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Children Eye Exams

It is very important to have your child’s eyes examined before starting school. In Alberta alone, 25% of kids entering grade one have undiagnosed vision or eye health problems which can interfere with their ability to learn during these critical early school years. For the first 12 years of a child’s life, up to 80% of their learning is visual. It is recommended by the Alberta Association of Optometrists that a child’s first eye exam occur between the ages of six to nine months, and again between the ages of two and five. Eyes should be examined one time every year after that. In Alberta, children’s eye exams are covered until they are 19 years of age.

Emergency Eye Exams

All of our optometrists administer emergency eye exams and you will always be seen on the same day if you have a true eye emergency. Alberta health care covers you for medically necessary emergency eye care. This may include injury or infection of the eye, feeling of a foreign object in the eye or acute eye pain, any sudden appearance of floaters, spots, or flashes of light, any sudden changes in central or peripheral vision or acute pain in the eye.

Diabetic Eye Exams

Our optometrists are trained to screen for eye problems that diabetes can lead to, including cataracts, glaucoma, double vision, and diabetic retinopathy. Eye damage from diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in Canadian adults. Regular eye exams and early detection of any diabetic retinopathy is vital to ensure that prompt treatment or more routine monitoring is arranged if needed. Any person with diabetes should have routine annual eye exams including retinal photos. The retinal examination for those with Diabetes is covered by Alberta Health Care.

Laser Surgery Co-Management

includes the pre-operative and post-operative assessment of individuals electing to have refractive surgery (surgery to decrease the need for glasses or contact lenses). Before having refractive surgery, the refractive error (glasses prescription) should be stable and the eyes should be healthy. Following surgery, the eyes should be monitored for potential complications. There are no clinics doing this type of surgery in Lethbridge but follow-up care can be done here with the information relayed back to the surgeon.