As a new patient of Dr. Tripp and Dr. Guerrette, you may be asked to fill out a brief health and eye history questionnaire for your eye exams in Ottawa. An eye exam is more than just reading letters off an eye chart. It is a complete, comprehensive and detailed examination of your visual ability, vision, and eye health. You should bring any spectacles you use, and a medication list is useful. If you regularly wear contact lenses you should wear them to the assessment. Our technician and the doctor will get more information from you in the examination room. Our mission is to provide the best eye care service possible.
A technician will perform a number of pre-test procedures, including a glaucoma screening test, retinal photography, an auto-refraction (estimating your spectacle prescription), corneal topography and aberrometry (as needed – measuring the contour of your cornea). If your present complaint or past history requires it, she will instill one or two eye drops before you see the doctor or this may be done later by the doctor.
After fine tuning your history and identifying your complaint, the doctor will measure your sight, assess eye co-ordination, perform a detailed refraction for the best spectacle prescription and thoroughly assess the inner and outer health of your eyes. And best yet everything will be explained to you with an articulate summary of the findings and recommendations for treatment.
Yes, it’s lots of questions, lots of lights, a little eyeball manipulation, some really neat technology and a generally pleasant experience. It does however take time and we suggest you allow an hour for your first visit and budget for the side effects of the drops which are primarily light sensitivity and some near vision blur. If you are worried, bring a driver. We do provide disposable ‘post-drop’ sunglasses. If you have to “be somewhere else in 15 minutes,” we ask that you reschedule to allow us to give you the time your eyes deserve.
Direct billing to your third party health insurance provider for your eye examination service is not yet available. Payment for services is due upon the date of the service. You can submit your itemized receipt to your insurance carrier for reimbursement. We suggest you check in advance with your carrier to determine what coverage you might have.
OHIP coverage for patients between the ages of 20 to 64 is for very specific and rare cases. Please assume that a consult fee will apply at your examination.
Contact our office to schedule your appointment for eye exams in Ottawa. Our doctors use only the most advanced diagnostic technology and eye care products available.