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How much is an eye exam ?

Depending on the province you're live in, prices might vary.  To know more click here.This said, an adult eye exam includes the visual field, digital retinal imaging, a  1 hour consultation with the optometrist and the optician. During The IRIS Profile we will review your history, your activities and daily use, your personality and your budget in order to make sure you Experience Better Vision.  Please note that fees may vary if the optometrist needs to do more tests.

My eyes are often irritated and dry, what can I do to help?

If your eyes are dry, there are many treatments we can recommend. The first and best long-term treatment is the daily intake of 1-3 grams of triglyceride, a form of omega 3. My recommended product of choice is Dry Eye Omega Benefit from the company PRN. This product is available to order at all IRIS stores. The second recommended treatment is the daily use of good lubricant drops like Blink Gel, or Systane Balance at least 4 times a day. Also, sometimes a steroid drop or Restasis needs to be prescribed. If you have been struggling for a while and your doctor does not seem to be able to resolve your problems, we suggest you book an eye health and vision examination with an IRIS Optometrist.

 
What is the difference between an Optician, Optometrist and an Ophthalmologist?

Who is an Optometrist?

Optometrists are healthcare professionals who provide primary vision care including vision testing and correction. They are trained to detect certain eye diseases and evidence of systemic abnormalities. Optometrists refer to other medical specialties for treatment and co-management. In Canada, optometrists hold a Doctorate of Optometry degree and are licensed by the regulatory colleges in the provinces they wish to practice.

 

Who is an Ophthalmologist?

Ophthalmologists perform eye surgeries and treat systemic diseases. They are medical doctors and have completed 4 years of medical school, 4 to 5 years of Ophthalmology residency, and often 1 to 2 years of fellowship in an ophthalmological sub-specialty. Optometrists and Ophthalmologists often work together in the treatment and management of patients with various eye conditions.

Who is an Optician?

Opticians are eyecare professionals who have been educated to specialize in dispensing eyewear, contact lenses and related eyecare services. They understand the technical aspects of optics, types of lenses and coatings to maximize the optical quality of your vision. In addition, opticians have the experience and knowledge to help you select frame styles to match your face shape. Some Opticians are also contact lens fitters that can measure eye shape, evaluate the contact lens fit and assess the comfort and vision of the lenses. All IRIS Opticians are licensed by the regulatory colleges in the province they wish to practice.

Is it true that the number one cause for cataracts is sun damage? Or is it also hereditary?

Here are the risk factors for cataracts: Age, medications (steroids over time increase the risk of posterior sub capsular cataracts), UV light exposure (the sun), family history, and diets that are excessively high in sugar and refined carbohydrates. To prevent cataracts or their progression, you can wear high quality sunglasses, with UV 400 and a selective blue filter. This will also improve your vision outdoors and in the car while protecting your eyes from cataracts, macular degeneration, eyelid skin cancer and pterygium. Your diet is also important. Antioxidants, such as vitamins A, C and E, lutein and zeaxanthin show preventive effects for cataracts and other eye diseases. Enjoy foods high in these nutrients daily: spinach, kale, orange peppers, orange vegetables like carrots and yams.

When should a child have their first eye exam?

A child's first eye health and vision exam should be at 6 months of age and then on an annual basis thereafter. The first 6 years of life are the most crucial to long-term eye health and vision. Many eye conditions that are diagnosed before age 6 can be easily treated and depending on the condition, prevent permanent vision loss.

What to expect from a qualified eye examination?

At IRIS, a Doctor of Optometry provides an eye examination. Your examination will take between 30 and 45 minutes. The doctor will ask what your daily visual demands are, review your eye health history, and any diseases such as glaucoma or diabetes that may run in your family. The doctor carries out a series of tests to determine your visual acuity, and the lens powers necessary to correct your vision if required. The doctor will make sure that your eyes are working and functioning together at their highest level of efficiency. During your complete eye health and vision examination, the doctor will be testing your eyes for signs of disease including: glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer and high cholesterol. Eye exam technologies such as visual field testing and retinal digital imaging are useful tools in detecting eye disease early and can help prevent vision loss. Annual eye health and vision examinations are important.

My eyeglasses are only 2 years old and they work pretty well, why would I want to consider new glasses?

Wearing glasses should be based on achieving the best possible vision while considering the characteristics and condition of your current lenses and frame. Changes to your vision can occur gradually and what you perceive as good vision may not be. Technology of glasses/lenses evolves quickly and there may be new products available to improve your vision:

  • Spend extended time on a computer? There are lens designs that reduce fatigue of the eyes.
  • Wear progressive lenses? New designs can enhance your vision by reducing distortion.
  • Thinner, lighter weight lenses can increase comfort.
  • New coatings repel dirt and oil, keeping the lens clearer, longer.

An IRIS doctor of Optometry and their team will work with you to determine if your current lenses are functioning fully and provide you with options so you can experience better vision.

How often should I have an eye exam? Can I expect my eyes to change a lot?

IRIS recommends annual eye exams to ensure eye health and great vision. Changes to your eyes and vision can occur throughout your life for a variety of reasons. During regular eye examinations the Optometrist can monitor these changes and provide you with a treatment plan that will keep your eyes healthy and operating at their optimum level.

My eyes get tired and sometime blur when using my computer. What can I do?

Task specific lenses by Nikon or Zeiss reduce the stress on your focusing muscles when doing computer work. This is especially important if you spend hours a day on a computer and/or desk work. IRIS has various lifestyle lenses to help your evolving visual needs. A tip for making your eyes more comfortable when doing any extended focus task is to take a break every 20 minutes. Relax your focus for 20 seconds by looking at an object at least 20 feet away.

What is the price of laser surgery in Quebec?

The IRIS Ophthalmology Clinic located in Laval offers various surgical techniques to correct your vision as your prescription, your age and eye health, as well as according to your daily needs and activities. The cost of surgery depends on the type of procedure to be recommended to you by our vision professionals.

 The IRIS Ophthalmology Clinic offers the vision correction laser by Ultralasik technique to $ 3,490 for both eyes. payment options are possible byAccord D financing from Desjardins, no fees or interest for 12 months or up to 60 months with interest.

For presbyopic patients, the Laser Blended Vision technology with Ultralasik is offered at $ 4,990 for both eyes and the same financing options apply. The Ophthalmology Clinic IRIS also offers phacoréfractive surgery, which is to replace the lens with an intraocular lens, either as part of a cataract surgery or whether a clear lens surgery without cataract.

Depending on the required lens, prices vary, or $ 2,990 per eye for a monofocal lens providing a clear vision at a distance, usually from a distance, or $ 3,990 per eye for a multifocal lens for autonomy without glasses away as closely. Toric lenses are sometimes necessary for strong astigmatism, to $ 3,490 per eye for a toric lens monofocal and $ 4,590 per eye for a toric multifocal. Financing options also apply for phacoréfractive surgery.

All prices are subject to change without notice.

Visit coi.iris.ca for details on the IRIS Ophthalmology Clinic or to learn more about the type of surgery that might suit you. Make an appointment with an optometrist IRIS whether you are a candidate for vision surgery. Your professional IRIS undertake to advise you and answer your questions about vision surgery.

 

Is there special testing you do for diabetic patients?

Yes, at IRIS we dilate the eyes to have a better view of the retina. With diabetic patients we might find bleeding and reduced vision. It is also important to have high resolution digital retinal imaging in order to have a better view of your retina and to better monitor your condition on a yearly basis. Make sure you bring a list of medications and/or a letter from your doctor, that way, we can send your doctor a report every time you visit us.

 
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