Dr. Brown & Associates - Optometrists
Innovative Vision Care in Saint John, NB
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Professional Eye Examinations
 
The doctors of our office will perform an extensive examination which includes vision testing and a thorough assessment of your eye health and coordination.


Testing of your visual status with your present glasses, your contact lenses, and your uncorrected eyes is the first important step in your examination. Then, using advanced equipment, a series of lens tests (a refraction) is performed to determine if you need a new correction to improve your vision. By helping you see your best, we can enhance your academic, occupational, or recreational performance.


All complete examinations include an eye health assessment with various instruments including an ophthalmoscope and biomicroscope. These instruments allow the doctor to examine the internal structures of the eye. In addition to checking for cataracts and glaucoma, many systemic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes have signs that can be detected by a thorough examination of the eyes.  


Detection and monitoring of eye health problems is now made easier and more comprehensive with the Optomap Retinal Imaging System.  The Optomap captures a 200 degree wide image of the retina that can be analysed by the doctors to provide state-of-the-art health evaluation.


We also perform a painless procedure called tonometry to measure the pressure inside your eye or intraocular pressure (IOP). This common test is important in the detection of glaucoma.


The most important thing you can do to preserve your eyesight is to visit your eye doctor for regular checkups. Like the rest of the body, your eyes change gradually as you age. However, unlike the rest of the body, the eyes rarely hurt if something is wrong. We will advise you when it is time to be re-examined. So, don't rely on broken glasses or dirty contact lenses to remind you of your next appointment. Follow the advice of experts and have your eyes examined on a regular basis.


The minimum frequency of examination for those at low risk is:
- Preschool (birth to 5 yrs): At age 3 and prior to school entry
- School Age (6 to 19): Every one to two years
- Adult (20 to 64); Every two years
- Older Adults (65 to 69): Every one to two years
-Seniors (70 and older): Annually


If there is a health concern you may be advised to seek regular care at shorter intervals (ie: diabetics are advised to have a yearly dilated examination).