Adult Eye Exams
At Kodak Lens Vision Centres, we understand the unique eye care needs of adults. We also strive to go beyond basic eye check-ups. Our goal is to preserve and maintain vision for all our esteemed adults to ensure they enjoy the best possible quality of life.
All 7 Kodak Lens Vision Centre locations in the Greater Toronto Area offer comprehensive eye health examinations for adults and other qualified age groups that can be covered under insurance or OHIP. Book a consultation to find out more about adult eye exams courtesy of your insurance or OHIP (if you qualify). During your eye exam, we can let you know about the recommended eye tests for your age, eyewear options, and more!
What Are Some Common Adult Eye Tests?
At Kodak Lens Vision Centres, there are a few eye tests we administer to assess common eye conditions affecting adults aged 20 to 64 years. These tests include, but aren’t limited to:
- Depth perception test: This test assesses how the eyes perceive the distance between two objects and the ability to see things in 3-dimensions.
- Peripheral vision test: As the name suggests, this test assesses peripheral vision i.e., how well a person sees above, below, or to the sides of what they are looking at.
- Colour vision test: This adult eye test assesses a person’s ability to differentiate colours (colour blindness).
- Visual acuity test: This tests how well a person can see words or symbols from a given distance.
- Response to light: The normal pupil size of an adult will range from 2-4mm in diameter when exposed to bright light (pupil dilation) and 4-8mm when exposed to darkness (pupil constriction)¹. This pupillary light response test assesses normal pupil responses towards light.
- Eye muscle strength test: This test evaluates any defects or weaknesses in the extraocular muscles of the eye responsible for causing uncontrolled eye movement.
- Eye coordination test: This test assesses a person’s visual-motor abilities and ability to differentiate between visual stimuli.
- Comprehensive eye exam: This comprehensive adult eye exam includes multiple adult eye tests i.e., those mentioned above if applicable and more.
How Often Should You Get an Eye Exam?
Eye exam recommendations tend to vary with age and other risk factors for eye conditions like family history. As part of the OAO (Ontario Association of Optometrists), Kodak Lens Vision Centre adheres to the association’s eye exam recommendations: adults (aged 20-64 years) should undergo comprehensive eye exams at least once every 2 years².
However, adults with health conditions known to affect visual health (such as diabetes) or high or complex prescriptions should have one yearly eye exam. Some health conditions require more frequent eye examinations. Partial eye exams are available for those who require to check up or care for specific eye health concerns such as allergies or infections. Overall, if you have any eye health or visual concern, visit your optometrist.
Why Are Regular Eye Exams in Adults So Important?
There are many reasons to go for regular eye exams as an adult. The most notable include:
1. Prevent Vision Loss
Many serious vision problems like glaucoma develop slowly and can remain undetected for a long time. In fact, you may not exhibit any vision symptoms of eye conditions like eye strain and blurry vision until it’s too late. The eye tests mentioned above can help detect such eye conditions before they deteriorate and require eye surgery or cause serious consequences like vision loss³.
2. Maintain Healthy Vision
Regular eye tests are the only guaranteed way of ensuring good visual health. Eye tests create a basis for detecting and treating any conditions uncovered during the exam. Finding any eye health issue early means an opportunity to treat immediately and offer recommendations to ensure healthy vision.
3. Boost Overall Health
Since some ocular conditions may be linked to underlying systemic health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and brain tumors, eye tests can reveal these potential situations in time for treatment and recovery⁴. You will also get preventive health care tips for keeping eye conditions and related health concerns at bay.
We Strive for a Personalized Eye Exam Experience
Your Optometrist and team at Kodak Lens Vision Centre strive to provide a personalized eye exam and a remarkable experience. Here are a few points you may experience:
- We want to learn as much as possible about your visual concerns, needs, and lifestyle
- Our appointments strive to address your main concerns so we can provide the best visual recommendations, solutions and answers.
- By personally discussing what is important to you and asking the right questions, we hope you can open up during your eye exam so we can address your main visual concerns. Vision is unique for every individual and the more details we know gives us a better opportunity to provide you with the most accurate prescription and recommendations.
- We welcome dialogue, questions and conversation during the eye exam.
- We are a friendly group and care for your eye health like a family member. Don’t hesitate to reach out, ask questions or visit us for any eye care or eyewear needs.
Insurance and Government Coverage for Adults
a. OHIP Coverage
OHIP covers eye exams for adults and other age groups in Ontario. The coverage comes with eligibility requirements. As per the latest OHIP coverage update/changes effective 1st September 2023, adults aged 20 to 64 years with sight-threatening conditions (mentioned below) are entitled to 1 yearly OHIP-insured comprehensive eye examination by an optometrist.
The same applies to patients who take certain medicines i.e., tamoxifen, ethambutol, and hydroxychloroquine. What’s more, patients qualifying based on the above conditions are eligible for a maximum of two OHIP-insured follow-up visits (routine exams) annually. Talk to us for more on OHIP-covered eye exams for adults.
b. Insurance Coverage: Direct Billing and Claims
Kodak Lens Vision Centre also accepts vision insurance from most providers. Patients who provide us with their insurance information can get coverage, eligibility, authorization (if needed), and other assistance/information. See our entire insurance provider list here. Our experienced optometric assistants are knowledgeable in working with different vision insurance providers. We can help our patients submit vision care claims and get other related assistance such as directing where they can learn all about their plan details.
Please ask us if you have any questions about how our team can help you with direct billing through your insurance. Our team is prepared to submit your claim and not have you do any extra work. Let us make it easier for you. At Kodak Lens Vision Centres, we also accept cash and all credit cards.
c. Social Assistance Programs
Kodak Lens Vision Centres also accept social and government assistance programs such as Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support Program, Interim Federal Health, Student Care Network, Mystudentplan.ca or Purplecare.ca (Gallivan), Spencer Health Network, We Speak Student, MorCare, and Northern Financial Group & Northern Financial Insurance. Please consult with us so that we can help you with any other government programs.
What Eye Exams are Covered by OHIP?
Adults aged 20 to 64 are entitled to OHIP-insured eye exams if they have one or more of the following underlying conditions:
Diabetes (mellitus), Cataracts, Glaucoma, Retinal disease, Lazy eye (amblyopia), Corneal disease, Visual field defects, Crossed eyes (strabismus), Uveitis (recurrent), Optic pathway disease
As of 1st September 2023, people with eligible conditions can get OHIP-insured eye exams from an optometrist without requiring a referral letter. There’s more on OHIP changes for annual eye exams.
Book an Adult Eye Exam at a Kodak Lens Vision Centre
Ready for an adult eye exam? You can click here to book an appointment at any one of our seven locations in the Greater Toronto Area. You can also click here to ask us a question. We offer high-quality and personable eye care services to all of our patients, regardless of their age group. Let’s start your journey toward a healthy vision now!