The Eye Exam

Dr. Bassi takes the time to ensure that you get a thorough eye exam. She recommends you get your eyes checked at least every year for early detection of any potential problems and eye disease. The exam consists of the following:

History

Dr. Bassi will ask you about any vision problems that you are experiencing, your personal and family eye and health history, your medications, and any special visual demands of your occupation or hobbies.

Visual Acuity

Checks your level of vision with an eye chart.

Binocular Vision

Determines how well your eyes work together in coordinated movement.

Refraction

Determines the prescription that will give you the best possible vision.

Ocular Health

This is a painless examination that checks the external and internal structures of your eye. It also checks for signs of ocular conditions as well as chronic conditions that may affect your eyes.

Diagnosis & Treatment

After the examination, Dr. Bassi will inform you of the status of your vision and ocular health. She will determine a treatment plan and discuss the various options available. Referral to other health care providers will be made when necessary.


Children

It is recommended that your child’s eyes be examined at 6 months, 3 years and every year after that to reduce potential learning and behavioral problems. Studies have shown about 80% of our learning is visual so many children become misdiagnosed as having behavioral disorders when in fact it is due to decreased visual function. Also, if your child does not get the proper treatment in time, it can lead to a permanent reduction of vision so it is very important for them to have their eyes assessed. Schools sometimes do vision screenings but they are inadequate for detecting eye disease and other eye disorders.

Dr. Bassi starts assessing kids at the age of 3 years old which is covered by OHIP once every year until the age of 19.

Adults/Seniors

Just like the rest of the body, the eyes continuously change as we age. Therefore, it is important to keep monitoring for certain eye diseases such as glaucoma (damage to the optic nerve which decreases peripheral vision), cataracts (clouding of the lenses in our eyes) and macular degeneration (damage to the macula which decreases central vision) throughout your adult life. Once we reach our 40’s we start needing more assistance with reading so we go from single vision to bifocals or progressives lenses.

Ages 65 and older are covered by OHIP once a year and ages 20 to 64 are covered through most private health insurances. However, if you have certain health or ocular conditions like diabetes or glaucoma, or on social assistance, the exam will be covered by OHIP. If you would like more information regarding coverage, please contact our office.