Comprehensive Eye Exams
Contact Lens Fittings
Ocular Disease Screening, Diagnosis, and Co-Management
Laser Eye Surgery Co-Management
Spectacle Adjustment and Repair
Medically Necessary Visits
Diabetic Health Exams
Systemic Health Screening
Dry Eye Syndrome Treatment and Management
Military/RCMP Eye Exams/Application Forms
Regular eye exams are essential to maintaining optimal ocular health and vision. Urban Vision provides comprehensive eye exams at all ages, which includes screening for health complications and ensuring your vision is clear, comfortable, and functional.
A contact lens exam is required to prescribe the brand and type of contact lens that can is safe, comfortable, and properly fit for your eyes. Once the appropriate lens is identified, the contact lens prescription is specific for you.
A child’s first eye exam is recommended for all children, beginning at 6 months old. The Alberta College of Optometrists recommends each child have an eye exam every year, as children may not always know if they see correctly. These eye exams help to screen for vision and health problems, promote healthy development, and support a child’s ability to learn in school.
At Urban Vision, we prioritize patients that require urgent care (when possible). Good ocular health and vision are vital to our everyday activities, and our optometrists encourage patients to call to make an appointment for any emergent vision or eye health concerns or problems. Urgent and medical visits may be booked in advance or on the same day, and fees are covered by Alberta Health Care.
Optometrists at Urban Vision can help to refer patient records to laser eye surgery centers in preparation for evaluation for LASIK, PRK, or other refractive surgeries. Following laser eye surgery, patients require routine eye examinations every one or two years to monitor the stability of their ocular health and vision. This is critical to ensuring that any changes are caught early, as early changes may not present with little to no symptoms.
Optometrists are integral in the network of health professionals to identify health problems or diseases detected in the eye (ex. cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, amblyopia/lazy eye, etc.). The purpose of regular eye exams and screening tests is to detect early changes in the eye that may lead to debilitating conditions, and if possible, provide early management and/or treatment therapy. In some cases, a patient may be referred to an ophthalmologist, and our optometrists can help to monitor their health status.
Our licensed opticians are very experienced in spectacle adjustment and repair. They welcome visits during store hours to assess the state of the frames or lenses and can provide the professional help needed to address your concerns with your glasses.
Regular annual eye exams are an essential component of health care for people with diabetes. Yearly screening helps to identify early stages of diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, or prescription changes related to the regulation of blood glucose levels. The Alberta Association of Optometrists states that diabetic retinopathy presents in nearly all people with Type 1 diabetes within 20 years of diagnosis, and 80% of people with Type 2 diabetes within 15 years of diagnosis.
If you have watery or tearing eyes, you may be suffering from dry eye syndrome. Other symptoms include burning, soreness, itchy, sandy feeling, and blurred vision. Dry eye symptoms can be worsened by rubbing the eyes, living in dry air conditions, medications, contact lens use, and history of eye surgery. It can sometimes be temporarily relieved using artificial tears to lubricate the eyes. However, chronic dry eyes can permanently damage the eyes without the eyes feeling it, and can progressively worsen and damage the cornea. Optometrists at Urban Vision can help prescribe the proper therapy to treat and manage dry eyes to prevent the condition from worsening over time.
Eye exams include are essential tests that detect problems throughout the entire body. The American Academy of Ophthalmology identifies many systemic overall health issues that may have signs that are revealed in a comprehensive exam, sometimes before symptoms are noticed. These include, but are not limited to: aneurysm, brain tumour, cancers, diabetes, high blood pressure and vascular disease, high cholesterol, giant cell arteritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, rheumatoid arthritis, sarcoidosis, sickle cell disease, Sjogren’s syndrome, stroke, thyroid disease, sexually transmitted disease, and medication toxicities.
Employer and government-supported health programs require forms to be filled out in order to process health benefits and claims. Due to the location of our clinic, we provide service to many of these programs and complete these forms free of cost.
….and many others, call to see if your plan is eligible for direct billing.
We are the designated provider and direct bill for federal military members from the Department of National Defense (DND)