Why use an Optometrist?

October 10, 2014

There are many sources to buy eyewear nowadays – from corner stores to sites online.   So, if your employees know their prescriptions, do they really need an Optometrist?

Yes they do.  Here’s why.

  1. Eyes tell more than just vision. Optometrists are eye doctors who have earned the Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree, and examine eyes for both vision and health problems.    Health problems commonly detectable in eye examinations include:
  • Diabetes
  • Glaucoma
  • Retinal detachment
  • Eye infections
  • Pre-existing Eye injuries
  • Inflammation

These irregularities can be early detectors of serious problems that may lead to blindness.  At the same time, these may not immediately affect vision.  This is why non-medical vision tests (as opposed to thorough eye examinations) are a misleading way to make patients feel that they have had their “eyes checked”.

  1. Expert Selection. While it might be tempting to order an inexpensive pair of glasses online, you might be surprised to find out that online vendors of safety glasses may not be aware of whether or not their products are CSA or ANSI approved.     Or, you might erroneously receive safety frames without safety lenses, or without the right coatings to protect from possible impacts in your workplace.
  1. Expert Fitting. When you or your employees visit an optometrist to try on various styles, you’ll actually know whether the frames fit closely enough to protect to your eyes, how they look, and what kind of peripheral vision you’ll have.  When the finished glasses arrive, you’ll be tested to ensure the lenses are properly seated in the frames for best vision, and get them adjusted to ensure they are straight.

For more information on Optometry services in Alberta, visit the Alberta Association of Optometrists website.

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