An oculo-visual examination is recommended every year for persons under 18 years of age and for persons 65 years of age and older. In Quebec, this examination is covered by the Régie de l’assurance maladie.
For people between the ages of 18 and 65, an eye exam is recommended every two years. Early detection of certain eye diseases helps maintain good vision.
If you are having your eye exam at another eye doctor (optometrist or ophthalmologist), you are entitled to a copy of your prescription, it belongs to you. It will be our pleasure to make your glasses or contact lenses according to your prescription.
An oculo-visual examination at Le Lunetier takes place as follows :
- An analysis of your old glasses is carried out using a frontofocometer to show you possible improvements at the end of the examination
- An examination of the visual field is automatically carried out for people aged 65 and over using a sophisticated device (and at the optometrist’s request for others).
- A measurement of the power of your eye is then made using an electronic self-refractometer.
- A detailed case history is also requested in order to verify the health conditions that may affect your vision.
- Then the examination begins with a check of your visual acuity with and without your correction. Then, eye mobility, eye alignment and colour vision are checked.
- The examination of the fundus is done with an ophthalmoscope.
- Then the refraction is performed. This is the measurement of your distance and near vision for each eye, then both eyes together.
- Finally, both of your eyes are examined under a biomicroscope to determine the presence of cataracts, check the condition of your eyelids and cornea, and take intraocular pressure (to determine who is at risk for glaucoma).
- Special attention is paid to the cornea of contact lens wearers to check the health of their eyes.
- At the end of the exam, recommendations are made regarding options for change (based on the old prescription, work, contact lens wear, etc.).
- The optometrist may also suggest pupillary dilatation, which consists of enlarging the pupils with a few drops in order to make a more thorough examination of the retina. People who are very short-sighted, diabetics and people taking certain medications that can damage the retina benefit from having their eyes checked using pupillary dilatation. A referral to a specialist can then be obtained if necessary. If everything is normal, regular follow-up is recommended.