For today’s blog we want to walk you through what to expect at your next eye exam. Visitors often tell us that our clinic is larger than they thought it would be. And you’re right! We do have a lot going in our space and each of these areas has a special role in your visit to our office.
Entering and Pre-testing
When you enter our office, one of our lovely receptionists will greet you and check you in for your appointment. Afterwards, feel free to help yourself to a cup of our complimentary coffee and a healthy snack! From here, our pretest staff guides you through a series of preliminary tests. At MVC, we pride ourselves on having top of the line technology. Our pretest rooms are fully equipped. We first have an autorefractor. This machine gives the doctor a starting point for your glasses prescription. Next comes the tonometer. This is that dreaded air puff to check your eye pressures- we’re sorry but it’s important!. Third is our Optomap imaging. This is a state of the art widefield retinal camera that takes a photo of the back of your eye. Lastly, our OCT machine is used on a case-by-case basis. The OCT images each layer of your retina – like a non-invasive ultrasound.
The Eye Exam
After your pretesting is complete, your optometrist brings you into their office. The start of your eye examination will consist of discussing any major concerns you have, your personal and family health history and checking your current vision (with your present glasses). From there, your optometrist will do a few tests to check the movement of your eye muscles, eye alignment and pupil reactions. Different doctors will do these tests in a slightly different order and different populations require different additional testing. For example, children’s eye exams (depending on age) include additional testing of color vision and depth perception.
From here comes the 1 or 2 that everyone loves (right?). One thing to note is that there really is no right answer here. If two options look the same, tell your doctor. If you want to see something again, ask that too. Our doctors check these numbers a few times to ensure your final prescription is completely accurate. Next, you may have eye drops put in. These drops cause your pupils to dilate, making it very bright outside and also making it harder for you to read for at least 3-4 hours. We use dilating drops on a case-by-case. After this is the health check component. This involves a slit lamp (the microscope like machine on the far right of this photo). Different combinations of lights and lenses allow the optometrist to assess the health of the front and back of your eyes.
Our Optical Boutique
Now that you’re done with your optometrist there’s one more part of the eye exam left. This is the glasses consultation. In our optical boutique, the doctor will introduce you to one of our knowledgeable opticians. They will discuss any particular visual demands that you have and what is the best solution to any particular concerns you may have. They will make frame and lens recommendations and answer any questions you have about glasses- they really are the best bunch!
If you are keeping your current glasses for another year, then we will give your current glasses a complimentary tune up! We’ll tighten screws, replace nose pads, and adjust alignment. We always make sure they’re sitting nice and snug behind your ears. Finally, we’ll clean them thoroughly for you.
As always, we’re so honoured that you trust Merivale Vision Care with all your eye care needs. Feel free to leave any questions below and we’ll be sure to get back to you. We look forward to seeing you around the clinic soon!