EYE EXAMS

MacKenzie Eye Care Eye Exam Information


Regardless of your age or physical health, it’s important to have routine eye health exams.

During a complete eye exam, our doctors will determine your prescription for eyeglasses and or contact lenses, check your binocular vision and will assess your eyes for common eye diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, retinal and inflammatory eye conditions.  They will also evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.

A comprehensive eye exam includes a number of tests and procedures to examine and evaluate the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision.  Our office uses the latest technology throughout the process, including Optomap retinal scans, a computerized visual field analyzer, corneal topography and digital fundus photos.

Dr. MacKenzie recommends a comprehensive vision exam every 1-2 years. More frequent examinations may be recommended for adults with diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders, because many diseases can have an impact on vision and eye health.

Eye exams are covered by Alberta Health Care for all children under the age of 19.

According to the Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO), all children should have their eyes examined at 6 months of age, then annually after age 2.

Early eye exams are also important because children need the following basic skills for learning;

  • Near vision
  • Distance vision
  • Eye teaming (binocularity) skills
  • Eye movement skills
  • Focusing skills
  • Peripheral awareness
  • Eye/hand coordination

Experts say 80% of what your child learns in school is presented visually.  Undetected vision problems can put them at a significant disadvantage.  Contact our office, 403.527.1444, we are happy to assist in booking your child an eye exam.

The value of prevention… health, nutrition and prevention are the keys to quality of life. Maintaining excellent general health can often delay and reduce the effects of aging on our eyes.

Even with the best preventative care, it is very common to experience changes in vision in the golden years of life. That’s why it’s important to obtain regular, annual eye examinations. To make it easier to get the care you need, Alberta Health covers the cost of most vision services for seniors, including: one comprehensive eye examination per year and further minor exams and diagnostic procedures as required. Patients will be advised if there are diagnostic tests indicated and related fees, if not covered by Alberta Health Care (example: Optomap retinal scans with auto-fluoresence and digital fundus photos, total fee not covered is 30.00).

Seniors and adults with conditions such as diabetes, glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, and other eye-health issues are eligible for coverage through Alberta Health Care under Medically necessary services.

Alberta Health will now cover mot visits for medically necessary issues. These include:

  • Sudden vision loss or episodes of transient vision change
  • Eye or eyelid infections and inflammations, red or pink eye
  • Eye pain or change in photosensitivity
  • Foreign body requiring assessment and/or removal
  • Eye injury or trauma
  • Retinal examination for diabetic patients, macular degeneration and other retinal or vascualr disorders of the eye
  • Monitoring for retinal or chronic eye disease such as glaucoma and macular degeneration
  • Pre-and Post-operative care of cataract patients

In the event of an eye emergency, contact our office for an immediate appointment with Dr. MacKenzie or Dr. Curry.

If an eye emergency occurs after office hours, please contact the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital.

When to seek urgent care:

  • Sudden or gradual vision loss
  • Transient vision changes
  • Double vision
  • Flashes or floaters
  • Red Eye
  • Eye Pain
  • Discharge from one or both eyes
  • Eye injury, trauma or foreign body

Our Doctors of Optometry will evaluate your eyes and discuss your visual goals to help determine if you are an appropriate candidate for LASIK, PRK or Cataract Refractive Technology. If you have appropriate goals and there are no contraindications for the procedure, we will recommend a pre-operative evaluation to determine suitability for refractive surgery. This evaluation includes:

  • Counseling on refractive surgery options
  • Eye dominancy testing
  • Review of eye history and refractive stability
  • Medical evaluation of the cornea and overall eye health (includes assessing intraocular pressures)
  • Refraction, binocular vision assessment and additional cycloplegic refraction (evaluates for accommodative myopia and latent hyperopia)
  • Corneal topography, keratometry (curvature measurements) and pachymetry (corneal thickness)
  • General health history, medications and allergies are reviewed as some may influence suitability for refractive surgery

If after the pre-operative evaluation, the decision is made to proceed with surgery, your information will be forwarded to the surgeon, a pre-surgery consult with a surgeon will be scheduled. Post-operative management will be provided by our doctors, and includes multiple visits over a period from the date of surgery to include medical evaluation and management of the vision and corneal healing. Evaluation of any additional needs such as reading glasses, sunglasses, or enhancement laser procedures is also included.