At Louie Eyecare Centre, we recommend a comprehensive eye exam every two years if you are between the ages of 20 and 64 or any time you are experiencing new vision changes. If there is a new health concern like redness, pain, vision loss, new floaters, or injury, a health assessment is covered by Alberta Health Care for all residents. If you have a chronic health condition or are taking medication related to the vascular system (diabetes, high blood pressure, blood thinners, cholesterol, or inflammation) a yearly exam is recommended. Sometimes health exams for these conditions are covered by Alberta Health Care, but this does not include a prescription for glasses.
If you are experiencing any vision changes or have any questions, please call us, and we will be happy to discuss whether you should be seen urgently and what is covered.
Annual visits to your optometrists are essential to maintaining your vision and diagnosing serious eye issues such as complications from vascular diseases like diabetes and hypertension, development of glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts. Although many of the ocular diseases that cause vision loss and blindness develop slowly, they often do not have any initial symptoms. Early detection, proper diagnosis and care, and treatment can greatly reduce future risk of severe vision loss and complications.
In first world countries, 80% of blindness in those aged 20-74 is preventable and treatable. Many are related to undiagnosed diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration which have no symptoms at all until there is irreversible damage and vision loss. A professional comprehensive eye exam includes:
At Louie Eyecare Centre, Dr. Louie and Dr. Larson with their years of expertise, advanced diagnostic skills, and above the standard of care equipment, can provide in-depth comprehensive eye exams for adults and seniors, emergency ocular health evaluations, contact lens evaluations, and abnormal ocular health detection, diagnosis, and treatment.
They also strive to provide education and compassionate care while explaining what may be happening to your vision and ocular health.
There are a few things that you can do to prepare for an eye exam. Come with a list of all the medications you are currently taking and any information about your prescription for your current glasses or contact lenses.
Visit our vision clinic in central West Edmonton for comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, glasses, and more. Louie Eyecare Centre is dedicated to providing the highest quality optometric services and products to our patients. Our team of experienced optometrists is here to help you with all of your eye care needs. Schedule an appointment today!
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Yes, there are cosmetic contact lenses available for people who wish to change or enhance the appearance of their eyes. These lenses come in various colours and designs, allowing you to alter your eye colour or create special effects. Cosmetic contact lenses are available both with and without vision correction. However, it’s crucial to obtain these lenses from a reputable source and with a prescription from an eye care professional. Wearing non-prescription cosmetic lenses without proper guidance can lead to eye discomfort, infections, or even depriving the cornea of necessary oxygen to function which can lead to serious health and vision issues.
Allergies can cause eye irritation and discomfort, making wearing contact lenses challenging for some individuals. However, certain types of contact lenses, such as daily disposables or lenses made from specific materials, might be more suitable for allergy sufferers. Consult your optometrist to discuss your allergy symptoms and determine the most appropriate contact lens options or if prescription allergy eye drops are recommended. Proper lens care, including regular cleaning and avoiding allergens that exacerbate symptoms, is essential to manage allergies while wearing contact lenses.
Contact lenses can exacerbate symptoms in individuals with dry eyes. However, some contact lens options are designed to alleviate discomfort for those with dry eyes. Specialized lenses, such as those with high moisture content or designed for extended wear, might be suitable. Your optometrist can recommend specific contact lens types or prescribe lubricating eye drops to help manage dry eye symptoms while wearing lenses. It’s essential to discuss your dry eye condition with your eye care professional before starting or continuing contact lens wear to ensure the best possible comfort and eye health.
If a contact lens feels stuck in your eye, try not to panic. Firstly, wash your hands thoroughly and use lubricating eye drops approved for contact lens wear to moisten your eye. Gently massage your upper eyelid while looking in the direction of the affected eye to help dislodge the lens. If the lens remains stuck, avoid excessive rubbing, as this can cause irritation. Try blinking or using rewetting drops to see if the lens moves. If unsuccessful, seek immediate assistance from an eye care professional to safely and effectively remove the contact lens.
While contact lenses are safe when used properly, there are risks associated with their wear. These risks include eye infections, corneal ulcers, allergic reactions, dry eyes, and discomfort. Improper hygiene, extended wear, sleeping with lenses on, and swimming or showering with lenses can increase the likelihood of these complications. It’s crucial to follow your optometrist’s guidelines, practice good hygiene, and adhere to wearing schedules to minimize the risks associated with contact lens wear. Immediate consultation with an eye care professional is necessary if you experience any discomfort, redness, or vision changes while wearing contact lenses.
It’s highly advisable to avoid wearing contact lenses while swimming or showering. Water, including tap water, pools, hot tubs, lakes, and oceans, contains microorganisms that can adhere to your lenses and cause eye infections. These microorganisms can lead to severe eye conditions, such as bacterial or fungal keratitis, which can be painful and sight-threatening. Always remove your contact lenses before any water activities to prevent potential eye infections and complications.