As of October 1st, 2014, all Saskatchewan residents that are diabetic and on medication are covered for a yearly eye exam through Saskatchewan Health. This is a great move on behalf of Saskatchewan Health to make sure all Saskatchewan residents are getting the care they need. Call us today at 306-664-6616 to schedule an appointment.
As primary eye care providers, Optometrists are ideally suited to paly a pivotal role in early diagnosis and prevention of ocular conditions and diseases that can threaten sight.
Optometrists see patents every one to two years for routine examinations which aid in early diagnosis of many vision conditions and therefore prevents vision loss. Analysis of patient's medical, ocular, and family history allows patient counseling regarding healthy choices to maximize vision throughout their lives.
Through the eyes, optometrists can detect early onset of diseases such as hypertension, cancer, and diabetes, and quickly refer patients to physicians for earlier diagnosis and treatment.
All Saskatchewan beneficiaries with a valid Saskatchewan Health Card who have been diagnosed with diabetes type 1 or 2 are eligible for an insured annual diabetic eye exam. Individuals with pre-diabetes are not eligible. A physician's referral is not required to receive an insured diabetic eye exam; however, for those non-medicated patients a letter confirming the patient's diagnosis is recommended.
About Children's Vision
About 80 percent of all babies are born farsighted -- able to see objects clearly at a distance but less clearly close up. Some five percent are born nearsighted, or unable to see objects at a distance clearly.
Approximately 15 percent of babies are born with nothing wrong with the refraction parts of the eye -- the cornea and crystalline lens which bend light and focus it properly on the retina. Farsightedness usually decreases as a child ages, typically normalizing to a negligible value by the age of 7-8.
After a child grows and the incidence of farsightedness decreases, that of nearsightedness increases. Many school-age children and teens first discover they are nearsighted when they have difficult reading the writing on the board at school. Nearsightedness usually occurs before age 25.
We offer Direct Billing to these Insurance Companies:
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
MAXIMUM BENEFIT(JOHNSTON GROUP)