Medical Services

Comprehensive Vision Examination:

In this examination we start by asking questions about your important health history as well as your eye health history. We check the pressure inside your eyes, and look inside your eyes for signs of glaucoma.  Using ultra modern measuring equipment, we scan your eyes to determine your glasses prescription and the shape of your eye.  The doctor uses this information to come up with a final comfortable and clear glasses prescription as well as determine your suitability for contact lenses. The doctor will also test your eyes for proper teamwork which can cause eyestrain, double vision, and headaches.  Using a biomicroscopic the doctor will examine your eyes for both serious and minor eye diseases.  These include things like cataracts, macular degeneration and retinal detachments.  They also include things like dry eyes, allergies, infection and irritated eyelids.  In the event a problem is found in your eyes, the doctor will explain your options and arrange a specialist referral if needed.

Office Visit:

This examination is usually problem focused.  If you notice your eye is red, painful, or suddenly blurry, it is a good idea to come in and have us take a look.  We also suggest anyone noticing new flashes of light or floaters in their vision come in as soon as possible.  We have the ability to search for and remove foreign bodies that may be in your eye such as metal or debris.  If you have a red eye that has been treated by someone other than an eye doctor and had not responded, we advise that you come in so we can take a better look at it under high magnification to help identify the problem.  If you have Alberta Health Care coverage, there is usually no charge for an office visit.

Dilation:

A dilation is a procedure where drops are put into the eye to give the doctor a better view inside the eye.  This will almost always be necessary if you have been noticing new flashes of lights or floater in your vision.  The effects of dilation last usually about 3 hours.  Please bring sunglasses and a driver if possible if you think you will need this.

Automated Visual Field Testing:

A visual test that maps out your peripheral vision.  This is most often required when the doctor is suspicious of glaucoma.  It might also be requested in the event neurological damage is suspected.

Contact Lens Exam:

This exam is typically in addition to the comprehensive vision examination.  The Doctor will discuss your previous experience with contact lenses and determine what improvements you are looking for.  The Doctor will evaluate your eye to assess your suitability for contact lenses.  The goal is first of all to ensure that wearing contacts will in no way harm your eyes.  

Not everyone is a good candidate for contact lenses.  The Doctor then checks the shape of your eye to help determine the correct base curve and diameter of the contact lenses required for your eyes.  Based on your prescription your Doctor may decide to use soft disposable contact lenses, toric lenses for astigmatism, bifocal lenses for improved near vision, extended wear contacts approved for sleeping in, or in some cases hard contact lenses for irregular corneas.  

Your examination fees usually include all your trial lenses needed to reach your clearest most comfortable vision possible.  Fitting contact lenses properly is both an art and a science.  You should always have your contact lenses fit by an experienced eye doctor.

LASIK Pre-op / Post-Op Examinations:

If you and your Doctor decide that Lasik or Refractive surgery maybe an option for you, a thorough examination is required before you embark on the procedure.  Discussing expectations is very important in having a successful surgery.  Your Doctor can give you a good idea as to what is realistic in terms of vision in the distance and up close.  If you have very dry eyes, thin corneas, kerataconus, large pupils, or moderate hyperopia, refractive surgery might result in future eye problems.

Your Doctor can give you an objective unbiased opinion without the high pressure environment of a Laser Eye Center.  The next part of the preoperative examination is to check, check, then recheck your prescription.  The numbers your Doctor comes up with will be entered into the laser's computer system by your surgeon.  Special drops called a cyclopleigic are used to relax your eyes to prevent overcorrection.  At the same time the drops dilate your eyes so your Doctor can ensure you do not have any retinal tears or holes that could lead to a retinal detachment during surgery.  

A consult will also be scheduled at the Laser clinic where several more ultra high-tech pieces of equipment are used to image your cornea and screen for other possible problems.  This is also a great time to inspect the facility before you commit to surgery.  After your surgery you will be scheduled for four to five postoperative checks to watch for problems and adjust your eye drops as needed.

Edmonton Police Service Vision Requirements:

Applicants must meet an uncorrected visual acuity of at least 20/40 (6/12) with both eyes open. Applicants who require visual aids (glasses or contact lenses) must have vision of 20:20 (6:6) with both eyes open. Applicants who are farsighted, the hyperopia must not be great than +2.00 d, spheroequivalent in the least hyperopic eye. Applicants who are near sighted must have in excess of 5 eso or 5 exo. Lateral Phoria "Far" and Lateral Phoria "Near" applicants require additional information from an eye care professional, which document that the person is unlikely to experience double vision when fatigued or functioning in reduced visual environments.

All applicants must be able to pass the Farnsworth D-15 color vision test without any color corrective (e.g. x-chrom, Chromagen) lenses. Depth perception must be a stereo acuity of 80 seconds of arc or better.  Additional testing is also required for patients who have had corrective surgery.  This requires testing with special goggles and contrast sensitivity chart.  

Vision that does not meet these standards will be cause for rejection. The procedures of orthokeratology, Intra-Stromalcorneal Rings and corneal implants are not acceptable as a means of visual acuity enhancement. Applicants must submit a vision report, signed by a qualified Opthalmologist or Optometrist.  

(Forms available at www.joineps.ca)

*** Our sister clinic The Alberta Eye Health Clinic does have the Farnsworth D-15 color vision test and contrast sensitivity testing ***

RCMP Vision Requirements:

Corrected vision (with glasses or contacts), visual acuity must be at least 6/6 (20/20) in one eye and 6/9 (20/30) in the other.  Uncorrected vision (without glasses or contacts lenses), Visual acuity must be at least 6/18 (20/60) in each eye OR 6/12 (20/40) in one eye and at least 6/30 (20/100) in the other eye.  This minimum vision acuity is required for safe performance of policing duties if glasses or contacts are lost or displaced.

Field of Vision must be at least 150 degrees continuous along the horizontal meridian and 20 degrees continuous above and below fixation with both eyes open and examined together.

Depth Perception: Normal stereo vision (use of both eyes to judge distances) must be present. Stereo acuity must be a minimum of 70 seconds of arc or better on a Titmus test.  

Colour vision testing using any standardized Pseudo-Isochromatic plates (Ishihara, A-O, HRR, Dvorine). If you correctly identify all patterns presented in such tests, your colour-vision will be considered normal. 

If needed, further evaluation will be conducted with devices such as Farnsworth D-15 discs. If you demonstrate a colour-vision deficiency on the Farnsworth discs, you will not meet the vision standards requirements of the RCMP.

*** Our sister clinic The Alberta Eye Health Clinic does have the Farnsworth D-15 color vision test and contrast sensitivity testing ***