Eye Disease Treatment

Alberta Health provides full coverage for visits for medically necessary issues.  These include

  • Eye or eyelid infections, red or pink eye, pain or sudden vision loss
  • Foreign body requiring assessment and/or removal
  • Retinal examination for diabetic patients
  • Monitoring and treatment for chronic eye diseases such as glaucoma and uveitis
  • Pre-and Post-operative care

Our doctors are highly trained in the treatment and management of eye disease.  We are equipped with modern diagnostic equipment including imaging devices such as retinal cameras and Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT).  OCT imaging is similar to an MRI in that it allows for a high resolution cross-sectional view of structures beneath the surface.  Prior to this technology, only the surface of the retina was visible.  This meant that subretinal or nerve fiber layer disease was often unable to be diagnosed until at a very late stage.  The advent of this imaging has allowed for diagnosis at a much earlier stage, thus allowing for quicker treatment, and less likelihood of permanent damage.  This imaging is especially important in those at risk for glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy.  It is also useful in monitoring patients with corneal disease.

Our medical services include but are not limited to:

Glaucoma Patients:

  • Full Visual Field testing and analysis
  • Ultrasound measurement of corneal thickness (pachymetry)
  • Intraocular Pressure monitoring
  • Retinal photgraphy and serial nerve head analysis
  • OCT to more accurately assess nerve fiber damage by imaging below the retina
  • Treatment and management with medications and/or surgical referral

Diabetic Patients:

  • Annual dilated retinal examination including photography
  • OCT if indicated, to look for retinal edema (swelling) and subretinal damage
  • Monitoring for any eye related complications including infections, retinopathy, cataracts, muscle palsies, sudden vision changes, and others
  • Ongoing collaborative management with primary care doctors and internal medicine specialists

Pre/Post-op care for refractive laser surgery, cataract surgery, corneal transplant, glaucoma and retinal surgery:

  • Referral and pre-operative management with specialists as needed for surgical care
  • Recommendations on appropriate surgical options including type of surgery and/or implantable lens
  • Post operative vision and eye health assessments

Anterior Eye Disease:

  • Diagnosis and evaluation of infections, inflammations, injuries, or chronic eye diseases
  • Appropriate treatment with topical and/or oral medications and/or other therapies
  • Follow-up and ongoing management including photography/imaging as required
  • Corneal thickness imaging and topographical imaging to monitor for changes in keratoconus and corneal disease
  • Specialty contact lens fittings for keratoconus, corneal transplant, and other corneal disease (uninsured service)

Note that routine eye care including eyeglass prescriptions and all contact lens fittings are still uninsured services.  You may be eligible for coverage of these services under your personal or employer health care plan.  Fittings for medically necessary contact lenses (patients with corneal disease) are also likely eligible for extended coverage through most employee benefit plans.