When it comes to eye care, you may be faced with a couple of options, a sight test or an eye exam. In this article, we examine the differences between the two options.
Eye Examinations – An eye exam is performed by a Doctor of Optometry. As an eye exam addresses your eye health, there is no substitute for an eye exam. A comprehensive eye exam will include the following
-An assessment of eye health, to diagnose any eye conditions or diseases. The testing includes eye pressure tests for glaucoma as well as examination of the eyes for cataracts and macular degeneration.
-Testing of how well the eyes focus at varying distances.
-Binocular vision testing to assess how well the eyes work together.
After a thorough examination and discussion on your lifestyle needs, the Optometrist is able to make recommendations on lens options that will best suit your personal visual requirements.
Sight Test – This test is not performed by a doctor. A sight test is very limited in its scope in that it provides only an eyeglass prescription by the use of automated equipment.
How often should I have an Eye Exam?
An eye exam is generally recommended every 2 years. In cases where you may experience any deterioration in your vision or other eye issue, it is important to see an Optometrist promptly. For kids, seniors and individuals with health issues or eye conditions, eye exams should be conducted annually.
Insurance & MSP
MSP will cover eye exams for kids under 19 years. Seniors over the age of 65 years receive an eye exam with a co-pay fee of $25 in conjunction with MSP coverage.
Also bear in mind that if you have extended health plans , they may cover the full or partial cost of the eye exam. At TVO we are able to direct bill many of the major insurance companies for eye exam and glasses.
For more information on our eye exams, please call the office. 604-873-3941
Also please visit the CNIB website for more information on eye health. http://www.cnib.ca/en/living/independent-living/Pages/eye-exam-1007.aspx