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Eye Exam

What to expect at an eye exam at Nelson Family Eyecare

Nelson Family Eyecare eye exam

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.

What to bring to your eye exam

  • List of medications you are currently taking.
  • BC Care Card
  • Pre-appointment Form if you are a 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 on your eyes for over an hour.
  • Eyeglasses. Most recent eyeglasses, including your prescription sunglassess and any task-specific glasses (computer/reading/safety).

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

Why dilate eyes for an eye assessment?

Nelson Family Eyecare eye examThe 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. The 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 focussing problems in younger patients.

The dilating drops will leave you light sensitive and in some cases with blurry visioin 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.

Bring your sunglasses

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 contact our office. Nelson Family Eyecare

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