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  • 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?
    Children 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.
  • Why are dilation drops used in an eye exam?
    Dilation is standard part of a thorough ocular examination. Normally, when light is shone into your eyes, your pupils constrict limiting the view inside your eye. By dilating (enlarging) the pupil temporarily with topical eye drops, your eye doctor can best evaluate your eye's health and screen for peripheral eye diseases like retinal tears/hole/detachments and ocular tumours. Typically the drops take around 20 minutes to achieve full effect. Since you leave the eye exam more sensitive to light and with increased blurred vision at near, we ask that either bring a driver to your appointment or allow for at least an hour for the drops to wear down before driving yourself home. You will want to be a pair of sunglasses to your appointment for your comfort, however if you forget them we do have temporary sunglasses for your to have on your way out. While most people feel their vision is back to normal within 1-2 hours, for some residual effect can last as long as 4-6 hours.
  • 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)
  • How long will my appointment last?
    Children's eye exams (18 yrs and under): the appointment typically lasts 30 mins. Adult eye exams: please allow for up to an hour for the completion of the exam, as we may need to dilate your eyes. Emergency / minor exams: depending on the nature of the visit, the appointment could last between 20 mins to 1 hour.
  • 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?
    Children 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.
  • Why are dilation drops used in an eye exam?
    Dilation is standard part of a thorough ocular examination. Normally, when light is shone into your eyes, your pupils constrict limiting the view inside your eye. By dilating (enlarging) the pupil temporarily with topical eye drops, your eye doctor can best evaluate your eye's health and screen for peripheral eye diseases like retinal tears/hole/detachments and ocular tumours. Typically the drops take around 20 minutes to achieve full effect. Since you leave the eye exam more sensitive to light and with increased blurred vision at near, we ask that either bring a driver to your appointment or allow for at least an hour for the drops to wear down before driving yourself home. You will want to be a pair of sunglasses to your appointment for your comfort, however if you forget them we do have temporary sunglasses for your to have on your way out. While most people feel their vision is back to normal within 1-2 hours, for some residual effect can last as long as 4-6 hours.
  • 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)
  • How long will my appointment last?
    Children's eye exams (18 yrs and under): the appointment typically lasts 30 mins. Adult eye exams: please allow for up to an hour for the completion of the exam, as we may need to dilate your eyes. Emergency / minor exams: depending on the nature of the visit, the appointment could last between 20 mins to 1 hour.
  • 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).

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