Nelson Family Eyecare, Optometry Clinic

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  • Call Us: 250-352-5152
  • Mon- Fri. 8:30- 5:00 | Sat 8:30 - 3:30

Eye Exam

What to expect at an Eye Exam at Nelson Family Eyecare

Eye Exams

Your Nelson Family Eyecare exam will begin by going over your eye health and vision history. Dr. Yurchevich or Dr. Newhouse will check your visual acuity and perform a refraction (determination of an eyeglasses prescription if needed).

Most importantly: the eye exam will include an assessment of the health of your eyes inside and out.

This examination includes looking for all types of eye diseases and your risk factors for developing them in the future such as:  glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts. This eye exam will also look at your binocular vision or how your eye muscles allow your two eyes to coordinate together.


List of Medications you are currently taking
B.C. Care Card
Pre-appointment Form if you are new patient. New Patient Adult Form | New Patient Child Form 
Contact Lenses on your Eyes If you use contact lenses (part or full time) please arrive wearing them and ensure they have been in your eyes for over an hour so the doctors can assess the fit and prescription. If these contact lenses were not prescribed from our office, please bring their boxes so we can assess and advise you on them, without having to do more extensive re-fitting appointment.
Eyeglasses - most recent eyeglasses, including your prescription sunglasses and any task-specific glasses (computer/reading/safety).

The eye exam length will depend on your age, risk factors, eye conditions, and the questions you need answered. Please allow for an hour for the eye exam.


The doctor may recommend dilating your pupils by putting dilating drops in your eyes. The need for these drops is to assess your eye health which depends on your age, symptoms, risk factors and how long it has been since you last had your eyes examined by an eye doctor. These drops allow Dr. Yurchevich or Dr. Newhouse to evaluate the structures in the interior of the eye and help to accurately assess for eye problems such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, retinal problems, and also for focusing problems in younger patients.

The dilating drops will leave you light sensitive and in some cases with blurry vision for two to six hours after the appointment. If you have never had these drops please arrange for a driver, as some people are not able or do not feel comfortable driving afterwards.


We also recommend that you bring sunglasses as most people experience more light sensitivity afterwards. The doctor will discuss these recommendations with you during the appointment, but if you have any questions beforehand please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Map and Location

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366 Baker St.
Nelson, B.C. V1L 4H5

OFFICE: 250-352-5152
[email protected]

Mon- Fri. 8:30- 5:00
Saturday 8:30 - 3:30

We offer occasional Tuesday evening hours.
Please check with our office.
To book your appointment: 250.352.5152 or email us.

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