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Focusing on Comprehensive Eye Exams

Each May, eye care professionals throughout country participate in Healthy Vision Month. When did you last have a comprehensive eye exam? Getting your eyes tested regularly is one of the best things you can do to make sure your vision remains strong and healthy. During your session, your optometrist checks your eyes, making sure you're clear of frequently occurring vision problems and eye diseases, several of which lack early warning symptoms. This is very different from a sight test, which only assesses the vision, and can miss problems with eye coordination as also miss eye disease. 20/20 vision does not mean healthy eyes!

The session will start with what's known as a visual acuity test, which uses an eye chart to measure how your vision behaves at different distances. The outside of your eye will also be assessed.

When your tests have concluded, your eye care professional will proceed to squeeze drops on the surfaces of your eyes. This dilates your pupils, which helps to run the thorough internal examination of your eyes. It will take about 20 - 30 minutes until the drops take effect. A specialized magnifying instrument is then used to check your eye's interior, especially your retina. This is very important, as it will provide crucial information about the health of your eyes, as well as information regarding your overall health. To give an example, it can show signs of diabetes and also indicate abnormal blood pressure.

After the examination, your pupils will stay dilated until the effect of the drops wear off, and this can make your eyes quite light-sensitive, so take sunglasses along to minimize glare and light on your drive home. Next, you'll be examined for signs of glaucoma. This is done by measuring your eye pressure, using a quick puff of air directed straight onto your eye.

Now is the time to protect your vision. Make your eye health a foremost concern, and remember to schedule an eye exam today.

Thank you for trusting your eyecare with us over the years.  The Foresight Eyecare team follows the government mandate to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.  After December 2020 announcements made by the Alberta Government, our clinic is following the revised Infection Prevention and Control policy by the Alberta College of Optometrists.

Patients interested in obtaining eye exam services or eye care products can be seen by appointment only.  Please call ahead, and staff will arrange an appointment time and ask COVID-19 screening questions.  If you have any symptoms of cough, fever, runny nose or shortness of breath, we ask that you call or e-mail us and do not attend the clinic for your scheduled visit.   Within the clinic, please wear a mask and use the hand sanitizer at reception.  Our clinic complies with the City of Calgary bylaw requiring mask covering over the age of two years old.  For patients who are unable to wear a face covering due to medical reasons, the patient can be scheduled for an appointment at a time when minimal number of other patients are in the clinic such as at the beginning or end of the day to ensure appropriate physical distancing requirements.

We are using disposable disinfectant wipes on all surfaces and devices such as front desk counters, chairs, handles in exam rooms and waiting room.  All eyewear that have been touched by patients are continually being sanitized.   Any toys and magazines are stored at this time.  Examination areas are being sanitized with hospital grade disinfectant.  Debit and credit cards but NO CASH payments will be accepted.

COVID-19 symptoms are not always obvious.  We want to fend off this pandemic and minimize risk to our patients and the Foresight staff as front line health workers.   Contact that is closer than 2 m (6 feet) is to be avoided, with barriers in place when this cannot be avoided. We choose to continue to do our work and cautiously take care of our patients with compassion, humility, gentleness, and patience.   It is a challenging and new experience for many of us, so let‘s support each other and prevent virus spread!  Beyond 2020, our focus is on take care of you and keeping Clean Hands, Clear Heads and Open Hearts.   For more information, please refer to the following web pages or phone Health Link 811.

Drs. Dianna Leong, Anh Bui, Andrew Chan