Eye exams do more than just determine if you see well—they are also a crucial way to maintain your eye health and overall wellness. The Canadian Association of Optometrists and Orchard Park Optometry in Kelowna recommend you have your first eye exam at 12 months, followed by checkups each year up to age 19; every 2 years between ages 19 and 64; and annually again over the age of 65.
You only get one pair of eyes, and regular eye exams are the best way to ensure that your eyes are healthy and seeing their very best. Even if your vision hasn’t changed, a regular eye exam can help us detect conditions that may not have any symptoms, but can affect visual function and eye health at any age.
At Orchard Park Optometry, we are all about convenience for our valued patients. We start by booking an appointment here in our central Kelowna office, at a time that works for your schedule. At your initial consultation, you will work with our technical team to uncover your medical history, family history, eye history, and any other issues. This is followed by a detailed pre-testing analysis of several important characteristics that allow our doctors to provide you with the most comprehensive eye exam.
Glaucoma and macular degeneration are common eye diseases that affect the older population; however, through our exam process, we are able to detect early onset and provide effective treatment options. Overall health issues like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes may be detected during a routine eye exam as well.
Did you know 1 in 4 children has an undiagnosed Binocular Vision Disorder? If your child is complaining of difficulty reading, is seeing words move or swim on the page, or just isn’t performing up to his or her potential in school, a Binocular Vision Disorder may be to blame. Just because a child can see an eye chart clearly does not always mean that their eyes are working as well as they need to be.
Everyone over the age of 40 undergoes a process known as presbyopia, where the focusing system of the eye begins to gradually lose its strength, making it more challenging to read. However, today’s treatments for presbyopia go well beyond the bifocal glasses of yesterday! We are on the cutting edge of fitting multifocal contact lenses, which give you outstanding vision both for reading and seeing things beyond arms length. Learn more about this exciting new contact lens technology!
Laser vision correction is a great option to eliminate the need for corrective lenses for qualified candidates. Technologies have advanced significantly over the last several years. If you were told you weren’t a good candidate in the past, or are still worried about potential risks, these new technologies have changed the way we talk about refractive surgery. Book an appointment to find out more.
Having dry eyes can significantly decrease the quality of a person’s life, but many people think it’s just something they have to live with and OTC drops are the only thing that have been suggested. There are very advanced dry eye treatments available that can improve the comfort and clarity of your eyes and even vision.
Before you come for your eye exam at Orchard Park Optometry, here are some helpful TIPS to make the process easier:
Bring your BC Services Card, as well as a copy of any third-party insurance you hope to use in paying for your exam or glasses/contacts.
Bring your current (or old) pair of prescription eyeglasses if you have them, or a copy of your last prescription.
If you wear contact lenses, bring any contact lens packaging or a copy of your prescription if you wish to be fit into the same brand.
Bring a list of ALL your current medications and supplements you are taking.
Please be prepared to have your eyes dilated with drops at your exam. For most patients, the drops will not affect one’s ability to operate a vehicle safely. The most common symptoms are blurry reading vision and mild light sensitivity, which lasts a few hours after the exam. If you have sunglasses please bring them with you, otherwise disposable sunglasses may be provided. If there is a reason you should not have your eyes dilated, your doctor can suggest an alternative, such as Optomap Retinal Imaging, to view the health of your retina.
As part of our mission to stay on the forefront of technology and provide the most thorough eye health examination possible, Orchard Park Optometry is proud to offer Optomap Retinal Exam for our patients.
The Optomap is a unique system for providing a detailed image screening of the entire retina, which is the tissue that lines the inside of the eye and captures light, giving us vision. We can see up to 80% more of this vital tissue with an Optomap image than with a traditional, undilated eye exam. It allows us to detect eye health problems early on, before they become vision-threatening, and keeps a permanent, highly-detailed record of your eyes in our database. It’s for all these reasons and more that we strongly recommend you make the Optomap a part of your routine eye health checkup.
Absolutely not. This is an old tale that goes back a long time, but we know with certainty that any changes that happen with the eye happen naturally and has nothing to do with how much you wear your glasses or how you use your eyes.
Exams for anyone under 19 are fully covered by MSP at our office with no co-pay required (a private co-pay is required at some offices). The B.C. Association of Optometrists recommends a child’s first eye exam should be at 6 months old. Beyond that, we really are able to check for major developmental milestones starting at age 2-3, then at kindergarten and every year after. We assess visual acuity, muscle function, focusing ability, tracking skills and many other visual functions that have to do with much more than just the vision on an eye chart.
No, there is no evidence that working at a computer or watching TV damages the eyes. However, long hours of work can be fatiguing to the eyes, neck and back. Monitor glare from various light sources can also be a problem. It is often helpful to take periodic breaks, looking off in the distance and adjusting your workstation (angle of the monitor, height of the chair, changing the lighting, etc.).