FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do you have questions about your eye health and eye exam that have been on your mind? There is a chance that many others have the same concerns and questions as you. Find out more on the frequently asked questions.
Is my eye exam covered by OHIP?
Please see OHIP and Insurance section
What should I bring to my eye exam?
Please bring with you to every eye examination the following (where applicable)
Valid Ontario Health Card
Glasses, contact lenses & case, and sunglasses
List of medications
Please consider to bring a driver or arrange for transportation as you may be dilated
What is a dilated fundus examination? Can I drive afterwards?
A dilated fundus examination allows the Optometrist to view the inside of your eyes. Once the dilating drops are instilled in your eyes, after 15-20 minutes, the doctor will view inside the eyes with a magnifying lens. The Optometrist can evaluate and assess for any holes or tears in the eye, bleeding from systemic conditions, and how healthy your eyes are.
How often should I see the Optometrist?
We recommend seeing an Optometrist for a comprehensive eye examination once a year, and at most every two years. Most ocular disease has no symptoms, so it is best to monitor yearly to prevent any problems.
The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends the following guidelines for people who are at low risk for developing eye problems:
** contact lenses wearers should have their eyes examined annually
(information obtained from the Canadian Association of Optometrists website: https://opto.ca)
What is the difference between an Optometrist, Optician, and an Ophthalmologist?
As optometrists, we are like your family doctor, but for the eyes. We examine, diagnose and treat eye diseases and conditions. We also check your vision and perform refraction to measure your glasses and contact lens prescriptions. An Optometrist receives their doctor of Optometry license by graduating from Optometry School which is usually four years after a post-secondary degree.
At the end of the eye exam, the Optometrist will provide you with a glasses or contact lens prescription if you need corrective lenses.You will then bring this prescription to see the Optician.
An Optician has to undergo Opticianry school in order to receive a dispensing license. This degree may take two to four years to complete. They will use your glasses prescription, along with proper frame adjustment and lens measurements to make or order your glasses.
During your comprehensive eye examination, if the Optometrist decides that you have eye condition(s) that require further treatment and possible surgical intervention, then we will refer you to an Ophthalmologist.
An Ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who is specialized to perform eye surgeries. A medical degree usually takes 4 years after post secondary school. An Ophthalmology degree takes an extra 4-5 years after medical school to complete. There are glaucoma specialists, retinal specialists, neuro-ophthalmologists, Cataract specialists, low vision specialists, and general ophthalmologists to name a few. Once the surgery is performed, many times the specialist will refer you back to your primary Optometrist for follow up care.
When should my children first see an Optometrist? Why is it important?
The American Association of Optometrists recommends an eye examination starting at 6 months of age, and then once a year every year. Please see link
Which designer brands of frames and lenses do Eyestar Optical carry?
Eyestar Optical is located next to our office in both Markville Mall and Scarborough Town Centre locations. They carry a wide range of designer brands and the latest trends. Please visit the official Eyestar Optical page for more information.
Are college or university students covered for an eye examination?
Most students are covered by their institution insurance plans. Please check your institution for coverage.