Your eye health is much more than how well you can see. In fact, 1 in 7 Canadians with no symptoms have an undiagnosed and possibly preventable eye condition. Routine eye examinations are the best way to catch eye disease before it is too late to treat.
How we use our eyes every day has a tremendous impact on our overall well-being. Optimizing our lifestyle, nutrition, ergonomics and eyewear can vastly improve quality of life.
Healthy adults should have an exam annually to ensure healthy eyes that last a lifetime. With modern diagnostic technology, we have the ability to detect eye diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration much earlier than before. Your doctor will also talk to you about preventative eye care, and how you can get the most out of your vision.
A child’s first optical exam should be at 6 months of age. The doctor will assess for normal development of the eye and visual system, as well as discuss what to expect as your child grows older. All testing at this age is objective and baby-friendly.
Children of school age are seen annually to ensure that their vision is not affecting their learning and school work. 1 in 4 children diagnosed with a learning disorder actually have a vision problem, and screenings in school are not adequate to detect all vision issues.
Children are OHIP covered for one annual eye exam until the age of 20.
Seniors have the highest risk of vision loss and are seen at least annually, and more frequently if there is eye disease present. Specialized eye health testing is crucial to ensure that serious problems are assessed and treated in a timely manner.
Seniors are OHIP covered for one annual eye exam above the age of 65.