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What does 20/20 vision mean?

20/20 vision is a term used to express normal visual acuity (the clarity or sharpness of vision) measured at a distance of 20 feet. If you have 20/20 vision, you can see clearly at 20 feet what should normally be seen at that distance. If you have 20/100 vision, it means that you must be as close as 20 feet to see what a person with normal vision can see at 100 feet.

When should my child receive his or her first eye exam?

At six months of age!

Many vision problems can be detected at this stage and the earlier a condition is caught, the higher the chance of correction!  If left un-examined, young children may not even realize that anything is wrong because they assume that everyone sees the same way they do!

What is a Comprehensive Eye Exam

Comprehensive eye exams not only test your vision, but also give optometrists a close-up look at the inside of the eye, including blood vessels, veins and nerves, all of which may contain clues to conditions that affect your overall health.

Some of these conditions can be quite serious, which means that an eye exam can actually help save your life. The sooner an issue is detected, the better the chances of successful treatment.


  • Doctors of optometry are often the first health-care professionals to detect high blood pressure
  • By looking at the blood vessels in the retina at the back of the eye, an eye exam can help identify risks for stroke or heart attack—before they occur.
  • Information obtained through an eye exam often helps determine appropriate treatment for patients, decreasing the risks of cardiovascular disease.


  • Optometrists are often able to see indicators of diabetes in the eyes before the disease is formally diagnosed.
  • Diabetes can damage the small blood vessels in the retina, or at the back of the eye.
  • Early detection of diabetes through an eye exam not only reduces the risk of vision loss, but also can minimize the risk of complications such as heart disease and kidney failure.


  • A comprehensive eye exam can identify unusual structures or growths within the eye, including a rare form of cancer called ocular melanoma, which can be life threatening if it spreads.
  • Brain tumors can cause loss of peripheral vision, or damage the nerves that supply the muscles of the eyes, resulting in abnormal eye movements, double vision or other changes in vision.
  • Skin cancer can also be detected through an eye exam, as lesions called basal cell carcinomas can show up on the eyelid and can possibly spread to the brain through the eye.


Other health conditions that may show symptoms in the eyes include tumors, aneurysms, autoimmune disorders, thyroid disease, sickle cell disease, liver disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and other neurological or brain disorders.Only comprehensive eye exams will help detect these conditions because they evaluate total eye health; sight tests will only gauge how well you see.

The Alberta Association of Optometrists recommends adults have an eye exam every two years, and annually for those over 65. Children should have at least one eye exam between the ages of two and five, and yearly after starting school. Infants should have their first eye exam between six and nine months of age.

In Alberta, annual comprehensive eye exams are covered for children until they turn 19, and seniors 65 and older. Medically necessary visits to an optometrist, including eye infections, eye injuries or sudden changes in vision are also covered for Albertans of all ages.

How long does my Eye Exam Take?

Typically you can expect it to take around 30 minutes or so. Allow longer if it is your first visit or if you are anticipating choosing a pair of glasses.

What Should I bring to my first eye examination at 2Vision Eye Centre

Please bring with you your most current prescription or glasses, as well as your contact lens information (boxes or a recent prescription). Don’t worry if you don’t have these things to bring, we can have you sign a release form to get this information from your last eye exam faxed over to our office.

How long will it take to get my glasses after I order them?

Single vision lenses (distance or reading) can be ready in 20 mins same day or 1 day for more complicated single vision lens such as high index or Transition lens.   Progresssive lens usually takes about a week but can be done within 2-3 days as a rush order.  We have an onsite lab combined with a large selection of stock lens that allows us to delivery glasses conveniently on the same day.