Eye Exams

Eye Exams and Eye Health Assessments using Digital Imaging & Modern Diagnostic Equipment

An eye exam is much more than just a prescription for glasses. In fact, 1 in 7 Canadians with no symptoms have an undiagnosed and possibly preventable eye condition. Routine eye examinations are the best way to catch eye disease before it is too late to treat.

Your child’s first exam should be at 6 months of age. The doctor will assess for normal development of the eye and visual system, as well as discuss what to expect as your child grows older. All testing at this age is objective, and the exam takes only 10 minutes. As with all children, the cost of the exam is covered by Alberta Health.

Children of school age are seen annually to ensure that their vision is not affecting their learning and school work. In fact, 1 in 4 children diagnosed with a learning disorder actually have a vision problem, and screenings in school are not adequate to detect all vision issues. Alberta Health covers the cost of eye exams until their 19th birthday.

Healthy adults should have an exam annually to ensure healthy eyes that last a lifetime. With modern diagnostic technology, we have the ability to diagnose eye diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration up to 10 years earlier than in the past. Your doctor will also talk to you about preventive eye care and what you can do to prevent serious eye disease down the road. Contact lens wearers will also have their eye health assessed and upgraded to new lenses as technology continues to improve.

Seniors over the age of 65 have the highest risk of vision loss and are seen at least annually, and as frequently as three to six months if there is eye disease present. Specialized eye health testing is crucial to ensure that serious problems are assessed and treated in a timely manner. Alberta Health covers examinations for this group.

At Mission Eye Care, we provide the full spectrum of eye care services including:

  •  Routine Eye Health and Vision examinations
  •  Digital Imaging of the external and internal structures of the eye
  •  Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) to monitor subretinal and optic nerve disease
  •  Visual Field testing and analysis and treatment for Glaucoma
  •  Routine and Specialty Contact Lens Fittings and Follow-up Care
  •  Ocular Disease Management including Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, and Diabetes
  •  Eye infection, inflammation and other related treatment including foreign object removal
  •  Dry Eye therapy including punctual plugs, pharmaceuticals, and nutrition counseling
  •  Pre- and Post-Operative care for Cataract, Laser, and other Anterior Segment Surgery
  •  On-site co-management and referral for Ophthalmology services

We also offer EVENING and WEEKEND appointments to fit your busy lifestyle.

Eye infections or medically necessary visits for ALL patients are also covered by Alberta Health. Although they do not cover routine eye examinations and contact lens services, many private or employee health insurance benefit plans will pay for all or most of these services. Our office can direct bill most 3rd party insurance plans for your convenience.

With on-site ophthalmologic and surgical services, our central Calgary location at the Holy Cross centre is ideal for treating problems quickly and efficiently with referral to specialists if needed.

Optical Services

Our expanded eyewear gallery showcases over 1500 frames and sunglasses to fit every style and budget.  Our opticians are highly trained and educated to help you make informed decisions when purchasing your eyewear. With so many options available, we help you choose the frame and lenses that are right for your individual needs. We understand that everyone is unique, and our goal is to help you to look and see your best.

Our computerized optical fitting system uses advanced measurement technology to create fully personalized eyeglass lenses that will give you the clearest vision possible.  These systems take precise measurements required for proper manufacturing of digital eyeglass lenses, including PD, vertex, pantoscopic tilt, wrap and heights.  You will be amazed how clearly you can see with these new digitally customized lenses.

We offer free adjustments and maintenance of your eyewear and our warranty will cover any defects for 1 year.  You will also have the peace of mind knowing that our lens warranty protects your premium lens investment for 2 years on scratches and coating problems from routine use.

Contact Lens Services

We are also one of the largest contact lens clinics in the city, specializing in custom contact lenses for corneal disease patients. For those who require conventional lenses, we carry most disposable lenses in stock and offer next day delivery on most others. Lenses ordered can be delivered right to your door, often at no extra charge!  We offer complete contact lens care services including corneal curvature measurement, eye health, and tear chemistry analysis, doctor performed fittings, training on proper insertion, removal, and lens care, appropriate follow-up care and treatment of any complications. Your fitting will include discussion of all options, including many new types such as:

  • Daily disposables for all prescription types including astigmatism and multifocal
  • Colored lenses (available for astigmatism and as daily disposable)
  • Specialty dry eye lenses with higher moisture binding capacity
  • High oxygen lenses safe for overnight wear up to 30 days
  • Hybrid lenses for the ultimate in vision and comfort