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Children and seniors are generally covered by the government but the coverage depends on the province. An adult eye exam is around $120 including the visual field, digital retinal imaging, a 30 minute consultation with the doctor 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. For more information, please visit our eye health and vision examination section.

Dr. Barbara Pelletier
IRIS Optometrist

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 form of omega 3. My recommended product of choice is the Dry Eye Omega Benefit from the company PRN. This product is available at all IRIS stores for order. 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 would suggest to book an eye health and vision examination with an IRIS Optometrist.

Dr. Christian Nanini
IRIS Optometrist

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 you 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 those nutrients daily: spinach, kale, orange peppers, orange vegetables like carrots and yams.

Dr. Barbara Pelletier
IRIS Optometrist

Yes, for diabetic patients, we dilate the eyes to have a better view of the retina. In diabetic patients we might find bleeding and reduced vision. It is also important to have a 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 medication and/or a letter from your doctor, that way, we will send your doctor a report every time you visit us.

Dr. Christian Nanini
IRIS Optometrist


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