Comprehensive Eye Exams
Tests like having you read an eye chart or using a high-powered lens to examine the health of the tissues inside of your eyes.
Comprehensive eye exams are essential to ensure that your ocular health remains optimal. At Infinite Eyecare, eye exams are more than just a prescription number for glasses. Typically, in an exam room your doctor will perform case history, visual acuity testing with and without correction, internal examination of your ocular components, eye alignment and muscle movement, pressures of the eye to name few.
Children’s Eye Exams
According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), all children should have their eyes examined at 6 months of age, at age 3 and again at the start of school. Children should then continue to have their eyes examined at least every two years throughout school.
Experts say 5 to 10% of pre-schoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision problems. Early identification of a child's vision problem is crucial because, if left untreated, some childhood vision problems can cause permanent vision loss.
Eye exams can be the first step to improve your child's some basic visual skills such as Near vision, Distance vision, Eye teaming (binocularity) skills, Eye movement skills, Focusing skills, Peripheral awareness, Eye/hand coordination.
Eye Exams Frequency
The most common question that arises is how often should one be getting evaluated for eye examination. This can be a tricky question simply because everyone is different and the ocular issues that we face will determine the frequency of visits. While we do recommend this routinely eye exam schedule, we advise you to talk to your optometrist to address any further concerns.
For Alberta children 18 years old and younger (1–18), and seniors 65 years and older, eye examinations are covered if received in Alberta. Optometry services received outside Alberta are not covered. Optometry benefits are limited to one complete exam, one partial exam, and one diagnostic procedure per benefit year (July 1 to June 30).
Alberta residents 19–64 years old, who require an eye examination for a medical condition, episode of illness or trauma, may be eligible for an eye examination if the optometrist deems it as an insured eye examination. Consult with your health care professional regarding services covered.
There are also some optometry benefits for Albertans of all ages for specific medical conditions treated by Alberta optometrists. Optometrists cannot charge their patients for services covered by the AHCIP. The patient, or their secondary insurer (if applicable), is responsible for paying additional costs not covered under the AHCIP. Ask your optometrist for details.