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colour-blindness test

Colour Blindness

Red-green and blue-yellow colour blindness is actually more accurately known as “colour vision deficiency” because you are not actually blind.


What is an Ophthalmologist?

Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine that deals with the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eye. Would you like to become an ophthalmologist – learn more about this specialization and it’s sub-specializations here.

Eye care services covered (at no cost to the patient) by Alberta Health

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Alberta Health Eye Exam Coverage

Some optometry services are covered under the AHCIP, but not outside Alberta:

  • eye exams
  • children 18 years old and under, and seniors 65 years and older are eligible for one complete eye exam, one partial exam and one diagnostic procedure per benefit year (July 1 to June 30)
  • full coverage for some specific medical conditions treated by optometrists
    • optometrists cannot charge you for services covered by AHCIP, but you are responsible for additional costs incurred at the time of treatment
  • full coverage, if you are 19 to 65 years old, for an eye exam your optometrist deems is medically necessary as a result of trauma, a medical condition or episode of illness

Seniors with low to moderate incomes may be eligible for some benefits under the Dental and Optical Assistance for Seniors Program.

Services covered in Alberta – Learn what health services are covered by the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) and what services are not covered.