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What to expect when visiting the eye doctor

What is really happening when you get an eye exam?  The first thing to keep in mind is understanding what kind of doctor you are seeing. Are you seeing an optometrist or an ophthalmologist. See our previous blog post which outlines these differences.

When seeing an ophthalmologist:

Your doctor is a specialist whom is looking at a specific problem. The visit with the ophthalmologist is usually covered. The appointment begins with an assistant whom will get the preliminary information that is needed, usually including eye pressures, vision, and history. You may also be dilated ; and then if testing is required it will usually be done at this time (not all testing is covered by OHIP). When the doctor see’s you they may use a slit lamp to check specific areas of your eyes or even do a retinal exam with magnifying lenses. They will discuss your eye condition and will give you options for treatment.

When seeing an optometrist:

An optometrist does a general check of your overall eye health. When seeing an optometrist, they will check your vision, prescription, pressures, the optometrist may also dilate you, and then after a period of 30 min will re-check vision. They are able to evaluate and detect eye disease and problems, or simply give you are prescription for glasses. These exams may or may not be covered by OHIP, and do not require a referral. A optometrist may also ask for additional testing to help document your eye health, or test for a problem.

Always remember that when having an eye exam you may be dilated and this requires time to occur. Always expect to be at the exam for at least an hour. If you would like to make an appointment at North Toronto Eye Care please follow this link

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