EYE EXAM FAQ

Firstly, if you are considering an eye exam in Toronto but still have questions or things you want to clarify, rest assured, you are not alone. Based on the questions we received over the many years we’ve examined, diagnosed and treated eye conditions in the Toronto area, we’ve come up with a list of the most Frequently Asked Questions regarding eye exams. However, if you still have questions after consulting our FAQs, do not hesitate to contact us via phone, email or by also using our website.

[accordion_toggle title=”How much does an eye exam cost?”]Usually, these exams are covered by your private vision or health car plan. Your eye exam will be cover by OHIP if you are 65 and over, 19 and under or have specific conditions that are deemed insurable by OHIP.  Please call our office to inquire further.[/accordion_toggle][accordion_toggle title=”How often should I get my eyes examined?”]This depends on your age and previously diagnosed conditions, but a good rule of thumb is to have your eyes regularly checked every 1 to 2 years. The sooner we can spot conditions that require attention, the easier it is to correct.[/accordion_toggle][accordion_toggle title=”How flexible are the appointment times?”]We try to cater to our patient’s need; thus, we will try to accommodate you as soon as possible. We also have appointments outside of working hours and on Saturdays, so you can have lots of possibilities of scheduling you eye exam in the Toronto area.[/accordion_toggle][accordion_toggle title=”How do I have to prepare for my eye exam?”]Although not a lot of preparation is required, please be ready to answer questions about what prescription drugs you use and relevant family history. Also, if you currently wear glasses or contact lenses, please bring them with you. Lastly, if your exam requires your pupils to be dilated, we advise having someone else to drive you home.[/accordion_toggle][accordion_toggle title=”How long does an eye exam take?”]Eye exams can take up to 40 to 50 minutes depending on the tests needed to be done.  Most exams are completed in 20 to 40 minutes.  Please allow extra time if you are a new patient and require to fill paperwork before your examination.[/accordion_toggle][accordion_toggle title=”Does my insurance cover eye exams? “]Although we do accept most types of vision and health insurance plans, it’s best to ask a few days in advance or when booking your appointment so we can check for you ahead of time.[/accordion_toggle][accordion_toggle title=”How much are glasses and contact lenses?”]There is no easy and clear answer for this question.  After your eye exam is completed, your optometrist and optician will recommend the type of lenses you would need.   The price will depend on your prescription and also on the type of lenses you require.[/accordion_toggle]

HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO HAVE AN EYE EXAM?

Knowing when to visit an eye doctor to get your eyes checked is important. Not only is this information valuable, but it could also save you from potentially developing advanced eye conditions that might not have symptoms at early stages. Only your optometrist can determine how frequently you should be seen for eye examinations.

However, the Canadian association of optometrists recommends the following as the minimum frequency for routine eye examinations: Infants and toddlers should undergo their first eye examination between the ages of 6 and 9 months. Preschool Children 2 to 5 years of age should undergo at least one eye examination in this period. School children aged 6 to 19 years should undergo an eye examination annually. Adults aged 20 to 39 years should undergo an eye examination every 2 to 3 years; Adults aged 40 to 64 years should undergo an eye examination every 2 years; Adults aged 65 years or older should undergo an eye examination annually.

The risk of developing ocular disease is higher at 65 years of age and older. Our doctors at 360 Eyecare in Toronto strongly advocate for following the recommended frequency of visits by your optometrist. These exams will detect early signs of many age-related eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration.

HOW LONG DOES AN EYE EXAM TAKE?

A complete eye exam will typically take anywhere between 20 to 45 minutes depending on each case. 

The exam will check the following:


Visual Acuity

This test checks on how well your eyes can see. It involves reading a standardized eye chart that determines how well you see letters at various distances.

Glasses prescription

Through a series of subjective and objective tests, the optometrist will determine your final glasses prescription. If a contact lens fit is also performed then a contact lens prescription will also be issued at the time of your visit.

Peripheral vision assessment (side vision test)

One of the most common diseases that impairs peripheral vision is glaucoma. The reason why many patients do not detect any early signs of loss is because glaucoma at an early stage is typically asymptomatic. These tests can also detect other eye complications that you might not be aware of such as neurological disorders.

The anterior segment of your eye

Examination of this part of the eye is necessary to detect if you are developing cataracts in your crystalline lens.  Other parts of the eye tested through the slit lamp examination are the cornea, conjunctiva, iris, lids and adnexa.

The Retina and Optic Nerve (the posterior segment of the eye)

This test is typically conducted by administering eye drops into your eyes. The drops cause your eyes to dilate. Dilation will allow for the examination of the retina, optic nerve and surrounding structures and this testing helps detect conditions such as macular degeneration, nerve damage and retinopathy.

Other common tests performed at your eye exam:

Your eye exam visit to the optometrist will also include eye pressure test, cover test, pupillary test, color vision test, stereo test and other specialty tests your optometrist might need to do depending on each case.



These are the most commonly asked questions we receive regarding eye exams. For more information, feel free to contact us via email or phone, or even drop by for a visit at one of our Toronto offices. We’ll be more than happy to answer all your questions.