Comprehensive Eye Exams

Comprehensive Eye Exams
Comprehensive eye exams are an important part of preventive health care for everyone. A comprehensive eye exam involves more than determining your prescription for glasses or contact lenses. An eye exam is also used to assess the whole eye and visual system, and detect a wide variety of vision problems. For example, eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration can be detected during the course of your routine exam. Your eyes can also be an important indicator of your general health. Optometrists are often one of the first health care professionals to detect systemic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

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Need an eye exam in Calgary? In order to ensure your eyes are as healthy as they can be, an annual eye exam in Calgary is essential and a key diagnostic and preventive measure to protect your eyes. Vision is often something overlooked by those who don’t wear glasses or have a particular vision problem, but taking necessary precautions allows everyone to keep up with their eyes for any changes or developments that could occur with age and time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

In Alberta, comprehensive eye exams are covered by Alberta Health Care for children (0 to 18 years of age) and seniors (65 years of age or older).

We recommend that everyone should have a complete eye exam every year to check for any change in prescription and early signs of eye disease.

Eye exams for children are important to assess their visual development, and to confirm that they have the visual skills necessary for school performance and other activities. Children are unlikely to complain about vision problems, because they are often unaware of what normal vision should be. Because clear and comfortable vision is integral for proper learning and development, undetected vision problems can result in difficulty with schoolwork and extracurricular activities. For this reason, children ought to have their eyes examined by 6 months of age, and every year thereafter.

When it comes to newborns, the 6-month mark is usually when it is recommended to first check their eyes. An eye exam is recommended again at 3 years of age, and after 5 years of age it should be an annual routine. Once a person reaches young adulthood, at approximately 19 years of age, it may be advised to transition to bi-annual exams or as recommended by your optometrist.

The cost of an eye exam in Calgary depends on where you get it done and whether or not the exam is performed by an optometrist or an ophthalmologist, the particular tests in the exam, and if you are being fitted for contact lenses or receiving other related services.

A comprehensive adult eye exam (for those between 19 and 64 years of age) at My Optometrist Calgary includes:

  • A review of your past and present eye and general health issues, as well as your family history.
  • A discussion of your visual needs at work or school, home and for leisure.
  • Measurement of your current level of vision with and without your glasses or contact lenses, and determination of your prescription.
  • Assessment of your ability to move and use both eyes together.
  • Measurement of the pressure inside of your eyes.
  • A visual field assessment to measure your peripheral vision.
  • Careful examination of the health of your eyes inside and outside. Drops to dilate your pupils may be recommended and administered.
  • A photograph of the back of your eyes.
  • Recommendations for future care of your eyes and vision.

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