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Edmonton, AB
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Eye Exam

An Essential Part of Optical Wellness

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Eye Health Exams with Dr. Bassam Hamdan

Not All Eye Exams are Equal

Thank you for considering Apex Vision for your eye exam. Not all eye exams are equal in their thoroughness of examining overall eye health. At Apex Vision in Callingwood, we perform a detailed, comprehensive examination with the latest in eye care technology while giving patients a thorough explanation of our findings and recommendations for your best vision.

What to Expect During Your Eye Exam

Your eye exam will include several steps that test for peripheral vision (side vision), eye coordination, close and far focusing abilities, depth perception, color vision and binocular vision (how well your eyes work together). One of the most important parts of the exam is when the eye doctor looks for any signs of early eye disease or eye health concerns. As many eye diseases and systemic diseases are silent (without symptoms) until irreversible damage has occurred, it is imperative to have consistent, ongoing scheduled eye exams. Many patients are unaware that an optometrist can see a very thorough overview of your eye health and some related health conditions during a regular eye exam.

Is My Exam Covered by Insurance?

Insurance coverage depends on age and medical conditions. Our reception staff can answer any of your questions regarding insurance. We direct bill your insurance when possible which our reception staff will assist you in organizing. Our staff will also provide you with any receipts you might need.

We are Family Friendly

Our eyecare office looks after all ages and eye conditions. Our vast expertise allows us to see children to seniors so book the entire family for annual eye exams.

Important Information to Know

How often should I get an eye exam?

It is recommended to have your eyes checked at least every 12 – 24 months to maintain optimum eye health and vision as well as to catch anything that could have developed since your last visit. Your vision is your most utilized sense that you rely on every day in almost every activity. Keep your vision at its best and schedule a regular eye exam.

If I just want eyeglasses do I need a full eye exam?

The answer to that is generally, yes. Unless it has been less than a year since you had a comprehensive eye exam then you will need to schedule an appointment for a full check up. Changes to eye health and vision can happen within a 12 month period so before investing in a new pair of prescription eyeglasses it is important to ensure you have an update to visual record.

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Next Steps

Our Comprehensive Two Stage Process

The eye exam is performed in two parts, first being administered by a Pre-Test Technician (Optometric Assistant) and second by the Optometrist.

Pre-Exam
  • A digital retinal scan of the back of the eye which can detect early signs of eye disease such as macular degeneration, and cataracts as well as signs of diabetes, a detached retina or retinal holes, optic nerve health and overall retinal tissue health.
  • Vision Fields which test side vision (peripheral) and can help identify macular degeneration, one of the leading causes of blindness in adult Canadians.
  • Auto Refraction which measures the curvature of the eye and gives an estimated prescription reading which the Eye Doctor will verify.
  • NCT or Non-Contact Tonometer which measures the pressure of your eye, an important test for identifying signs of Glaucoma.
Eye Exam
  • An overall examination of eye health including a second view of the front surface and back of the eye.
  • A vision test to verify prescription including visual clarity and visual preference.
  • A review of the digital retinal scan to determine any concerns.
  • A comparison of year over year vision results if applicable.
  • A thorough explanation of the findings and vision recommendations.
How Long Does the Exam Take?

Our eye examinations take approximately 30 – 60 minutes and are available at our Callingwood location. A certified and experienced optometrist will conduct the exam once one of our professionally trained eye care staff has completed the preliminary tests.