Examination fees

Fees vary by age group and type of diagnostic testing required. Our staff will be happy to provide more detailed information based upon your needs. We strive to make our comprehensive, professional eye care accessible to all of our patients.

Patients are required to pay, on the day of service, for any portion of their examination fees which are not covered by BC MSP, unless other arrangements have been approved.

BC Medical Services Plan Coverage for eye examinations.

We will bill BC MSP directly for any services for which you are eligible, if you have a current BC Health Care Card.

0 – 18 years

In most cases, BC MSP provides sufficient coverage for preventive eye examinations for children through age 18.

The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends:

  • First eye exam at 6 months old.
  • Second eye exam at 3 years old.
  • Eye exams every year from 5 – 18.

19 – 64 years

BC MSP does not provide benefits for preventive eye care for most adults 19-64 years of age.  There may be partial coverage for a diagnosis that meets the MSP definition of a medically required eye examination.  Our staff will inform you at the time of your exam if your exam is eligible for MSP benefits.

65 years and over

BC Seniors who are 65 or more years of age have partial coverage for most eye examinations through the BC Medical Services Plan (BC MSP).

Additional coverage for eye examinations.

Public benefits

We also offer direct billing for some examinations covered by Federal Government Programs, BC Social Services and/or the First Nations Health Authority and can assist you in obtaining approval for coverage of your eye examination and/or eyewear.

Private benefits

If you have private health insurance, we can directly bill some companies (Blue Cross, Green Shield, Great Western Life, Manulife and others).

If we cannot bill your provider directly, we will be happy to provide you with receipt of your payment so that you can apply for reimbursement according to your coverage.