Comprehensive Eye Health Exam Process
When you first walk into our Kodak Lens Vision Centre, you will receive a friendly greeting. If you have an appointment, our staff will ask you for your health card or any insurance coverage and get you started with our eye health exam process. Our staff would also ask to make sure that all contact information is correct. If there are any changes to your contact information, we would like to keep it updated in our patient database. All information is kept confidential and private.
All patients must be pre-screened before seeing the optometrist. This procedure is to provide the optometrist with additional measurements to ensure a proper visual assessment. At this stage, an auto-refractor and/or NCT (non-contact tonometer) will be used to take measurements of your eye. An auto-refractor is used to get an estimate of the eye’s refractive error and an NCT is used to measure eye pressure.
After the measurements are completed, you will be asked if you would like to do retinal photography in addition to your eye exam. This service is recommended, but optional. We would also like to discuss and note any main eye health concerns as well as measure the prescription of your current eyeglasses. We will also clean your eyeglasses and direct you to wait in our waiting area or if you would like to browse our eyewear selection. While browsing our eyewear selection, our staff will be attentive to answer any questions you have and provide help and education for your eyewear needs.
Feel free to talk to your optometrist about any vision concerns. Our environment is focused on making patients feel comfortable. Our optometrists and staff would love to hear and share stories during the eye health exam process.
Our optometrists thoroughly check all our patients for cataracts, glaucoma, retinal holes, macular degeneration, and general health problems, which may have ocular indications, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. As a highly trained health professional, our optometrist will provide a detailed evaluation of your vision and eye health. We try to provide a personable experience while being efficient and respectful of your time. Our daily appointments are well managed by staff and optometrists, but based on every need or case of each patient can cause some delay. We thank you for your patience in advanced.
Other Visual Tests
Based on the optometrist’s assessment, patients may require doing additional tests such as a visual field analyzer, which tests for visual field defects. If you are interested in contact lenses, a contact lens fitting and/or corneal topography might be needed. If you are interested in LASIK or refractive surgery, pachymetry will be conducted. If you are interested in purchasing eyewear, a PD and seg height measurement is necessary for proper vision correction and fitting. If the optometrist diagnoses for cataracts or glaucoma, Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) would need to be completed. OCT is a specialized device similar to an MRI, which scans the retina for diagnosis and monitoring progression of eye diseases.
Retinal photography is another service that uses a specialized camera to take a picture of the interior surface of the eye including the retina, optic disc, macula and posterior pole. This service is recommended, but optional. Retinal photographs should be taken every year for the optometrist to properly monitor the overall health of your eyes. To take a proper image of the retina, the patient would require to be dilated to increase the size of the pupil. The dilation and retinal photography process take between 10 to 20 minutes.
Dilating pupils will slightly blur the patient’s vision. It is recommended to wait at least half an hour to an hour before driving. Sunglasses are recommended to help reduce the brightness of light. The highest standard of eye care is to dilate every patient. We can check the overall health of your eyes through this process without taking a retinal photograph. However, retinal photography provides a more detailed image of your retina and allows our optometrist to provide the best assessment using advanced eye care technology.
At the end of the service, we can assist you with any eyewear needs such as looking for new eyeglasses and/or lenses based on the prescription provided. We will also ask if you would like to pre-book your appointment for next year or book any follow up visits. Once all your eye care needs are addressed, we will settle any payments or administer direct billing for any vision care insurance coverage you have. All prescriptions and invoices can be provided through a printed or electronic copy, which can be directly e-mailed to you. If you have any additional questions we will try to answer them before you leave. After we addressed all your eye care needs, we will thank you for your visit and inform you about our feedback survey as a follow up to see if you need any further assistance.