A doctor's comprehensive eye examination
In a comprehensive eye health exam, our doctors assesses you for the following conditions:
Glasses, contacts and laser surgery
Dr. Randhawa checks for astigmatism, nearsightedness and farsightedness and will prescribe glasses, contact lenses, orthokeratology or refers you to a surgeon for laser eye surgery (depending on what is best for the patient) to correct your near or farsightedness.
This is the leading cause of vision loss in adults. If caught early and properly treated, cataracts can be treated with 100% success.
This is the second leading cause of blindness. The progress of permanent vision loss from glaucoma can be stopped only if caught early in an eye health exam. Glaucoma sneaks up on many patients who don’t know that they are suffering permanent vision loss. Remember, vision lost to glaucoma cannot be restored. It is critically important to have your eyes checked regularly to stop the disease. Learn more about glaucoma here.
This is the leading cause of blindness world-wide and is a common cause of impaired reading or detailed vision and can eventually cause blindness. If caught early in an eye health examination, the progress of the disease can be slowed.
This is en inevitable condition in which the ability to focus on close objects decreases over time. There is a wide range of treatment options, including bifocals and special contact lenses.
Retinal detachments can cause permanent vision loss if not treated with surgery immediately. Dr. Randhawa and the Vision Source Vancouver team is able to diagnose retinal detachments in an eye health exam and if she finds one, she makes arrangements with a surgeon to have the surgery completed immediately to minimize the risk of permanent vision loss.
Eye movement disorders
These problems include eye muscle weakness and other conditions affecting the proper functioning of the eye that could lead to difficulties in learning, seeing clearly, sports and others problems. Vision Source Vancouver optometrists, lead by Dr. Randhawa use Vision Therapy to treat eye motor deficiencies. These disorders include convergence insufficiency, general binocular dysfunctions, strabismus, amblyopia and more.
Tumors, cancers, hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and many other systemic diseases
Eye Exams are often the first to detect chronic diseases.
A 2011 study confirms that eye exams by an optometrist or ophthalmologist are often the first to detect chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension. The researchers found that eye doctors detected signs of certain chronic conditions before any other health care provider recorded the condition—65 percent of the time for high cholesterol, 20 percent of the time for diabetes, and 30 percent of the time for hypertension.
The study demonstrate that in addition to updating your lens prescription and and keeping your vision clear, eye exams are important for your overall health. Annual eye exams are excellent at detecting signs of chronic diseases at the earliest stages because eye doctors have the only unobstructed, non-invasive view of the body's blood vessels - which they observe through the eye in an eye examination.