New at Advance Eye Care Center – Saskatchewan’s First Optomap Daytona!

We are proud to announce that we have newly installed the Optomap Daytona ultra-wide field retinal imaging device in our office! This device is able to image approximately 200 degrees of the retina in a single scan and takes only a second to do it. This scan complements our comprehensive dilated eye examinations by providing the doctors with a high resolution image of your retina to help document and monitor your eye health even more accurately from visit to visit. Also, it is a wonderful educational tool to help patients understand what is really happening in their eyes as they can actually see for themselves exactly what the doctor sees.

The most exciting part of the Optomap Daytona is that it is the only device that can provide the doctor a 200 degree, ultra-wide field FUNDUS AUTOFLUORESCENCE image as well. In contrast to a regular retinal image or typical retinal exam, fundus autofluorescence images specifically assess the health of the retinal photoreceptors (RODS and CONES) and the retinal layer which provides nutrition to the rods and cones (the retinal pigmented epithelium – RPE). These 2 layers are where most retinal disease begins and we now have the technology to gain an insight into the actual health of these cells. This allows us to diagnose retinal disease as early as possible. There have been documented cases where autofluorescence imaging has detected retinal disease months and even years EARLIER when conventional exams and imaging showed normal findings!

Our routine comprehensive examinations include both full color and fundus autofluorescence ultra-wide field retinal imaging!

Eye Care

Through constant training and education, as well as offering current technology in all of our equipment the optometrists at Advance Eye Care Center work to provide optimal eyecare for you and your family. Our fully-equipped practice offers thorough comprehensive eye examinations. Your vision is your window to the world you live in; your eyes deserve the best.

Routine eye examinations test for over 1000 different eye diseases. Over 275 different systemic diseases can show signs in the eyes or damage the eyes. Hundreds of medications can also have effects on the eyes as well. A routine exam eye can test for and detect all of these things!

1 in 7 Canadians has an asymptomatic eye disease! These often may only be detected by a thorough routine preventive eye exam.

We offer examinations for your family members of all ages from their first eye exam at age 6 months, through the school years, into adulthood and for seniors too. The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends:

  • Age 6 monthsfirst eye examination – sooner if you have any concerns.
  • Ages 1-3 – second thorough eye examination.
  • Age 3-17 – annual eye examination. Children often have large changes in their vision as they grow and often don’t realize that their vision has changed as they don’t have a similar point of reference to compare to as adults do.
    Eye examinations are completely covered every 365 days by Saskatchewan Health for children age 17 and under.
  • Ages 18-64 – eye examination every 2 years. More frequently for certain eye health or general health conditions or as recommended by your optometrist.
  • Age 65 and above – annual eye examinations – The incidence of eye disease increases significantly at age 65 and early detection and treatment is crucial to protect your vision as much as possible.

What is an eye exam?

A comprehensive eye examination is far more than measuring your vision and your prescription. While the vision and prescription are a very important part of the examination, your eyes also require excellent eye health and proper muscle coordination and balance to make this great vision possible. Thus, an eye examination includes complete examination of your eye muscles to ensure that both eyes are working together properly, assessment of the eye health both at the front of the eye and inside the back of the eye to rule out any eye disease which could affect your vision and precise measurement of your prescription and your vision.

A comprehensive eye exam at our office typically includes the following tests:

  • Case history – You will be asked about your general health, medications you may be taking, your working environment, hobbies, etc. You will also be asked to describe any vision problems you may have been experiencing.
  • External eye examination – We will examine the external area around the eye to ensure that there are no eye diseases.
  • Internal eye examination – Using the slit lamp microscope and an ophthalmoscope, we will check your eyes for indications of eye disease, from front to back. Some problems detected during an internal eye examination may indicate possible systemic disease, such as diabetes or hypertension. If your optometrist sees any of these warning signs, you will be referred to a physician for further examination.
  • Tonometry – Tonometry measures the fluid pressure in the eye and is an important test in detecting glaucoma.
  • Vision tests – A number of tests are used to assess your vision:
    • Retinoscopy – we can determine the strength of your eyes using various lenses and the retinoscope. This is done without feedback from the patient and is therefore an invaluable instrument for assessing the vision problems of children and others who may not be able to read an eye chart.
    • Visual acuity tests – Using the familiar letter chart your optometrist will assess your ability to see small detail clearly at both near and far distances. We have digital acuity charts that also show numbers and pictures to allow us to test the level of vision on children as young as 2-3 years old if they are cooperative and able to name pictures. You may sit behind a phoropter, an instrument containing a combination of lenses. Lens choices are systematically changed until clear focus is obtained.
  • Eye movement – Using a number of different tests, we will evaluate how well your eyes align or coordinate when working together and individually.
  • Peripheral vision – we will evaluate how well you see targets which are not directly in front of you.
  • Retinal photography – using our digital retinal camera we take high-resolution images of the back of your eye to help monitor for any eye diseases from visit to visit.

Other tests may be undertaken to evaluate your ability to change focus, see colour correctly, or perceive depth correctly.

Your optometrist will choose those tests required to adequately evaluate YOUR visual system!