The eye exam is the quintessential measure taken when considering the health of our eyes. Optometrists nationwide recommend that healthy Canadian adults have their eyes examined annually or biannually, and the optometrist practicing at Woodstock Optical recommends the same.
Dr. Rahim Kassam is one of Woodstock’s leading independent optometrists, and he practices at Woodstock Optical!
When you book your appointment, you can count on a comprehensive visual screening that detects for developing eye diseases, changes in your visual acuity, and other aspects of your eye health that you should always have visibility on.
Eye care today has advanced to such a degree that it is possible to detect eye diseases that have the potential to damage your vision months or even years before what was possible just a decade or two ago.
At Woodstock Optical, we leverage some of today’s most powerful optical technology to see inside your eye and assess its health. This view into your eye health provides Dr. Kassam the ability to correct refractive errors – the reason that many of us require vision correction – and treat hidden eye diseases before their impair vision.
Dr. Kassam breaks his eye exams down into three parts:
This testing generates a rough approximation of your corrective lens prescription (if relevant), your visual field (aka, how well you utilize your peripheral vision), as well as the use of digital retinal photography and ocular coherence tomography to visualize the inside of your eye.
Dr. Kassam is an independent doctor of optometry that practices inside Woodstock Optical. In addition to being a friendly, down-to-Earth guy, he’s also an experienced optometrist that works with hundreds of families all over Woodstock.
During this meeting he will fine-tune your corrective lens prescription (if you need one) as well as identify any underlying concerns that may have been detected during the testing.
If it is determined you need corrective lenses, the friendly opticians at Woodstock Optical will help you find a great pair of frames or contacts that will correct your vision and look great while doing it!
Our eyes are unique organs: when they are damaged and vision is lost, whether it is from injury or disease, the lost vision is often permanent. Because of this fact, Dr. Kassam and the entire Canadian community of eye care specialists recommend regular comprehensive eye exams.
People with refractive errors may experience frustrating symptoms, such as headaches, as a result of their eye muscles having to work hard to focus.
Medically referred to as myopia, nearsightedness causes objects that are far away to appear blurry and out of focus. People with nearsightedness can often see fine up close but will struggle with distant vision.
Medically referred to as hyperopia, farsightedness is the opposite of nearsightedness: distance vision is unimpaired, but close-up vision is impacted.
The best of both worlds (myopia and hyperopia), people with astigmatism may have difficulty focusing on objects both near and far.
Everyone will experience presbyopia at some point. A byproduct of aging, presbyopia comes on gradually (and is most evident in Canadians over age 40), reducing visual acuity. It can be effectively corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Did you know that most eye diseases don’t display obvious symptoms? This fact highlights why preventative eye care (aka, regular eye exams) are so important: your eyes often won’t tell you when something is wrong.
One of the most well-known eye diseases, glaucoma slowly damages your optic nerve. Without preventative detection, most people that suffer from glaucoma won’t realize it until they already have some amount of permanent vision loss in the form of tunnel vision.
Commonly referred to as AMD (age-related macular degeneration), AMD is unfortunately common in senior citizens. It results in blurry or blind spots forming in your central vision. While it rarely causes total blindness, it can seriously impair your ability to see.
Not so much a disease as it is a chemical and structural change to your eye’s lens, cataracts are well-known among Canadians. With proper diagnosis, its effects can often be mitigated for prolonged periods of time. Dr. Kassam will be able to identify if you are a candidate for cataract removal surgery, which is the only way to correct cataracts and restore clear vision.