Need an Eye Exam?

Need an Eye Exam?

If you’re looking for an eye exam in Edmonton then we would love for you to consider Stonewire Optometry. Conveniently located in Kingsway Mall, our locally owned eye care clinic offers a family friendly environment, with extended doctor hours and multiple female and male optometrists to choose from. Plus we offer easy parking and access to public transportation.

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Emergency Eye Care

Stonewire Optometry provides emergency eye care services. Whether you’re an established patient or new to our eye care clinic, we are here to help. Our team of optometrists are trained to handle most eye care emergencies that you may experience; and our clinic is equipped with the latest diagnostic equipment to aid in both the diagnosis and education of your eye condition.

Did you know? Emergency eye care services are covered under Alberta Health Care. Simply show your Alberta Health Care card at the time of the examination.

Should your eye care emergency require the immediate services of an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon), our optometrists will ensure that you are referred immediately to the local on-call ophthalmologist. If your eye condition is less urgent but a referral is still required, they will refer you to the appropriate ophthalmologist that specializes in your condition.

As with any medical emergency it’s important to be proactive. If you feel that you need to be seen an eye doctor, please don’t wait until the end of the day to call or walk-in. It’s important to contact our clinic as soon as possible to ensure that you get timely appropriate eye care.


Important: If you should experience an eye emergency after regular business hours that you feel is serious and warrants immediate medical attention, please proceed directly to the Royal Alexandra Hospital emergency department. You may also contact Alberta Health Link at their new 811 number to get medical assistance from a registered nurse.

The Clinic: Are you Looking for an Edmonton Eye Doctor?

Many eye conditions are not immediately apparent and don’t have any obvious signs or symptoms. Having a regular eye exam with a Doctor of Optometry provides them an opportunity to examine your eyes for asymptomatic conditions, while ensuring that your eyeglass and contact lens prescription are up to date.

Stonewire Optometry in Kingsway Mall uses the latest diagnostic equipment to evaluate your eye health and eyewear prescriptions. So if you’re looking for a new optometrist in the Edmonton area, look no further! We would love to become your new eye care providers.

 

Book your next eye exam in Edmonton with a 
Doctor of Optometry at Stonewire in Kingsway Mall.

We Accept Alberta Blue Cross Insurance

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Stonewire Optometry and Pearle Vision Optical in Kingsway Mall have the ability to direct bill your Alberta Blue Cross vision insurance plan at the time of your next eye exam or eyewear purchase. If you or your employer has added coverage for optical services/vision care to your Alberta Blue Cross plan, then a portion of or all of your visit or eyewear purchase may be covered.

With so many individuals and local employers offering group coverage through Alberta Blue Cross such as: teachers union (asebp), nurses union and some divisions of the City of Edmonton. Stonewire Optometry in Kingsway Mall is trying to make it more convenient for these people to access their vision care benefits.

How do I know if I have vision coverage?

  1. Your card must be from Alberta Blue Cross
  2. Your card needs to say ‘vision’ on it

What’s covered under Alberta Blue Cross Vision Care?

  1. Eye Exams
  2. Contact Lenses
  3. Prescription Eyeglasses
  4. Prescription Sunglasses

To learn more about the products and services available through Alberta Blue Cross or the coverage on your current plan, please visit their website at: ab.bluecross.ca or call an Alberta Blue Cross customer service representative toll free at 1.800.394.1964

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Kingsway Mall | Edmonton | Alberta

Back to School Eye Exams

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Book your children in for their back to school eye exam at Kingsway Optometry. A comprehensive eye test by one of our optometrists will help to ensure that they are ready for another school year.

Your child’s eye test will include a comprehensive eye health examination along with a complete vision check for eyeglasses. Children should receive their first eye test by 3 years of age or as young as 6 months of age if you or pediatrician have any concerns or there is a family history of vision or medical problems.

Eye health exams and vision testing is covered under Alberta Health Care for children 18 years of age or younger. There is no charge for you child to be seen by an optometrists for annual eye exams and vision tests.

If your child already wears eyeglasses, please talk to us about healthy contact lens options for sports, recreation or school.

Open for Eye Exams

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Kingsway Optometry is open early, open late and is now open every Saturday & Sunday. We keep increasing access to our eye care clinic to better serve our growing customers base. With over 70 years of eye care experience we continue to evolve and adapt to our customers needs.

Book your next eye exam with Kingsway Optometry at a time that works for you! Book Now.

Book Your Eye Exam Online

Kingsway Optometry along with Luxottica Canada teamed up to offer a truly convenient and secure online booking system.

Other optometry clinics ask you to email them with a general date and time for when you want to be seen and then they call you back with an appointment. The problem with this system is that if you actually wanted to talk to someone, you probably would have just picked up the phone in the first place.

Our online booking system provides you with complete control and flexibility over booking your own eye exam. You can choose the day, the time, the service and even the doctor you wish to see. A confirmation email is immediately sent to you showing that an appointment has been booked and a reminder email is sent to you on the day of your appointment.

If a last minute emergency pops up forcing you to cancel or change your appointment, no problem! Simply log back in and make the changes on your own. No more hassles or excuses required.

One Exception:

Certain provincial government programs like Social Services (SS), Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) and federal government programs like Indian Affairs (IA) will require prior authorization. If you have one of these insurance benefit plans we ask that you call our staff or stop by the clinic to book so that we can confirm your eligibility.

Book your next eye exam online today! Book Now

 

Eye Exams are Important

Routine eye exams are important to ensure the proper health and function of your eyes.  Your eye doctor can diagnosis and prescribe corrective lenses for common vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and focusing problems.

These annual eye exams can also help to detect the early signs of eye disease. Common eye diseases detected during a routine eye exam include:

  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Dry Eye Syndrome
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Elevated Cholesterol

School Vision Screenings

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School vision screenings are a critical component of our health care system and help to detect gross visual problems in children that may otherwise go undetected. School vision screenings however are not a substitute for a comprehensive eye examination by an optometrist. All children, 3 years of age or older, should receive a complete eye examination at least once a year.

An optometrist can examine your child to ensure that they have the adequate visual skills needed to succeed at school. With almost 80% of all learning being visual, it is critical that your child’s visual system be operating perfectly.

An eye examination by an optometrist is more then about 20/20 vision, it’s also about having proper visual skills. Some of these skills include colour vision, depth perception, focusing, eye teaming, and eye tracking.

Did you know?

Children are covered under Alberta Health Care for a comprehensive eye examination once a year. There is no cost to you as a parent to have your child’s eyes examined.

Children are also covered under Alberta Health Care for emergency eye exam appointments for things such as: pink eye, eye infections, allergies, injuries, etc.

Book your child in today for their back to school eye examination at Kingsway Optometry in Kingsway Mall and protect their ability to learn.

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Kingsway Optometry and its eye doctors are proud to be members of the Alberta Association of Optometrists and to participate in the Eye See…Eye Learn program. A partnership between optometrists, private business and the Alberta Government with a focus on ensuring that every child receives an eye exam before starting kindergarten. To learn more about the Eye See…Eye Learn program please refer to the Alberta Association of Optometrists website.

Evening Eye Exams Available

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Kingsway Optometry now offers evening eye exam appointments. So if you need to see an optometrist, but you can’t manage traditional doctor hours, then Kingsway Optometry is right for you. Our optometry clinic is now open late until 8pm every Tuesday evening.

Kingsway Optometry also has Saturday and Sunday eye exam appointments available. So to schedule an eye exam at your convenience with one of our optometrist you can either book online, call us, or simply stop by.

Whether you require a routine eye health exam, new eyeglasses or contact lenses, or you have an ocular emergency, Kingsway Optometry has you covered.

Doctor Hours: Mon 9am-6pm / Tues 9am-8pm / Wed 9am-6pm / Thurs 9am-6pm / Fri 9am-5pm / Sat 9am-4pm / Sun 11am-3pm

Have Your Eyes Examined Regularly

Of course! It seems obvious on the surface that one of the best things you can do to prevent vision loss from eye disease is to have your eyes checked regularly. Many eye diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy can be easily controlled if detected early enough, thereby preventing or limiting any loss of vision. It just makes sense that regular eye examinations would be the number 1 thing you could do to prevent vision loss. And yet still, it’s astounding just how few people regularly have their eyes checked.

In a study by the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, it was found that up to 25 percent of school-age children have some form of vision problem that may affect learning, but only a small percentage of children ever receive a comprehensive eye exam. With the new Eye See Eye Learn program by the Alberta Association of Optometrist, our clinic is working to change this by improving patient education and public awareness.

Even people with known eye problems aren’t getting eye exams. A study conducted at Duke University showed that only 70 to 90 percent of patients with glaucoma had a yearly check-up. Glaucoma is an eye disease that can slowly and silently cause blindness over a period of time. These patients often need to be followed at least two to three times a year. And yet a full 10 to 30 percent of them aren’t even going to the eye doctor yearly.

Similar numbers were found in patients with macular degeneration and diabetes. Only 65 to 80 percent of patients with macular degeneration have yearly eye exams and only 50 to 60 percent of patients with diabetes have them. Many of these people will very likely become legally blind from their untreated conditions. With the new medically necessary vision testing under Alberta Health Care your optometrist is able to follow these conditions (glaucoma, diabetes, and macular degeneration) at no charge to yourself.
The evidence speaks for itself – the number one recommendation is to make sure you have your eyes examined regularly!

 

Who Should I Go to For My Eye Exam?

There is often much confusion regarding whom to see for an eye exam – after all there are three different “O’s” that care for eyes in various ways. Who should you choose? To answer this question, let’s first define who the three “O’s” are:

  • Optometrists (O.D.’s) – A doctor of optometry receives his degree after four years of post graduate training in a college of optometry. Optometrists are licensed to perform comprehensive eye exams, prescribe glasses and contact lenses and to treat many types of eye disease including conjunctivitis (pink eye or red eye) and glaucoma. Optometrists typically do not perform surgery. Instead they receive additional training on understanding and treating the functional aspects of vision – how to help people see the best they can in their day to day lives.
  • Ophthalmologists – Ophthalmologists are medical doctors (M.D.’s) or osteopaths (D.O.’s) who take a three to five year residency in eye care after they receive their medical degree. In addition to providing comprehensive eye examinations, ophthalmologists are able to prescribe eye medications and perform surgery. Some ophthalmologists go on for additional training and become specialists in certain areas such as retinal, corneal, cataract and glaucoma treatment.
  • Opticians – Opticians are professionals specially trained to fit, fabricate and dispense eyeglasses. Many states also allow opticians to dispense contact lenses. Opticians do not perform comprehensive eye health examinations.

Which one should you choose for your routine comprehensive eye exams – an ophthalmologist or an optometrist? Obviously I may be biased, but I know today’s optometrists are well trained and skilled at detecting eye disease. If specialized medical or surgical treatment is ever needed, we will quickly arrange for you to see the right ophthalmologist who specializes in your particular eye care problem.

 

What Does 20/20 Vision Mean?

This is a common question that people seem to always ask eye doctors at social events. Typically optometrists and ophthalmologists refer to visual acuity in terms of the Snellen acuity eye charts. The Snellen acuity eye charts displays letters which become progressively smaller from the top to the bottom. In terms of Snellen acuity, 20/20 is considered normal vision for most people. From a statistic point of view what does this mean? In basically means that approximately 68.2% of the normal healthy population is able to have their vision corrected to this level. It also however means that approximately 15.9% of the normal healthy population has correctable vision that is better than this and that 15.9% of the normal healthy population has correctable vision that is worse than this.

In general 20/20 means that a person sees the same line of letters at 20 feet that a normal person sees from 20 feet. If a person has 20/40 vision, than this means that they can see the same line of letters at 20 feet that a normal person sees from 40 feet away. Therefore their vision is worse than normal. If a person has 20/15 vision, than this means that they can see the same line of letters at 20 feet that a normal persons sees from 15 feet away. Therefore their vision is better than normal.

Recap:

20/20 – Top number is where you are standing and the bottom number is where a normal person stands to see the same sized object or line of letters.

Now you know!

 


What is nearsightedness and how is it corrected?

Myopia or nearsightedness is a common vision disorder where by people can see objects up close, but are unable to focus clearly on objects in the distance. 

Nearsightedness is the result of two things, either a person's eye grows too long, or the outside of the eye is too steep or round, causing images to focus in front of the retina.

Symptoms of Nearsightedness

Typically, people will start to notice problems with their distance vision in their school years, but nearsightedness can develop at any age. It may also be a sign of a more serious medical problem, such as diabetes or cataracts, especially if the onset of nearsightedness is very sudden and dramatic.

Initial symptoms of nearsightedness include problems focusing on small objects far away like road signs or the channel guide on TV. People can find themselves squinting or developing frontal headaches from having to squint. Children often complain about being unable to see the board at school, while adults often complain about poor night vision or increased glare. Symptoms almost always worsen in low light level situations.

What Causes Nearsightedness?

There has been increased research in the area of nearsightedness in recent years, as the world has seen a sudden surge in the number of people requiring eyeglasses for distance vision correction. 

Early research studies suggest that nearsightedness may be related to near point stress, and numerous studies show that myopia increases along with a person’s level of education. 

Newer studies out of China also point towards dietary factors and excessive indoor time may play a significant role in the development of nearsightedness. However, these studies are far from complete. 

A study out of the UK at the St. Thomas Hospital also showed the genetics probably plays a significant role in the development of nearsightedness while environmental factors may only play a small or limited role.

Treatment options for nearsightedness

Treatment options for people affected by myopia or nearsightedness are numerous. Traditionally, eyeglasses have been the primary treatment option. However, patients also have access to contact lenses, laser vision correction, and intra-ocular lens implants. It is important to always discuss lifestyle and your work situation with your optometrist or ophthalmologist when determining your best treatment option or options.  It is also recommended that patients with nearsightedness receive regular eye health examinations by an optometrist or ophthalmologist every one to two years to ensure the health of their retina's. 

Meibominitis & Dry Eye

Meibomianitis is an inflammation of the oil glands or meibomian glands along your upper and lower eyelid margins. These oil glands produce the lipid or fat layer of your tear film, which coats the surface of your eye. The purpose of this lipid layer is to help prevent the water layer below from evaporating. When these meibomian glands or oil glands become inflamed, they no longer produce nice smooth clean oil. The oil can come out bubbly or thick, thus improperly coating the front of the eye.

Meibomianitis typically does not cause serious visual problems, but it can cause numerous comfort and cosmetic issues. Meibomianitis can cause your eyes to dry out, burn, itch, and water. All of which can lead to reduced vision, blurred vision, vision that fluctuates or vision that clears up with strong blinks. Meibomianitis can also cause your eyelids to swell or thicken and turn red, which can eventually lead to madarosis (eyelashes falling out). It can also lead to external hordeolums more commonly known as styes, which are simply clogged oil glands that have become inflamed.

TREATMENT OR PREVENTION:

The treatment for meibomianitis is fairly straight forward, and we encourage all of our patients to perform this treatment on a daily basis, regardless of whether or not they have meibomianitis.

Steps:

  • Prior to getting in the shower in the morning, take a washcloth and heat it up under the tap with warmwater. Close your eyes, and lightly hold the warm washcloth over your eyes. Hold the cloth there until it cools off. Repeat this process for approximately 2 minutes.
  • Than, lightly rub your eyelids with the wash cloth to force out all the old oil
  • If you eyelids are really swollen than in the shower, take your washcloth and apply a small amount of baby shampoo to it (baby shampoo is used so that you eyes won’t burn, if they actually come in contact with the soap). Foam it up. Than lightly scrub you eyelid margins to remove any oil build up. Ensure that you thoroughly rinse away any soap residue.

Occasionally meibomianitis can get very bad, and medical therapy may be required. If this is the case, your optometrist or ophthalmologist may provide you with a topical antibiotic ointment. In some situations, oral antibiotics may also be used. 

To learn more about meibomianitis or to find out if meibomianitis is the cause of your vision problems, please contact one of our eye doctors and book and eye exam. 


High Blood Pressure and Your Eyes!

Having high blood pressure or hypertension (HTN) can have a serious impact on a persons overall well being along with the overall health of their eyes. It is estimated that approximately 22% of Canadians have hight blood pressure, but that only about half actually receive treatment for it. High blood pressure is considered to be a silent killer, as it often has no symptoms at all.

Elevated blood pressure is defined as having a systolic pressure of greater than 140mmHg or a diastolic pressure of more than 90mmHg. In the vast majority of people, there is no specific cause for their elevated blood pressure, but studies show that high blood pressure is more common in African Americans than in Caucasians and more common in the elderly. High blood pressure is also more likely to develop in people suffering from obesity or diabetes.


If blood pressure is aloud to remain elevated for any length of time, it can start to impact your health

The heart may become larger or weaker, which may lead to heart failure. Heart failure is when the heart cannot pump enough blood throughout the body

Aneurysms can form in blood vessels. Aneurysms are abnormal bulges or ballooning of an artery wall. Common locations are the brain, legs, stomach and spleen

Blood vessels in the kidneys can start to narrow, leading to kidney failure

Blood vessels can start to narrow throughout the body, which can lead to heart attacks, stroke, or kidney failure.

In men, high blood pressure can also cause erectile dysfunction

Blood vessels in the eyes can burst or bleed, which can lead to vision changes or blindness.

GENERAL SYMPTOMS:

  • No symptoms
  • Headaches or Morning Headaches
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Dizziness
  • Nose Bleeds
  • Chest Pain
  • Flushed or Pale Skin
  • Nausea/Vomiting

EYE SYMPTOMS:

  • Papilloedema (swelling of the optic nerve- can cause pain with eye movements or loss of colour vision)
  • Blurred Vision
  • Double Vision

TREATMENTS:

  • Lifestyle 
  • Lose Weigh
  • Quit Smoking
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Reduce Salt intake
  • Reduce alcohol consumption
  • Medications

**There are numerous types of high blood pressure medications on the market today. Only your family physician and yourself can determine the best type of medication for you.

For more information on High Blood Pressure or Hypertension, please visit the Heart and Stroke Foundation. If you are concerned that High Blood Pressure may be affecting your vision, please see your optometrist. Your optometrist has the knowledge and skill to work along with your family physician when managing your blood pressure.