Comprehensive Eye Exams - Children, Adults, Seniors

Comprehensive eye examinations (full oculo-visual assessments) are necessary to uncover your ocular health status and create a basis for comparison when monitoring for any change over time.


We provide:

Comprehensive eye examinations for children aged 19 and under. We recommend an introductory assessment between 6 months to 2 years of age, and then routine exams annually for children age 3 and older.


OHIP covers eye examinations for children aged 19 and under.


Good vision is key to a child’s physical development, success in school and overall well-being. The vision system is not fully formed in babies and young children, and equal input from both eyes is necessary for the brain’s vision centres to develop normally. If a young child’s eyes cannot send clear images to the brain, his or her vision may become limited in ways that cannot be corrected later in life. However, if problems are detected early, it is usually possible to treat them effectively. (Source: American Optometric Association


We provide:

Comprehensive eye examinations for individuals between the age of 20 and 64.


Typically, OHIP does not cover any vision assessments with exception to certain medical or ocular conditions (e.g. diabetes, glaucoma).


Spectacle prescriptions are measured during all routine examinations as it provides insight into your visual well-being and refractive trends. A thorough eye assessment includes the use of specialized lenses in conjunction with a microscopic examination. This helps us monitor and prevent vision loss related to certain systemic conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Routine eye examinations reduce your risk of vision loss by uncovering sight-threatening conditions in their early stages, as many eye diseases are NOT symptomatic initially.


We provide:

Comprehensive eye examinations for individuals 65 and older.


OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan) covers eye examinations for individuals aged 65 and older. Auxiliary tests may not be covered by OHIP.


We measure spectacle prescriptions that can improve your clarity at far (e.g. driving), near (e.g. reading), and/or a task-specific distance (e.g. computer, music score). An equally important purpose of a comprehensive eye exam is to access your ocular health. In North America, the top three causes of blindness are cataracts, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration.

Routine eye examinations reduce your risk of age-related vision loss by uncovering sight-threatening conditions in their early stages, as many eye diseases are NOT symptomatic initially. Specialized lenses and diagnostic eye drops (to dilate your pupils) are necessary for a thorough assessment.

Note: North American Optometry and Ophthalmology Associations recommend comprehensive eye exams every 1-2 years for healthy individuals, depending on age. If you have certain medical or ocular health conditions, more frequent exams may be required.


Our clinic will do our best to see patients with urgent concerns in a timely manner. Please call our office (613-238-5960) and explain your situation before coming to our office.

In the event of an urgent emergency, be prepared to be sent to either:

The Ottawa Hospital General Campus:
501 Smyth Rd, Ottawa, ON K1H 8L6
Tel: (613) 722-7000

The Eye Institute at the Ottawa Hospital General Campus:
501 Smyth Rd, Ottawa, ON K1H 8M2
Tel: (613) 737-8575

The Riverside Eye Clinic:
1967 Riverside Dr, Ottawa, ON K1H 1A2
Tel: (613) 738-8537

If we are closed, do not leave us a message; instead, seek help at the Emergency Department at the Ottawa Hospital General Campus (501 Smyth Rd, Ottawa, ON K1H 8L6. Tel: (613) 722-7000). This will allow for the most efficient route to on-call ophthalmology.

Digital Imaging

Digital Imaging Information

We provide two forms of imaging at our office:

  • Digital Retinal Photography produces high resolution photographs.
  • Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Scans produce highly magnified, cross-sectional scans of your retina. 

Capturing these images is quick and painless with no adverse side effects.  It is important to note that retinal imaging does not replace a regular eye exam; rather, it adds another layer of precision and certainty. 

Why get these tests?

Retinal imaging helps uncover any subtle lesions missed during an eye exam. Since these images are saved and easily reviewed, subtle changes over time can be discovered that are otherwise overlooked.

We particularly recommend individuals with diabetes, macular degeneration, glaucoma and other retinal diseases have images recorded.  

Diabetes is primarily a blood disorder that affects many structures in the eye.  Brittle blood vessels that lead to small retinal hemorrhages, which may be captured by digital imaging, is one of the signs found in the eye that gives your healthcare team an early warning for possible impending ocular and systemic concerns.  

Macular degeneration is a condition that affects the macula. The macula is the tissue responsible for central vision. Imaging for subtle pigmentary changes in this area is important when detecting this condition. In more advanced stages for both forms of this disease, dry or wet, combining this digital photograph with an OCT scan provides essential information on progression and a risk profile associated with vision loss.

Glaucoma is a condition in which peripheral vision is affected first.  Fortunately, physical changes can be detected at the optic nerve and macular region before any vision loss occurs.  Unfortunately, a significant amount of vision loss occurs before the person with glaucoma becomes aware of their condition.  This makes our patients reliant on our ability to detect physical change as early as possible.  Retinal imaging is designed to detect very subtle changes in tissue making these tests ideal for determining the presence and progression of this disease.  For those being treated for glaucoma, these details help us ensure that your treatment is working for you.

There are a number of eye conditions not listed here that the OCT is useful in diagnosing.  This includes macular hole, vitreoretinal macular traction, macular edema, central serous retinopathy etc. Feel free to ask more about our retinal imagers at your next appointment.

Contact Lenses - Soft and Specialty Lenses

Contact Lens

We offer a wide range of contact lens options:

  • Soft (silicone) hydrogel lenses - spherical, toric and multifocal
  • Hard rigid gas permeable lenses
  • Hybrid (Duette) lenses
  • Mini/semi-scleral lenses

These lenses can be replaced:
Daily, biweekly, monthly, semi-annually, annually and beyond.

Specialty contact lenses have been great options for dry eye disease, keratoconus, post-keratoplasty (corneal transplantation), pellucid marginal degeneration, post traumatic surfaces (scarred corneas), irregular irides, high prescriptions, and light sensitive eyes.

NOTE: Contact lenses are made to correct a wide range of prescriptions that include nearsighted / farsighted eyes, astigmatic eyes, presbyopic eyes and irregular shaped (keratoconic or post-surgical) eyes.

Our Approach:

Our philosophy is to attempt to fit your eye with the least complex, and most readily available contact lens. A strategy that is created from the outset will help guide us through the fitting process and will lead you to a product that provides you with the best possible vision.

  • We develop our strategy from an in-office assessment, measurements, and reviewing what challenges you have from day-to-day.
  • Before we start the fitting process, we review which contact lens options might work and, whenever possible, try to demonstrate the final product.
  • After reviewing your ocular surface and vision needs, we set up a strategy to address your concerns and determine which contact lens options would suit you best.
  • Experience and knowledge of our products allows us to focus on which products would provide you with the best outcomes.
  • Communicating our strategy, demonstrating the product and reviewing the financial and time commitments go a long way to minimizing any unwanted surprises.

Contact Lens Fittings

We offer fittings for beginners and refresher appointments for those who have worn contact lenses in the past. Our aim is to provide you with the knowledge and skills to safely handle and take care of your contact lenses and your eyes. This will reduce your risk of ocular surface complications while maintaining the integrity of your contacts and your overall experience.

Specialty Contact Lens Fittings

Specialty contact lenses are designed to fit a wider range of eyes; however, we leave that option open to anyone that is interested in trying something new. We assume all patients are beginners and offer full training in insertion and removal techniques, to ensure a successful outcome.

These specialty contact lenses provide a great option for:

Dry eye disease
Post-keratoplasty (corneal transplantation)
Pellucid marginal degeneration
Post-traumatic surfaces (scarred corneas)
Irregular irides
High prescriptions
Light-sensitive eyes
** Prosthetic lenses can be tinted to varying ranges and even reconstruct the iris and pupil to help manage crippling glare and associated visual strain.

Patient Information

To prepare for your appointment, please bring:

1. Your valid OHIP card

2. Your sunglasses:

  • We typically dilate your eyes during our health assessment
  • Please inform the doctor if you do not want your eyes dilated; we can defer the dilation until another day or at your next comprehensive eye examination
  • If necessary, please arrange to have a driver meet you after your appointment

3. Your current eyewear (both glasses and contact lenses):

  • If possible, bring your previous spectacle prescription print-out
  • If possible, bring your contact lens prescription and/or retail boxes of your current contact lenses
  • If you would like your contact lenses assessed, please come in wearing your contact lenses

Keep your information up-to-date:

  • Confirm your mailing address and contact information
  • Name of Family Doctor
  • List of medications

**Our web portal allows you to update your file before your appointment from the comfort of your home

For retail purchases or services not covered by OHIP, we accept cash, VISA, MasterCard or Debit

Comprehensive eye exams are generally done once every 1-2 years

Appointments scheduled within one year may or may not be OHIP covered

OHIP covered services for individuals between the ages of 20-64 can be found at

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Downtown Eye Care & The Contact Lens Department
350 Sparks Street, Suite 216
Ottawa, ON
K1R 7S8

Hours: M-F 9am-5pm

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Fax: 613-800-0385
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