Family Eye Examinations
Friendly Eye Care Exams for Children and the Whole Family
Your health is important to us. Dr. Peaker and Dr. Alyssa provide complete eye examinations for the whole family. They screen for glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and a host of other eye conditions using the latest technology.
Every eye exam includes digital retinal photography, which obtains a detailed image of the back of the eye. Dr. Peaker and Dr. Alyssa welcome families and are happy to see children of any age. They always make the exam as stress-free and enjoyable experience.
What is 20/20 Vision?
This is a ratio used to indicate normal visual acuity. It means that people with ‘normal vision’ on the acuity chart are able to see a certain size of detail at 20 feet. That detail is calibrated to be the same size in all eye examinations so that visual acuity can be standardized when tested between different offices. The detail viewed could be letters, pictures or numbers.
Some people have better than normal vision and some have weaker than normal vision. The top number in the ratio indicates the test distance (20 feet) that the target is calibrated for. The bottom number of the ratio indicates the distance at which a person with normal (20/20 vision) would be able to see that size of target.
For example if a person had poorer than normal visual acuity, say 20/400 it would mean that the size of the target that this person sees at 20 feet would actually be recognized by the person with 20/20 vision at 400 feet. Conversely, a person with better than 20/20 visual acuity, say 20/15, would be able to see the small detail at 20 feet that a person with 20/20 vision would have to bring closer to 15 feet to be able recognize it.
Does OHIP cover eye exams?
Currently, OHIP will provide coverage for one full eye exam annually for the following age groups:
Children 0 - 19
Seniors 65 and up
Adults 20 - 64 (ONLY with certain medical conditions)
I am not covered by OHIP, how much is an eye exam?
A comprehensive eye examination is $110 including digital retinal photography.
When Should you See an Optometrist?
The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends the following as a general guide:
Preschool under 5 years | Visit at age 3 (prior to elementary school)
School Age 6 - 18 years | Visit annually.
Adult 19 - 64 years | Visit every 1 -2 years.
Seniors 65 years and up | Visit annually.
Anyone with ocular or medical health conditions as determined by your eye doctor.