Frequently asked questions about eye problems

Eye Care Coverage and Eye Problems

Frequently asked questions

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What is covered by the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP)?

There are a number of different services that are covered by the BC Medical Services Plan:

  • All eye emergencies are fully covered for patients of all ages. This includes red eyes/any type of eye infection, flashes, floaters, foreign body removal, etc.
  • Diabetics are fully covered for a portion of their exam as well as people who take medications that may lead to vision problems.
  • Youths under the age of 19 are covered annually for a comprehensive eye exam.
  • Seniors over the age of 65 are covered for 50% of a full eye exam.
Can optometrists spot other medical conditions, such as diabetes?

Yes. Just by looking inside your eye, an optometrist may be able to spot and identify certain conditions, such as diabetes or hypertension at early onset. We can also spot eye disease early on as well, and provide you with suitable treatment options.

Why do my eyes always feel so dry?

The problem may be a dysfunction of the tear film called Dry Eye Syndrome. It affects many older people, particularly females, as well as heavy computer users. Occasionally, contact lens wearers and post-LASIK patients are also affected.

Visit the Mayo Clinic’s website to learn more about Dry Eye Syndrome.

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a common eye condition that results in blurred vision. It is caused by the eye being more football-shaped as opposed to round. Normally, light is refracted when it enters the eye, giving a clear view. However, for those with astigmatism, light is not evenly refracted, meaning only part of an object will be in focus at a time. This can be easily corrected with prescription lenses or laser eye surgery.

The Canadian Association of Optometrists has a great website filled with resources about the importance of regular eye care. Visit www.opto.ca‎ more information.

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What to Expect from Sun Valley Optometry

If you’ve been frustrated with hectic, fast paced medical offices in the past, our goal is to change your perception that medical care is always a rushed experience. Every patient is as important as our own family members and we will make sure every question is answered and that everything is crystal clear before you leave our quiet office.

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