At our newly renovated and expanded 3rd Street location we’ve gone above and beyond to bring you the most convenient, full service eye care experience. We have streamlined our examination process to save you time. Most of the exams offered at this location are routine comprehensive eye exams, which means less wait times.
We have a beautifully customized, open concept showroom to make frame selection an enjoyable, and uncomplicated task. Not to mention we are well staffed with knowledgeable, kind people who want to help you find your perfect pair. We have several meetings a year with not only our frame reps, but our Essilor lens reps as well so we know which lens technology will work best in each unique situation.
We have finishing lab right on site as well. It saves you having to wait too long for your new glasses. And being able to trace frames so lens only purchases, or warranty work can be done without you having to be without your glasses in the meantime has always been a priority for us.
Not sure if contact lenses are right for you? Not to worry, we do one day trials, and contact lens training programs to make sure you are comfortable with the care and wear of your contacts.
How often should you have an eye exam?
*Unless other health conditions exist requiring more frequent follow ups.
Comprehensive adult eye examinations are generally needed every two years and are not covered by Alberta Health Care. However, for your convenience, we do direct bill all insurance companies that do allow payments directly to us.
Your eye examination will be about an hour long, during which time the doctor of optometry will test your vision, eye coordination, ocular alignment, focusing, colour vision, peripheral vision, and of course your eye health. New imaging and diagnostic devices such as Optomap 200º Retinal Laser Scan, OCT (optical coherence tomography), Humphrey visual field testing, FDT Matrix Field Test, and high definition retinal photography will help the doctor. Some of these imaging devices are used during a routine examination, while others are used if further investigation is needed. All of these new instruments and tests provide our doctors with a thorough understanding of the health of your eyes, which enables them to have early detection of eye conditions that could permanently damage your vision.
New digital photography has enabled high resolution imaging of the eye’s internal structures. As well, software can enhance, enlarge, and even measure the size of suspect areas. Followup care and monitoring of change and progression in enhanced. Digital photography is a valuable tool in an ever-increasing fight against eye diseases and vision loss.
If you are considering, or have questions about, LASIK, PRK or other refractive surgery, our doctors can provide the answers you are looking for. Although Medicine Hat currently has no surgical centre to provide patients with refractive surgery options, we work closely with many nearby centres. We peform both pre-operative and post-operative examinations for those interested in surgery, or for those who have recently had surgery.
Our doctors communicate regularly with the surgeons and staff at the Gimbel Eye Centre in Calgary, LASIK
Alberta Health Care will pay for an eye health exam once every year for people 65 years and older. It is highly recommended that seniors have a thorough vision and eye health exam yearly. Our doctors will particularly watch for age related issues such as cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.
But general health concerns can impact the eyes as well such as diabetes and high blood pressure to name a few. As the body ages we are more susceptible to increasing eye health problems. Have your eyes examined regularly.
This is a field test that measures the sensitivity of the internal tissues to visual stimulus. This device uses new technology called frequency doubling that enables even a more sensitive and precise measurement of the function of the eyes internal structures than previous field tests.
It is particularly useful in the diagnosis of glaucoma and optic nerve problems.
Medical eye health exams, including ocular emergencies, are now covered through Alberta Health Care. This includes red eyes, eye pain or discomfort, ocular foreign bodies as well as annual diabetic medical eye exams. Alberta Health has recognized that it is faster and more effective to see your eye care provider rather than going to the emergency room for eye related medical problems.
The OCT is a device that measures the integrity of the tissue surrounding the optic nerve, as well as other areas of the front and back of the eye. It is specifically useful in aiding in the earlier detection of glaucoma, monitoring progression of macular degeneration, and other retinal problems. Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss in an ever-aging population. Earlier detection means better visual outcomes and a better quality of life. It is a wonderful addition to the office in improving eye care for our patients.
Sight tests are advertised by opticians (those who sell eyeglasses) in order to make lenses in eye glasses. Their testing is based solely on a computerized measurement, and they do not test the general function or health of the eyes. Their education is limited to a few weeks of training. They are not eye doctors, and they cannot evaluate or diagnose any eye health problems. As you can imagine, the practice of sight testing is quite controversial as it gives a false impression of providing an eye exam. In fact, some places even call it an “eye test” when it is no more than testing your sight.
Doctors of optometry, like Dr. McClung, Dr. Cory and Dr. Hyde provide complete eye health examinations. During your eye examination, our doctors will check not only your vision but will also assess the general function, coordination, alignment, and health of the eyes. Any eye disease or other problem that could potentially compromise your vision must be found early.
As such, everyone should have a regular complete eye health and vision exam by a Doctor of Optometry.
In our continued efforts to bring the most advanced technology available to our patients we are proud that the Optomap Retinal Exam has been an integral part of our routine eye exams since 2006.
Many eye problems can develop without warning and progress with no symptoms. Early on, you might not even notice any change in your vision. However, diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal tears or detachments, as well as other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure can be detected with a thorough exam of the retina. The retina is the part of your eye that catches the image of what you are looking at, similar to the film in a camera.
An Optomap Retinal Exam Provides:
The Optomap takes a very wide scan of the retina to confirm that the peripheral retinal tissues are intact. This gives our doctors a more detailed view of the retina. Your images will be reviewed and it will give you an opportunity to view and discuss the Optomap images of your eye with the doctors at the time of your exam. The images will go on a permanent record for your medical file, enabling our doctors to make important comparisons if potential problems show themselves at a future examination.
Our doctors strongly believe that the Optomap Retinal Exam is an essential part of your comprehensive eye exam and they highly recommend it for all patients. This screening is included in all Adult Exams but is not covered by Alberta Health Care and therefore is optional for Children and Seniors as there is an additional cost.
We are open now with our first priority being patient and staff safety. We ask you to please wear a mask as we are abiding by all COVID safety protocols set out by the Alberta Association of Optometrists.
Eye exams and contact lenses will continue to be by appointment. Walk-Ins for new eyeglass selection, adjustments and repairs are welcome but traffic control measures will be taken at peak times.