Frequently Asked Questions About Eye Exams


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 1-2 years as a minimum.

Children, seniors, contact lens wearers, and people with higher prescriptions or health issues such as diabetes should have their eyes examined at least once a year or sooner, depending on the nature of the health issues.

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 help to detect other unknown problems within the body.

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.

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.

What about eye exams for children?

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.

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.

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