Based in Surrey, West Coast Optical is an optometry clinic that provides eye exams Langley, Surrey and nearby residents in the Fraser Valley area can count on. It is highly important to schedule regular eye exams, to ensure that your eyes are healthy and fully functional. Without regular eye care, complications can arise which, if left untreated, can potentially cause permanent damage to your eyes and even cause vision loss.
When you book an eye check-up at our optometry clinic, you’ll benefit from a thorough vision check. Many tests can make up an eye exam. The tests that our optometrist carries out may include checks for:
There are many tests that make up an eye exam. Tests may include checks for:
- Sharpness of vision
- Colour vision
- Visual field
- Alignment of eyes
- Eye muscle health and performance
- Retinal scan
How do we perform our eye exams?
At our modern, friendly clinic, we use the latest technology to give you the most accurate results from your eye exam. Throughout the procedure, we also explain everything to you so that you know exactly what’s going on, both inside and outside of your eyes.
Some functions of the eye are tested with the pupil undilated, while for others the pupil will need to be dilated so that more of the back of the eye is visible (including the retina and the optic nerve). The pupil normally reacts to light by getting smaller.
Your optometrist will need to shine light onto the eyes to perform a proper examination. To keep the eye from reacting too strongly to the light, special eye drops will be used to keep the pupil open in bright light. It usually takes around 20 minutes for the drops to dilate the pupils fully.
What should I expect at my eye exam?
When arriving for an eye check-up, every patient can expect to receive a professional, friendly service as well as a thorough eye exam. Although the exact tests performed vary depending on individual requirements, the type of assessments which form part of our eye exam schedule include:
- The use of eye charts,
- Examination of the back of the eye (the retina), using specialist equipment (usually a binocular indirect ophthalmoscope),
- A test for colour blindness,
- Testing eye movements (ocular motility testing),
- A retinoscopy (which enables the optometrist to decide the strength of the prescription glasses required, if any),
- A slit lamp exam (used for close-up observation of the eye structures),
- Refraction testing using a phoropter (intended to provide the information needed to ensure the lens prescription is as accurate and finely tuned as possible),
- Pupil dilation (a few drops of a pupil dilating compound are applied to the eye). This allows the optometrist to get a better look at the retina and internal eye structures,
- A glaucoma test,
- Visual field testing,
- A depth perception test (stereopsis test),
- Several other tests may be performed as part of the eye exam process, depending on the individual needs of each patient.
Our team is here to help! If you have any questions about the eye exam or any other aspect of your eye care, please let us know and we will be happy to provide all the information you need.
Do I need to make any special preparations for my eye assessment?
All the tests performed as part of our eye exam are non-invasive. If pupil dilation drops are used, patients should wear sunglasses for the rest of the day if outside, as their pupils may remain dilated for a few hours after the eye exam has been completed.
It is also helpful to bring all your current prescription glasses or lenses with you. If you have noticed any changes in your vision since your last eye exam, making a note of them is helpful. You can then update the optometrist as part of the eye exam process.
We believe that everyone should have an annual eye exam once a year, from early childhood and onward. An annual exam helps children to perform at their best in school, both in the classroom and in sports and other outdoor activities. Even if a school provides a vision screening service, this does not replace the comprehensive, annual eye exam children need for optimal eye health.
At West Coast Optical, we will take care of eye health for young kids through to seniors. For a reliable eye exam, Langley residents know to come to us.
We understand just how important eye care is. Later in life, it is particularly important to have an annual eye exam to ensure that any visual and general health problems are discovered and addressed.
Astigmatism is a condition that occurs when the curvature of the cornea is imperfect. This can cause vision to be blurred or distorted. If detected through an eye exam at our Surrey BC clinic, it can easily be remedied with corrective contact lenses or glasses.
Misty, cloudy, or blurred vision is often a sign that cataracts are developing in your eyes. Cataracts commonly occur as a result of older age. While they are not painful, they can cause your vision to become seriously impaired.
If it is not diagnosed through an eye exam, glaucoma may not be noticed until it is too late and irreversible damage can be caused to the eye. Our optometrist can check for glaucoma using specialized equipment for measuring eye pressure.
The central part of the retina (macula) usually degrades as we get older – often because of blood vessels leaking blood and fluid. This can result in some loss of central vision.
This is increasingly a problem found in younger children, with the condition deteriorating with age.
The eye exam we offer can do more than simply identify problems with your eyesight. It can also be an opportunity for your eye care professional to spot general health problems that you may not otherwise be aware of.
Other Medical Complications
People who suffer from diabetes have excess amounts of sugar in the blood, which can also affect the eyes. A small amount of water and sugar can get trapped in the lens of the eye, which results in blurred vision. If you are diabetic or if there is a history of diabetes in your family, be sure to schedule your eye exam more frequently.
High Blood Pressure
If blood vessels at the back of the eye have become thicker or burst, it is a good indicator of high blood pressure. If this is discovered during your eye exam, White Rock and nearby residents will be advised by their optometrist to visit the doctor for further tests.
Risk Of Stroke
High cholesterol may be picked up in an eye exam as tiny lumps of cholesterol may be seen passing through the blood vessels in the eye. When lumps of cholesterol cause blockages it can lead to a stroke.
Even if you already have annual eye exams, there are times when you should schedule an extra appointment at our clinic. For example, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
A burning and itchy sensation in your eyes is usually a symptom of dry eye syndrome, which we can help you to manage. If you experience these symptoms it is always advisable to have your eyes checked so that we can provide help to alleviate the symptoms and rule out a more serious medical problem.
Soreness, redness, sensitivity to light, and discharge from the eye are all indicators that there is an infection in the eye. An eye infection can usually be cleared up quickly with a course of antibiotic medication.
Any new and persistent pain in the eye should not be ignored. Arrange to see your eye care specialist promptly, as it could be a sign of a serious issue (such as glaucoma).
If you start to experience a series of floaters or flashing lights, it is essential to have your eyes checked as a matter of urgency at our Langley optometry clinic. These symptoms could indicate a detached retina, which requires emergency treatment.
If you are experiencing frequent unexplained headaches, now is the time to get an eye exam. It could be that long-sightedness or astigmatism is causing your headaches – issues that can easily be managed. However, another possible cause of headaches is glaucoma, which requires prompt treatment to avoid lasting damage.
If you find you are repeatedly squinting to see clearly, it might be a good time to visit West Coast Optical and schedule an eye exam with your Surrey-based eye care specialist. The eye doctor White Rock, Langley and Surrey patients depend on for their premium eye care will usually be able to swiftly diagnose the cause of the squint, as well as suggest some corrective measures.