In Ontario, the Association of Optometrists recommends annual eye examinations for patients of all ages. However, regular visits to the optometrist should depend entirely on a patient’s personal medical condition. Clearly, patients suffering from diseases like diabetes, glaucoma or macular degeneration would require more frequent visits. As for younger children, those without vision challenges should have their eyes checked from the age of three.
With regard to health coverage, the Ontario Ministry of Health (OHIP) covers eye exams based on patient age: children up to age 19 are fully covered for one eye examination a year; seniors 65 years of age and older have the same coverage; and adults aged 20 to 64 are covered only if they present with certain medical conditions. Private practice optometry fees vary depending on the kind of medical services that are required.
In Woodbridge, Dr. Brian Abrams operates his eye care clinic with an accomplished staff of professionals who deliver a variety of eye care services for the whole family: eye exams for children, adults and seniors; exams and assessments for contact lenses; treatment for various eye diseases; and emergency eye care services. In addition, the on-site Optical Boutique offers a vast selection of frames, lenses and contact lenses.
When shopping for prescription lenses, choosing the right lens is probably the most important step when selecting eyewear. Dr. Abrams starts with a comprehensive eye exam to identify a patient’s visual needs. He continues with his “lifestyle prescribing” process, which considers the patient’s occupation and lifestyle, and determines the best lens design and coating for the individual. Most important is for the patient to see clearly and feel comfortable.
Dr. Abrams’ on-site Optical Boutique showcases quality-crafted frames from many of the most respected designers and suppliers. Patients can choose eyewear from the top designers in the world, including Tom Ford, Tiffany, Fendi, Gucci and Giorgio Armani. All frames come with a two-year unlimited warranty. Patients in Vaughan, Thornhill, and Maple, can find their perfect frames at the clinic in Woodbridge, where knowledgeable staff offer personal assistance.
When it comes to contact lenses, Dr. Abrams evaluates each patient’s suitability – it’s because contact lenses are not for every person. At the clinic, staff takes the necessary time to explain the options available, and to make viable recommendations based on a patient’s exam results and lifestyle. Care and attention is part of the process, since comfort and fit are critical for long-term satisfaction. Annual check-ups are recommended to ensure that all is well.
Doctors of Optometry diagnose and treat various diseases and disorders of the eye. They use high-tech, computerized instruments to evaluate eye health and diagnose problems. And with their expertise and experience, they determine the proper testing approach for each patient. Where eye surgery is recommended, Dr. Abrams works with ophthalmic surgeons and eye specialists at all major hospitals in Toronto, and routinely refers patients for eye procedures.
When visiting the optometrist, patients receive the highest quality eye care available. And for optometrists like Dr. Brian Abrams, there is nothing more important than patient health.