Ilex Eye: Eye Doctors in Waterloo
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Eye Care

Our practice provides both comprehensive and specialty eye care services for patients of all ages, including the pediatric and geriatric population.

Comprehensive Examinations

Exam Room



Our commitment to provide the best care possible includes routine use of diagnostic pharmaceuticals (pupil dilation), state of the art examination instrumentation, and allowing ample time (30 to 40 minutes) for thorough evaluation.




Contact Lenses

For some patients, glasses may be inconvenient, impractical, or simply unwanted.


Contact lenses are now available for the majority of prescriptions: near- and farsightedness, astigmatism, and yes, even for those who need reading glasses. Silicone hydrogel materials (on which Karen MacDonald authored the first published paper) have revolutionized lens wear, increasing permeability (oxygen transmission) while retaining moisture, allowing for excellent comfort and vision.

Specialty lenses, including rigid gas permeable scleral designs, are employed for patients with corneal irregularity due to injury, surgery, dystrophy or degeneration, or for those with extreme dry eye.

If you're interested, ask your optometrist if you're a candidate for contact lens wear: we recognize the importance of good comfort and sharp vision, and we'll work with you to find a lens that works for you.

Imaging and Special Testing

Automated Visual Field (AVF) Analysis: maps the peripheral (side) vision, and is a critical component of diagnosing and monitoring any neurologic defect or disease affecting the optic nerve, most commonly glaucoma. AVF analysis is an OHIP-insured service for patients 19 and under, 65 and over, and for adults with a medical condition (such as diabetes)qualifying them for OHIP coverage.

AMD Photo     FAF Image

Digital Retinal Imaging: photography provides a high-resolution digital image that is of great value in diagnosing and monitoring diseases of the retina and optic nerve including diabetes, age-related macular degeneration (AMD; see above left), and glaucoma. Photography is not an OHIP-insured procedure for any patient of any age: we recommend baseline imaging for all adults, and thereafter as clinically indicated.

Fundus Autofluorescence: is a specialized photographic technique that identifies areas of distressed retinal tissue, helping in the care of patients with degenerative retinal disease, most commonly AMD (see above right).

AMD OCT Raster

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT): provides a non-invasive and high-resolution cross-sectional image ... think of OCT as an optical ultrasound. It has become invaluable in the diagnosis and management of a number of retinal and optic nerve diseases including glaucoma, AMD (see above), diabetic retinopathy, and others. Like photography, OCT is not an OHIP-insured service for any patient of any age; as such, we recommend it only when clinically indicated.

Laser Vision Correction

We are very experienced in providing Laser Vision Correction assessment and co-management. While we commonly work with TLC at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science, we work for you, advocating on your behalf and doing our best to ensure that your surgical result meets your needs and expectations.

Providing an eye care experience

that is second to none