Given the importance of regular preventative eye examinations to maintain good vision and healthy eyes, even if there are no obvious signs or symptoms of problems, it's recommended that adults over the age of 20 should have a regular eye exam once every two years, and those who are under 20 or over 64 should have a regular eye exam every year. This is to not only check your prescription and vision, or to update your glasses, but to detect signs of any eye disease, some of which can be silent and without prior symptoms (eg. glaucoma). As with most things health related, prevention and early detection can be very important.
For those we have seen previously in our office, we do our best to contact each of our patients to remind them when they are coming due for a regular examination every one or two years, regardless of the changes in O.H.I.P. coverage as announced by the Ministry of Health in June 2004. With the high demand for eye examinations in our office from the community, we have generally been booked 1 - 3 months ahead. We therefore suggest to our returning patients that they may wish to call us a few months ahead of time to book their regular check-ups every one or two years. Please have a look at the information on OHIP coverage on our website for further information about whether you are covered for eye examinations, or you can call our office to speak with one of our staff.