A medically required exam is one that is done specifically for an eye health concern. This may be an assessment for a known or suspected eye disease, or it may be an emergency exam based on a patient developing new symptoms. Our optometrists do the appropriate tests based on the patient’s history/complaint, and then deal with the issue specifically. These examinations usually do NOT involve a prescription for glasses or contact lenses.
Occasionally, assessment with a specialist is deemed to be necessary, and the patient is referred to the most appropriate specialist in the most appropriate time frame. Following are examples of some diseases/symptoms commonly assessed by our optometrists:
Diabetic eye disease
Peripheral vision changes
Some eye conditions can lead to permanent problems if not diagnosed and treated quickly, while others may not be as urgent. Our staff is trained to recognize the urgency of the above symptoms and to book appointments within an appropriate time frame.
If you have symptoms which started suddenly/recently, please contact our office by telephone at 780-423-2113, as this is the quickest way to receive assistance.
Medically required examinations are typically covered by Alberta Health Care, for all age groups.