People’s sight can change over the years, and someone who had great eyesight as a child might one day find themselves not having such great eyesight as an adult. These changes are usually gradual — if they are sudden, the person needs to see an ophthalmologist, not an optometrist — and thus they are not readily noticed until the person suddenly realizes he or she is having trouble seeing something. However, if he or she has not had vision problems in the past, it is likely that the person does not know of a good optometrist. Luckily finding an optometrist in Toronto is easy because there are so many of them. Obvious ways to find a good optometrist in Toronto include asking friends, but another way is to ask the family doctor who he or she goes to if the doctor wears glasses or contacts. Some doctors do not like to give recommendations for legal reasons, but just asking who they go to is not asking for a recommendation, really; it’s just asking for a factual answer. Going to an optometrist in Toronto for the first time will not require much; some will need appointments set up, while others, like those in shopping malls, may take walk-ins. Patients who currently wear glasses should bring them and all pairs they wear to the optometrist because these will give the optometrist an idea of what the tests will reveal and how much the patient’s sight has changed since getting the glasses. Getting vision tests at an optometrist in Toronto involves more than just reading that little eye chart on a wall. There is the eye chart, plus tests to look for glaucoma and eye fatigue. The patient will also undergo a series of tests involving comparing two different lenses to help pinpoint which might be a better fit.
The eye fatigue test often involves being shown two items projected on a wall and having to “move” them so only one is seen. Eye fatigue often occurs when someone has spent too much time staring at a computer, for example, and as a result, the optometrist will usually prescribe computer glasses that are supposed to be used any time the patient reads anything close up, even if it is a paper book and not a computer screen. The glasses do not take the place of general good eye care, such as looking away from a computer screen once in a while, though. Eye fatigue can be healed, but the patient needs to do his or her best to take care of his or her eyes afterward to prevent them from getting fatigued again, especially if the person’s work requires them to look at a computer for many hours in a row.
Another common test at an optometrist in Toronto is a test to see how the patient’s retinas are doing and to look for signs of detachment. This is usually done at the end, with the patient getting eyedrops that cause the irises to dilate. This lets the optometrist look at the back of the inside of the eye at the retina to see if there are signs of injury. The test is painless — really the only feeling is that of the eyedrops dropping onto the eye — but the eyes remain dilated for a while afterward. This makes driving impossible and means the person has to shade his or her eyes from the sun and from bright lights until the eyes return to normal. While the optometrist should have special eye shades on hand, these look very odd and can make a person feel very self-conscious. Plus, the time spent being unable to see clearly can cut into the person’s day and make it tough for them to leave if they do not have anyone to drive them anywhere. People who are concerned about this test need to speak to the optometrist first about these issues.