Primary Eye Exams
Every adult should have his or her eyes examined every 2 years. Certain health conditions warrant yearly eye exams (such as diabetes or macular degeneration).
Regular eye exams for adults are not covered by Saskatchewan Health unless there is financial need. The government has several programs in place including Supplemental Health, Family Health Benefits, Worker’s Compensation, and Senior’s Income Plan. It is your responsibility to tell the front desk staff if you believe you are eligible for any of these programs. If you bring your Saskatchewan Health Card to the exam, your eligibility can be checked over the phone or online. Special billing and prior approval may be required for some patients who are covered through NIHB or DVA. Please mention if you are eligible when making an appointment and provide your Treaty Number or Veteran Number to ensure you have coverage for your exam.
Children’s Eye Exams
Children under 18 with a valid Saskatchewan Health Card are covered for a full eye exam once a year. However, if a child is complaining about his or her eyes or vision, please contact the office. Exceptions can be made depending on the circumstance.
Referrals for refractive surgery and pre and post operative care are provided. Dr. Knezacek can advise which laser surgery and clinic is best suited to your needs.
All Saskatchewan residents are covered for red eyes. If you feel that you have an eye infection, pink eye, or foreign body, you can be seen at an optometrist’s office just as you would be seen at your family physician.
The most common form of correction for refractive error is a pair of glasses. The dispensary has a large variety of frames to suit any style or fit. When choosing your glasses, it is important that they fit your face and your prescription. Our staff are experts at assisting with fitting and adjusting glasses.
The clinic has access to an extensive selection of contact lens brands. The contact lens choice will be based on eye health, vision and all-day comfort.
Humprhey Visual Fields
This test measures your peripheral vision. This is an important test for glaucoma and neurological diseases. It can also be required for your driver’s license.
Optical Coherence Tomography
The OCT is an instrument that provides an “optical ultrasound”. It will produce advanced images of the macula to monitor any changes caused by pathology such as diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. It can quantify the number of nerves in the eyes that are damaged in patients with glaucoma. Overall, the OCT is important for diagnosis and follow-up of diseases that occur inside the eye.
(red eyes, flashes/floaters, foreign bodies, infections, etc)
Most emergency appointments are covered for people with a valid Saskatchewan Health Card. If you feel that you have an eye infection, pink eye, a foreign body, sudden flashes/floaters, or a sudden change in your vision, please call the office to arrange an immediate appointment. Optometrists are trained to remove foreign bodies and prescribe medications to treat a variety of conditions. Certain conditions may need to be seen by an ophthalmologist (eye specialist/surgeon); we can provide a referral for this if needed.