Frequently asked questions

Eye Care Coverage and Important Information

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 women, 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 the Canadian Association of Optometrists site‎ for more information.

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What to Expect from Orchard Park Optometry

We all have very busy, demanding lifestyles these days and convenience is more important than ever. We offer appointments seven days per week but focus on the most comprehensive eye care available with highly trained and passionate optometrists.

Our goal is to build relationships with our patients and their families year after year and get to know our patients through the different stages of life.

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We are always happy to accept new patients. Contact us today and we will book you in at our next available time.