My eyes seem fine…. why should I get them examined?
There are two goals of an eye examination: to accurately determine how well you see, and to assess your eye health – which can have immediate and future impacts.
Coming in regularly is important on both these levels. In terms of your vision, changes usually occur gradually – to the point where you may not even be aware that there’s been a change.
Regarding eye health, even serious blinding eye diseases like glaucoma and macular degeneration usually do not cause perceptible changes in vision when they first begin.
An eye exam will ensure that you are seeing as well as possible, and can detect eye diseases in their early stages before permanent vision loss has occurred.
How often do I need my eyes checked?
The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends the following as a general guide:
Infants and toddlers (birth to 24 months) – first eye exam at 6-9 months of age
Preschool (2 to 5 years) - at age 3, and prior to entering elementary school
School age (6 to 18 years) - annually
Adult (19 to 64 years) - every one to two years
Older adult (65 years and older) – annually
What does an eye exam involve?
Our doctors and staff will perform a number of tests to assess your vision and eye health. A typical examination will include:
Questions about your vision, general health, current medications, family history, and visual demands due to your working environment and hobbies
Assessment of your ability to read letters, words, or (for children) pictures on eye charts
Tests of your ability to use your eyes together
Demonstrations of various combinations of lenses to see if glasses will improve your vision
Examination of your eyes from front to back using microscopes, lights, and magnifying lenses to look for signs of eye disease
If you are 18 years of age or older, imaging of your retinas, a peripheral vision test, and measurement of your eye pressure using a puff of air or a gentle probe.
How do you do an eye exam on a baby or infant?
Parents are often surprised when we recommend a child’s first eye exam at 6-9 months of age. The main goal of an infant eye exam is to ensure that the eyes are healthy and that nothing is preventing proper visual development.
Obviously, we use different examination techniques than when we examine an adult (no asking “Which is better, one or two?”). Our eye doctors are able to detect visually significant amounts of prescription, check eye alignment, and look for structural abnormalities or eye health problems without any input from your baby.
What do I need to bring to my eye exam, and how long will it take?
Bring your most recent pair of glasses with you, even if you don’t wear them anymore. If you wear contact lenses, put them in at least two hours prior to your appointment. Be prepared to provide us with your previous eye and medical history and to let us know if you have any special visual requirements related to your work or recreational activities. Also, a list of any medications, eye drops, vitamins, and supplements that you are currently taking is very helpful.
Plan to be in the office for approximately 60 minutes. We recommend bringing a pair of sunglasses for your trip home, as some of the tests can make your eyes sensitive to light.
How much does an eye exam cost?
Exam fees are listed below, and include measurement of eye pressure (tonometry), pupillary dilation, and all retinal imaging (Optomap™, OCT, and/or fundus photography).
Complete Eye Examination (age 18-39)
Complete Eye Examination For contact lens wearers (age 18-39)
Complete Eye Examination (age 40+)
Complete Eye Examination For contact lens wearers (age 40+)
Children under the age of 18 as well as people living with diabetes are covered for an eye exam annually through Saskatchewan Health. We are also able to bill the government if you have any additional supplemental health coverage.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Our office accepts cash, Interac, VISA, and MasterCard. We also offer direct billing to the vast majority of insurance companies serving Saskatchewan (click here to see a full list).
If you have government coverage such as Supplementary Health, Family Health Benefits, Saskatchewan Income Plan, or First Nations and Inuit Health please let us know when booking your appointment.