Frequently Asked Questions about Eye Exams

The following are some of the questions we hear most often from our patients. Do you have a question or concern that is not addressed here? Contact our office for more information.

"Why Should I Have My Eyes Examined Regularly?"

The eyes tell a great deal about what’s happening within the body. An eye exam will not only detect and treat various eye health issues but it can also detect any other unknown problems within the body.

"How Often Should I Have My Eyes Examined?"

A person who does not have any other health issues such as diabetes, history of eye problems or taking medications that could affect vision should have their eyes examined every 2 years as a minimum. Children, seniors, contact lens wearers, and people with higher prescriptions or health issues should have their eyes examined at least once a year or sooner, depending on the nature of the health issues.

"Is My Eye Exam Covered?"

Routine eye exams are covered once a year by Alberta Health Care for those under the age of 19 or age 65 and older. Routine eye exams are NOT covered by Alberta Health Care for the age group of 19 to 64 years old.

Medically related eye problems are covered for Alberta residents of all ages.

"How Much Does a Routine Eye Exam Cost If My Exam Is Not Covered?"


Whether or not you wear eyeglasses, contact lenses, or have had laser surgery, you should take a proactive or preventative approach to your eye health by scheduling regular comprehensive eye health examinations. For children, seniors, and contact lens wearers, this should occur at least annually. Children can be evaluated as early as 6 months of age. They should then be seen at age 3, then 5, and then annually throughout their school age years. Amblyopia or lazy eye, a condition, which is not always obvious to parents, can be treated effectively if discovered early in a child’s life. Individuals with eye health problems should be monitored more often as indicated by their optometrist. For all others, regular eye health exams should occur every 1 - 2 years. At your checkup, your optometrist will quantify changes in your vision and/or prescription, monitor your eye health status, and refer you to any specialist should the need arise. Note that Alberta Healthcare covers optometry services in full for children 18 and under, and for seniors 65 and older.

We strive to provide customers with friendly service through our dedicated and experienced staff. In a world increasingly preoccupied with the business of work and play, we are preoccupied with ensuring your capability to see it all through. Our aims are to help patients see well, look great, and shop happy. We pride ourselves on staff that aid customers through their experiences here, from providing knowledge on all kinds of lenses to helping customers choose eyewear to balancing factors of health needs, aesthetic desires, and any budgets. We hope to have you walk out the door having had a positive experience and with a great idea of where to return for eye care.


Our licensed independent doctors of optometry and licensed opticians will be more than happy to assist you with all your eye care needs. 


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129-2525 36 St NE

Calgary, AB T1Y 5T4

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