One of the major benefits of living in Canada is our country’s comprehensive, individual health care services. Since healthcare is managed on the provincial level, Alberta Health should be every Albertan’s first stop for service and information. Of course, The Vision Gallery is always happy to pass accurate information on to existing clients and prospective customers alike. Use the reference guide below for a summary of Alberta Health Care’s eye and vision health coverage.
When it comes to optometry, the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) only offers limited benefits to residents of Alberta. Age and other factors determine whether or not your eye and vision health costs are eligible for full or partial coverage. In all cases, the final say comes down to your optometrist or opthamologist.
The AHCIP’s primary eye and vision health benefit is full coverage of annual eye exams for Alberta residents from 0 to 18 years old and seniors (65 or older). If you are between the ages of 19 and 64, you are expected to pay for your annual eye exam unless your doctor deems it medically necessary.
As with other health services, eye and vision care may be covered by Alberta Health if it is considered medically necessary by a recognized doctor. Specific trauma or chronic conditions are often eligible for coverage of some kind under the AHCIP, but there can be strict rules of what is covered as well as who can provide treatment.
As you can see, there is no blanket coverage for eye and vision healthcare. If you have any questions or concerns, contact or visit the experts here at The Vision Gallery– you can conveniently book online at any of our three locations!