Vision Care with a Routine Eye Exam in Vancouver

While the majority of people schedule regular check-ups with a physician to ensure their health and well-being, many often overlook their vision. A routine eye exam in Vancouver at Granville Mall Optical is a great way to care for your eyes as part of your overall health care. These exams are covered by most health insurance, and are free annually for children and seniors. For more extensive visual health checks, a complete eye exam is in order for those who may have had eye health problems in the past. A routine eye exam is perfect for an individual who senses that they might be having problems with their vision, but are not quite sure. Call Granville Mall Optical to schedule a walk-in eye exam today.


Your Source for Quality Vancouver Optometry

When you visit our office for a complete eye exam, you may be wondering what to expect. The process will unfold like this:


Patient History

At the beginning of your routine eye exam in Vancouver, your optometrist will inquire about whether you’re currently experiencing any vision problems or having any other problems with your eyes. Other pertinent information the optometrist will ask about includes when your symptoms began, any medication you may be taking and whether there are any work-related or other conditions that could potentially be affecting your vision. Additionally, previous eye conditions and family health and vision history will be recorded as part of your patient history.


Visual Acuity

The first step in testing your vision is a visual acuity test. You will be asked to read our letter charts at distances both near and far to measure your visual acuity.


Other Tests

Depending upon the condition of your eyes and the optometrist’s medical determination, other tests may be performed, including:

  • Supplemental testing
  • Refraction
  • Keratometry


Common Eye Problems Discovered through Eye Exams

By scheduling routine eye exams, there are a number of eye problems that can be detected, diagnosed and properly treated. Those include:

  • Glaucoma
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Cataracts
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • And more…


Timeline for Complete Eye Exams

Our recommendation for scheduling complete eye exams is as follows:

  • Under age 40: every 2 to 4 years
  • 40 – 54: every 1 to 3 years
  • 55 – 64: every 1 to 2 years
  • 65 and over: every 6 to 12 months


Tests Performed During a Walk-In Eye Exam in Vancouver
During a walk-in eye exam in Vancouver, a number of tests will be conducted to determine how healthy your eyes are. Here are some of the tests performed and what they entail:

  • Dilated eye exam: special eye drops are used to open your pupil. This allows the doctor to clearly see and examine parts of your eye, including the retina, the back of the eyeball, or fundus, key blood vessels and the head of the optic nerve. This step can even help detect diseases like glaucoma, hypertension and diabetes.
  • Visual field test: this checks to ensure that your peripheral vision is healthy and complete.
  • Slit lamp exam: using a special microscope to look at your eye, the doctor can see a magnified, three-dimensional view of the interior of the eyeball. This can detect the presence of cataracts, glaucoma or other problems in the cornea.


Understanding Your Insurance Coverage
A walk-in eye exam in Vancouver may be covered by your insurance plan. According to B.C.’s Medical Services Plan (MSP), children 18 and younger and seniors 65 or older are covered for one routine eye exam each year. Individuals of any plan are also covered by the MSP for medically required services like eye injuries, ocular disease and certain diseases related the health of your eyes, like diabetes. Many private insurers cover an annual eye exam, but you should check your company’s policy to make sure.


Schedule a Complete Eye Exam Today

There’s never a bad time to start taking proper care of your eyes and potentially improving your vision or detecting any problems. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

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