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