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Comprehensive Eye Examinations

The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends comprehensive eye exams every two years for adults and every year for seniors, and more frequent visits may be recommended if there is a risk of specific conditions. Many patients are covered for eye exams under OHIP or other insurance plans. We offer direct billing to all major health benefit insurance plans, including Manulife, Canada Life, and Sun Life. 

At Tonic Eye Care & Vision Therapy, we use the latest equipment to provide comprehensive eye health exams for all ages. Comprehensive eye exams consist of much more than updating your prescription, and play an essential and ongoing role in ensuring the health of you and your family. In fact,  1 in 7 Canadians with no symptoms have an undiagnosed and possibly preventable conditions in the eyes. Our optometrists diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and disorders affecting your eyes and visual system.

We also provide vision exams and testing for 3rd party requirements including Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) and Registrar of Motor Vehicles vision reports for driver’s licenses, as well as applications for RCMP, police, or other organizations. Please note that these 3rd party exams and tests are not covered under OHIP and additional fees may apply. For additional information, please contact us with a copy of the required form/report.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM AN COMPREHENSIVE EYE EXAMS

An examination will take approximately 45-60 minutes and includes a full vision and eye health assessment. There are many possible functional and health changes that may occur without you noticing, and your optometrist can make sure these issues do not go undetected. A comprehensive eye exam includes the assessment of:

  • Visual acuity (clarity)
  • Prescription check
  • Binocular vision (eye alignment and teaming)
  • Eye muscle function
  • Peripheral vision
  • Pupil reaction
  • Eye pressure
  • Front of the eye health
  • Back of the eye health with dilation and retinal photos


Your eye examination requires eye dilation to complete a comprehensive assessment of your eye health, unless recommended otherwise. Dilation eye drops enlarge your pupils, allowing your optometrist to view important eye structures. Dilation will make you sensitive to light and cause blurry vision, especially at near, for a duration of 2-5 hours. As driving may be difficult during this time, please make the necessary arrangements for your transportation.

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Eye Exams

The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends comprehensive eye exams every two years for adults and every year for seniors. More frequent visits may be recommended if there is a need to monitor any specific conditions. Our comprehensive exams are designed to detect various visual issues such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. Regular eye exams are a key part of early detection and effective management of progressive eye conditions.

Many patients are covered for eye exams under OHIP or other insurance plans. We offer direct billing to all major health benefit insurance plans, including Manulife, Canada Life, and Sun Life. If you aren’t sure whether eye exams are covered under your policy, contact your insurance provider or email our reception for help determining the limits of your coverage.

The Importance of Routine Eye Exams

At Tonic Eye Care & Vision Therapy, we use the latest equipment to provide comprehensive eye health exams for all ages. Comprehensive eye exams consist of much more than updating your prescription and play an essential and ongoing role in ensuring the health of you and your family. In fact, 1 in 7 Canadians with no symptoms have an undiagnosed and possibly preventable condition in the eyes. Our optometrists diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and disorders affecting your eyes and visual system.

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Early Detection and Treatment

Eye exams play a vital role in helping to detect eye conditions before they seriously damage a patient’s vision. Many common eye diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts can show few if any symptoms in their early stages. It is all too common for patients to wait until their vision is already impaired before they seek medical help. 

Eye exams are the most effective way to catch eye diseases in their initial stages, allowing for timely treatment, which can prevent or reduce the risk of severe vision impairment. Regular exams enable our optometrists to monitor changes in your eye health over time and provide treatments as needed.

Who Needs to Get Their Eyes Checked

Everyone! Even if you are a healthy adult with 20/20 vision and no noticeable symptoms, it is still recommended to check your eyes every couple of years. This way you can stay ahead of visual changes and possible abnormalities before they impact your quality of life. 

Children

Vision develops rapidly during infancy and continues to develop and change throughout our lives. It is recommended for children to check their eyes first between 6-12 months, again before starting kindergarten, then every year throughout school. Early detection of vision problems can improve learning and development and many conditions, like amblyopia (lazy eye), are best treated when caught early. 

In Ontario, annual eye exams are covered by OHIP for children 19 and under. 

Students

After high school, students in college and university are required to strain their eyes day after day looking at screens and reading lecture slides. OHIP does not cover students over the age of 19, but often coverage is available through institutional insurance or through a parent’s health insurance up to a certain age. Take this opportunity to get your eyes checked to ensure your prescription stays accurate and your eyes stay healthy.

Seniors

As we get older, our risk increases for most common eye conditions. Age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, dry eyes, and diabetic retinopathy all tend to show symptoms later in life. Plus visual acuity and perception generally worsen with age. This is why eye exams for seniors are recommended once per year or more frequently if indicated. The transition from twice per year to annual checkups should start around 60 years old unless otherwise specified by your optometrist.

What to Expect During an Eye Exam

An examination will take approximately 45-60 minutes and includes a full vision and eye health assessment. Many possible functional and health changes may occur without you noticing, and your optometrist can make sure these issues don’t go undetected. A comprehensive eye exam includes the assessment of:

  • Visual acuity (clarity)
  • Prescription check
  • Binocular vision (eye alignment and teaming)
  • Eye muscle function
  • Peripheral vision
  • Pupil reaction
  • Eye pressure
  • Front of the eye health
  • Back of the eye health with dilation and retinal photos

Preparing for Your Eye Exam

To ensure a smooth and effective exam, consider the following preparation tips, especially if this is your first visit to our clinic:

  • Bring a List of Medications: Include all prescription and over-the-counter medications you currently take.
  • Previous Eyewear Prescriptions: Provide any past prescriptions for glasses or contact lenses to help assess changes in your vision.
  • Family Medical History: Be prepared to discuss any family history of eye conditions or other relevant health issues.
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Post-Exam Instructions

Your eye examination requires eye dilation to complete a comprehensive assessment of your eye health unless recommended otherwise. Dilation eye drops enlarge your pupils, allowing your optometrist to view important eye structures. Dilation will make you sensitive to light and cause blurry vision for a duration of 2-5 hours. 

Here are some general guidelines for what to do after your eye exam:

  • Wear Sunglasses to protect your eyes from bright light until the effects of the dilation wear off.
  • Avoid Driving until your vision returns to normal as it may be unsafe. Please make the necessary arrangements for your transportation from the clinic.
  • Follow Prescribed Treatments–if any eye drops or medications are prescribed, use them as directed to ensure the best outcomes for your eye health.