Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does an eye exam cost? 

If you are not covered by OHIP (those over 65 and under 20 are), the cost of a comprehensive vision and ocular health/systems varies from clinic to clinic.  The availability and experience of the doctor, office hours and services offered, also vary widely from clinic to clinic. We do offer optional or ancillary tests such as visual fields, and contact lens fittings, that are billed separately from the general oculo-visual assessment. Our fees are well below the Ontario Association of Optometrist’s Fee Guide.

Will my insurance cover my eye exam and glasses?

It is best to contact your private insurance provider directly for this information, but we do offer direct billing to the following providers: O.D.S.P., Refugee Program, Ontario Works, Green Shield, Blue Cross, Manulife, Maximum Benefit, Standard Life, Sun Life, Group Source, Group Health, Chambers of Commerce Group, ClaimSecure, Cowan, Desjardins, Great West Life, Industrial Alliance, Maximum Benefit, Johnston Group,  Canadian Construction Workers Union, GMS Carrier 49 and 50, Liuna Local 183 and 506, Telus, Adjudicare and Johnson Inc.

Can you bill my insurance directly?

We can direct bill the following providers: O.D.S.P., Refugee Program, Ontario Works, Green Shield, Blue Cross, Manulife, Maximum Benefit, Standard Life, Sun Life, Group Source, Group Health, Chambers of Commerce Group, ClaimSecure, Cowan, Desjardins, Great West Life, Industrial Alliance, Maximum Benefit, Johnston Group,  Canadian Construction Workers Union, GMS Carrier 49 and 50, Liuna Local 183 and 506, Telus, Adjudicare and Johnson Inc.

When will OHIP pay for my eye exam?

If you are 19 or less, or 65 and above OHIP covers the cost of one complete eye exam, every 365 days.  A valid OHIP number is required. Also, patients who have proof of diabetes are also covered for yearly exams.

How often should I get my eyes checked?

Ideally, healthy children and adults should be seen annually.  For those between 20 and 40, exams every 18 months is suitable.  If you have eye disease, or other systemic health problems, more frequent follow up is appropriate.  

What should I bring to my eye exam?

A list of medications, your most current glasses, and any other optical devices you use, your contact lenses and their information, your insurance and OHIP card.  If you have any previous Rx’s or exam data such as OCT images or topographies, this would be immensely helpful. Also have a list of questions or symptoms you want to share with the optometrist.

Can I have a copy of my prescription?

Absolutely and one will be provided at no cost at the end of your exam.

What is my pupillary distance?

This is a measurement needed for the fabrication and selection of eyewear and is provided with the fitting of frames.

Can you change the lenses in my current frame?

In most cases yes, though the status of the eyewear must be assessed and approved.  We and our suppliers of lenses take no responsibility with respect to warranty of the frames during the lens fitting process.

Do you need to know my medications?

Please bring a list of all your medications, supplements and allergies.

Do I need drops today? And if yes, can I drive after? 

A dilated fundus or retinal exam is often needed to perform a comprehensive eye exam. You can choose to be dilated on a separate visit; however, additional fees may be incurred. If you are dilated, bringing a pair of prescription sunglasses may be needed to drive. Some patients would prefer to have a drive home arranged.

What is the difference between an optometrist and ophthalmologist?

An  optometrist is a doctor in the primary care of the eye and vision, also known as the entry point to health care of the eye and visual system.  An optometrist can treat many eye conditions, manage eye disease and prescribe optical aids. An ophthalmologist is a physician with a specialty in eye care, allowing them to prescribe oral medications and to perform eye surgery procedures. 

Is there an extra fee for a contact lens examination? 

Fitting fees are charged for the services related to the provision of contact lenses and vary based on case complexity and type of materials fitted.

What are progressive lenses?

Progressive lenses are no-line multifocal eyeglass lenses that look exactly the same as single vision lenses. In other words, progressive lenses will help you see clearly at all distances without those annoying (and age-defining) “bifocal lines” that are visible in regular bifocals and trifocals. Progressive lenses, also called multifocal lenses, progressive addition lenses, varifocal lenses, progressive power lenses, graduated prescription lenses, or progressive spectacle lenses are corrective lenses used in eyeglasses to correct presbyopia and other disorders of accommodation.  

Should I wear my contact lenses to the eye exam? 

It is best to wear your glasses to the exam and bring contact lenses in your case.

How long does it take to get my lenses once they are ordered?

This varies depending on your prescription and lens type.  Most jobs are done within 4 to 7 days. Some cases are done in 1 day, but generally never take more than 14 business days in the most complex cases.

Do you offer Lasik surgery? 

Dr. Sciberras performs refractive surgery consults to determine the best procedures, risks and benefits analysis, as well as managing the recovery post-surgery, regardless of the procedure completed.

Can you treat glaucoma, macular degeneration and other serious eye conditions?

Dr. Sciberras can detect, diagnose and treat many eye conditions and diseases. He is certified in the use of therapeutic pharmaceutical agents (TPAa) for the treatment of eye conditions, including but not limited to glaucoma, conjunctivitis, iritis, chalazion, meibomitis, etc. 

Can I have an eye exam while pregnant? Should I wait because of vision fluctuations?

Having an eye exam when you detect a change in your vision or your health status has changed, outside of the pregnancy, is never contraindicated.

Do you offer children’s exams? If so, when should my child’s first eye exam be?

All children need to have routine eye exams, starting at age 6 months, then again at age 3 and yearly thereafter.  We use child friendly vision targets, provide post exam rewards for the child, and provide advise for maintaining healthy eyes and sight.