Regular eye exams are recommended, regardless of your age or your physical health. Children and seniors are advised to see an optometrist annually, while healthy adults are recommended to have their eyes examined at least once every two years. Eye exams are necessary for assessing eye coordination and muscle balance, evaluating visual acuity, and most importantly, for determining overall ocular health.
A comprehensive eye exam is different from a sight/vision test. Only licensed optometrists and ophthalmologists can perform comprehensive eye exams and diagnose/treat eye diseases. eye-deology Vision Care optometrists have the training and expertise to best serve your eye care needs.
Some optical stores offer sight (or vision) tests, which rely solely on automated equipment. A sight test is NOT a proper comprehensive eye exam. Only a trained and licensed professional doctor of optometry or ophthalmology can perform a comprehensive eye exam. Optometrists and ophthalmologists have the education, training, and knowledge to examine, diagnose, treat, manage, and help prevent diseases and disorders affecting the visual system, the eye and related structures, as well as to check an individual’s prescription and to prescribe eye wear.
eye-deology Vision Care optometrists perform a variety of tests and scans to examine your eyes and evaluate your ocular health. These tests range from simple, like having you read a Snellen eye chart, to sophisticated digital scans using high-resolution, wide-angled cameras and lasers to visualize and evaluate the tiny structures and tissues inside the eye. Combined, the suite of tests performed are essential for determining visual acuity, the presence of eye conditions or diseases, and the overall health of your eyes.
eye-deology Vision Care comprehensive eye exams can require between 20 minutes to up to an hour to perform, depending on the medical history of the patient, the number and complexity of tests and scans required to fully evaluate a patient's vision and eye health, and the presence of any vision or health issues that require prescriptive eyewear and/or medical treatment.
While the core tests and scans comprising an eye-deology Vision Care comprehensive eye exam are the same for everyone, some individuals, such as diabetics and contact lens wearers require additional tests and scans. These are to ensure that diabetes is not causing damage to the eye (Diabetic Retinopathy), or that contact lens wear is not significantly reshaping the cornea.
Optometrists are trained to diagnose and treat more than 100 conditions - everything from 'pink eye' infections to vision threatening glaucoma. They are also trained to diagnose more systemic conditions, like high blood pressure and diabetes, that produce symptoms in the eye. Because the retina is the only place in the body where blood vessels can be seen directly, signs of other diseases, like stroke, heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes, can be detected during a comprehensive eye exam.
Early detection is essential so that treatments can be successfully administered. Early detection of eye conditions is dependent on both patient and doctor. Patients must see their optometrist regularly and optometrists must have the training and tools to facilitate the detection of diseases. eye-deology Vision Care optometrists have the expertise and the advanced modern technologies necessary to promote the early detection and treatment of eye disease.
Examining the retina is challenging. Your optometrist must look through the pupil to examine the retina, or back of the eye. Traditional methods for viewing the retina can be effective, but they are difficult to perform on energetic children and on individuals with small pupils. Moreover, they are performed manually and do not yield a detailed digital record. The wide-angle digital retinal imaging system and the Zeiss OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) system used by eye-deology Vision Care provide highly detailed 3-D digital imagery of the retina and/or optical tissues, which are then kept on file for comparisons in subsequent visits. These advanced modern technologies promote the early detection and treatment of eye conditions, disorders and diseases and can often be the difference between vision retention and vision loss.
Dry Eye Syndrome, otherwise known as Blepharitis, is a chronic, inflammatory disease of the eyelids caused by the increase of normal bacteria living along the eyelid and the base of the eyelashes. Once the population of bacteria reaches a certain density, genes in the bacteria activate allowing them to produce toxins. These toxins penetrate the eyelid tissue causing low-grade chronic inflammation, which adversely affects the quality and quantity of tears being produced. Because eyelids are difficult to clean, this overgrowth can worsen over the years, eventually causing substantial damage to the eyelid and/or tear glands. eye-deology Vision Care optometrists are uniquely qualified and equipped to diagnose and treat this condition.
Using Blephex™, eye-deology Vision Care optometrists can precisely and safely clean and exfoliate your eyelids and lashes, and provide immediate relief of your Dry Eye Syndrome/Blepharitis symptoms. More importantly, by completely removing the toxins and biofilm along the eyelid margin, long-term inflammatory damage to your tear glands and chronic dry eye symptoms can be avoided. The Blephex™ treatment only takes a few minutes, and regular treatments can effectively cure dry eye syndrome in many patients.
eye-deology Vision Care optometrists can prescribe corrective lenses and pharmaceuticals. On Wednesday, June 24, 2015, the Alberta Government issued formal approval to the revised Optometrists Profession Regulation. All optometrists who successfully completed the Advanced Scope of Practice Certification Course are now authorized to provide all of the new areas of practice including: 1) Prescribe, dispense, or sell an oral or topical Schedule 1 or 2 drug incidental to the practice of optometry; 2) Manage and treat glaucoma in an independent manner; 3) Order and analyze laboratory tests; and 4) Order and apply non-ionizing radiation in the form of ultrasound. Read more.
A comprehensive eye exam is generally comprised of a series of screening tests and scans. On occasion, results of those screening tests may warrant further investigation and additional 'specialty' tests to be performed. eye-deology Vision Care is equipped with the advanced technologies to perform these specialty tests and scans.
Specialty tests and scans using the wide-angle digital retinal imaging, Zeiss OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography), and corneal topography systems at eye-deology Vision Care provide the highly detailed 3-D digital imagery of the retina and/or optical tissues necessary to comprehensively investigate, evaluate, and treat eye conditions. These specialty tests and scans are often included in comprehensive eye exams for people with diabetes and for contact lens wearers.
Examining the retina is challenging. Your optometrist must look through the pupil to examine the retina, or back of the eye. Traditional methods for viewing the retina can be effective, but they are difficult to perform on energetic children and on individuals with small pupils. Moreover, they are performed manually and do not yield a detailed digital record. The wide-angle digital retinal imaging system and the Zeiss OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) system used by eye-deology Vision Care provide highly detailed 3-D digital imagery of the retina and/or optical tissues. These advanced modern technologies promote the early detection and treatment of eye conditions, disorders and diseases, and can often be the difference between vision retention and vision loss. Come to eye-deology Vision Care and trust that you are receiving the best modern eye care available.
Fundus photography documents the retina, the neurosensory tissue in our eyes that translates the optical images we see into the electrical impulses our brain understands. The normal angle of a fundus camera is typically 10-30°. In contrast, ultra-wide digital retinal imaging systems, like the Optomap and EIDON retinal scanners, have field-of-views greater than 100° and can capture up to 80% of your retina in one high-definition, panoramic image. The wide-angle images provided by these systems enhance your eye doctor’s ability to detect even the earliest sign of disease. Moreover, seeing the majority of the retina at once allows your eye-deology Vision Care optometrist more time to review your images and inform you about your eye health. Presenting patients with an ultra-wide angle image of their retina is also a great way of assuring patients that they are receiving a thorough exam and the best eye care.
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive imaging test that uses light waves to take cross-section pictures of your retina, the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye. With OCT, each of the retina’s distinctive layers can be seen, allowing your ophthalmologist to map and measure their thickness, as well as identify any pockets of fluid that may have developed in the retina. These measurements help with diagnosis and provide treatment guidance for glaucoma and retinal diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease. The Zeiss OCT used by eye-deology Vision Care can mosaic the hundreds of cross-section pictures capture into a single 3-D image of the retina and related tissues.
Since the cornea, the outer structure of the eye, is responsible for approximately 70% of the eye's refractive power, its topography (i.e., surface irregularities) is of critical importance in determining the quality of vision and corneal health. A corneal topographer non-invasively maps the surface curvature of the cornea, producing a 3-D map that can assist an optometrist in the diagnosis and treatment of a number of eye conditions and corneal disease, in planning cataract surgery, in planning refractive surgery such as LASIK, and evaluating its results, and in assessing the fit of contact lenses. A corneal topography quickly and precisely measures all of the data needed for accurately fitting multifocal, bifocal, and toric contact lenses and determine if an intact tear film and good oxygen supply exist to permit comfortable lens wear.
eye-deology Vision Care has prescription eyewear for every individual, every lifestyle, and every budget. Whether the need is single or multi-focal eyeglasses or contact lenses, reading glasses, protective athletic eyewear or safety glasses - we can address your prescription eyewear needs.
With an on-site lab and a wide assortment of designer and value brand eyeglass frames, eye-deology Vision Care can customize eyewear for every combination of prescription, lifestyle, and budget. At eye-deology Vision Care, our unique combination of experienced professionals, advanced technologies, and modern eyewear products provides us with the ability to personalize eyewear to every individual.
Equipped with an on-site lab, eye-deology Vision Care can craft single vision, bifocal and multifocal lenses. Single vision lenses, like those used for reading, enable individuals to see clearly at a single distance. In contrast, bifocal eyeglass lenses enable individuals to see clearly at two different distance ranges through a single lens. Bifocal glasses are prescribed for many reasons, with the main reason being to address Presbyopia. Like bifocal glasses, progressive multifocal lenses enable the user to see clearly at different distance ranges through one lens. These progressive lenses gradually change power from the top of the lens to the bottom, giving a smooth transition from distance (driving) vision to intermediate (computer) vision to near (reading) vision. Progressive multifocal lenses do not have lines or optical segments and have the advantage of offering clear vision over a wide range of distances.
Lens coatings play a significant role in the optical experience that glass lenses provide. From reducing the glare associated with night driving and digital devices to protecting your lenses from daily wear and tear, lens coatings can both extend the life of your lenses and provide comfort throughout the day. Glare, which occurs when light bounces in the back of the lens and into the eyes, can be both distracting and damaging to the eye, especially with increased use of digital devices. An anti-reflective coating reduces eyestrain by eliminating ambient glare and is highly recommended for individuals who work long hours in front of computer screen or frequently drive at night. Glasses naturally receive wear and tear, and scratched lenses can affect your vision and even result in damaging eye strain. A scratch resistant coating will extend the life of your lenses (especially the softer polycarbonate lenses) and help to ensure clearer vision. Anti-smudge and hydrophobic coatings eliminate the frequency an individuals must clean their eyeglasses due to fingerprints and/or condensation.
Simply put, photochromatic lenses behave like automatic sunglasses. Photochromic lenses are optical lenses that darken when exposed to specific types of light of sufficient intensity, the most common being ultraviolet (UV) light. In the absence of activating light, the lenses return to their clear state. They are principally used in eyeglasses that are dark in bright sunlight, but clear in low ambient light conditions. They darken within about a minute of exposure to bright light, and take somewhat longer to achieve a clear state. The Transitions™ lenses are a popular brand of photochromatic lenses, but many other brands of equal quality exist in the market.
Prescription sunglasses and safety glasses are crafted with your own corrective prescription built into the lenses. They are great if you need a refractive correction and they can protect your eyes from the sun or workplace hazards while enabling you to see clearly. Prescription sunglasses and safety glasses are available for almost all corrective prescriptions, with several options including bifocals and progressive lenses. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, behind the wheel, or on the job site, having a pair of prescription sunglasses or safety glasses will make those activities more enjoyable and safer for you and your eyes. eye-deology Vision Care is a retailer of eyesafe™ safety eyewear.
Just as one shoe size doesn’t fit all feet, one contact lens type/size doesn’t fit all eyes. If the curvature of a contact lens is too flat or too steep for a person's eye shape, they may experience discomfort or even damage to their eye. Measurements are necessary to determine the best contact lens size and design for a person's eyes. eye-deology Vision Care has the advanced technologies and experience required to take those essential, detailed measurements.
eye-deology Vision Care offers a variety of hard, softs and semi scleral contact lenses. This ensures that most patients, even those with rare prescriptions and conditions, can find contact lenses that meet their unique needs in terms of prescription, lifestyle, and comfort. From disposable soft to rigid (hard) gas permeable, to large-diameter semi scleral to astigmatism-correcting toric to single and multifocal contact lenses, eye-deology Vision Care has you and your eyes covered!
Dr. Jennifer Ash has more than 10 years of experience custom fitting contact lenses. In fact, her residency at the University of California, Berkeley provided her with a wealth of experience in fitting contact lenses that few other optometrists possess. Using a combination of advanced technologies and know-how, Dr. Ash can select and fit the contact lenses best suited to an individual's prescription needs, lifestyle, and preferences.
Like a tailor or seamstress, an optometrist must take a variety of measurements to properly fit contact lenses. These include assessing the curvature of the cornea, evaluating the irregularity of the corneal surface, determining pupil and iris size, and evaluating tear film. eye-deology Vision Care optometrists use a suite of specialized tools, including a keratometer, biomicroscope, and corneal topographer, to perform these measurements and evaluations. These modern technologies increase the success of wearing contact lenses.
The simple fact is that the level of expertise and technologies required to properly fit contact lenses is not the same everywhere. Consequently, many individuals are wearing poorly-fitted contact lenses that can cause discomfort, blurred vision, and/or increase the likelihood of eye infections. Moreover, due to a general lack of awareness of contact lens advancements, many individuals are told they are ineligible to wear contact lenses. If you are an individual experiencing problems with your contact lenses, or have been informed that you are ineligible to wear contact lenses, eye-deology Vision Care may have a personalized solution for you!
Cataract and laser eye surgery requires pre- and post-operation exams. For cataract surgery, test are required to evaluate prescription, presence of dry eyes, and the shape and health of the eye(s). For laser eye surgery, tests are necessary to assess eye topography, presence of dry eyes and ascertain an accurate prescription. eye-deology Vision Care optometrists have the training and advanced modern technologies to perform pre- and post-eye surgery exams and testing.
Treatment of dry eye syndrome or blepharitis is always in the best interest of the patient as it reduces eye inflammation and irritation. Treatment of blepharitis prior to undergoing eye surgery can reduce complications during and post-surgery. eye-deology Vision Care uses the Blephex™ in-office procedure that allows optometrists to take an active role in treating dry eye and blepharitis. Moreover, it is the most effective, non-invasive option for treating blepharitis.
Your eye doctor determines the type and degree of refractive error (and prescription) you have by performing a test called a refraction. This is often accomplished using both a computerized instrument, called an auto-refractor, and a mechanical instrument called a phoropter. Refraction typically needs to be performed before and after eye surgery. Refraction prior to surgery provides surgeons with the information necessary to plan and execute the surgery. Refraction post-surgery provides helps determine the success of the surgery and if the patient has any outstanding refractive error that requires addressing through the prescription of corrective eyewear.
Laser eye surgery permanently thins and weakens the cornea, which in rare cases may lead to progressive steepening or bulging (ectasia) of the cornea and a deterioration of vision quality. Consequently, it is very important that surgical patients have their corneal topography evaluated both pre- and post-surgery. eye-deology Vision Care possesses the advanced topography technology required to effectively evaluate and monitor surgical patients.
eye-deology Vision Care offers pre- and post-surgical eye care services. Our doctors have great relationships with the ophthalmic surgeons in Edmonton, and they can easily coordinate and perform exams following LASIK eye surgery. For more information about the co-management of post-surgery eye care, please consult your surgeon.
It is a fact of life that accidents happen and emergencies do arise. If a foreign body comes in contact with, or becomes lodged in the eye, or if you experience significant changes to your vision, please visit eye-deology Vision Care. We have the trained professionals and advanced modern technologies to best address your emergency situation.
Removing foreign objects from the eye is one of the most common services performed by an optometrist. Corneal foreign bodies are objects (e.g., metal, glass, wood, plastic, sand or hair) that are either superficially attached to, or embedded in, the cornea of the eye. If corneal foreign bodies are not removed in their entirety in a timely fashion, they can lead to complications such as infection or ocular necrosis. eye-deology Vision Care doctors have the experience, know-how and equipment required to remove foreign bodies and treat the affected portion of the eye.
Vision changes can include blurriness, halos, blind spots, flashes, floaters, the inability to see at certain distances, and even blindness. If any of these symptoms are occurring, it could be a sign of an eye disease, aging, an eye injury, or another condition such as diabetes or Sjogren’s syndrome. Dramatic vision changes can also be caused by more severe health conditions such as stroke or a tumour. There are many types of changes that can affect your vision, and you should always seek medical attention if changes to your vision occur. If you are experiencing dramatic vision changes, please visit eye-deology Vision Care where optometrists can diagnose and treat your symptoms.
Occasionally, you may see small specks or clouds moving in your field of vision. These are called floaters. Floaters are tiny clumps of cells, or material, inside the vitreous, the clear fluid that fills the inside of your eye. While these objects appear to be in front of your eye, they are in fact floating inside it. What you see are the shadows of the floating dots, circles, lines or clouds on the retina. When the vitreous gel pulls on the retina, you may see what appears to be flashing lights or lightning streaks. These are called flashes. You may have experienced a similar sensation if you have ever been hit in the eye and seen "stars." The flashes of light can appear off and on for several weeks or months. There are many causes of floaters and flashes, some of which require immediate medical attention. If you ever experience floaters or flashes, please visit eye-deology Vision Care as soon as possible where optometrists can diagnose and treat the cause of your symptoms.
Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is very common and contagious. It is the redness and swelling of the conjunctiva, or the mucous membrane that lines the eyelid and eye surface. The lining of the eye is usually clear. If irritation or infection occurs, the lining becomes red and swollen. Most pink eye infections are caused by viruses or bacteria, dry eyes, fumes/smoke or allergies. Often, pink eye is not serious and goes away in 7 to 10 days without medical treatment. Medications are usually not prescribed for viral pink eye. However, optometrists can prescribe medicines for bacterial pink eye and for pink eye caused by the herpes virus. If you experience pink eye symptoms, eye-deology Vision Care optometrists can help by examining, diagnosing, and recommending treatment depending on the type and severity of your condition.