Ask the Doctor: What’s the Difference Between a Sight Test and an Eye Exam?

A sight test is a procedure where a person’s eyeglass prescription or refraction is determined by a combination of computerized tests and automated equipment. The thoroughness and accuracy of these automated sight tests are limited and can lead to an inaccurate prescription. Eye muscle co-ordination is unaccounted for and eye fixation and alignment, patient movement and attention and instrument myopia (the eye’s tendency to over-focus when looking through a machine) can influence the test results.

Eye Exam

Performed by an optometrist, an eye exam is an important part of preventative health care that looks at the entire eye and visual system to determine your prescription. Think of an eye exam as a physical for your eyes. Eye exams can detect eye diseases and disorders and other problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure and brain tumors.

Your vision is priceless. Routine eye exams by an optometrist not only ensure good vision and eye health, but peace of mind. Call us today to book an eye exam with me or any one of our friendly expert optometrists. We’d love to see you

Today Your Doctor Was

Dr. Sophy Kurian

Dr. Sophy Kurian

Dr. Sophy Kurian

Dr. Kurian was born in Edmonton and was raised in Fort McMurray. Having a mother who was a nurse she was surrounded by and therefore developed an interest in healthcare. As a student of the University of Alberta she had the opportunity to visit Tanzania, East Africa. During her 2 month long visit as a volunteer and healthcare researcher at a village hospital she was able to see firsthand what an impact eye care providers had on the people there. This inspired her to complete her Doctor of Optometry degree, making the Dean’s Honour List at the University of Waterloo in 2003. She has a passion for keeping updated on the latest eye care technologies and leveraging that knowledge help her patients preserve their vision. When she’s not helping patients she spends her time with her husband and 3 young boys.