What To Expect During An Eye Exam

At the beginning of any eye exam at Opal Optometry will ask why you have decided to have your eyes checked, may it be a routine check-up or for a particular reason.

If you are facing problems with your vision or your eyes, your optometrist may ask you on the symptoms you have, the extent of time you endure the symptoms or if the changes happened unexpectedly or gradually over a period.

An eye examination normally involves the following steps:

  1. Your optometrist is going to inquire about your medical history and any problems with your vision that you may be experiencing.
  2. Your doctor will also determine your visual acuity to check if you require contact lenses or glasses to augment your vision.
  3. The doctor will administer number drops in your eyes. After which, your doctor will measure the pressure in your eye.
  4. Your doctor will also check the overall health of your eyes, by using a number of lights to check the front and inside of every eye. For your doctor to able to examine the inside of your eye, eye drops that will dilate your eyes will be administered.
  5. Your doctor will discuss his findings after the examination and answer any queries that you have regarding your eyes.

A clinical assistant can do parts of the eye exam, like taking your medical history and initial eye assessment.

A series of tests may be done during the eye examination. The tests are made to assess your vision and to check the overall appearance and function of the different parts of the eyes.

The doctor will assess both the inside and outside of your eyes to check the overall health of your eyes and determine any underlying medical complications.

Eye examinations normally include the following tests:

  • Eye muscle test
  • Visual acuity test
  • Refraction assessment
  • Visual field test (perimetry)
  • Color vision testing
  • Slit-lamp examination
  • Retinal examination
  • Screening for glaucoma

After the examination, your New Westminster Optometrists will now have sufficient knowledge of the health of your eyes, your vision’s standard and any particular need that you may require. If there is something about the results that you don’t understand, don’t hesitate to ask your doctor as they are always willing to help you out.

You will also have the chance to talk about the appropriate type of correction that you need that will fit your lifestyle and needs. Then your doctor will advise you of your next eye examination and give you a prescription for contact lenses or eyeglasses, or any correction.

Healthy Party Treats For Kids

Birthday cake, ice cream and sweet snacks, even the goody bags that accompany them home, sugar laden foods are everywhere at kids parties. It is possible to serve foods at your child’s party that is delicious  and fun to eat, you’ll find the internet is a great resource. We all eat with our eyes so serving children colourful, fun foods is bound to be a hit at any Birthday party. Here are some of a pedatric dentists in Burnaby favourites that require no cooking.

Sushi Style or Rolled Sandwiches

Any slice of bread can be used for this or you can buy unsliced bread then have the bakery remove all crusts and slice it into long slices ( the opposite way we usually do it ) Fillings can be anything that appeals to children, deviled ham for example, first flatten the slice with a rolling pin then spread filling evenly. Next roll the sandwich slice up as you would a sushi roll, wrap in cellophane and refrigerate, slice into sushi roll sized pieces when ready to serve.

Silly Apple Bites


2 green apples, each cored and quartered

Sunflower butter

32 sunflower seeds

2 – 3 fresh strawberries sliced

1 – 2 homemade googly eyes

Cut the middle out of each apple quarter apple slice to create a mouth, coat the cut gap with a filling of sunflower butter, put 4 sunflower seeds on the top of the “ mouth “ for teeth, place one piece of sliced strawberry inside the mouth for a tongue, glue each eye above the mouth with a dab of sunflower butter Makes 8 servings.

Frozen Treats

Making your own healthy frozen popsicles is easy all you need are popsicle molds and fruit juices to fill the molds. Placing slices of kiwi or any other fresh you have on hand adds a splash of colour to these treats. Yogurt and coconut milk make a healthy frozen treat ingredients in the recipe below.

Frozen Popsicles with Coconut Ice Cream


400 ml fresh or canned coconut milk

¼ cup cane sugar or you can use Stevia , remember it’s very concentrated so add to taste

Lavender ( optional )

Blend coconut milk and sugar or other sweetener until smooth

Fill popsicle molds with small pieces of fruit leaving space for the coconut mixture to fill in the gaps, Store in the freezer overnight or until frozen solid. Get creative and experiment and your child’s next party can be filled with healthy foods.

Thanks to SmileTown Dentistry Burnaby for these tips and snacks.

When Babies No Longer Need Pacifiers

As parents we comfort our babies by rocking and cuddling them, for some babies they have a need to suck more even after feeding is finished. Be sure feeding is well established before you introduce a pacifier should your baby need more sucking, a reflex that is comforting for them.

Pacifier or Thumb

Pacifiers can get lost in couch cushions, on the ground so keeping track of them and keeping them clean is inconvenient. Some studies have shown that babies who use a pacifier when napping or bedtime have a lower risk of SIDS ( sudden infant death syndrome ). While it’s doesn’t show that it prevents it just that there is a strong association with SIDS so why not use one. When it comes time to wean your toddler it’s a much easier task to remove a pacifier from the picture as opposed to distracting them from their thumb.

Pacifiers In The Long Term

The amount of time your baby uses their pacifier has an effect on the ease at which you can remove it from their routine. They should be weaned between 2 and 4 years old and some parents do so when their toddler reaches a year old, most babies are not needing the comfort from sucking by this age. Long term use of a thumb or binky can cause long term dental issues such as crooked teeth and improper jaw growth and development.

When It’s Time

Talk to your Langley Childrens Dentist. They will enquire as to when and how your child is comforted by the use of their pacifier and provide suggestions that may be new and helpful to you.

Right Time It can seem there is no right time to implement this change it’s easy to find excuse to delay it. Just be sure it’s the only change and try to keep to the routine, so no major moves or life changes will help with a smooth transition.

Slow and Steady While a complete withdrawal may work well for some babies for others just limiting the time the have the pacifier and slowly decreasing the length of time will work. Replace it with a new stuffed animal, something that will provide them with comfort and become a favourite.

Once you’ve made a plan stick with it and see it through, while some will adapt easier than others it’s important to ensure your child has no long term damage from this method of soothing.

Thanks to SmileTown Dentistry Langley for this post.