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Eye exams at Optometrist Calgary

Dr. Steven Hoang

Optometrist & owner

Myope for life, blessed with young Asian looks, dad of 2, swim-bike-run-repeat




Glasses guru, podcast extraordinaire,
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Eye exams at Optometrist Calgary

Dr. Steven Hoang

More About Our Optometrist


It all started when…

I experienced first hand the frustrations of buying and wearing eyeglasses and contact lenses. I worked in many clinical settings from corporate to private opticals and optometrist owned clinics in Calgary and Alberta. I never enjoyed the uninspiring environment and rushing people through their eye exams.


This journey led me to create an Optometrist Calgary owned clinic called Respect Eyecare in Inglewood: a home where people can find honest care and handmade eyeglasses.

I trained at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science for my Doctor of Optometry. I was President of the Canadian Association for Optometrist Students’ and Executive Committee Member of Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity. I had the honour of being nominated by my professors to return as an alumnus speaker for the honorary White Coat Ceremony.

My clinical training consisted of volunteering internationally on eyecare mission trips to Peru and Guatemala. I chose to intern at a contact lens specialty clinic in Melbourne, Australia. I attended professional development lectures hosted by the headquarters of Johnson and Johnson, Alcon, Bausch and Lomb, and Canadian Institute for the Blind (CNIB).

I was awarded with the

  • Canadian Association of Optometrists Dr. Margaret Hansen des Groseilliers Award

  • American Optometric Foundation J. Pat Cummings Fellowship

  • Faculty of Science Foundation Educational Travel Award

I have served at Calgary Urban Project Society (CUPS) offering eye exams in Calgary to low income residents as part of a multi-disciplinary health provider. I am the Canadian content writer for Covalent Careers and have contributed to articles to the Alberta Association of Optometrists. I enjoy all parts of a practicing as an Optometrist in Calgary: routine exams, eye emergencies, kids exams.

My particular interests are

  • assessing and treating dry eyes,

  • myopia control, and

  • specialty contact lenses fitting including RGP, mini-scleral, hybrid, keratoconus, multifocal, and astigmatism.

I chose to open the Optometrist Calgary owned clinic Respect Eyecare in the historic neighbourhood of Inglewood because of the unique community of people that make it rich in character and charm. I genuinely enjoy serving as the local Optometrist in Calgary.


Yours truly,

Dr. Steven Hoang OD

Optometrist Calgary

Optometrist FAQ

Optometrists are professionally certified nerds when it comes to what’s best for your eyes and eye health. Many people rely on their ability to see clearly, and quickly to navigate our modern digital world.


We welcome you to follow along with us as we share about ​

  • What they do, 

  • What makes them different, 

  • Why see an Optometrist, and

  • What to expect at your eye exam

What do Optometrists Do?

Optometrists are your best friends when it comes to taking care of your eyes and vision. They help people and their families take the first step toward healthier eyes, which can carry over to a healthier body. Optometrists help a person's general health and well-being by picking up systemic diseases and diagnosing, treating, and managing eye diseases. Optometrists guide people to the right prevention plan and direct people’s next steps to a diagnosis and treatment. 


Optometrist main job description:

  • Prescribe medications, low vision rehabilitation, vision therapy, spectacle lenses, contact lenses

  • Educate people about surgical and non-surgical options that meet their visual needs related to their work, hobbies, and lifestyle including cataract and laser refractive surgery

  • Complete an undergraduate education at a college or university and 4 years of Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) professional degree at a college of optometry

What Makes Optometrists Different?

Optometrists are different from Opticians and Ophthalmologists. 


Let’s start with describing our friends the Opticians. Their main roles are

  • Check glasses lens prescriptions

  • Adjust and repair glasses, frames, and occasionally contact lenses

  • Take frame measurements

  • Guide a person to decide the type of lenses and frames that work best

  • Order and check products, including contacts and eyeglass lenses


Ophthalmologists offer specialty eye care services by referral from a medical professional. Their main scope of eye care is

  • Medical eye care - glaucoma, macular degeneration, retinal detachment, iritis, and chemical burns

  • Surgical eye care - trauma, crossed eye (strabismus), cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye, and ocular injections

  • Cosmetic surgery - raise droopy eyelids, smooth out eye wrinkles, remove pterygium and pinguecula, and remove chalazion 


At the end of the day, the best way to make sure your eyes are well taken care of is a combined approach of an Optometrist, Ophthalmologist, and Optician. Each professional complements the other.

Why See Your Optometrist?

We recommend people see their Optometrist Calgary for a comprehensive eye exam which covers more than just taking care of blurry vision. Our vision and eyes change with natural ageing and computer work-related demands. Many people live without knowing about a vision problem, which can all be caught at a comprehensive eye exam. Common diseases that Optometrist can see in the eyes are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, autoimmune disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and more. The big three eye diseases they watch for are cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.


Benefits to seeing your Optometrist instead of getting a referral or waiting to see an Ophthalmologist are

  • Optometrists are primary eye care providers - Their training and education are designed primarily for routine eye and vision care. Most people don’t need specialized medical care or eye surgery.

  • Greater availability - There are more optometrists than ophthalmologists. Optometrists are widely spread geographically. Ophthalmologists tend to be located in relatively large population centers.

  • Cost - Most of the services provided by both optometrists and ophthalmologists are usually partially or fully covered by health insurance plans.

Find a trusted Optometrist in Calgary who has your back, or should we say your eyes, and you'll be grooving.

Reasons To See Your Optometrist

We recommend you see your Optometrist Calgary if you experience any of the following

  • sudden vision changes,

  • blurry vision, 

  • trouble seeing close-up or distant objects,

  • any pain in or around the eye, or

  • dry eyes 


Another great reason to connect with your Optometrist Calgary is if you

  • ​​Wear corrective lenses, or think you need glasses or contacts

  • Have a chronic disease like diabetes, which has a greater risk of eye disease

  • Have a family history of vision loss or eye disease 

  • Take prescription medications that affect your eyes

What To Expect At Your Optometrist

Your Optometrist will ask about your medical history and any vision problems. They will check your vision and confirm that your eyes are working optimally. Here is a rundown of the tests you can expect to see at your eye exam (no need to study for this test):

1. Cover Test

  • You'll be asked to look at a small target a specific distance away while your optometrist covers and uncovers each eye to see how your eyes move and work together. 

2. Eye Muscle Movement Test

  • This assessment determines how your eyes align, which requires you to follow a target, like a pen or a fingertip, as it moves in different directions.

3. Pupil Reactions

  • The pupils, or the black center of your eye, are always adjusting to different amounts of light. Your optometrist will watch how your pupils react to lighting. People with recent head injuries and concussions can experience delayed pupil reactions.

4. Visual Acuity/Refraction Test

  • At last, the infamous eye chart that optometrists are most known for. This involves covering one eye and reading different lines of an eye chart, from the largest letters at the top to the smallest row at the bottom.

  • Optometrists complement this test with a refraction test, which allows them to fine-tune your glasses prescription by finding the perfect lens combination that helps you see the best.

5. Slit Lamp Exam

  • Optometrists use a microscope designed to get an up-close and personal look at the fine structures of your eye including cornea, iris, lens, and retina. 

6. Retinal Exam

  • Optometrists use imaging instruments and high-power magnifying lenses to assess the retina, blood vessels, optic nerve, and fluid in the back of your eyes. They will measure the fluid pressure in your eyes for any signs of glaucoma, measure the thickness of your corneas, and check your peripheral vision if needed.


We suggest bring your glasses or contact lenses along to your appointment to help us assess what you have and show you any changes in your prescription. 

What Is A Comprehensive Eye Exam?

This is where your Optometrist Calgary checks the quality of your vision and the health of your eyes, eye tissue and watches for other non-eye related diseases. 



Regular eye examinations are important for all ages. Optometrists recommend people should get their eyes checked every 1-2 years unless advised by your eye doctor to have them checked more often. Eye examinations are an easy and effective way for clear, comfortable vision, and general health.


A complete eye exam takes 30-45 minutes. After your eye exam, our professional crew at Respect Eyecare will help guide you to choose the right pair of glasses that fit your personal style, facial features, and that optimize your lenses based on your prescription. We want people to love their new glasses and that they are comfortable to wear.


Optometrists offer an all-in-one stop for eye care. This includes fitting contact lenses in the clinic at our boutique in Inglewood by our Optometrist Calgary. Contact lenses are recommended to be fitted by a certified Optometrist, which is a service available at Respect Eyecare during your eye exam.

What is the difference between a comprehensive eye exam and a vision screening?

Current vision screenings are not effective ways to identify people who need vision care. These screenings are offered at schools, pediatrician offices or family doctor offices. While they will catch vision problems like nearsightedness, they often miss more than they find. Vision screenings can give a false sense of security for people who "pass" the screening and get in the way of early diagnosis of vision problems. These people are less likely to receive treatment for their vision problem and it could become worse.