Frequently Asked Questions

When should I have my first exam?


A child’s initial examination should be at age 6 months and then again at age 3 years. Examinations at this age are to rule out sight threatening conditions.

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Recommended frequency

  • Age 6 months: initial examination
  • Ages 3-18 years: annually
  • Ages 19-64: every 2 years
  • Over 65 years: annually

Patients who wear contact lenses should also be seen annually due to the potential for health issues.

Patients with active disease, general and eye health issues or other concerns will need to be seen on a more regular schedule as decided by the doctor.

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How long will my eye exam take?


Most vision examinations are scheduled for 40 minutes to one and a half hours. Additional time is required for contact lens wearers and patients who require dilation for their internal eye health assessment.

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Are there differences in eye exams?


Absolutely! At Sundre Vision Care we strive for excellence in vision care. We use the latest in diagnostic testing! In your diagnostic pre-testing you will receive:

  1. Automated refractor-keratometer: to measure your prescription, the shape of the cornea, and also provide a corneal map.
  2. Non-contact tonometer: to measure the pressure in your eye (a test for glaucoma)
  3. Visual Field testing of your peripheral vision: a test for both glaucoma and neurological problems
  4. Digital Retinal Photographs-magnified pictures of your retina
  5. Colour vision
  6. Stereoacuity or depth perception

With the doctor, you will receive testing to finalize your prescription, assess your eye movements (tracking), focusing and eye coordination skills. Further eye health analysis will be made, and an individualized diagnosis and treatment plan will be discussed

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What coverage do I have for my examination?


Alberta Health Care covers only one full examination, partial examination, and single procedure for routine vision care in the age groups of 0-18 years, and over 65 years in the health care year*. Adults are not covered for routine vision exams, however many private insurance carriers now provide coverage.

*the health care year runs from July 01 to June 30.

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Is there any emergency coverage for conditions such as eye infections?


Emergency vision coverage including eye infections, foreign body removal, and other eye health conditions are covered by Alberta Health Care. Optometrists treat most eye infections, and will refer you quickly if further expertise is required.

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What is special testing?


Special testing including retinal photographs, visual fields (peripheral vision), in-depth eye coordination and focusing assessments, visual perceptual and learning assessments are not covered by basic health care coverage, and are the responsibility of the patient. Our office’s standard of care includes some of these tests in your comprehensive vision examination.

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