Direct Billing

Direct Billing

Calgary residents of all ages can benefit from optometry services. Often a walk-in clinic or an emergency room visit leads to long wait times, which you can easily avoid by relying on your optometrist to deal with any eye-related emergencies or issues.

Alberta Health Care covers the cost of eye exams for children 18 and under and seniors 65 and over. They also cover medically necessary services such as an eye infection or injury and the dilated retinal exam for Diabetic patients.

Medically Necessary Plan for Adults (for ages 19 through 64)

How to distinguish between a normal and a medically necessary visit to the optometrist?

A medically necessary visit will cover the following:

  • Having foreign particles in your eye(s)
  • Observing for any glaucoma problems or diabetes
  • Injuries or infections in the eye
  • Random, abrupt changes in the person’s vision
  • Any defects, diseases, or even retinal detachment
  • Irritation of the eye(s)
  • Pre- and post-operative attention for any cataract patient

Alberta Health Care does not cover any annual eye check-ups for the likes of updating glasses and changing prescriptions since these cases are not considered medically necessary.

Senior Citizens (age 65 and above) and Children (0-18 years old)

These two age groups automatically get covered for one regular, annual eye check-up, along with receiving an updated prescription. Any additional tests or procedures will be determined based on the patient’s medical needs.

Vision Insurance

The cost of routine eye exams and prescription eyewear can be of real concern, especially for large families. In many cases, vision insurance can lower these annual expenses. Vision insurance is a wellness benefit designed to provide routine eye care, prescription eyewear and other vision-related services at a reduced cost.

Our optometrists in Creekside, West Springs & Crowfoot accept a number of insurance plans to help cover the cost depending on your individual needs. Here are just some of the plans that we accept:

Vision Plans We Direct Bill!
  • Blue Cross Medavie
  • Blue Cross Alberta
  • Chamber Of Commerce
  • Great West Life
  • Green Shield Canada
  • Industrial Alliance
  • Manulife
  • Sun Life Financial
  • Maximum Benefit
  • Johnson
  • First Canadian

If you do not see your plan listed here, please give Blink Eyewear a call and we would be happy to assist you. Our staff is also always available to answer any questions regarding your benefits.

We Offer Direct Billing

Outstanding vision care across Calgary

Outstanding vision care across Calgary

Blink Eyewear is the largest provider of vision services and care in Calgary, operating no fewer than 4 accessible locations across the region. All of our stores are inventoried with the most sought-after designer and commercial frames and eyewear for all occasions and purposes. 

Home to experienced optometrists and opticians, our stores also offer comprehensive eye exams to individuals of all ages, emergency eye care, and the treatment and management of eye conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration.

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Blink Eyewear boasts the largest collection of eyewear in Calgary, but our 4 locations are also home to the region’s finest optometrists. Just as you will not find a better store to shop for your eyewear, you will not find a better vision clinic to do your eye exam or treat your eye condition. 

Go ahead and Blink; what you see is really what you get. Call one of our store numbers or fill out the form below to book an appointment.

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