WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU HAD AN EYE EXAM?
Your eyes play an important role in your sensory experience so it makes sense to take care of them. Whether you are 9 or 99 years old, regular eye exams with an Optometrist are essential, not only to determine your prescription for eyeglasses but also to assess your general eye health.
DID YOU KNOW…
“4700 British Columbians lose their vision every year”
“75% of vision loss can be prevented through prevention, early detection and treatment. The best form of treatment is early detection.”
2009 Cost of Blindness Study, CNIB & the Canadian Ophthalmological Society
During a comprehensive eye exam, your Optometrist will check your eyes for common eye diseases and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health. Also, a dilated fundus examination for detection of glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, retinal holes and tears, vitreous floaters, diabetic retinopathy and hypertensive retinopathy. Your Optometrist is often the first health care professional to detect chronic systemic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Updating your eyeglasses with the most recent prescription is important, as even slight changes to your Rx will result in optimal performance of your eyeglasses. Also talk to your Optometrist for suggestions on lens types and coatings that will suit your lifestyle needs.
EYE EXAMS FOR CHILDREN
Eye exams for children also play an important role in ensuring normal vision development and academic achievement of all kids. Vision is closely linked to the learning process. Children with undetected vision problems often will have trouble with their schoolwork. Many times, children will not complain of vision problems simply because they don’t know what “normal” vision looks like.
COVERAGE FOR EYE EXAMS
For British Columbia residents with a BC Care Card, MSP covers kids under 19 years for regular eye exams. MSP will pay a portion of Optometrist fees for seniors over 65 years. For British Columbians between 19 and 65, there is no MSP coverage for eye exams but you may be eligible for coverage through extended medical insurance plans as well as eligibility through disability, income assistance, IA and DVA.