Comprehensive Eye Examination
A thorough, annual examination of your eyes and its surrounding tissues is important not only to maintain vision by way of spectacles, contact lenses, or other visual aids, but also for the detection and prevention of ocular disease. In many circumstances, a visit to your local Optometrist under noticeable deterioration of vision may be too late. It is highly advised to visit your Eye Doctor regularly to rule out the possibility of silent disorders. Some of the leading causes of blindness can be completely asymptomatic. These include: Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Cataracts, Lazy Eyes (Amblyopia), Glaucoma, Diabetes, or even Tumors.
So when should I, or my child, get our eyes examined by an Optometrist?
Our office, as well as most, will highly recommend yearly examinations. As of November 2004, the Ontario government de-regulated OHIP coverage for eye examinations for people between the ages of 20-64. So people of those ages, will have to pay privately for their exam cost. Every optometric office will have their own set of guidelines as to what they charge for an eye examination. These factors are based on geographical location, scope of practice, and even equipment and diagnostic tools used throughout the course of the exam. Under OHIP guidelines, those of the ages 19 and under, and 65 and older are entitled to a full oculovisual assessment once every year with a valid health card. Under these guidelines, we recommend that your child visit their Optometrist once every year from as early as 6 months. Those of the ages 20-64 may also have OHIP coverage if you suffer from either of the following disorders: