Sooke Eyecare

Eyecare Services

SOOKE EYECARE

EYECARE SERVICES

Eye Conditions and Disease

Your Doctor of Optometry is able to treat and manage a variety of ocular diseases and conditions for all ranges, including but not limited to strabismus and amblyopia, glaucoma, cataracts, uveitis, conjunctivitis, retinal disease, and corneal dystrophies.  Our Doctors will work closely with you and your team of doctors to provide you with the best care possible.  

Presbyopia

As we age our eyes change, Presbyopia is when you lose the ability to clearly see objects or reading material.  Corrective eyewear is a great solution for this condition.

Dry Eyes

This is when your eyes can’t make enough good quality tears, your eyes may well like they have something in them or a burning sensation.

Cataracts

These are cloudy areas that appear on your eye lens, this affects the amount of light that can reach the retina, hence limiting your vision.  If you have these symptoms, please make an eye appointment, so we can access your vision. 

Glaucoma

This is when the pressure in your eye is too high and can have adverse affects on the optic nerve.  Treatment can include prescription eye drops or surgery. 

Retinal Disorders

The retina is the thin coating on the back of the eye made up of cells that transmit images to the brain. 
There are different types:
Diabetic Retinopathy  – Macular Degeneration – Retinal Detachment. 

Keep your eyes healthy and your vision clear with regular eye exams

Eye exams aren’t just for glasses and contacts.  During your comprehensive eye exam, our doctors will not only assess your vision, but also your ocular health using the latest technology.  A routine eye exam can detect ocular disease, like glaucoma, and diseases of the body, like diabetes and multiple sclerosis.  Early detection is key when it comes to the eyes, as many eye conditions will go unnoticed until it’s too late.  In general, it is recommended that kids have yearly eye exams starting at 6 months and adults have eye exams every 1-2 years depending on age, medical status, and eye conditions.

Your comprehensive eye exam will include:

A visual assessment along with a spectacle prescription if you need one
An ocular health assessment of the entire eye from cornea to retina, also including a glaucoma screening
A consultation about vision correction options (ie: glasses)
You may be dilated during your exam, please arrange a ride from our office.
A contact lens prescription is not included in a comprehensive exam.  If you are a contact lens wearer, you will need additional testing and time during your exam.  Please inform a staff member when making or confirming your appointment to ensure that we will be able to help with your contact lenses.

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.

Eye Emergency

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