As a fully licensed and equipped optometric practice in Oakville, Bronte Village Eye Care offers a complete range of eye care services to all our patients.
Whether the eye care issue involves correcting refractive errors with eyeglass or contact lenses, or helping a student find amazing frames, or diagnosing/treating eye conditions and diseases, our experienced team will identify and implement the best eye care solutions for you.
Eye Health Evaluation
With our years of experience in diagnosing and treating typical vision disorders such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, amblyopia, presbyopia, cataracts, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, Dr. Kelly Gallagher, Dr. Sandra Ho, and Dr. Karen Smith and their team are equipped to provide appropriate therapeutic medical eye care.
At the same time, the Bronte Village Eye Care team offers a wide array of high quality eye care products at reasonable prices. Our patients never pay too much for the best quality in eyeglasses, contact lenses, sunglasses, progressive and bifocal lenses, and outstanding service.
Treatment of Eye Disease
If you are diagnosed with an eye disease, you want the best treatment available to get your eyes healthy again. At Bronte Village Eye Care, we stay current with best treatment practices. Based on your diagnosis, we may recommend a wide variety of approaches, including improved nutrition, prescription medicines, therapy and vision exercises, or medical procedures.
Good Eyecare Begins With A Yearly Eye Exam!
Although many do not realize it, the best way to protect your vision is with a yearly eye checkup. Even a basic eye exam can instantly detect many health-threatening conditions, such as tumors, vascular irregularities, and diabetes-related injury to the retina. At Bronte Village Eye Care, that basic checkup is brief and painless.
A typical eye exam with one of our doctors will consist of the following procedures:
- Case History – A thorough review of any visual problems, your general health, medications you are taking, working environment and hobbies, and family history (medical and visual).
- Visual Acuity – A test to check your ability to see clearly at all distances.
- Binocular Vision and Motility – A test to see how your eyes work together, their alignment, and range of motion. Depth perception and the ability to focus will also be tested.
- Pupil Reflex Testing – A test to observe how your pupils react to light. Some eye diseases will affect how the pupil react to light.
- Prescription Check/Refraction: The Doctor will determine if you need a prescription for glasses or contact lenses or if your current prescription has changed since your last exam.
- Tonometry: This test allows the doctor to check the pressure inside the eye and is an important screening tool for glaucoma.
- Anterior Segment Health Exam: The doctor will use a microscope to evaluate the health of the lids, lashes, cornea and the lens inside the eye. This test is important for detecting dry eye, corneal degenerations, blepharitis, and cataracts.
- Posterior Segment Health Exam: The doctor will evaluate the health of the retina, optic nerve head, macula, and blood vessels at the back of the eye. This is important in detecting tears/holes/detachments, macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and other retinal diseases. Images of the back of the eye will also be taken which will serve as a baseline for future examinations.
In our continued efforts to bring the most advanced technology available to our patients, our office is proud to announce the inclusion of the Digital Retinal Imaging as an integral part of your eye exam.
The retina is the part of your eye that catches the image of what you are looking at, similar to the film in a camera.
Many eye problems can develop without warning and progress with no symptoms. Early on you might not notice any change in your vision. However, diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal tears or detachments, as well as other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure, can be detected with a thorough exam of the retina.
During your eye exam our doctors will evaluate the retina and structures at the back of the eye. However, digital imaging has several added benefits to further ensure retinal health both today and in the future:
- A permanent record for your medical file, enabling your optometrist to make important comparisons if potential problems show themselves at a future examination.
- The opportunity for you to view and discuss the images of your eye with your doctor at the time of your exam.
The visual field test measures a person’s entire field of vision. This test allows us to detect vision loss in central or peripheral vision. Vision loss can be caused by glaucoma, stroke, brain tumors and other disorders.
LASIK, a form of refractive surgery, is an option for vision correction without needing to wear glasses or contact lenses. Simply put, LASIK reshapes the cornea with a laser.
Recently, other surgical alternatives have become available. Among these is a technique called phakic IOL implantation which involves implanting a lens behind the cornea, but in front of the iris. With this new option, many of those who were too highly nearsighted for LASIK are now candidates for refractive surgery.
If you are interested in refractive surgery, please let us know. Refractive surgery is not to be taken lightly. Detailed testing is necessary to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for the surgery. If testing shows you to be a good candidate, we can help you choose the refractive surgeon who is most appropriate for your case. In addition, we provide post-operative care for refractive surgery.
In 2011 the Government of Ontario approved a regulation of the College of Optometrists of Ontario allowing authorized optometrists to prescribe medications to treat several eye diseases. Our doctors are trained and certified to prescribe medication to treat eye diseases and conditions including:
- Bacterial and viral eye infections
- Red eye due to contact lens wear
- Eyelid infection and inflammation
- Inflammation of the eye
- Eye pain
- Allergies affecting the eyes
- Superficial foreign bodies
Dr. Gallagher, Dr. Ho and Dr. Smith also have a strong working relationship with several exceptional Ophthalmologists in the surrounding area for referrals for:
- Corneal disease
- Macular Degeneration
- Inflammation of the eye
- Retinal disease
- Retinal holes/tears/detachments
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive diagnostic instrument used for imaging the retina. It has the ability to detect problems in the eye prior to any symptoms being present in the patient. With an OCT, doctors are able to see a cross-section or 3D image of the retina and detect the early onset of a variety of eye conditions and eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy (the top three diseases known to cause blindness).
The OCT allows for detection of other diseases such as macular holes, hypertensive retinopathy and even optic nerve damage. Using an OCT allows for early treatment in patients and dramatically improves the success of these treatments, especially in diseases such as wet macular degeneration – where the eye disease progresses rapidly.