Dr. Grace Wong
Dr. Wong is an independent Optometrist serving together with our staff at West Coast Optical. As a team we are dedicated to provide our patients with the highest level of Optometry care. We provide the following services to ensure complete eye health for you and your whole family.
Full Eye Health and Vision Examinations
According to the American Optometric Association, it is recommended that you undergo a yearly eye exam to detect harmful conditions and maintain eye health. Extensive amount of research has concluded that early detection and prevention is essential to treatment of disease. We provide our patients with comprehensive eye health and vision examinations to ensure that their eyes perform up to the demands of their profession and academic pursuits. By having regular examinations, we are able to observe changes from year to year and catch signs of abnormalities early on.
A comprehensive eye examination goes beyond 20/20, a term that means you can see letters on a standard eye chart. Healthy vision is so much for then 20/20. We focus on prevention of eye disease by detecting signs of abnormality early on when conditions are still treatable. During your eye exam, we will perform evaluations to assess nearsightedness, farsightedness, eye teaming and coordination skills, as well as signs of threatening conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetes and hypertension. Throughout your exam we will clearly explain the tests performed and the doctor will go over the results with you to ensure you have a complete understanding of your current eye health and vision needs.
Senior and Children Eye Examinations
When it comes to children eye care, it is important to detect the problems early to increase the chances of correction. 80% of their learning is based on visuals and we ensure their eye health with timely and accurate testing.
When it comes to seniors and adults, they are subjected to various stressors that can be harmful for the visual systems. Symptoms of trouble include headaches and other visual difficulties.
COST OF EYE EXAMINATIONS
Children under 19 years of age with BC Medical- No Charge, once per year
Adults 19-64 – $90
Seniors 65 and older – $20 with BC Medical, once per year
Contact Lens Exam
Contact lenses are a great alternative to glasses. We carry a wide variety of lenses and the doctor with discuss and fit the most appropriate lens to meet your comfort and vision needs. If you’re a contact-lens-wearer or are requesting to wear them for the first time, additional testing is necessary to ensure you are a good candidate or to check the continuing health and condition of your eyes. Because the eyes of an adult change over time, it is essential to update your contact lens measurements to ensure healthy eyes at your annual exam.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Eye Diseases & Eye Emergencies
Our expert optometrist can provide assistance when urgent care is required for emergency eye problems. Such situations can include sudden loss of or change in vision, foreign body sensation in the eyes, redness, pain, burning, itching and unnecessary tearing up. Such conditions need to be diagnosed quickly and our eye doctors can make the necessary arrangements with the appropriate referral centers, if secondary or tertiary care is needed.
Laser Eye Surgery Referrals and Follow Up
We provide complete pre and post-op care following corneal refractive surgery and cataract surgery. Our eye doctors will work in cooperation with your surgeon and provide the necessary care on the detailed follow-up visits scheduled with us. So the only time you need to visit the laser centre will be on the day of surgery, and we can do the rest of the post-op procedures in our office according to your doctor’s orders.
Visual Field/Peripheral Vision Testing
A visual field examination can detect the occurrence of dysfunctions in your central and peripheral vision. We use the latest Perimeter device to detect the first signs of visual trouble including glaucoma, brain tumors and even stroke. The process is simple and painless and our optometry assistants can explain the process and ensure you comfort throughout the testing process.
Cataract and Glaucoma Co-Management
Cataracts and glaucoma are very common eye disorders that affect millions of people all over the world, and may lead to complete loss of vision if left untreated.
We can provide advanced eye care for difficult surgical specially those dealing with co-management of both these problems. We provide specialized care that is far more advanced and exacting than primary eye care. We provide secondary and tertiary care as well as further testing and management of these difficult eye conditions and can provide referrals for advanced surgery as required.
Dry Eye Management
Dry Eye Syndrome (DES) is a disease of the tears and surface of the eye. It occurs when the eyes do not produce enough tears or when the tears do not have the right composition. Dry eye is very common in our population and the prevalence increases with age as tear production slows changing the composition of the tears. Common causes of DES include: medications, hormones, medical conditions, seasonal allergies, environmental conditions such as poor air quality, low humidity, AC, infrequent blinking from starring at computer screens or TV, long-term contact lens wear. The symptoms of DES are: burning, red eyes, dry, gritty sensation, itch, eye pain, irritation, stringy eye discharge, blurred vision, light sensitivity, eye fatigue or heavy eyelids, discomfort with contact lens wear.
Our expert optometrist can help diagnose, and subsequently design a treatment plan specifically for you.
*Information provided by British Columbia Association of Optometrists
- 1 in 7 patients presenting for an eye exam have an asymptomatic eye disease, meaning they have no symptoms and would not have discovered the disease without getting an eye exam*
- 1 in 10 patients aged 20-64 presenting for an eye exam are diagnosed with an acute condition or one requiring ongoing monitoring in order to prevent vision loss*
- 75% of vision loss can be avoided through prevention, early detection and treatment*
- Eye disease is more prevalent than you may think. The good news is that most are preventable. Put your health first and get your eyes checked yearly. Do not wait and rely on having symptoms to tell you that your eye health is in danger.