Primary Eye Exams
Adults between the ages of 18-64 should have their eyes examined at least every 2 years. Adults aged 65 and older should have their eyes checked yearly. Certain health conditions may warrant more frequent eye exams (such as diabetes or macular degeneration among others).
Regular eye exams for adults are generally not covered by Saskatchewan 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. Those who have coverage through Indian Affairs or Veterans Affairs should be eligible for eye examinations. 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. If you have any private insurance through your work, we may be able to direct bill this for you.
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 their eyes or vision, please contact the office as they can be seen for a partial examination if it is has been less than one year.
People with diabetes who have a valid Saskatchewan Health card are covered for a complete examination every year (regardless of their age). It important that those with diabetes get their eyes examined regularly as there are specific eye problems that can arise with diabetes; early diagnosis and treatment is crucial to maintaining good ocular health/vision.
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.
The optomap is a digital image of the retina produced by Optos scanning laser technology. It is the only technology that can capture 82% view of your retina at one time. The ultra-widefield optomap may help your eye doctor detect problems more quickly and easily.
(red eyes, flashes/floaters, foreign bodies, infections etc)
Most emergency appointments are covered for people with a valid Saskatchewan Health Card. If you feel that you have an eye infection, pink eye, a foreign body, sudden flashes/floaters, or a sudden change in your vision, please call the office to arrange an immediate appointment. Optometrists are trained to remove foreign bodies and prescribe medications to treat a variety of conditions. Certain conditions may need to be seen by an ophthalmologist (eye specialist/surgeon); we can provide a referral for this if needed.
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, visual needs, and all-day comfort.