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Adult Comprehensive Eye Exam

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What to Expect

A comprehensive adult eye examination may include, but is not limited to the following tests:

  • Analysis of the patient’s individual visual needs at home, work, school and social environment to accurately determine the patient’s visual demands and appropriate recommendation for preventative care.
  • Diagnosis of the refractive status or prescription (focusing power of the eye)
  • Binocular vision assessment (ability to see using both eyes together)
  • Assessment of the health of the eye from external and internal (a dilated eye examination may be indicated)
  • Neurological assessment of the visual system
  • Eye pressure testing

Additional ocular testing may be needed based on the results of the previous tests to confirm or rule out possible underlying issues, to clarify uncertain findings, or to provide a more in depth assessment. These can include, but are not limited to tests such as retinal photography, gonioscopy, corneal topography, optic nerve or macular scans (advance OCT), automated visual field testing. For more information click here.


The Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO) recommends a dilated eye exam once every two years for adults (20-64 yrs old). Your ethnic background. People of certain ethnic backgrounds are at increased risk of some eye diseases.

After the dilation drops are administered your vision may be slightly blurry, and you will experience increased light sensitivity. For adults, sensitivity to light does not last long compared to children. Patients with light coloured eyes are also more sensitive than those with dark eyes. Typically, vision is back to normal within an hour.

There is no specific period of time that a person must wait before driving after having their eyes dilated; the decision to drive after an eye exam is a personal choice. Many patients do drive themselves after having their eyes dilated, but it is important to remember that one may be light sensitive and blurry. We recommend patients to wear dark sunglasses while driving or arrange for a ride as safety is a priority.

If you’re over the age of 65, or under the age of 20, OHIP will pay for you to have an eye exam once a year. If you’re receiving benefits from Ontario Works, Family Benefits or the Ontario Disability Support Programs, you likely qualify to have your regular eye exam paid for by that agency once every two years. Be sure to contact them for full details about how to get the coverage you’re entitled to.

We accept direct billing for most common insurance companies, please visit the insurance page for more details.

Dr. Vivian Zhang
B.S., OD.
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