Eye Infections, Conditions & Emergencies Coverage

All Albertans are covered by Alberta Health* for medically necessary and urgent care visits to their doctor of optometry.  They have the proper knowledge, tools and equipment necessary to diagnose, treat and refer to a specialist, if needed. They routinely work with other health care providers to ensure you have the best care possible.

Medically necessary and urgent care includes things, such as:

  • Eye infections or injuries
  • Foreign objects in the eyes
  • Sudden changes in vision
  • Monitoring for diabetes issues, glaucoma and retinal disease
  • Post-operative care for cataract patients

You do not need a referral.  Most doctors of optometry keep a few daily appointments available for these medical and urgent care services.

We recommend you discuss all services and treatments with your doctor of optometry prior to the exam to ensure you understand your coverage and the options available.

*Check with your doctor of optometry to determine if there are any additional costs prior to your appointment.