Comprehensive Eye Exams

This includes:

  • vision check – measurement of the necessary prescription for eyewear to see with maximal clarity
  • health check – pupil dilation and thorough examination of the structures inside the eyes to assess ocular health

Recommended schedule of examination for:

Children: The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends a child’s first eye exam to be at the age of six months, and then again at the age of three years. From then on a child should be seen every one to two years as recommended by the doctor. Doctors are able to perform tests to check a child’s eyes and visual system even if the child does not speak or read yet. Remember, kids are not able to distinguish what “blurry” looks like, or have complaints because they do not know what is considered “normal”. Bring kids in for a routine eye exam without waiting for them or for a teacher to tell you something is wrong!

See more: Strabismus & Amblyopia

Seniors: Adults over the age of 65 are advised to have a routine eye examination every year. Many conditions including glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration become more prevalent with increasing age. Early detection and prevention are the key to managing these conditions before they cause serious damage and irreversible vision loss.

See more: Cataracts

Diabetics: Individuals with diabetes should be examined routinely on a yearly basis to screen for diabetic retinopathy. Poorly controlled blood sugar damages the small blood vessels in the body, which can be seen directly in an eye exam.

See More: Diabetes

Note: Children under age 20, adults over age 65, and anyone with diabetes is covered for one comprehensive eye examination every year with a valid OHIP card.

Adults: A comprehensive evaluation is recommended every 1-2 years to check the vision and the health of the eyes, just like a routine physical examination with your family doctor. This is especially important for those with high myopia and a family history of eye problems, since many eye diseases and conditions are asymptomatic in the early stages and can only be detected during an eye examination with an optometrist.