Primary Eye Exams
Every adult should have his or her eyes examined at least every 2 years. Certain health conditions warrant yearly exams (such as diabetes or macular degeneration among others).
Regular eye exams for adults are generally not covered by Sask Health unless there is financial need. The government has several programs in place including Supplemental health, Family Health Benefits, Worker’s compensation, and Senior’s Income Plan. It is your responsibility to tell the front desk staff if you believe you are eligible for any of these programs. If you bring your Sask Health card to the exam, your eligibility can be checked over the phone. Special billing and pre-approval may be required for some patients who are covered through Indian Affairs or DVA. Please mention if you are eligible when making an appointment and provide your treaty number or Veteran number to ensure you have coverage for your exam.
Children’s Eye Exams
Children under 18 with valid Saskatchewan Health cards are covered for a full eye exam once per calendar year (at least 365 days between appointments). However, if a child is complaining about his or her eyes or vision, please contact the office. Exceptions can be made depending on the circumstance.
Referrals for refractive surgery and pre and post operative care are provided. Our doctors can advise which laser surgery and clinic is best suited to your needs.
Humprhey Visual Fields
This test measures your peripheral vision. This is an important test for glaucoma and neurological diseases. It can also be required for your drivers’ license.
OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography)
The OCT is an instrument that provides an “optical ultrasound”. It will produce advanced images of the macula to monitor any changes caused by pathology such as diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. It can quantify the number of nerves in the eyes, which are damaged in patients with glaucoma. Overall, the OCT is important for diagnosis and follow-up of diseases that occur inside the eye.
All Saskatchewan residents are covered for red eyes. If you feel that you have an eye infection, pink eye, or foreign body, you can be seen at an optometrist’s office just as you would be seen at your family physician. Optometrists are trained to remove foreign bodies and prescribe medications to treat a variety of conditions.
Flashes and Floaters
People who notice the sudden appearance of flashes and floaters should have a dilated retinal exam. This exam can rule out the possibility of a break or tear in the retina, which can lead to a retinal detachement.
The most common form of correction for refractive error is a pair of glasses. The dispensary has a large variety of frames to suit any style or fit. When choosing your glasses, it is important that they fit your face and your prescription. Our staff are experts at assisting with fitting and adjusting glasses.
The clinic has access to an extensive selection of contact lens brands. The contact lens choice will be based on eye health, vision and all-day comfort.