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Eye Doctors FAQ

Below are a few of the common questions our eye doctors in Edmonton or Sherwood Park are asked.

Q: How do I know if I am receiving quality vision care?

A: Optometrists are a regulated health profession and must demonstrate the required knowledge, skill & judgment to be registered in Alberta. Also, they must educate yearly for continuing competence to maintain their registration. If an Optometrist is not all current, he can not provide eye exams to patients. All our eye doctors are members of the Alberta College of Optometrists.

Q: What age should my child have a complete eye examination?

A: The first eye exam is suggested be before the age of 3 by an optometrist, or anytime if parents have a concern. Eye exams yearly at the point they start going to school.

Q: How much will it cost to have my child’s eyes examined?

A: Alberta Health fully covers the cost of eye examinations for all children until they turn 19.

Q: Is it true that macular degeneration of the eyes is a growing problem?

A: Yes. Experts think there are a number of reasons for this, including more ultraviolet light in our environment due to a thinning ozone layer, people living longer, environmental pollutants, smoking, poor diet, obesity, etc. Aging population is another factor, since the risk for macular degeneration rises with age. Our eye doctors can do an OCT scan of the eye to best diagnose this.

Q: What are eye floaters?

A: Vitreous floaters are generally small, semi-transparent or cloudy specks or particles within the clear, jelly-like fluid called the vitreous humour which fills the inside of your eyes. They can appear as specks of various shapes and sizes, threadlike strands or cobwebs and move around your field of vision as your eyes move. Floaters can become more visible when looking at a white background or outdoors on a very sunny day.

Most floaters are considered harmless and are generally consequences of aging on the vitreous especially for individuals greater than 40 years of age. However, they can also result from certain eye diseases or injuries and only an optometrists thorough and comprehensive pupil-dilated internal eye exam can confirm this difference.

Q: Where are you accepting new patients?

A: Yes, our eye doctors always welcome new patients at all locations. We appreciate recommendations made by our existing patients.

Book your eye exam today at any of our three locations or go back to our Eye Doctor page.