Welcome to your MVC Eye Care Experience!


For today’s blog we want to walk you through what to expect at your next eye exam. People often comment that they’re surprised at how large our clinic is when they walk in the door. We do have a lot going on in our space and each of these areas has a special role in your visit to our office.


Walking into our office you’ll be greeted by one of our lovely receptionists who will check you in to your eye exam. Our friendly receptionists will confirm your personal information. Afterwards you can help yourself to a cup of our complimentary coffee and a healthy snack! From here, our pretest staff will guide 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 with a tonometer (that dreaded air puff to check your eye pressures- we’re sorry but it’s important), an autorefractor (which gives the doctor a starting point for you glasses prescription), optomap imaging (our new state of the art widefield retinal camera that takes a photo of the back of the eye) and an OCT (which images each layer of your retina – think of it like a non-invasive ultrasound).


After your pretesting is completed, your optometrist will bring 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, a few tests are performed 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 that the final prescription you get is as accurate as possible. Once this is done, you may or may not 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. Dilating drops are used on a case by case basis, some people will get the drops done at every visit and some won’t. After this is the health check component. This involves a slit lamp (the microscope like machine on the far right of this photo). The front and back of your eyes will be assessed and different combinations of lenses and lights will be used.


Now that you’re done with your optometrist there’s one more part of the eye exam left, the glasses consultation. In our optical boutique, the doctor will introduce you to one of our knowledgeable opticians to discuss any particular visual demands that you have and what 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 all the screws, replace nose pads, make sure they’re sitting nice and snug behind your ears and clean them up for you.


As always, we’re so honoured that you’ve chosen Merivale Vision Care for 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!

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