An examination will determine if your visual system is healthy and functional; whether the eye muscles are working and balanced so that the eyes work together; whether both eyes work equally well, and whether the focus is perfect or just good enough. A full annual examination is recommended for:
- Children, because their eyes can change rapidly.
- Seniors, since the risk of developing sight-threatening physical problems increases with age.
- A person with a known eye or vision problem.
We recommend a bi-annual examination for anyone who has healthy eyes and no apparent visual problems. Why? Because vision is such a subjective thing — how is one to know if it is as good as it should be, or could be? There are some eye conditions that don’t have symptoms until the advanced stages. The only way to detect and treat them before there’s permanent vision loss is to have a regular examination. You get one set of eyes for life.
Your examination, which will last 30 to 60 minutes, may reveal that you have a refractive error that can be corrected in a variety of ways; a result that requires further testing; a physical problem that requires a referral to a medical practitioner; or a muscle imbalance that requires prismatic specs and/or exercises. Headaches and much eye fatigue are often the result of imbalances in the eye muscles. Some children have reading problems because the eyes won’t converge and focus on a book properly. Many people have minor focussing errors that don’t require the regular use of spectacles, but may want to know that the option to see better does exist. Many people wear specs just for night driving, an evening at the theatre, or to work on a motorcycle in a poorly-lit garage (ask Dr. Ginter about that one!)