Eye Conditions and Disease
Keep your eyes healthy and your vision clear with regular eye exams
Your comprehensive eye exam will include:
If you think are experiencing an eye emergency call Sooke Eyecare right away (250) 642.4311 or proceed to the nearest hospital.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms you should seek medical attention straight away:
- Sudden vision changes (loss, blur, doubling)
- Corneal abrasion
- Eye pain
- Chemical contact
- A sudden onset of floaters or flashes
- Foreign body in eye
Your Eye Exam, what to expect…
Before your visit
Gather your care card, insurance card, glasses and/or contacts, and medication list to bring with you into your appointment. Please plan to wear your contact lenses into your exam if you are having a contact lens exam.
You may be dilated, please arrange a ride from the office and bring sunglasses as you may experience light sensitivity and blurry vision while dilated.
If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please provide at least 48 hours notice. Patients with frequent no shows or last minute cancellations will be required to pay for their exam in advance in order to book an appointment, should they miss their exam no refund will be given.
When coming in for any complete eye examination, please bring sunglasses and avoid driving a vehicle or bicycle.
During your visit
Set aside around 1 hour for your complete eye examination. Children’s exams are usually quicker than adults and take about 15-30 minutes. We may need to use eye drops during your exam, some of those drops can affect your vision and ability to drive for a few hours. We also use several instruments that may involve flashing and bright lights, during your exam.
After your Visit
If you were dilated during your exam, your eyes may be sensitive to light and may be a bit fuzzy for 2-6 hours. If you experience severe eye pain after a dilation, please call us or seek emergency care ASAP.
If you have any questions, or are struggling with your new glasses, please call us so we can help!
Frequently asked questions
How often should I get my eyes checked?
This depends on your age, ocular conditions, and medical conditions. Your doctor will let you know what is recommended for you after your eye exam.
Some general guidelines are as follows:
- Children should have their first eye exam at 6 months old and annually after that.
- Adults aged 19-64 should have an eye exam at least every 2 years.
- Seniors 65+ should have their eyes checked yearly.
I notice I need readers now, why is that?
If you are in your forties, you may have noticed a change in your ability to read. Adults typically start losing the ability to focus up close around this time. This is a normal part of aging called “presbyopia”. If you are experiencing changes in your vision, please make an appointment with your eye doctor.
When is it time for my child’s first eye exam?
It is recommended that kids have their first eye exam around 6 months.
Do you sell Rx sunglasses?
Yes, we sell prescription and non-prescription sunglasses.
How does diabetes affect my eyesight?
Diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness in North America. Diabetes can affect all parts of the eye and can cause changes in refractive error, cataracts, retinopathy, glaucoma, and even nerve palsies. It is recommended that diabetics have an annual dilated eye exam to watch for complications related to diabetes.