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Adult Comprehensive Eye Health and Vision Exams

An eye exam is more than just reading letters off an eye chart – it is a complete, comprehensive exam and detailed examination of your visual ability, vision, and eye health.

Your eye examination at our clinic will include:

  • A review of your health and vision history
  • Visual acuity examination
  • Ocular motility examination
  • Refraction (test for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia)
  • Measurement of eye pressure
  • Eye health examination
  • Retinal imaging

Early intervention gives a person the best possible chance of maintaining good vision. A comprehensive eye examination not only reveals the health of your eyes, but can also be an indicator of your overall health.

In Nova Scotia, MSI will cover the cost of an eye examination every two years for patients 65 years of age and over.

Often employment insurance benefits cover the cost of one eye examination every two years.


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Child Comprehensive Eye Health and Vision Exams

A common misconception is that children need to be able to read in order to have their eyes checked. In fact, we recommend that your child have their first eye examination at the age of 6 months. Your child’s vision is essential in developing skills such as reading, writing, hand-eye coordination, and social skills. In fact, more than 80% of learning is done through the eyes and one in six children has a vision problem significant enough to affect their learning. Children with poor vision may be misdiagnosed as having a learning or behavioural disability.

An eye examination of your child will include:

  • A review of your child’s health and vision history
  • Tests for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, colour vision, amblyopia (lazy eye), crossed eyes, eye coordination, depth perception, and focusing ability
  • An eye health examination

If your child is experiencing trouble with reading, spelling, handwriting, headaches, blurred vision, fatigue, and near work avoidance, this may be an indication of binocular vision or visual processing dysfunction and your optometrist may recommend vision therapy.

In Nova Scotia, children’s eye examinations are covered by MSI until 10 years of age.


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Emergency Eye Care

Are you experiencing painful or red eyes? Have you suddenly lost a portion of your vision? Are you noticing a sudden increase in floaters?

If you can’t wait for your regular eye exam, contact us immediately. At Valley Family Optometry, these types of eye problems are given special consideration and every effort will be made to see you on an urgent basis on the day of your call. In Nova Scotia, MSI will cover the cost of most emergency eye care examinations.


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Dry Eye Clinic

There are several different causes and types of Dry Eye Syndrome. All of these causes result in either a decrease in tear production and/or an increase in tear evaporation. A Dry Eye Assessment is a separate evaluation from an Eye Health Examination. During a Dry Eye Assessment the Doctor will review with you in detail what your specific symptoms and concerns are and administer a variety of different diagnostic tests to determine what form of dry eye you may have and what specific treatment plan is best suited to you.

We are excited to now offer BlephEx®treatments to many of our dry eye patients that also suffer from blepharitis.  BlephEx® is a new, in-office procedure that allows your doctor to take an active role in treating blepharitis. BlephEx® removes scurf, biofilm and bacterial exotoxins, the main causes of inflammatory lid disease, thereby improving the health of the eyelid.