WHAT ARE ANTI-FATIGUE LENSES?

With so many different lenses on the market today, it may be difficult trying to figure out what you need –  anti-fatigue lenses, single vision lenses, bifocal or progressive lenses. Your Optometrist and Optician can help you determine the best lens for you but here is a little background on the Anti-Fatigue Lens.

In recent years, our doctor has prescribed an increasing number of anti-fatigue lenses to our patients. The reason for this is that in this age of digital technology, we place a huge strain on our eyes as we focus on reading and watching small screens on digital devices for extended periods of time. This continued stress can result in eye strain, headaches and tiredness as the eye’s internal lens accommodates to the required plus power to focus at such short distances.

Anti-Fatigue lenses are designed to reduce stress by adding a slight magnification to the lower portion of the lens allowing the eye muscles to relax. Anti-fatigue lenses are ideal for the pre-presbyope and provides a bridge between single vision and Progressive Lenses.

Due to the fact that the magnification is small, adaptation to this lens is very easy, with most wearers not noticing any huge difference at first but feeling the benefits with reduced eye strain and headaches and a more comfortable experience in general for the eyes. Also, if you are spending extended periods of time on digital devices, a blue light blocking coating is also recommended.

The average age range of Anti-Fatigue Lens users are in their late twenties to thirties and early forties. If you are suffering from any of the symptoms mentioned above, the best course of action would be to visit your Optometrist as he or she will be able to determine if an anti-fatigue lens is a good fit for you.

PUPIL DILATION – WILL THE DOCTOR DILATE MY EYES DURING THE EYE EXAM?

This is a common question patients will ask in preparation to see the Optometrist for an eye exam. The necessity of pupil dilation is largely dependant upon your age, overall health, risk of eye disease, as well as the reason you have booked the eye exam.

Eyedrops will be used for dilation, causing the pupils to widen, allowing the optometrist a better view of the back of the eye. This is important in diagnosing a number of eye conditions and diseases including

High blood pressure – Cataracts – Glaucoma – Macular Degeneration – Retinal Detachment

In the event that you do have your pupils dilated, your vision will be blurry and your eyes will be light-sensitive for a period of time. It will be helpful to bring in a pair of sunglasses and also keep in mind that you may not be able to drive immediately following the exam.

As it is not always possible to predict ahead of time whether dilation will be necessary, it is best to allow yourself at least an hour in the doctor’s office to accommodate for this procedure.

If you have any questions about this topic or any aspect of the eye exam, please call the office at 604-873-3941.

SIGHT TEST vs EYE EXAM. What is the difference?

When it comes to eye care, you may be faced with a couple of options, a sight test or an eye exam. In this article, we examine the differences between the two options.

Eye Examinations – An eye exam is performed by a Doctor of Optometry. As an eye exam addresses your eye health, there is no substitute for an eye exam. A comprehensive eye exam will include the following

-An assessment of eye health, to diagnose any eye conditions or diseases. The testing includes eye pressure tests for glaucoma as well as examination of the eyes for cataracts and macular degeneration.

-Testing of how well the eyes focus at varying distances.

-Binocular vision testing to assess how well the eyes work together.

After a thorough examination and discussion on your lifestyle needs, the Optometrist is able to make recommendations on lens options that will best suit your personal visual requirements.

Sight Test – This test is not performed by a doctor. A sight test is very limited in its scope in that it provides only an eyeglass prescription by the use of automated equipment.

How often should I have an Eye Exam?

An eye exam is generally recommended every 2 years. In cases where you may experience any deterioration in your vision or other eye issue, it is important to see an Optometrist promptly. For kids, seniors and individuals with health issues or eye conditions, eye exams should be conducted annually.

Insurance & MSP

MSP will cover eye exams for kids under 19 years. Seniors over the age of 65 years receive an eye exam with a co-pay fee of $25 in conjunction with MSP coverage.

Also bear in mind that if you have extended health plans , they may cover the full or partial cost of the eye exam. At TVO we are able to direct bill many of the major insurance companies for eye exam and glasses.

For more information on our eye exams, please call the office. 604-873-3941

Also please visit the CNIB website for more information on eye health.  http://www.cnib.ca/en/living/independent-living/Pages/eye-exam-1007.aspx