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Seniors Eye Exams

Eye Exams are Covered for Adults in Alberta Over the Age of 65

AHCIP Provides Coverage for Eye Exams

As a senior citizen of Alberta, you receive annual regular eye exam coverage through AHCIP (Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan). There’s no need to worry about cost when it comes to your vision.

For more information on this please ask when you call us to book your appointment. We would be happy to answer your questions!

The Risk for Eye Disease Increases Greatly as We Age

You have likely heard about Glaucoma, Cataracts, Age-Related Macular Degeneration( AMD) and other eye conditions that affect all Canadians in their later years. Once we reach 40 years of age our body’s natural ageing process begins to gradually, progressively degrade our eye health. The pace at which this occurs increases significantly once we enter our 60’s and highlights the importance of regular eye exams.

Eye conditions like AMD may not have a cure but they can be managed effectively with the guidance of our Optometrist. Furthermore, there are many things that we can prescribe for you to help slow down these degenerative changes once they are detected.

We have an increased chance to prevent total vision loss if we have the opportunity to assess your eye health on an annual basis.

Early Detection is Vital for Preventing Complete Vision Loss

Several of the eye conditions that affect our vision as we age show up unannounced. They are characteristically asymptomatic, meaning they present with little to no symptoms in their early stages.

Patients who forgo annual eye exams risk preventable vision loss.

With regular eye exams we can help you manage your eye health, increasing the potential to slow down the progression of your vision loss or prevent it entirely.

Important Information About Seniors Eye Wellness Exams

How often should seniors have an eye exam performed?

For adults 40 to 64 years old, the Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends regular eye exams every one to two years. Canadians aged 65 years or older should receive eye exams annually.

How long does the appointment take?

A regular eye exam at our practice is approximately 60 minutes. This timeframe includes pre-testing, a comprehensive eye exam, and a consultation with our Optometrist. If it is your first appointment with us, please allow for up to 90 minutes.

Next Steps

Our Comprehensive Eye Wellness Exam

One of our qualified Optometric Assistants will perform the preliminary tests listed below for the pre-exam. After you have completed these simple and painless procedures, the Optometrist will perform the rest of your exam.

Pre-Exam

Prior to beginning any exam procedures, we first obtain a detailed history of your eye health and general health.  We want to know about any previous eye injuries or surgeries.  As well, any medical conditions and any medications you are currently taking.  After this we perform the following diagnostic tests:

    • Digital Retina Camera – Enables us to see signs of diabetes, macular degeneration, and any other retinal or vascular abnormalities.   This also enables us to determine optic nerve health.
    • Topcon Maestro (Optical Coherence Technology) – This advanced imaging technology creates a digital cross-section of your retina and optic nerve. This allows our eye doctors to see any abnormalities or signs of eye disease at their earliest stages.
    • FDT ( Frequency Doubling Technology) – This peripheral vision test enables us to screen for the development of macular degeneration, glaucoma or any other neurological problems between the eyes and the brain.
    • Auto-Refractor/Keratometer – This determines the curvature of your eye. This gives the Optometrist a starting point to start accurately measuring your vision prescription.  We also use this information for properly fitting contact lenses.
    • Non-Contact Tonometer – This device, known as the “air puff”, measures eye pressure. This is helpful in detecting Glaucoma.
Eye Exam

One of our Optometrists will perform the following exam procedures after the initial diagnostics have been completed:

    • Discussion of vision and eye health concerns – Our Optometrists will sit down with you and listen to you while you tell us the reason for your visit and if anything in particular is troubling you.
    • Evaluation of Distance and Near Prescription –  We will accurately measure your prescription at distance, near, and any other working distance that you may need.
    • Digital Retina Scan – Review images from the digital retinal camera for  eye health and general health concerns.
    • OCT Analysis – Review the OCT results for the macula and optic nerve looking for any subtle abnormalities which could pose future problems.
    • Biomicroscope evaluation of anterior surface of the eye – Here we look for such things as dry eye syndrome,  eyelid disease ( called blepharitis), tear film dysfunction, corneal or conjunctival problems including infections or allergies, and lens opacties such as cataracts.
    • Eye muscle evaluation –  We make sure both eyes are working together as a team and if not, make the necessary recommendation to alleviate visual discomfort caused by this.
    • Eye Pressure and Peripheral Vision evaluation – Our eye doctors, examine your scores on both of these tests to make should they are indicative of healthy eyes and visual system.
    • Final Recommendations –  Lastly, we put this entire picture together and make recommendations on what is needed to be done for both your vision and eye health now and in the future.