Regardless of your age or physical health, it’s important to have regular eye exams.

During a complete eye exam, your eye doctor will not only determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses but will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.

A comprehensive eye exam includes a number of tests and procedures to examine and evaluate the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. These tests range from simple ones, like having you read an eye chart, to complex ones such as using a high-powered lens to examine the health of the tissues inside your eyes.

Eye care experts recommend you have a complete eye exam every year to assess your risk for potentially damaging eye conditions, as well as to keep on top of any changes in vision you may be experiencing.

Adults

Our optometrists recommend an annual eye exam for any adult, whether they wear glasses or not. Doctors often recommend more frequent examinations for adults with diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders because many diseases can have an impact on vision and eye health. After age 40 the risk of eye problems such as presbyopia, cataracts and macular degeneration increases.

Children

All children should have their eyes examined at 6 months of age and then annually. So much can change when children are growing and learning. It’s important to routinely ensure optimal eye health and developmental progress. Our eye doctors can complete an eye exam even if your child doesn’t know the alphabet or is not yet speaking. They can use shapes, patterns, pictures and other child-friendly ways to evaluate vision and eye health. Children often say they love coming to get their eyes checked here and they look forward to coming back!

Children with existing vision problems or risk factors should have their eyes examined more frequently. Common risk factors for vision problems include:

  • premature birth
  • developmental delays
  • turned or crossed eyes
  • family history of eye disease
  • history of eye injury
  • other physical illness or disease

Eye Infections

Please give our office a call if you suspect the start of an eye infection, pink eye or otherwise. Children are always covered under OHIP and our doctors will accommodate children with infections on the same day. Our optometrists will treat and prescribe drops if necessary. It’s important to remember that not all red eyes are pink eye and that misdiagnosis and not treating a more serious inflammation can lead to vision loss.

OHIP

OHIP covers a full eye exam once a year for patients under the age of 20 and over the age of 64. Partial exams to assess eye infections or other vision concerns are also always covered.

Patients aged 20-64 are not covered for eye exams by OHIP unless there is a serious eye problem such as cataracts, glaucoma, diabetes or retinal concern. Patients of this age category may be covered by employer’s work insurance for routine eye exams.