Southwood Eyecare

Comprehensive Eye Exams in Calgary

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Elevated Adult & Senior Eye Exams

The health of your eyes is essential to your enjoyment of every single day. It is easy to take it for granted when your vision is clear and your eyes are healthy. 

The best thing you can do to take care of your visual health is to get regular eye exams. Your optometrist can easily detect diseases or changes in your prescription even before you start to notice symptoms. Your doctor can also help you find relief for irritating dry eyes or exhausting digital eye strain at work.

Take charge of your ocular health and vision. Book an exam with our practice today.

What to Expect in Your Southwood Eyecare Exam

We pride ourselves on our comprehensive eye exams and our diagnostic technology. Once we welcome you into our clinic, your optometrist will ask you about your vision and your overall health, including any new symptoms or issues. We will ask about your family history and your work environment to help us understand any increased risks for certain vision conditions. 

Vision Testing

Our optometrist will do thorough vision testing to make sure you have the clearest vision possible. We will test each eye separately and both eyes together with a digital eye chart, and if necessary, measure the amount of correction needed in each eye for crisp vision.

Our eye exams always include testing your eye function including depth perception, colour vision, eye muscle capabilities, peripheral vision, and responsiveness to light.

These results help us to diagnose any underlying conditions that might be impairing the eyes’ ability to work together, which could result in uncomfortable eyestrain.

We will also evaluate your eye health both visually and using special optometric equipment. We will visually inspect your eyes and eyelids with magnification and a bright light.

We may dilate your eyes to better view the internal structure of your eye and we may use Optomap imaging to create a 3D image of your retina. The Optomap makes it easy for us to identify or track eye conditions including diabetic retinopathy, hypertension, macular degeneration, or retinal detachment.

We use tonometry to measure your eye pressure—increased eye pressure can be a sign of glaucoma that shows up before you notice any vision symptoms.

Following your eye exam, your doctor will discuss their findings with you and answer any questions you have.

If a new prescription is required, we can help you pick out new frames and lenses. If you like to wear contacts, we can get you set up with a contact lens fitting to help ensure comfortable contacts. Or, if you’re thinking about laser eye surgery, we can talk about your options or book you a specialized consultation to learn more.

If any eye conditions or diseases have been identified, we’ll explain our suggested treatment plan and schedule follow-up appointments as needed.

Eye exams are an essential part of your overall well-being. An outdated glasses prescription can leave you with uncomfortable eyes and headaches after a day of work.

Many eye conditions, including glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts, don’t show any symptoms until they have progressed to cause irreversible vision loss. Regular eye exams allow us to catch these concerns early and treat them in their early stages for the best possible results.

Our general guidelines for adult eye exams, based on the Canadian Association of Optometrists’ recommendations, are:

  • Adults 19–64 who don’t wear contacts should have an eye exam every 2 years
  • Adults 19–64 who wear contacts, have diabetes, or have other sight-threatening conditions should have an eye exam annually
  • Seniors 64 and older should have an eye exam annually

Like the rest of our bodies, our eyes change with age. Some of these changes, like presbyopia, which develops in nearly everyone after age 40, are absolutely normal. But other changes, like age-related macular degeneration, can be avoided with appropriate care and lifestyle changes.

We’re dedicated to protecting your vision for a lifetime. 75% of vision loss is preventable. Regular eye exams allow us to address any changes as soon as possible and can even detect other system changes. Book your eye exam with us today.

We Are Never Far Away

It is important to us that you are fully confident in next steps and that you feel you have had all of your questions answered by the time your appointment is over. 

We understand that sometimes you might not think of a question until you leave our clinic—please do not hesitate to call us and ask. We are here to put your mind at ease.

Come See Us

We have plenty of convenient parking in the Southwood Corner shopping centre at the junction of Southland Drive & Elbow Drive.

Our Address

  • 160-10233 Elbow Drive SW
  • Calgary, Alberta T2W 1E8

Contact Us

Hours of Operation

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM 5:30 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM 6:30 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM 5:30 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Our Services

Comprehensive Eye Exams

The best thing you can do for your visual health is to get regular eye exams. Our thorough exams include detailed explanations of all tests, plus advanced diagnostic imaging.

Relief From Dry Eye

Our dry climate combined with the digital reality of many people’s working lives makes irritating dry eye symptoms incredibly common among Calgarians. Learn how we can help you find relief.

Contact Lens Fittings

Your eyes deserve fresh-feeling, comfortable contacts that deliver impeccable vision. Allow our optometrist to help you find the optimal fit and prescription for your unique eyes.

Prescription Eyewear

Gorgeous frames? Check. Flawless lenses? Check. Find your new favourite glasses in our optical boutique.

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