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Eyecare Services

Comprehensive Eye Exams


At Cadboro Bay Optometry, we know that proactive eye care is the best way to protect your precious gift of sight. Just like having your teeth cleaned helps prevent damage and loss, having an annual check-up on your eye health is the best practice to maintain or improve your quality of vision. An Optometry exam is more than just a vision check. Using state of the art instruments, a health examination by an Optometrist can help keep you seeing well, identify early warning signs and even predict the future of your vision.

We check :

  • Retinal health using specialized imaging
  • Ocular Pressure and glaucoma risk assessment or tracking
  • Eye surface (cornea) health and shape for contact lens wear if needed
  • Lids and lashes assessment to check for signs of damage or debris
  • Health and functionality of all internal parts of the eye from front to back
  • Teaming and tracking of the eye muscles for binocular vision
  • Focusing ability at all ranges

Did you know that not every product on the market will give you the same clarity or comfort, even when made using your prescription?

As part of our care, we will ensure that you understand the various ways to fill your prescription, and how to match products to your particular needs. Ask us about how we can customize your eyeglasses or contact lenses to suit your work, hobby, sport, or craft.

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We are very proud to be one of the very few optometrists in Victoria who offers Home Visits Eye Exams to persons living in Care Homes, or persons living in their own homes but cannot come to our clinic for mobility reasons.
The caregivers, POA's or social workers may contact us to arrange the next Home Visit for their loved ones or their residents. If the person is under low-income assistance or PWD, we are willing to help with the necessary paperwork.

FREQUENCY OF EYE EXAMINATIONS – GUIDELINE


We frequently get asked when should I see an Optometrist? Since many ocular diseases have no symptoms until permanent vision damage has occurred, we encourage proactive visits.


We recommend that all of our patients come for an annual eye exam as part of their overall health care. A “wellness check” is a great way to ensure that there isn’t anything changing in your eye that could eventually lead to sight stealing issues.


Dr Amanda Weinerman encourages parents to bring their children in around 6 months of age and annually until they finish school. This ensures that nothing visual is holding back your child from their personal best performance at school.

Of course, some eye diseases like Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), Cataracts, Glaucoma or health conditions like diabetes, hypertension, cancer and taking certain medications require more frequent visits. At your eye exam, your Optometrist will personalize a visit schedule for you.

The Canadian Optometry Association has created this age based minimum frequency for guidance.


Infants and Toddlers (Birth to 24 months) Infants and toddlers should undergo their first eye examination between the ages of 6 and 9 months
Preschool Children (2 to 5 years) Preschool children should undergo at least one eye examination between the ages of 2 and 5 years
School Age Children (6 to 19 years) School children aged 6 to 19 years should undergo an eye examination annually
Adults (20 to 39 years) Adults aged 20 to 39 years should undergo an eye examination every 2 to 3 years.
Adults (40 to 64 years) Adults aged 40 to 64 years should undergo an eye examination every 2 years.
Adults (65 years or older) Adults aged 65 years or older should undergo an eye examination annually
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Urgent Eye Care

Eye Injury

What is any eye emergency?


We keep emergency spots in the schedule for you if you have a foreign body in the eye, eye trauma or recent and sudden change in vision. These are not to be used for second opinions, repeat Rx's or non urgent dry or itchy eyes, hayfever or cataracts. If you are not sure if your eye condition requires urgent attention please speak with our staff members.


What will happen during the examination?


  • Do not drive yourself
  • Remove all contact lenses for the appointment and bring spare glasses and sunglasses.
  • You will be asked to fill out history forms and present your care card.
  • It is helpful to bring a pharmacy print out list of your medications.
  • If you have already started taking some treatments please bring these with you.

Coverage

Please contact our clinic in advance of your appointment if you have questions about fees or your personal coverage. We suggest that you contact your private insurance company to confirm your coverage details and bring your insurance card to the appointment.

We can now bill many insurance plans. Please contact us for details!

BC Medical Services Plan (MSP)


  • 0 – 18 years: MSP covers an annual eye exam

  • 19 – 64 years: No routine coverage. MSP offers partial coverage only for minor eye exams if a regular follow-up is needed for certain health issues.

  • Adults over 65: MSP offers partial eye exam coverage annually

First Nations adults will have partial coverage for eye exams and eye wear through either First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) or Inter Tribal Health Authority (ITHA) according to their band affiliation and upon presentation of the status card. It is recommended to book your appointment in advance to allow time for coverage confirmation.

For adults aged between 19 and 64 who are on income assistance or disability, the Ministry of Human Resources (MHR) offers coverage for eye exams and partial coverage for eye wear every 2 years. It is recommended to book your appointment in advance to allow time for coverage confirmation.

For RCMP, Aviation and members of National Defense, let us know your specific affiliation at the time of booking and please remember to bring your forms with you.

Eyecare for children


Surprisingly, children are so adaptable that even loving caregivers often don’t notice any signs of vision issues while they are developing. Unfortunately that can mean that children are not able to see the way that they need to for their personal best performance in social, physical and educational activities. Our goal is to help you understand your child’s visual needs and implement any corrective measures in ways that optimize your child’s vision short and long term.

Dr Amanda Weinerman encourages parents to bring their children in around 6 months of age and annually until they finish school.


Did you know that


  • 80% of a child’s learning is based on vision
  • 1 in 5 children have a vision problem
  • 1 in 6 school-aged children experience learning difficulties which are a result of unknown or uncorrected vision conditions
  • Correction of Strabismus is most effective when diagnosed and treated before the age of 2
  • Motor skills among children 3-5 improved significantly after appropriate eyewear is prescribed and worn
  • Teaming and tracking of the eye muscles for binocular vision
  • Focusing ability at all ranges

Source: BC Association of Optometry, Archives of Ophthalmology, allaboutvision.com


Cadboro Bay Optometry is a proud participant in the Eye See... Eye Learn program!

EYE SEE... EYE LEARN

Eye See … Eye Learn® Is A Children’s Vision Program Roviding Kindergarten Children With Comprehensive Eye Exams And, If Needed, One Pair Of Free Eyeglasses Provided Courtesy Of Your Association And Its Corporate Partners, Essilor Vision Foundation, OGI Eyewear, And 20/20 Accessory Source Ltd.

Dr. Amanda Weinerman, BC Doctors Of Optometry And School District 61 Have Come Together To Protect The Vision Of Your Kindergarten Children!

Dry Eyes : Meimbomian Gland Photography


Dry Eyes
  • Do your eyes water easily?

  • Are your eyes feeling itchy or gritty?

  • Do you have a burning sensation in your eyes?

  • Do you spend more than 5 hours a day in front of a screen (computer, tv, phone, tablet)?


If you answered YES to one of these questions, it may be time to get your eyes assessed.


We are now offering the newest technology for lid pathology and dry eye issues. We have dedicated care using an innovative camera called the Meibox.

We are one of the very few clinics offering this service in Victoria.


  • Artificial Tears


    Artificial tears may be recommended to provide temporary relief for dry eye symptoms.

  • Prescription Treatments


    There are prescription treatments for Dry Eye Disease that you may not yet know about.

  • Changes To Your Diet


    Did you know that foods like fish and flaxseed may help with dry eyes as they contain Omega-3 fatty acids.

  • Devices And Procedures


    Devices and procedures may be suggested for some cases of Dry Eye Disease.


Tips to Help Manage Dry Eye Symptoms

  • Get Enough Sleep

  • Wear sunglasses to block the sun and wind

  • Put your phone away... for a bit

  • Sit at least 25 inches away from your screen

  • Don't over-wear contacts

  • Use a humidifier in your bedroom or house

  • Decrease your monitor brightness

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