 years, and those aged 40-64 every 1-2 years, while diabetics and those with other concerns of interest, at least once a year. Most group benefits providers offer regular coverage for eye exams every 24 months, which may also extend to their immediate family members. Don't miss out on using your vision benefits to get a backup pair of glasses, prescription sunglasses, or even computer glasses before they expire.

How Often Should Seniors Have Their Eyes Checked?

This age group of 65+ has an increased incidence of age-related eye conditions such as cataract, which is easily treatable, but also macular degeneration and glaucoma, which can be life-changing. Our clinics have advanced diagnostic instruments to detect early signs of eye diseases to help prevent vision loss, and information and supplements to maximize the health of your eyes.

When And How Often Should Children Child Eye Have an Eye Exam?

The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends children should have their first eye exam between 6-9 months, once again between 2-5 years, and annually thereafter. Our pediatric examinations include using eye drops to relax the focusing muscles of the eyes, and ultra-widefield retinal imaging whenever possible. Children undergo thorough ocular health and binocular vision assessments to identify and promptly address risks and problems that can impede visual development.

Where Can I Go If I Have An Eye Emergency?

Same-day appointments are typically given for emergencies, as well as to those who unexpectedly break or lose their glasses.

How Often Should Diabetics Get Their Eyes Checked?

Our instruments can detect subtle retinal changes than can enable swift intervention to prevent vision loss. Diabetic macular edema can be seen on OCT before it is visible on the surface of the retina, while ultra-widefield retinal sans can reveal eye complications such as bleeding, from diabetes. Oftentimes it is an eye exam that first alerts the presence of diabetes. Eye exams for diabetics are recommended every 6-12 months.

How To Test For Glaucoma?

All our eye exams include basic tests for glaucoma, however additional testing may be required if there is a higher level of suspicion for glaucoma. Boardwalk Optometry has done away with traditional visual field testing and now conducts virtual reality visual field testing using Olleyes, making this once patient-dreaded test much more comfortable and even enjoyable. Diagnostic OCT scans will help detect structural changes years before conventional tests, making it a powerful tool to protect against vision loss. If you have a family history of glaucoma or other risk factors for glaucoma, an eye exam is recommended at least once a year.

How To Test For Macular Degeneration?

Our eye exams include assessment of the deeper layers of the macula to detect early age-related macular degeneration (AMD) as well as its conversion to wet AMD, helping to prevent vision loss. Our Optometrists will share lifestyle and dietary insights to help you hold off or slow down the progression of AMD. Patients with AMD should be seen at least 6-12 months.

Are Your Eye Vitamins Making Your Macular Degeneration Worse?

Macular Degeneration Genetic Testing

Most patients with macular degeneration do well on eye supplements, however about 15% of patients might see their condition worsen if they take zinc. Our clinics offer the Vita-Risk genetic test to determine which patients should avoid zinc based on their genetics. Genetic testing allows for more personalized and precise treatments because after all, one size does not fit all.

What Is A Visual Test And Why Is It Important?

A visual field test determines if you have blind spots that can show how eye disease or a brain disorder is affecting your vision, and also how vision may be limited by eyelid problems such as droopy eyelids. Visual field testing is an important part of regular eye care for people who are at risk for vision loss from disease, especially glaucoma, and other problems. Glaucoma patients and those with risk factors for glaucoma, who are typically very familiar with visual fields testing, might be excited to learn that Boardwalk Optometry has switched to conducting visual fields testing using Olleyes, a virtual reality platform, making this test much quicker and more comfortable than ever before.

People with the following conditions should have their visual fields monitored:

  • Glaucoma
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Thyroid eye disease
  • Pituitary gland disorders
  • Stroke
  • Long-term use of certain medications,
    such as Plaquenil and hydroxychloroquine
  • Central nervous system problems (such as a tumor that may be pressing on visual parts of the brain)

Can Medications Affect The Eyes?

Certain medications can affect the retina, specifically the macula, while others can cause dry eyes. Our clinics are equipped to conduct the specialized tests needed for ongoing assessments, monitoring, and management of the eyes while such drugs are being taken.

Accutane may cause dry eyes, and less frequently, night blindness.

Antidepressants may cause an acute rise in pressure inside the eye, double vision, dilated pupils, dry eyes and blurred vision.

Antihistamines commonly cause dry eyes by drying out mucous membranes.

Aromatase inhibitors such as anastrozole (Arimidex) and letrozole (Femara) may cause dry eye, retinopathy, and cataracts, and increased incidence of floaters.

Cortisone steroids may cause cataract and glaucoma.

Erectile dysfunction drugs may cause damage to the optic nerve, but it is very rare. These medications may cause temporary blue-tinted vision, light sensitivity and blurred vision, please seek immediate medical attention if sudden vision loss develops.

Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) may cause blurred vision, decreased vision, scotomas and photopsias. Patients need be monitored annually as the toxicity is irreversible and can even progress after discontinuation of the drug.

Non-steroid anti-Inflammatory drugs may cause dry eyes, retinal hemorrhages, cataracts and glaucoma.

Oral anti-coagulants may cause bleeding on the surface of the eye and of the retina.

Oral contraceptives may cause dry eyes and migraine type headaches.

Tamoxifen may cause decreased vision, changes in colour vision. Crystals may deposit around the macula and macula swelling can occur.

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