Wellness Eye Exams
Optomap Retinal Imaging
Zeiss OCT 5000 Scanner
Eye health is complex and deserves the attention of an expert with a Wellness Eye Exam.
During a Wellness Eye Exam, our Optometrists will give you a thorough vision assessment. We can then customize your lenses to suit your needs and fit your style. Our goal is to give you the very best vision possible for work and play. In addition to this, we will evaluate the exterior and interior health of your eyes to check for any signs of eye disease. We assess your eyes using the most advanced ocular equipment available, including Optomap Retinal Imaging and Zeiss OCT scans. As many common eye diseases have no early symptoms, your eye health depends on having these tests and having our skilled Doctors evaluate the results. We routinely screen all adult patients for glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration.
Early signs of serious medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease can be detected during your Wellness Eye Exam.
Typically you can expect your exam to take approximately 30 minutes. Allow longer if it is your first visit or if you are anticipating choosing a pair of glasses.
If you are under 19 years of age, or over 65 years of age, Alberta Health Care covers you for one exam per year, or more frequently if necessary. The cost of Optomap Retinal Imaging or OCT scans are not covered unless the Doctor has found a medical reason to do these tests.
Medically necessary eye exams are covered for any age-group.
If you are aged 19-64 years and come in for a Wellness Eye Examination or to update your prescription for glasses or contacts, this is not covered by Alberta Health Care. Please ask us about direct billing to your health insurance company.
What should I bring to my first eye examination at Canmore Family Eyecare?
Please bring your Alberta Health Care card, along with your most current prescription or glasses, your sunglasses, as well as your contact lens information (boxes or a recent prescription). A list of any medications is also useful.
Will I need drops in my eyes at my eye exam? Can I drive afterwards?
Children 0-18 Years
- First eye exam should be at 6-9 months of age.
- 1 in 4 school-aged children has a vision problem.
- Children with vision problems are often misdiagnosed as having learning or behavioural disabilities.
- Children are covered by Alberta Health Care for one complete eye exam per year, or more if necessary
- Additional exams and/or treatments may be covered based on medical needs. Ask our Doctors of Optometry for information about coverage and potential costs for specific visual conditions.
“Eye See…Eye Learn” for Kindergarten Age Children
“Eye See…Eye Learn” is an eye health and vision program for kindergarten age children in Alberta. Up to 80% of learning is visual, which makes having a comprehensive eye exam an important start to a child’s learning journey. The first step is to book an appointment with one of our Doctors of Optometry. They will check your child’s vision and eye health during an examination. These exams are covered by Alberta Health. If it is determined that your child requires eyeglasses, they will receive a FREE PAIR through the program. The Doctor of Optometry will order the glasses for you once the examination is complete.
ELIGIBILITY: A child is eligible from the September they begin kindergarten to when they begin Grade One.
- Adults should have a complete eye exam every one to two years. Ask us about the cost of the eye exam, and also about direct billing to your insurance company.
Seniors aged 65+
- Seniors are covered by Alberta Health Care for one complete eye exam per year.
- Additional exams and/or treatments may be covered based on medical needs.
- Laser vision referrals and co-management
- RCMP and Aviation medical clearance exams
Health Benefits and Insurance
Please ask us about direct billing to your health insurance for services not covered by Alberta Health Care. We provide direct billing to most insurers.