The Doctors of Optometry at Dr. Chisholm Optometrists are committed to providing our patient family with a lifetime of quality eye health care. We promise to provide comprehensive vision and eye health exams conducted in a professional manner. Our modern 3,100 square foot eye clinic is also handicapped accessible. If glasses or contact lenses are the option you choose, we pledge to take the time to determine what’s most appropriate for your lifestyle and needs.
- Special Testing
- Eye Exams & Frequency
- Children's Eye Examination
- Contact Lenses
- Refractive Surgery
If you are looking for a place to fill your eyewear prescription, we invite you to come and see what our large Eyewear Gallery has to offer.
You can count on our fashion savvy stylists to satisfy all of your frame and lens needs. We offer distinctive eyewear for every lifestyle and budget, including the latest personalized lens materials and treatments that offer high definition vision. Our on-site lens manufacturing lab guarantees excellent quality control and quicker delivery. For some prescriptions, we can have your eyewear ready the same day.
Our frames have a 2 year warranty and carry lifetime free custom fitting.
You never need an appointment to shop for quality frames, have your eyewear fitted and adjusted or to pick up your new glasses.
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Safety glasses protect your eyes from injury on the job site and around the home. We offer safety glasses for all employers and all patients. Safety glasses are available in single vision, bifocal and progressive no-line bifocals. They are usually made with a polycarbonate lens material which provides the safest, most impact resistant lens. All our safety glasses are certified to meet ANSI Z87 standard for impact resistance.
The unsurpassed precision, quality control and convenience afforded by having an on-site lab for lens fabrication have been cornerstones of our commitment to providing the best quality eyewear for over 60 years. We have consistently upgraded the lens fabrication equipment, as new technology becomes available. Being able to provide on-site prescription lenses has been a convenient service, especially to our out-of-town patients.
Our Vision-R 800’s revolutionary new refraction offers patients the full potential of their vision with our access to exclusive Essilor AVA lens technology!
At the time of the order, the necessary measurements and information are taken, utilizing the newest Visioffice lens measurement technology. Experience revolutionized lens personalization with eye code, an innovative measurement, made by Visioffice, which captures a live 3D measurement of your eyes unique movement and position for lens calculation and lens fitting. With eye code physiological personalization, whether it is for Varilux or Essilor Single Vision lenses, the result is 5 times higher precision for Instant Vision, without effort. You can enjoy limitless vision with Varilux X series progressive lenses and Personalized single vision lenses. Visit www.varilux.ca.
Whether utilizing a new or existing frame, we can insert your finished lenses into the frame of your choice with better quality than was available just a few years ago. We believe that high quality eyewear is not a luxury but a necessity. Every pair of glasses that leaves our lab is completely guaranteed and personalized to your unique needs.
We carry a wide variety of Sunglass frames and offer prescription or non-prescription lens options, including Transitions and Polarized lenses. All of our Sunglass lenses come with a UV coating for added protection.
While almost any frame can be used as a Sunglass frame, we offer fashionable choices from the latest designers and sport Sunglasses manufacturers. We also carry sunglasses for children aged 0-7, with UV protection.
Our doctors and staff will be happy to discuss your individual concerns, and help match you and your needs to the best sunglasses possible.
Essilor Vision-R 800 Automatic Phoropter
A MORE ACCURATE PHOROPTER…
Vision-R 800’s revolutionary new liquid lens optical module controls powers at much smaller lens changes (0.01 D) than ever before and delivers continuous and instantaneous changes of sphere, cylinder, and axis, at the same time. Refraction is made more accurate and prescriptions can be made in 0.05 D steps. Patients can now get the full potential of their vision with our access to exclusive Essilor AVA lens technology!
…FOR A MORE PRECISE REFRACTION
A MORE COMFORTABLE EXPERIENCE FOR THE PATIENT…
Smooth power changes and a wider field of vision make refraction very comfortable for the patients. The procedure is shorter and no fatigue is experienced. Answers are made easier to give all along the refraction procedure.
All patient’s answers are taken into account…
The final refraction value is no longer based on the patient’s last answers. A statistical calculation is rather made based on all the patient’s answers during each test. A sensitivity range is determined for each refraction component and the best value is then selected.
Optical Coherence Tomography (SD-OCT)
SD-OCT is the most advanced ocular imaging technology, it allows a highly detailed examination of the internal structures of the eye. It provides a highly detailed scan to create a three dimensional image of the inside of the eye. We can see below the surface of the retina and view microscopic layers beneath; as well as, image the structures of the front of the eye.
The SD-OCT is very helpful in the precise diagnosis and management of many diseases of the eye, including macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal disease and other pathologies. Any change over time can be detected when comparing previous images to new images.
This imaging device also gives patients a view inside their eye’s structure and helps patients to better understand their eye’s condition.
Experience revolutionized lens personalization with eye code, an innovative measurement, made by Visioffice, which captures a live 3D measurement of your eyes unique movement and position for lens calculation and lens fitting. With eye code physiological personalization, whether it is for Varilux or Essilor Single Vision lenses, the result is 5 times higher precision for Instant Vision, without effort. You can enjoy limitless vision with Varilux S series progressive lenses and Personalized single vision lenses. Visit www.varilux.ca
Humphrey Visual Field Perimeter (HFA)
Validated by decades of research and clinical experience, HFA is the accepted standard of care in glaucoma diagnosis and management. Glaucoma Progression Analysis software provides advanced, accurate progression analysis for better glaucoma management. This is useful for determining the likelihood of progression and identify high-risk patient. Also, it quantifies any central and peripheral vision deficit; both current and any change overtime. We continue to invest in the latest diagnostic equipment, with the purchase of our fourth HFA, a new 740i unit.
This instrument measures the exact shape of the front surface of your eye (the cornea). Using 1000 points your doctor will have a 3 dimensional map of the curvature of your corneal surface. This is used for contact lens fitting, refractive surgery, monitoring keratoconus and to diagnose and monitor any irregularity of the cornea.
Digital Fundus Photography
Retinal Camera technology is particularly important to detect and monitor ocular health at the retina. Often, we find things with this technology that might not be detected using more traditional examination methods. As well, it provides a permanent record of the condition of the retina so that small changes over time can be detected. It is particularly good at finding subtle changes at the retinal level for macular degeneration, diabetes, hypertension and glaucoma. A digital fundus camera is incorporated within our SD-OCT as a stand-alone diagnostic feature or as a comprehensive component of SD-OCT imaging.
The pachymeter is an instrument that uses ultrasound to measure the thickness of the cornea (the clear tissue in front of the coloured iris). It is useful in monitoring the progression of certain disorders that cause the cornea to become thickened (or filled with water), resulting in a loss of vision. Corneal thickness is also a risk factor for glaucoma and therefore this test may be performed by your optometrist. It can also be used to determine whether the cornea is strong enough or thick enough for procedures, such as laser refractive surgery.
Eye Exams & Frequency
Our suggested eye care schedule:
• 6 months old: First exam to rule out strabismus
• 3 years old: First complete exam
• 5 years old: Complete exam before school starts
• 6 to 20 years: Annual exam during school years
• 20 to 65 years: Exam every two years
• 65 years: Exam every year
The tests described below are typical during a comprehensive eye exam. Additional investigative tests may be recommended if there are any irregularities in your eye health or vision.
You will be asked about your visual needs, general health, medication, working environment and more, and asked to describe any vision problems you may be experiencing.
EXTERNAL EYE EXAMINATION
The health of the external area of your eye and eyelids will be examined.
INTERNAL EYE EXAMINATION
The slit lamp microscope and an ophthalmoscope are used to check for abnormalities from front to back. A few of the conditions that can be detected include cataract, diabetes, glaucoma or hypertension.
DIGITAL RETINAL IMAGING
We recommend this test as part of your comprehensive annual eye exam. The digital retinal camera and OCT Scan can document the appearance of your retina, optic nerve and macula aiding eye health management and in timely diagnosis of eye disease.
Tonometry measures the fluid pressure in both eyes, and is an important test in detecting glaucoma.
Several tests are used to assess your vision these include Stereo tests, colour vision tests and Amsler grid tests.
We can determine the strength of your eyeglass prescription using various lenses and a retinoscope. This is done without patient feedback, and is invaluable in assessing vision problems in children and others who may not be able to read the eye chart.
This test will determine your ability to see small details, both near and far. A phoropter is used to fine-tune your spectacle prescription. Lenses are systematically changed until a clear focus is obtained.
We will evaluate how well your eyes function together and how well your eyes change focus from distance to near.
Your eyes will be evaluated on how well you see objects that are not directly in front of you.
Other tests may be undertaken to evaluate your ability to change focus, see colour correctly, or perceive depth.
Good vision is one of life’s most precious gifts. Our doctors of optometry will perform comprehensive eye health assessments for astigmatism, bifocals, cataracts, diabetes, glaucoma, macular degeneration and other eye diseases. Our doctors and staff provide personalized attention to every patient, utilizing state-of-the art specialized diagnostic equipment, procedures and products. This includes a detailed analysis of your visual status. This is the first important step in your examination, to determine if you’ll benefit from new glasses, contact lenses or refractive surgery to improve your vision. If you need a correction, not only can we make you see better, in many cases we can enhance your academic, occupational or recreational performance.
The most important thing you can do to preserve your eyesight is to visit your eye doctor for regular checkups. Like the rest of your body, your eyes will change gradually as you age. However, unlike the rest of your body, the eyes rarely hurt if something is wrong. So, don’t rely on broken glasses or lost contact lenses to remind you of your next appointment. Follow the advise of experts, have your eyes examined on a regular basis. If there is a health concern you may be advised to seek regular care at quicker intervals. We’ll advise you when it’s time to be re-examined.
Our Team of Doctors and Staff will provide you and your family with the best eye care possible, with a focus on promoting eye health through advanced technology, education, prevention, and superior service. Your vision is our focus.
Children’s Eye Examination
Children are welcome, we believe that everyone should start life with the best vision.
Children need special consideration when it comes to eye exams. Your child should have their first eye exam before they turn 2 years old. 80% of learning is visual and as such annual exams are recommended for children before they start school and every year while they are in school. We are fortunate living in Ontario in that the provincial government still covers eye exams annually for children. We provide an inviting and fun environment for your children.
Your child can wear glasses or contact lenses. Our Eyewear Gallery has a huge variety of glasses for your children to pick from, and we will ensure that your child’s first experience with glasses is positive. We provide contact lenses for children for routine correction, for myopia control and for those who are actively involved in sports or with special needs.
There are two ways researchers have discovered to slow down myopia progression. One is optically; using contact lenses. The second option is pharmaceutical or prescription eye drop therapy. By changing the focus of light from our periphery (side vision) we can signal to the eye not to grow as quickly all the while still maintaining normal clear straight-ahead vision. It is the eye getting longer that increases myopia. MiSight by Cooper Vision is a soft daily disposable contact lens worn throughout the day (not overnight wear), with a customized optical profile to alter the focus of light coming from our periphery (side vision). On average it slows down the rate of myopia progression by about 59%.
We look forward to working with you to help control your child’s myopia and help protect the future of their vision.
Our Doctors of Optometry remain on the cutting edge of contact lens technology. Patients with astigmatism, bifocals, and other unique prescriptions can successfully wear contact lenses.
We’ll fit the newest Contact Lens materials to best suit your individual needs and ensure your contact lenses are clear and comfortable. An annual contact lens assessment is required for current contact lens reorders. Comprehensive eye examinations are also highly recommended annually.
Based on your needs and the health of your eyes, your doctor will select the most suitable lens available including:
• Silicone hydrogel lenses (for increased oxygen and healthier eyes)
• Disposable lenses (monthly or daily)
• Bifocal contact lenses
• Toric lenses for astigmatism
• MiSight myopia control lenses
• Cosmetic coloured contact lenses
• Lenses for dry or sensitive eyes
• Gas permeable lenses
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Bifocal contact lenses allow you to see both far and near, often greatly reducing your dependency on glasses.
MiSight by Cooper Vision is a soft daily disposable contact lens worn throughout the day. This contact lens has a customized optical profile to alter the focus of light coming from our periphery (side vision). On average it slows down the rate of myopia progression in children by about 59%.
Our office refers to several well respected refractive surgery clinics in Ontario. With our independent advice, we can guide you to the best clinic for your particular needs.
Refractive surgery is a procedure to eliminate or reduce nearsightedness and astigmatism, hyperopia and presbyopia. The two most common procedures are LASIK and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Other options include clear lens extraction (CLE) and implantable contact lenses (ICL).
Quick information about laser refractive surgery:
Canadian surgeons are leaders in laser surgery. The first PRK procedure on a human eye took place in 1989. Overall 95% to 98% of patients receive at least 20/40 vision, meaning you could drive legally or play sports without glasses. You can usually return to work three days after the surgery. You have to know that not everyone gets crisp 20/20 vision after surgery.
The vast majority of patients who have gone through laser corrective surgery have been successful. The goal is to reduce one’s dependence on spectacles, typically people do not require distance glasses after the surgery. In some cases glasses or contact lenses are required for occasional use.
To be a candidate you must meet the following requirements:
• Be at least 18 years old.
• Have a stable prescription for 1 year.
• Be free of certain diseases of the eye.
• Have realistic expectations about the procedure.
• Understand that complications, as in any surgery, while rare, can result.