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Comprehensive Eye Exams

eyechart Regardless of your age or physical health, it’s important to have regular eye exams.

During a complete eye exam, your eye doctor will not only determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, but will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.

A comprehensive eye exam includes a number of tests and procedures to examine and evaluate the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. These tests range from simple ones, like having you read an eye chart, to complex tests, such as using a high-powered lens to examine the health of the tissues inside of your eyes.

Eyecare experts recommend you have a complete eye exam every one to three years, depending on your age, risk factors, and physical condition.

Children. Some experts estimate that approximately 5% to 10% of pre-schoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision problems. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), all children should have their eyes examined at 6 months of age, at age 3 and again at the start of school. Children without vision problems or risk factors for eye or vision problems should then continue to have their eyes examined at least every two years throughout school.

Children with existing vision problems or risk factors should have their eyes examined more frequently. Common risk factors for vision problems include:

  • premature birth
  • developmental delays
  • turned or crossed eyes
  • family history of eye disease
  • history of eye injury
  • other physical illness or disease

The AOA recommends that children who wear eyeglasses or contact lenses should have their eyes examined at least every 12 months or according to their eye doctor’s instructions. Read more about Pediatric Eye Exams.

Adults. The AOA also recommends an annual eye exam for any adult who wears eyeglasses or contacts. If you don’t normally need vision correction, you still need an eye exam every two to three years up to the age of 40, depending on your rate of visual change and overall health. Doctors often recommend more frequent examinations for adults with diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders, because many diseases can have an impact on vision and eye health.

If you are over 40, it’s a good idea to have your eyes examined every one to two years to check for common age-related eye problems such as presbyopia, cataracts and macular degeneration. Read more about Vision After 40.

Because the risk of eye disease continues to increase with advancing age, everyone over the age of 60 should be examined annually. Read more about Vision After 60.

Attention:

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the College of Optometrists of Ontario has recommended to restrict eye care to urgent care cases only.

Your safety and well-being are of the greatest importance to us.

Our office will be restricting our appointments and hours accordingly.

It is our belief that we want to limit the number of patients that should be going to the emergency room at this time, so we want to help by seeing those eye emergencies when we can.

Please do not come to our office if:

You have tested positive for COVID-19 virus.

You have been exposed at any point to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19

You are feeling ill in any way (not just COVID-19) symptoms

You have returned to Canada from out of country and have not completed a 14 day period of self-isolation.

Please note, that all phone calls will still be answered in normal daytime business hours and triaged accordingly by Dr. Ruhl. As well, email requests/concerns can be sent 24 hours/day, 7 days a week, and we will attempt to return a message within 24 hours. (If a response is not received in this time period and /or this is an ocular emergency, then you should proceed to the emergency department for assessment.)

If an appointment is necessary, then Dr. Ruhl will arrange for the time for the appointment at the office. If a patient comes to the office, we request that only the patient comes in the office and please leave all family, friends, drivers, etc… outside the office unless the patient requires them for assistance.

All patients must wash their hands thoroughly upon entering the office for their appointment.

To those patients wishing to pick up glasses, we can possibly arrange a time (and place for pickup) via a phone call to the office.

At this time, contact lenses can be ordered as well. When possible, we will have the contact lenses shipped directly to your residence from the manufacturer. In other cases, we will attempt to deliver them to your house ourselves. We will arrange for payment when you call the office.

Thank you for your consideration in these difficult times.

Dr. Ruhl

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CONTACT LENSES CAN STILL BE ORDERED!

You can still order contact lenses and have them delivered right to your door at no charge in most cases. Call the office during daytime office hours or send an email and we’ll get right back to you and have your order arranged!