Comprehensive Eye Exam
The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends eye examinations every two years for adults aged 19 to 64, regardless of whether or not vision problems are experienced, or more often to monitor special eye conditions. After age 65, eye examinations are recommended yearly. A thirty-minute exam every two years is a small, but wise investment for continued healthy eyes and good vision.
During a comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor does much more than just determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. He or she will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.
BC Seniors who are 65 or more years of age have partial coverage for most eye examinations through the BC Medical Services Plan.
Eye Exams for Children
Children don’t always know what “normal” vision looks like, so they’re unlikely to complain of vision problems. However, because vision is so closely linked to the learning process, undetected learning-related vision problems can lead to trouble with schoolwork.
The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends infants and toddlers should undergo their first eye examination between the ages of 6 and 9 months. Preschool children should undergo at least one eye examination between the ages of 2 and 5 years. School children aged 6 to 19 years should undergo an eye examination annually.
In most cases, children through age 18 have full coverage for preventive eye examinations through BC Medical Services Plan.
At Mission Eye Clinic, you will choose from over 800 frames by well-known designers. In addition to our vast selection of exclusive frame styles, we offer the latest in lens technology to ensure optimum prescription performance, and we stand behind these products with warranties. Because you and your prescription are unique, our experienced staff will guide you to the best frame and lens options for you, your lifestyle and your budget.
Overexposure to UV rays has been linked to eye problems like sunburn, age-related cataracts, degeneration of the cornea, and abnormal growths on the eye’s surface. Not all lenses labelled “UV protection” provide safe and optimal levels of protection. Choose quality sunglasses or contacts that block out 99-100% of UV-A and UV-B radiation and screen out 75-90% of visible light.
At Mission Eye Clinic, the doctor will conduct a thorough eye exam and prescribe a contact lens brand and power based on the results of your eye exam and your frequency of wear. You will be given instructions designed to help you protect your new contacts, as well as your eyes. Children as young as 10 years old could be candidates for contacts so long as they are capable of following all wear and care instructions.