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 We offer advanced diagnostic and digital imaging services, which may be covered by your extended health care benefits, at the lowest costs anywhere in Ontario.

Comprehensive Eye Examinations

The price of our complete eye examination is $ 100.00. We accept all insurance benefits for eye examination coverage which allow assignment of payment directly to our office, and eligible DIA / Status benefits. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care pays for all eye examinations for patients less than 20 years of age, and for patients aged 65 or older, with a valid Ontario Health Card. OHIP also covers eye examinations for people aged 20 to 64 if you have Diabetes, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Strabismus, Amblyopia, Retinal disease, Corneal disease, Visual Field defects, Recurrent Uveitis, or Optic Pathway disease.

Heidelberg Retina Tomograph III

There is no guaranteed protection against glaucoma. However, early detection may help protect you from the severe consequences of this disease. The HRT III provides a maximum degree of diagnostic reliability. Consult our staff if you have any questions concerning an HRT III analysis.

Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT) and Retinal Imaging - ZEISS CIRRUSphoto 600.

Digital Imaging can assist us in early detection of ocular problems including central retinal diseases, central detachments, holes, thinning, optic nerve disease, cancerous lesions, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. The OCT function of this instrument provides cross-sectional views of the layers of the retina, never before available in live ocular tissue.

Wide-Angle Retinal Imaging - ZEISS CLARUS 500 (new technology)

Wide-Field Digital Imaging gives  images of the entire internal structure of the eye to better detect peripheral retinal problems such as diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments, and tumours. This technology allows us a better view of the internal eye , especially when dilatio​n of the pupils is not desired at the time of your examination or the risk of acute glaucoma exists .

Visual Field Analyzer

The Humphrey Visual Field Analyzer 840 (third generation) allows for early glaucoma detection and is the accepted standard of care in glaucoma diagnosis and management. Your peripheral vision may change due to eye disease or other health problems like stroke or intracranial tumours, and often goes unnoticed if central vision is unaffected. Only an automated visual field test can detect and monitor changes in your peripheral vision as eye diseases evolve or resolve, and is often required for testing by the Ministry of Transportation for your driver's licence. 

Eye Health Information

Glaucoma

According to the Ontario Association of Optometrists, glaucoma is an eye disease that affects nearly 1% of all Canadians. Someone that has glaucoma will suffer loss of peripheral vision. If left untreated, glaucoma can also eventually cause a complete loss of vision. Regular eye exams and early detection can minimize the damage caused by glaucoma.

While the very cause of glaucoma is not clear, it is believed that there is an increase of pressure in the eye caused by a fluid called aqueous humour. If the eye is producing too much aqueous humour, or if the liquid is not being drained enough from the eye, it can cause an increase of pressure in the eye, which is believed to be the cause of glaucoma.

Another type of glaucoma, low tension glaucoma, can be caused by poor blood flow to the optic nerve, even though the pressure in the eye might be normal. People who have a family history of glaucoma are at risk of developing the disease. 

There are very few symptoms associated with glaucoma. At first, the loss of peripheral vision is not easily detectable by an affected individual. Closed-angle glaucoma has certain symptoms including nausea, vomiting, dizziness and severe pain around the eyes. 

Children can also experience a form of infantile glaucoma, which is accompanied with the child constantly rubbing their eyes, and their eyes taking on a cloudy appearance. The child's eyes will also be light-sensitive. 

Treatments for glaucoma include eye drops to lower eye pressure, even in cases of low tension glaucoma. If the drops are not effective, laser eye treatment can also be considered. 

For more information, please check out the Ontario Association of Optometrists’ web site: http://www.optom.on.ca 

Source: Ontario Association of Optometrists

Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration(MD) is the progressive degeneration of the macula, a part of the retina that is responsible for the eye’s central vision. MD is an age-related eye condition, and it usually occurs in people over the age of 65, however, people in their 40s and 50s can still have MD. The most common causes of MD are poor nutrition, smoking, family history and high blood pressure. 

There are two different types of MD: dry and wet MD. Dry MD happens when the blood vessels under the macula break down over time, resulting in damage to the macula that impairs central vision. 

Patients with dry MD may experience central vision fuzziness, distortion of objects or the slow development of a blind spot in the center of the eye. They may also require increased lighting when reading. While there is no known cure for dry MD, there is a way to help slow the development of dry MD. High levels of antioxidants and zinc can help slow down dry MD. These can be found in over-the-counter vitamin supplements. 

Wet MD is more severe than dry MD. Wet MD occurs when there is an abnormal growth in the blood vessels under the macula, causing blood and fluid to leak out under the macula. Scar tissue forms as the blood and fluid collect and this causes damage to the macula. The symptoms of wet MD are similar to the ones in dry MD, however the symptoms are more sever and they occur faster. 

Wet MD can be treated, but it is very difficult. Photodynamic therapy, or PDT, is a new treatment that can help slow the progression of wet MD by inserting a light-sensitive drug called Visudyne into the bloodstream. The Visudyne travels through the bloodstream all the way to the blood vessels under the macula. An ultraviolet light is applied to the eye, which stimulates the drug to form blood clots that seal the leaking blood vessels. This does not permanently cure wet MD, but it helps to slow the development of wet MD. 

 For more information, please visit the Ontario Association of Optometrists website: http://www.optom.on.ca 

 Source: Ontario Association of Optometrists

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