An automated refraction measures the accuracy of your vision and your eyes ability to focus. It does NOT measure the health of your eyes or identify any medical problems that may affect your vision or health.
Eye exams for health are performed by ophthalmologists and optometrists. Ophthalmologists are medical doctors specializing in the eyes and optometrists are medical professionals trained to perform eye health examinations and to identify various diseases and conditions and if necessary refer the patient to an ophthalmologist. These examinations can detect conditions and diseases that can compromise your health, vision or both. Conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, retinal issues, and even diabetic symptoms are looked for and evaluated during an eye health exam. These conditions left untreated or unmanaged can lead to serious health problems and can result in blindness.
Eye health exams most often include a refraction or sight test, but not always as some ophthalmologists do not perform refractions as a part of the eye exam. We chose to provide the service of automated refractions because there are times where this service is quite beneficial. One such occasion, is to verify an older prescription before filling it. Another occasion is when the eye exam is performed by an ophthalmologist, but they do not provide a prescription for glasses. On those occasions we request a referral from the ophthalmologist for the automated refraction.
In the interest of maintaining your best possible eye health, there are certain restrictions on who can and who can not have an automated refraction (unless they present with a referral from an ophthalmologist). If you are interested in this service we encourage you to contact us so we can advise you if you are eligible and to book an appointment.