Common Questions

Common Questions

Below are many of the most commonly asked questions about eye exams at the Mitchell Eye Centre.

Please note that if you have questions about healthcare coverage, payment, or financing of eye exams we have a separate page on our website related to these topics. Please visit the page on healthcare coverage, prices, and financing eye surgery.

If you are unable to find an answer to any of your questions, please give us a call at 403-258-1773 and one of our staff will be happy to assist you.

How often should I get an eye exam?
If you are over the age of 40, it is recommended that you schedule an eye exam at least once every 3 to 4 years.

Am I at risk to develop eye conditions or diseases?
Higher risk groups are anyone over the age of 40, those with a family history of eye conditions or diseases, and those that play contact sports such as football or hockey.

I have recently noticed a change in my vision, should I get an eye exam?
Yes. If you have recently noticed a change in your vision, pain, or have had frequent changes in the prescription for your glasses or contact lenses, it is recommended that you schedule an eye exam.

How long does an eye exam appointment take?
A typical eye exam will take 60 to 90 minutes to complete.

Will I be dilated during my eye exam?
Yes. In order to perform a proper eye exam, you will be dilated using Mydriacyl eye drops. Dilation takes about 20 minutes and can last for 3 to 6 hours. We recommend that you have someone drive you home after the eye exam and that you wear dark sunglasses as your eyes will be quite light sensitive after the exam. Most full examinations require the patient to be dilated.

Will I be tested on the day of my appointment?
Yes. On the day of your eye exam you will undergo tests.

Will I meet with the eye doctor?
Yes. On the day of your eye exam appointment you will meet with one of our doctorsat the Mitchell Eye Centre.