Comprehensive Eye Exams

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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.


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.