What to expect.
Prior to your first visit with us, please be sure to bring your current eyeglasses or contact lenses (please bring your lens case and solution so you can remove your lenses if required), a list of the medications you are taking, as well as your Health Card. Depending on your specific needs, your initial visit will last approximately one to two hours. During this first visit, we will record your medical history and information, and perform all of the tests we need to get a complete picture of your ocular health. After our tests, we will discuss the results with you, as well as how treatments should proceed.
Please note that these tests may require us to dilate your pupils, which will make your eyes sensitive to light, and will distort your vision slightly. These effects are normal, and usually subside after a few hours after the appointment. You should plan to bring something to shield the sun from your eyes after your appointment, such as sunglasses. Many of our patients also bring someone to drive them home.
How Medicard Works?
Halifax Eye Institute is pleased to offer our patients financing through iFinance Canada’s Medicard.
- No down payment
- No collateral
- High approval
- Competitive interest rates
- No early payment penalty
Applying for financing is as simple as filling out the online application.
You can request financing for a portion or Medicard will finance the complete procedure or purchase.
Most client’s applications are quickly approved for funding – in fact, financing can be approved while you are at your doctor or service provider’s office!
Medicard’s professional and experienced staff is committed to helping patients obtain financing for the treatments or products they want.
Ophthalmologist versus Optometrists
How they differ.
Ophthalmologists are medical doctors who specialize in eye and vision care. Following four years of premedical college, four years of medical school and a yearlong internship, an ophthalmologist will spend three years in a residency ophthalmology program. An ophthalmologist will complete special training in all facets of eye care, including prevention, diagnosis and medical and surgical treatment of eye conditions and diseases. Ophthalmologists also have the choice of sub-specializing in a specific area of eye care, which will require an additional year or two of training. Some subspecialty fields include glaucoma, retina and plastic surgery.
An optometrist is a Doctor of Optometry (O.D). They first must complete their undergraduate studies before being specifically educated and trained at a four year accredited optometry college. They do not attend medical school. An optometrist is licensed to provide primary eye care services including the examination, diagnosis and treatment of visual conditions, and the ability to prescribe glasses, contact lenses and medications. Although they may also diagnose common eye conditions such as cataracts and glaucoma, they are not licensed to perform surgical eye treatment procedures.
Remember that eyeglasses are not an adequate guard against debris and chemicals – use proper safety glasses, safety goggles or face shields.