WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR CHILD’S EYE APPOINTMENT
Refractive errors, eye alignment problems, and other vision disorders
Strabismus, amblyopia, and other vision disorders often begin in early childhood. If left untreated, many vision disorders can eventually lead to complete vision loss in the affected eye. However, if caught and treated early, most do not cause lasting vision impairment.
1 in 4 kids require corrective lenses due to a refractive error (such as nearsightedness or farsightedness). Imagine trying to read your textbook when you have undiagnosed farsightedness, or trying to read the board when you have undiagnosed nearsightedness- how frustrating would that be?
99 out of 100 times, a pair of prescription glasses solves the problem and provides proper visual acuity.
Our pre-examination tests are a series of diagnostic tests performed with an optometric assistant and various pieces of equipment. Our offices are equipped with some of the most advanced diagnostic equipment available in eye care today, and we are proud to be able to offer our small town and rural patients access to advanced care without having to make a long drive to Calgary or Lethbridge.
Our offices in High River and Vulcan utilize the Topcon Maestro ocular coherence tomography equipment to take detailed images of your child’s retina and optic nerve. While rare, eye diseases such as glaucoma can form in kids. The OCT quickly and effectively screens for these kinds of diseases.
We also utilize high-resolution retinal imaging, using either the Zeiss Visucam (at our Okotoks office) or the Canon Retinal Camera (at our Nanton and High River offices). In addition to being an important diagnostic tool (for many eye diseases, including diabetic retinopathy), we can compare images of the eye over time to better understand how it is maturing.
After the pre-testing is complete, you will meet with the optometrist who will complete the eye exam. The optometrist will complete specialized tests, many of which build off of the information obtained during the pre-testing. If needed, the optometrist finalizes your new (or updated) corrective lens prescription and determines your level of visual acuity.