Frequently asked questions





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Frequently asked questions

How often should an adult have eye exam?

It is recommended adults between the ages 18 to 65 should have a comprehensive eye exam at least once every two years. If you are considered at greater risk of ocular disease, you should have your eyes examined more frequently. "At risk" individuals include: - People with diabetes - Those taking medication that have potentially harmful eye-related side effects - Those requiring yearly examinations for their profession - People with previous eye injuries or eye surgeries (ex: cataract surgery) - Those with a strong family history of eye disease (glaucoma, macular degeneration, etc.) Older adults (age 65 and older) should have annual exams.

How often should a child have an eye exam?

Children generally should have their eyes examined at: - 6 months (first check) - 3 yrs - Start of school - Yearly thereafter until the age of 18 yrs. * Don't forget, all children's eye exams are covered by MSP up to the age of 18yrs (with a valid CareCard).

What does 20/20 mean?

A person with 20/20 vision can see what an average individual can see on an eye chart when they are standing 20 feet away. For example, if someone had 20/50 vision (less than 20/20 vision), it means at twenty feet away, you can read letters the average person can see from 50 feet away.

Does MSP cover my eye exam?


  • Patients under the age of 19 are fully covered for a full exam once a year.
Seniors (65+)
  • Adults over the age of 64 are partially covered for a full exam once a year.
Adults 19-64 yrs
  • Patients who have a medical condition that could affect eye health, such as those diagnosed with diabetes, are partially covered for a full exam once a year.

What should I bring to my eye exam?

When coming to any eye appointment, please bring the following:

  • Your current eyeglasses, sunglasses and contact lenses
  • Your BC Services Card
  • Any insurance information (for direct billing)
  • A list of any medications, supplements, and/or eyedrops you currently use
  • A list of any health conditions and/or allergies (to medications or otherwise)
  • A list of your family's systemic and ocular health history
  • Your family doctor’s name
  • Any questions you have about your eye health
  • A driver (if you are having your eyes dilated and you are unable to wait for the effects to wear off before driving yourself - at least 1 hour)

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If you have any pressing questions about your eye examination, vision correcting options, or optometry in general, we would love to hear from you. Additionally, if you have any suggestions for this FAQ page or recommendations on how we can better serve our community we would greatly appreciate your feedback.