Alberta Health Care coverage takes care of one complete eye exam per year. Other exams or required treatments can be covered based on your medical needs. For specific and other conditions, you need to ask your doctor for additional costs.
For individuals falling under this category, Alberta Health Care doesn’t cover eye exams. Please inquire at the clinic about the eye exam cost and about direct billing to your insurance company. Alberta Health Care covers medically necessary services.
For individuals under this category, Alberta Health Care covers one complete eye exam per year. Based on medical conditions, such as glaucoma, diabetes, cataract follow-up or monitoring, additional exams or treatments may be covered. Please ask your doctor for more information about coverage costs for specific visual conditions.
Medically Necessary/Urgent Care
Optometrists have appropriate knowledge, tools and equipment to diagnose, treat and refer to a specialist if required. Referral is not required. Urgent care appointments are covered by Alberta Health Care. If you are confused about what gets covered by Alberta Health Care, please ask your doctor before visiting the clinic.
The types of care covered include: