Having your eyes checked regularly by an optometrist or ophthalmologist is the best way to look after your eye health. There is a common misconception that you only need an eye exam when you feel your vision is worsening, but that’s not true. Good vision does not necessarily mean healthy eyes!
Dr. Charn Toor at Opal Optometry will perform a comprehensive eye examination to ensure you see clearly, have an accurate prescription, healthy eyes, the right tools, and an action plan tailored to your needs. He won’t rush you through your appointment and is happy to answer all your questions.
Your eyes change gradually from year to year. Even if you don’t need glasses or contact lenses, regular eye exams are still an important part of your preventative health regimen. Eye exams check for medical conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol, cataracts, and macular degeneration.
It is possible for patients with 20/20 vision to show early signs of glaucoma, a silent condition with no initial symptoms where high fluid pressure can lead to vision loss and blindness. Early detection and treatment is key.
If you suffer from any medical conditions, such as diabetes, your eye exams are covered by your BC CareCard on a yearly basis. Healthy adults between the ages of 19 and 64 should have a comprehensive eye exam - not just a vision test - at least every two years. The fee to see Dr. Toor is only $100.
It’s best for young children to have their first eye exam when they are between 6 and 9 months of age to ensure their eyes are healthy, eye muscle movements and alignment are developing properly, and their eyes are focusing together. Early issues can include crossed eyes (strabismus), lazy eye (amblyopia), eye coordination issues, nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism.
From the age of 3 onwards, we recommend children have yearly eye exams because vision and learning are intimately linked. Experts say that approximately 80% of what a child learns in school is information that is presented visually. Also it is difficult for young children to identify and communicate that they may have a vision problem when they have no point of comparison. Dr. Toor has a young daughter and is comfortable around and enjoys seeing kids. He can help ensure your children are seeing clearly and reaching their full academic potential.
Serious eye conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration increase as people age, which is why it’s best for seniors who are 65 and older to have yearly comprehensive eye exams. With our technology, it’s even possible for Dr. Toor to detect other systemic conditions, such as blood pressure concerns and signs of high cholesterol and stroke.
Regular eye exams help protect your health.
Opal Optometry understands the financial demands placed on students and is pleased to offer discounts to those aged 19 years and older who are enrolled in postsecondary education and have a valid student ID card. The discounted rate for student eye exams is $60.
Discounts are also available on frames and lenses packages. We are a preferred supplier for many local postsecondary institutions, including Douglas College and BCIT. For more information go to mystudentplan.ca.
In under an hour, Dr. Toor will assess your eye health and determine your vision needs.
Opal Optometry uses a high-tech fundus camera to visualize and photograph the fundus - the back interior lining of the eyeball, including the retina, optic disc, and macula.
Fundus photography is one of the most valuable tests used in an eye exam because it can detect and monitor serious eye conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, high blood pressure, retinal holes or detachments, and optic nerve defects.
Protect your eye health by requesting an eye examination for you and your family today!
We are located in Uptown New Westminster, BC, at 536A Sixth Street, close to the corner of 6th Avenue. You’ll find us half a block away from Royal City Centre. There is metered street parking directly in front on Sixth Street. New Westminster is conveniently located next to Burnaby, Coquitlam, Richmond, and Surrey, and is a close drive from Vancouver.