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OPTOMETRIC SERVICES

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Comprehensive Eye Exams

 

We believe that personalized eye care starts with a comprehensive eye exam. Whether you need prescription glasses, contact lenses or dry eye treatment, our eye exams are designed to provide detailed insights into your eye health. 

 

The specialists at Brantford Optometry will not only conduct an eye examination, but also assess your total health history, and perform diagnostic testing, if needed. This process will help us identify the best options to improve your vision and support your eye health, and develop a management or treatment plan, if needed. With highly-qualified staff and state-of-the-art equipment, we can identify potential eye conditions, like myopia or retinopathy, allowing for timely intervention and prevention. We are committed to providing customized services that not only improve your vision, but also enhance your overall eye health.

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Neurolens

If you are struggling with eye strain, neck pain, headaches, dizziness, dry eye, blurry vision, light sensitivity or motion sickness, it could be caused by eye misalignment. Neurolens is an innovative, immersive diagnostic system that provides immediate results, so we can take steps to improve your symptoms quicker than ever. Brantford Optometry is incredibly proud to be the first optometry clinic in Brant County, Norfolk County, Oxford County, Wellington County, Kitchener-Waterloo or Hamilton to offer this service to our community. Neurolens assessments are free for current patients, but you don’t need to be a patient at Brantford Optometry to schedule an assessment. 

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Children's Eye Exams

 

As your child grows, their vision is always changing, and a lot of what they learn is through their sight. It's important to monitor the visual development of your child while they are growing to help them reach their full potential. Children should have their first eye examination at 6 months, to help prevent more serious conditions, including cancers. Vision issues such as strabismus (crossed eyes) and amblyopia (lazy eye) can also develop early and must be addressed.​ (After 6 months, children should receive an eye exam at least once a year from 2 to 19 years old.

At Brantford Optometry, we aim to encourage consistent vision care and other eye health habits in our children from a young age. ​In an effort to do the same for your children, we provide OHIP-covered eye exams for children and teens, so you can access affordable care for your family.

WHAT SIGNS SHOULD I BE LOOKING FOR?

 

  • Headaches

  • Blurry vision

  • Rubbing their eyes often

  • Frequent blinking

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Diabetic Eye Exams

 

A regular, comprehensive eye exam is important for everyone—but it is especially important for those with diabetes to reduce the risk of eye complications, like diabetic retinopathy, more commonly known known as vision loss, or macular edema. Timely detection of these conditions is imperative for effective intervention and prevention, and regular eye exams are the best way to ensure they are detected quickly. 

 

These exams use state-of-the-art diagnostic technology to evaluate your eye health, including the retina, blood vessels and optic nerve, so we can provide you with a personalized treatment plan, if needed. Additionally, the eyes are indicators of overall health, so these exams can offers insights into the effectiveness of diabetes management. If you want to take a proactive approach to managing your diabetes, regular diabetic eye exams should be an important part of your health care routine., and our highly-qualified staff can help you manage that process.

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Myopia Management

Myopia (often referred to as nearsightedness) is a common eye condition that causes closer objects to appear sharp and clear, and distant objects to appear blurry. There is currently no known cure for myopia, but there are treatment options to help prevent this condition from worsening and becoming progressive.

Myopia has become more common in children, but we are committed to slowing the progression of this condition with personalized management plans for each patient. In particular, we recommend Hoya MiYOSMART Optical Lenses, which are a spectacle lens that has been shown to slow the progression of myopia in children. It is recommended that you make an appointment with one of our specialists to confirm the diagnosis and determine the most effective treatment plan for your child.

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LASIK Co-Management

LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) is the most common refractive eye surgery today. It is used to treat myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. Often referred to as laser eye surgery or laser vision correction, LASIK surgery is performed by an ophthalmologist using a laser or small blades to reshape the cornea. For most patients, this surgery results in clear, sharp vision both close up and far away, providing a permanent alternative to eyeglasses or contact lenses.​ LASIK candidacy is determined on a case-by-case basis that takes eye prescription, medical history and other health factors into consideration.

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Dry Eye Evaluation

Dry eye is a syndrome that occurs when your tears dry up too fast or your eyes don’t make enough tears to stay wet. As a result, eyes may feel scratchy, stinging or burning, and there may be redness, sensitivity to light or blurred vision. Dry eyes can have a signficant impact on quality of life, but fortunately, there are a wide range of treatment options. Lumecca-I, Forma-I, meibomian gland expression and punctal plugs can often be used to improve symptoms of dry eyes more effectively than eye drops and medications.

 

Dry eye disease is often not diagnosed correctly because the symptoms are similar to other conditions. The specialists at Brantford Optometry will conduct a comprehensive eye examination and perform diagnostic testing to diagnose your condition, determine the severity, identify the causes and develop a treatment plan to improve your symptoms.

DRY EYE DIAGNOSTIC TESTING

Meibography Test: The meibomian glands are located in the lower and upper eyelids. Meibography is a non-invasive technology that is used to determine whether or not the glands are providing the necessary fats to limit tear evaporation. To do this,  we measure tear lipid layer thickness, tear film breakup time, eye blink frequency and tear meniscus height, and then calculate glandular atrophy.

Osmolarity Test: Tear osmolarity is a measurement of how much salt is in your tears. Normal osmolarity is essential for proper tear production, retention, distribution, and elimination. When your tears have too much salt in them, it’s called hyperosmolarity. Hyperosmolarity can indicate problems with tear flow or that tears are evaporating too quickly. Osmolarity is tested using corneal staining, including fluorescein staining, rose bengal staining and lissamine green staining. Each of these stains function differently, but they all help identify defects on the surface of the eye.

Tear Meniscus Measurement: The tear meniscus is the amount of tears resting at the junction of the bulbar conjunctiva and the lower eyelid margin, and tear meniscus height can be used to estimate tear volume. Tear meniscus height and curvature is measured using a small amount of fluorescein stain, and then photographs are taken to determine the presence or absence of dry eye. 

Tear Break-Up Time Test: Tear break-up is used to evaluate the stability of the tear film on the surface of the eye. During the test, dye is applied to the surface of the eye, and the patient is asked to blink. The eye is examined under a microscope, and the time it takes for dry spots or irregularities to appear in the tear film is measured. A normal tear break-up time is around 10 seconds or longer. A shorter break-up time can indicate issues with the tear film, such as dry eye syndrome, where the eye doesn't produce enough tears or the tears evaporate too quickly. 

Schirmer Test: This diagnostic tool is used by eye care professionals to evaluate the quantity of tears produced by the eyes, which helps in diagnosing conditions related to dry eye syndrome. During the test, thin strips of paper are placed under each eye. As the strips absorb tears, they indicate the amount of moisture present in the eye. After the designated time, the strips are removed and measured to determine the quantity of tears the eyes have produced. A lower amount of moisture on the strips could indicate insufficient tear production, suggesting dry eye syndrome or other eye health issues.

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