Medicine Hat Vision Expert – Jim Stewart

I thought I would use this article to explain in more depth a proper comprehensive eye examination.  And to explain further the role of our New second location.

We have 3 Doctors of Optometry in our two offices.  Dr. Michael McClung, Dr. Clark Hyde and Dr. Cory McClung.

As well as the refraction part of an eye exam Optometrists do so much more!  The refraction is determining the prescription for your glasses or contacts.  Some places just do refractions but the part of that is the eye health isn’t looked at!

During a comprehensive eye exam your doctor of optometry examines the tissues and structures inside the eye, looking for eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma or macular degeneration, as well as tears in the retina, bleeding and tumours.

Your doctor of optometry is looking for early signs of serious medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases during an exam.

Without early detection and proper treatment, many eye diseases can cause unnecessary and possible permanent loss of vision.

So, when should you have an eye exam?  Babies should have their first exam between 6 and 9 months, Toddlers and preschoolers at least one eye exam between the sages of 2 and 5, kindergarten an eye exam when they begin kindergarten, school years an annual exam, adults at least every two years and seniors an annual exam.

Remember, eye exams are covered by Alberta Health for children until their 19th birthday and for seniors 65 and over!

For urgent eye care services include infection, injury or inflammation of the eye and eyelid.  Foreign objects in the eye.  Sudden changes in vision. Monitoring for diabetes, defects and diseases. Pre and post-operative care for cataract patients. These services are covered by Alberta Health Care.

Please don’t leave your eyes untreated by a professional!  We are happy to help you, please call us!