Eye Exams in Calgary

At Focus West Optometry, the health of your eyes is our number one priority. Focus West offers comprehensive eye health exams to rule out any health issues, even when you have no symptoms. Alberta Health and Wellness now also covers for any medically necessary exams which includes but is not limited to red eye treatments, eye infection treatments, and diabetes health checks.


Determining the health of a patient’s eyes isn’t as easy as simply looking at the surface; uncovering ocular issues also includes examining the eyes’ vast network of nerves, muscles, lenses, and tissues. These all play important roles in helping the eyes function.


For eye exams in Calgary, call Focus West Optometry to schedule an appointment.

What You Can Expect from Your Eye Exam in Calgary

Leading up to your eye exam, we will ask you some questions concerning your medical history, as well as any past or current vision problems you are experiencing (or have experienced). During the exam itself, the optometrist will take visual acuity measurements to determine if contact lenses or glasses could help resolve any deficiencies in your vision. If your intraocular pressure is being measured, the doctor will apply eye drops to numb the eyes. We will pay close attention to your level of comfort throughout the exam and generally, eye exams will test for:

  • Visual acuity
  • Eye muscle strength
  • Visual field
  • Retinal health
  • Colour vision
  • Glaucoma


Following your eye exam, your optometrist will go over his/her findings and answer any questions you may have regarding the recommended corrective treatment protocol.


When You Should Schedule Eye Exams

Any sudden change in vision or unusual sensations in or around the eye can be cause for concern. In these instances, you should schedule a check-up with your optometrist as soon as possible. If you are in relatively “good health,” you can follow these general age guidelines when planning for your next eye exam:

  • 20-39 Years of Age — In this age group, many ocular health organizations recommend patients of African ancestry receive an eye exam every 2-4 years, while those of Caucasian/Hispanic ancestry should plan for an eye exam every 3-5 years.
  • 40-64 Years of Age — All patients in this age group should schedule an appointment with their optometrist every 2-4 years.
  • 65 Years and Older — If you are in this age group, you should schedule an eye exam every 1-2 years, or at a frequency recommended by your optometrist.
  • For Those with Special Risks — If you have diabetes, have experienced previous eye trauma, ocular surgery, or you have a family history of glaucoma, you will most likely need to attend follow-up appointments more frequently.

Pediatric Eye Exams

Eye care is important no matter what the age! Our optometrists recommend that children have an eye exam before the age of three to ensure that your child's vision is developing optimally. Because we know younger children may not know their alphabet, we use visual tests like pictures and shapes to assess their eye health. These tests can also be like a game for your child, helping put them at ease. Eye care has never been so fun!


Visual Field Exams

Many eye diseases like glaucoma and retinitis pigmentosa affect peripheral vision much sooner than central vision. Eye care should be a part of your standard health regiment. By performing routine visual field testing, we can diagnosis these issues earlier and start treatment quickly. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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Focus West Optometry

268 Stewart Green, SW

Calgary, AB T3H 3C8

Hours

Monday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday - Thursday: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

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