Eye Health Examination

At SPECTRUM Optometry your optometrist spends time with you to do an assessment of your ability to see and to take measurements for corrective lenses (spectacles or contact lenses) to improve the quality of your vision. They will evaluate your binocular vision (which is the way your two eyes work together) and the functioning of your eye muscles. Pupil responses are assessed to check for neurological damage.

Our doctors evaluate the health in all aspects of your eyes. The front of the eye is checked for conditions including dry eye, infections and damage from contact lens misuse. The middle of the eye is where cataracts can develop and this can happen at any age. Cataracts can be caused by trauma or diabetes, while some children are born with cataracts. In the back of the eye, blood vessels and nerves are visible allowing your doctor to check for signs of diabetes, high blood pressure, macular degeneration, retinal detachments and many other conditions. Testing for glaucoma is a routine part of eye examinations because it has no symptoms until you have lost well over half of your vision.

Visual field testing is available to monitor glaucoma and some brain tumours or head injuries. It is done using a computer to measure how well the optic nerve carries visual information from your eye to the brain.

Spectrum Optometry has a high resolution digital camera to take photographs of the back of your eye (retina). This technology is used to document the current status of the blood vessels and optic nerve so that small changes over time can be observed. This is especially useful for monitoring glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetes.