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.


CHILDREN


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.

Coverage:

OHIP covers eye examinations for children aged 19 and under.

Benefits:

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 https://www.aoa.org)

ADULTS


We provide:

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

Coverage:

Typically, OHIP does not cover any vision assessments with exception to certain medical or ocular conditions (e.g. diabetes, glaucoma). https://www.ontario.ca/page/what-ohip-covers#section-5/

Benefits:

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.

SENIORS


We provide:

Comprehensive eye examinations for individuals 65 and older.

Coverage:

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

Benefits:

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.

EMERGENCIES


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.

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
Keratoconus
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


F.Y.I.
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
https://www.ontario.ca/page/what-ohip-covers#section-5/

Contact Us


Visit Us


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

Hours: M-F 9am-5pm


Connect With Us


Email: info@downtowneyecare.ca
Phone: 613-238-5960
Fax: 613-800-0385