Seniors (65 years of age and over) should have routine eye examinations annually. Some eye health conditions more prevalent with age are macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma. In addition, certain medications and some systemic health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure may cause eye complications. Our optometrists at Eye to Eye Optometry Clinic in Edmonton assess for these conditions and complications during routine examinations, as well as offer counseling regarding preventive measures which may be taken.
Our optometrists recommend pupil dilation for patients over 65. Pupil size typically decreases with age, limiting the view of the internal tissues of the eye. Dilating small pupils allows better assessment of the health of the eyes. Dilated examinations require the instillation of eye drops. The drops we use will make your eyes feel heavy/sticky for approximately half an hour, and it will be very bright and moderately blurry for approximately 3-4 hours. PLEASE BRING A DRIVER WITH YOU TO THE EXAMINATION. Many patients are not able to drive with their pupils dilated.
Routine eye examinations for seniors are typically covered by Alberta Health Care. However, optical coherence tomography is NOT covered. If a senior chooses to have this test done with their routine examination, there is a $15.00 fee for it.