Orillia, ON (705) 326-3121

Seniors Eye Exams


We Care for Your Eyes at All Ages!

Why Seniors’ Eye Exams Are Important

Seniors often suffer from age-related vision problems. Some conditions may be treated easily, while others require a more complex diagnosis and treatment plan. In order to help prevent incurable diseases and maintain your quality of life, it is recommended that you schedule regular eye exams. Below are some of the benefits of scheduling a regular eye exam.

Prevent Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a common eye condition in older adults that consists of pressure buildup inside the eye. This pressure can cause peripheral or total vision loss, due to damage to the optic nerve. Glaucoma can affect one eye or both simultaneously. There are often little to no symptoms of glaucoma, so it is important to get regular vision tests by an optometrist.

Treat Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in older adults. This eye disease is common in older diabetics and develops without warning. Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy include leaking and swelling in the blood vessels of the retina. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial to improving one’s prognosis.

Get Rid of Cataracts

Cataracts occur when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy and opaque and is increasingly common with age. If you have cataracts, you will notice blurred and cloudy vision, as well as sensitivity to light and increased glare. Fortunately, an Ophthalmologist who specialises in eye surgery can remove cataracts. Once we provide you with a diagnosis, we will refer you to a specialist.

Slow the Progression of AMD

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is another leading cause of blindness in older adults. In fact, over 3 million people are affected by AMD each year. This condition causes vision loss as a result of damage to the macula of the eye. Those with AMD are unable to see fine details, which causes difficulty driving, reading and watching television, among other activities that require crisp vision. AMD is incurable, but it can be managed with treatment.

Important Information About Senior Eye Health

The CAO has published a guide with useful recommendations for seniors with low risk.

  • Adults (40 to 64 years)—Adults age 40 to 64 should receive an eye exam every one to two years.
  • Adults (65 years or older)—Adults 65 years or older should receive an eye exam annually.

Seniors over age 65 who live in Ontario are covered by a basic eye exam if performed in Ontario. Some medically necessary eye appointments may also be covered.


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Contact Information

390 Laclie Street
Orillia, ON L3V 4P5

FAX

(855) 224 0991

Hours of Operation:

Monday 8am - 5pm

Tuesday 8am - 5pm

Wednesday 8am - 8pm

Thursday 8am - 8pm

Friday 8am - 4pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed

Optometrists

Dr. Shawn Moore | Dr. Dina Witko | Dr. Erica Gagnon

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Our Comprehensive Two-Stage Process

Our patients are first seen by a qualified optometric assistant who performs many of the preliminary tests. Patients then see our experienced Optometrist for more in-depth tests, as well as to discuss findings.

  • The optometric assistant will perform a digital retinal scan, which examines the back of the eye. Our Optometrist uses this test to assess the health of your retinal tissue and optic nerve. The test may reveal signs of diabetes, cataracts, macular degeneration or other diseases. It can also allow us to identify a detached retina or retinal holes.
  • The Visual Fields test is used to examine your peripheral vision. As with the digital retinal scan, the Visual Fields test can also uncover signs of macular degeneration, which is a common cause of vision loss in older adults.
  • The assistant will measure the curvature of your eye using an auto refraction test. This test helps our Optometrist establish an accurate reading of your prescription.
  • A Non-Cataract Tonometer will be used to measure the pressure of your eye. The assistant can use this test to look for signs of glaucoma, which damages the optic nerve and can cause eventual blindness.
  • We will read your test results and examine your eye, including performing a secondary assessment of the cornea and retina.
  • In order to verify your prescription, we will test your vision clarity and performance.
  • If you have seen our Optometrist before, he will compare the assessment with those of previous years to determine whether your eye health or vision has changed.
  • We will review your test results, explain any findings and make recommendations for vision correction.

The complete exam generally takes 30 to 60 minutes to complete, which includes the preliminary testing. Your Optometrist will address any questions or concerns, and our staff will be available to fit you for your next pair of glasses or contacts.


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