Frequently Asked Questions
The following items are the three most commonly asked questions at Rideau Optometric. If your question isn’t answered below, feel free to contact us to learn more.
Question: How early should children get eye exams?
Answer: We recommend that children should have an eye exam as early as at 6 months of age, and yearly going forward. Your optometrist is a great resource for any of the times you suspect an eye problem or issue. The optometrist will perform a different eye exam for children than he performs on adults. Children do not need to know the alphabet or to provide verbal responses during their examinations.
Routine eye examinations for children are very important because early detection and treatment of many vision disorders will minimize learning issues and development of lazy eye (amblyopia).
Question: Are eye exams covered by OHIP?
Answer: Since November 1, 2004, routine eye examinations by an optometrist for patients between the ages of 20 to 64 are no longer covered through OHIP. However, patients under 19 and over 65 are still covered through OHIP for yearly routine eye examinations. In addition, OHIP will cover individuals between 20 and 64 if they have certain conditions such as diabetes, glaucoma, or cataracts.
Many private insurance plans include vision care benefits, so be sure to contact your insurance companies for further details.
Question: Is a comprehensive eye exam the same as a sight test?
Answer: No. A comprehensive eye examination is provided by an optometrist while a sight test is only the measurement for an eyeglass prescription performed by an optician, often using automated instruments. In the case of sight tests, eye health is not examined and many diseases such as retinal holes or tears, cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration are not being detected.