Eye Exams

Comprehensive eye exams for adults and kids

Comprehensive Eye Exams for Adults

The purpose of eye exams goes beyond determining your prescription for glasses or contact lenses. A comprehensive eye exam at our optometry clinic in Vaughan consists of assessing your vision, refractive error (prescription), binocular vision (the way your eye muscles work together), and the health of your eyes, inside and out.
Routinely, drops may be required to dilate your pupils to better visualize the retina and other structures inside the eye.
Regular eye examinations are necessary to maintain healthy eyes and good vision. Our doctors will look for any signs of potential problems and diseases during an examination, as well as any changes that have occurred in your vision since your last checkup. Early detection of a condition allows for treatment plans to be formed and in some cases, can help to stop or slow a disease from becoming worse. Our doctors believe in being proactive and educating our patients about any issues that may arise.

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Pediatric Eye Exams

A pediatric eye exam is vital to your child’s health and academic performance. The importance of detecting visual problems in childhood is based on the recognition that 25% of school-aged children* have some form of a vision disorder. If left untreated this may result in irreversible loss of vision in one or both eyes and affect their learning potential. Experts say that 80% of what your child learns in school is presented visually. Undetected vision problems can put them at a significant disadvantage versus their peers.

*The National Coalition for Vision Health. 2011. Vision Loss in Canada. Accessed July 11, 2016

The Ontario Association of Optometrists recommends all children have their first eye exam at 6 months old, again at 2–3 years old, and every year after that. OHIP covers yearly eye exams for children 19 years of age or younger.
Do you have a child starting or currently enrolled in Junior Kindergarten? Our optometrists at Vaughan Family Eye Care are proud members of the “Eye See…Eye Learn™” program. If the child in Junior Kindergarten requires glasses, our optometrists in partnership with “Eye See…Eye Learn™” will provide one pair of glasses for free.

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Diabetic Eye Exams

Diabetic eye disease refers to a group of eye conditions that can result from diabetes. Diabetic eye disease is a potential complication for anyone with diabetes and can occasionally present in patients who have not yet been diagnosed with diabetes. Any visual or retinal change secondary to diabetes can cause severe vision loss or even blindness if not detected early and treated, if necessary. Our optometrists, as well as the Canadian Diabetes Association, recommend an annual comprehensive eye exam for all diabetic patients. OHIP permits any patient with diabetes to have their annual eye examination covered with a valid provincial health card.

During the eye examination, the doctor will often instill eye drops to dilate the pupils in order to better visualize the retina (the inner lining of the eye). Our office is proud to offer digital retinal imaging which allows the doctors to monitor the retina closely and detect any potential changes from year to year.

The early stages of diabetic eye disease often have no symptoms so an annual eye examination is imperative to maintaining good ocular health. A diabetic report is sent to the family doctor as well as endocrinologist following the annual examination, free of charge.

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Vaughan Family Eye Care offers high-resolution digital retinal photography. This technology has proven ideal in creating a permanent, digital record of your retinal structures and is valuable when monitoring conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetes, and hypertension. This technology is quick and easy to perform. There is no pain or discomfort while taking the photo and the results are available immediately.

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