Tips for Visiting Your Eye Doctor

​​​​Here are a few suggestions for working with your eye doctor that will help you get the most out of your visit. Time with an eye doctor may be limited, so it’s a good idea to prepare for any appointments in advance.

When you book your appointment:

  • Ask whether your vision will be temporarily affected by any tests you’ll be taking and whether you’ll be able to drive home.

  • Ask if your province’s health plan or any private insurance you may have will cover the cost of the exam. If not, ask how payment will be handled.

Please note: If you have an existing health condition like diabetes that can affect the eyes, the cost of an eye exam in Canada will be covered.

Before an eye exam, make notes about:

  • Any problems you’ve noticed with your vision. For example, note symptoms such as floaters (beginning, increasing numbers, etc.) or difficulty seeing at night.

  • Any recent eye injuries or eye surgeries. Include dates, doctors’ names and the names of hospitals where you were treated.

  • All current and previous significant medical conditions or operations you may have had, whether they relate to your vision or not. Don’t forget to include any diagnosed eye conditions (macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, etc.), diabetes, allergies, high blood pressure or chronic health problems.

  • Your family’s current and previous history of significant medical conditions.

  • Any drugs (over-the-counter or prescription), vitamins, herbal medicines or supplements you’re taking. Note dosage and frequency.

  • Any eye drops you may be using.

Bring to the exam:

  • Your notes on the above.

  • Your glasses, contact lenses, sample bottles of your current prescription and over-the-counter medications, and your health insurance card.

  • Any low vision aids or devices that you’ve been using (magnifiers, reading glasses, etc.).

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