Seniors Eye Exams
Henderson Vision Centre
1439 Henderson Hwy Winnipeg MB R2G 1N3 (204) 582-2308
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Seniors Eye Exams

Manitoba Health Recommends Senior Citizens Receive an Eye Exam Once Every Two Years

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If you’re age 65 or older, Manitoba Health provides financial coverage for a standard eye exam every two years. For most Manitobans, a bi-annual eye exam is all that is required to provide clarity regarding their eye health.

As we age we become more susceptible to many different eye diseases. Some eye conditions, such as cataracts, have solutions to easily rectify them if they are impeding your ability to perform work or leisurely duties. Other diseases, such as glaucoma, can develop rapidly and without much warning.  There is an additional fee for these specific exams, for those not covered by Manitoba Health Care.

When Was Your Last Eye Exam?

If it’s been a while since your last eye exam, request an appointment and we will book one for a convenient time.

More About Manitoba Health Coverage – Manitoba Health provides bi-annual eye exam coverage for all Manitobans age 65 and older. For more information on medical services covered by Manitoba Health, click here.

What to Expect During Your Eye Exam

Our eye exams for seniors go into a bit more depth than a standard comprehensive eye exam, as we are paying special attention for signs of developing AMD, glaucoma, cataracts, and other eye diseases that are more common in seniors. We highly recommend that seniors with cataracts, diabetes, glaucoma, etc get their eyes tested on an annual basis, or as as determined by one of our optometrists.

We are looking for any sign of a progressing eye disease, though we are looking for signs of these in particular:

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) – This eye disease affects central vision and is a leading cause of vision loss. It is much more common in seniors (hence age-related macular degeneration). Learn more about AMD.
  • Cataracts – As we age the lens in our eyes becomes cloudy and difficult to see through. Cataracts are a leading cause of vision loss in seniors, but can generally be removed via cataract removal surgery. Learn more about cataracts.
  • Diabetic Retinopathy – If you live with diabetes, diabetic retinopathy is a real concern. It can cause vision loss in both eyes, and at its worst it can cause total blindness. Learn more about diabetic retinopathy.
  • Dry Eye – As many as 25% of Canadians live with dry eye, with those figures being weighted towards senior citizens. Learn more about dry eye.
  • Glaucoma – Glaucoma is actually a series of related eye diseases that can lead to permanent vision loss. It is more common in senior citizens. Learn more about glaucoma.

Our eye exams are broken down into two parts:

The step of the eye exam is to complete a few diagnostic tests that provide us with some information. These tests include:

  • Autorefractor – This test takes a measurement of the shape of your eyes and will provide a rough estimate of what prescription – if any – is needed for corrective lenses.
  • Visual field testing – This test assesses the quality of your peripheral vision.
  • Digital retinal imaging – A photo of your retina (the back of your eye) is taken. If you have been a patient of ours before, this image will be compared to images taken at other exams. This will help us identify the development of eye diseases as well as to get a visual on the health of your retina.
  • Tonometry – This test measures your eye pressure to determine if it is a normal range. High eye pressure is linked with the development of glaucoma.
  • Ocular coherence tomography – Also called OCT imaging, this test is used to create a visualization of your eye, and provides the optometrist with a very high resolution representation of your eye. 

Once the preliminary tests are completed, you’ll meet with one of our optometrists who will discuss your vision, answer any questions you may have, and perform a few final tests that will complete the eye exam. These tests include:

  • Slit lamp exam – During this test the front surfaces of the eye are checked with a magnifying glass and a bright light to look for abnormalities (such as the development of cataracts  or when assessing persistent dry eye).
  • Refraction test – During this test we will assess the corrective lens prescription needed to provide ideal vision.

We may perform other tests as needed.

Location & Hours

You can find us in the River East Plaza, between Safeway and Booster Juice, and across from Tim Hortons.
We have plenty of parking available on-site.


Unit 1B - 1439 Henderson Hwy
Winnipeg, MB R2G 1N3
Tel: (204) 582-2308
Fax: (204) 339-1272
E-mail: [email protected]

Office Hours

Monday-Thursday 8:30am - 5:30pm
Fridays 9:00am - 4:30pm
Saturdays 9:00am -3:00pm (except for long weekends and July/August)
Sunday: Closed

Why Are Annual Eye Exams So Important?

Vision that is lost, be it due to an eye disease like glaucoma or from a physical problem (such as retinal detachment), generally cannot be restored. There are some notable exceptions, such as cataracts, though they are exceptions and not the rule. Another important fact to remember is that most eye diseases develop without presenting initial symptoms. This means that by the time you notice a change to your vision, it’s likely too late to restore what’s been lost. Prevention is critical when it comes to eye care.

An eye exam is a fast, pain-free way to stay on top of your eye health.

Eye Diseases Seniors Should
Watch For

As we age our bodies change, and of course our eyes are part of this. The risk for many eye diseases increases with age, including:

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