A complete assessment of your eye health

Senior eye exams are more than just a routine vision test they could help save your life.

Seniors classify as people 65 years of age and older. Senior eye exams are partially paid for by MSP if the patient has a valid PHN number. The remaining fee is not covered by MSP and can be directly billed to the patient’s insurance or be paid out of pocket. 

Did you know?

50% of Canadians have not had an eye exam in 5 years or more.

40% of Canadians in the workplace do not get needed visual aids.

75% of vision loss can be treated or prevented.

What are Comprehensive Senior Eye Exams?

Senior eye exams are broken down into 5 stages: 

  1. Patient history: This is when the Optometrist gets to know more about the patient, their lifestyle, medical and ocular history, and any visual concerns the patient may have.
  2. Entrance testing: The Optometrist will measure visual acuity, eye muscle movements,  binocularity, and pupil function. Additional tests may be performed if needed.
  3. Refraction testing: The Optometrist will run through a series of objective and subjective tests to help determine the patient’s spectacle and contact lens prescription.
  4. Ocular health evaluation: Your eye doctor will evaluate the health of each eyeball by looking at the anterior, internal and posterior structures. Be prepared to have your eyes dilated, this makes their pupils larger so an in-depth evaluation can be performed. Additional testing like visual fields, OCT’s and topography may also be run at this time.
  5. Patient education – The Optometrist will summarize the results of the eye exam and go over a complete assessment and plan for each diagnosis. The patient will have an opportunity to ask questions or give input at this time.
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How long do comprehensive senior eye exams take?

Senior eye exams take between 40 minutes to an hour. During the exam, most patients will have their eyes dilated. After this procedure, 60-90mins must pass before safely driving. Please plan appropriately and be picked up or use public transit.

Real Eyes Optometry is centrally located in Metrotown Mall. Our convenient location includes free, accessible parking and the ability for family members to complete errands without having to drive all over the city. Consider being able to run to a grocery store, make a clothing return and grab a quick bite, all while your person is having their eye exam. 

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Are comprehensive senior eye exams necessary?

Yes, absolutely. As we get older, many common eye diseases start to become more prevalent. Comprehensive senior eye exams are the best way to keep your eyes healthy. Your eyes can show signs of tumors, vascular disease, autoimmune disorders, thyroid disease, sickle cell disease, liver disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and other neurological or brain disorders. At Real Eyes Optometry, we provide comprehensive eye exams that help detect general health conditions through an internal examination of your eyes via dilation.

Eye Diseases are Preventable

1 in 7 Canadians will develop a serious eye disease in their life, however, 75% of vision loss is preventable if treated properly.

Catch Fatal Conditions

Routine eye exams help detect potentially life-threatening conditions, like brain tumours, high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes.

Your Eyes Change with Age

After 40, you can develop farsightedness. 50s and beyond, your eyeglasses and contact lens prescriptions can change more often.

What should I expect during senior eye exams?

The most important part of our comprehensive senior eye exams is your overall eye health evaluation, which includes checking both the internal and external parts of the eye. During your visit, our optometrists will check for a wide range of eye conditions and diseases including the following:

Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration is due to UV exposure, lifestyle choices and genetics.  Symptoms include central blind spots, and progressive vision loss. 


Elevated eye pressure can damage the optic nerve. This is a leading cause of blindness for people over the age of 60.


Cataracts are a common ocular disease that occurs with age.  Symptoms of cataracts include blurry or cloudy vision, glare, and diminished vision.

Diabetic & Hypertensive Retinopathy

Damage to the retina due to poorly controlled blood sugar and pressure can lead to bleeding inside your eye.

Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye is a common condition that is more pronounced with age. The ocular structures produce less lubrication which can result in burning, and itchy eyes. 

If you have further questions about senior eye exams, please contact us and we will be happy to help.