Eye Exam Frequency

Eye exam frequency for different types of patients:

How often should you get an eye exam? Every year. Factors like medical history, genetics and age all play a part.


Yearly exams are crucial for children. Because up to 80% of classroom material is presented visually, undiagnosed vision issues can lead to serious learning difficulties. Your child should have his or her first eye exam at six months of age, with a follow-up exam at three years of age. Yearly eye exams are recommended for children especially if they already wear glasses or contacts, or who have risk factors like premature birth, family history of eye disease and crossed eyes. To ensure optimal vision care and eye health for your child, contact our optometrists at our three Calgary eye clinics.


You should see an optometrist for an eye exam in Calgary every year. This is especially important for patients with diabetes or high blood pressure, previous eye injuries or surgery, or a family history of eye disease. Our three eye clinics in Calgary will assist you in scheduling your yearly eye exams with availability 7 days a week.

Adults over 60 are more likely to contract sight-threatening diseases. The best way to deal with these is to catch them early, by having your eyes examined every year.

Contact lens wearers

Those who wear contact lenses should have yearly eye exams. A contact lens exam differs from a regular eye exam in that it will include additional procedures to ensure only the best contact lenses are prescribed for your eyes. If contact lenses are poorly fitted, they can distort vision and create discomfort, inflammation and infection.

Cost of eye exams in Calgary

Alberta Health Careprovides routine eye exam coverage for children up to 18 years of age and seniors 65 and over. Adults 19 – 64 are not covered by Alberta Health Care. Fortunately, many group insurance plans cover optometry services. Ask your employer, even your contact lenses may be covered.

Have questions regarding eye health, vision care and eye exams in Calgary and surrounding areas? Contact us at Dr. Bishop & Associates. With our three locations in Calgary, there’s a Dr. Bishop eye clinic near you. Call us today!

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