Alberta Health Care
The Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) will cover all eye exams for children ages 18 and under and seniors 65 and over. This includes one comprehensive exam, a partial examination, and one diagnostic procedure per year. Only medically necessary exams are paid for patients ages 19 to 64. To clarify, routine comprehensive eye examinations for this group are not covered under AHCIP.
Types of Medically Necessary Treatments and Exams Covered by AHCIP
AHCIP provides full coverage for medically necessary visits to Iconic Eye Care in Edmonton, AB. These vision concerns include:
- Assessment and removal of a foreign body
- Pink or red-eye, infections of the eye or eyelid, sudden vision loss, abrasions or pain
- Pre-and post-operative surgical care
- Retinal exam and retinal imaging for diabetic patients
- Treatment and monitoring of chronic eye diseases such as uveitis, macular degeneration and glaucoma
Keep in mind, routine eye care at Iconic Eye Care, such as prescriptions for corrective lenses and fittings, are not considered eligible services for patients ages 19 to 64. These patients may still get the coverage they need under an employer-sponsored or personal health care plan. Medically necessary contact lens fittings for patients with the corneal disease may be eligible for extended coverage with many employee-benefit insurances.
Older adults with low–moderate incomes may receive some benefits under the Dental and Optical Assistance for Seniors Program.