Optometrists in Alberta are also trained and qualified to prescribe medications necessary in the management of eye diseases, including topical eye drops and oral medications.
These services are covered by Alberta Health Care for specific medical conditions.
This is true for Albertans of all ages. This includes Alberta residents 19–64 years old, who require an eye examination for a medical condition, a traumatic injury, or for an episode of illness.
Medically necessary visits to the optometrist that can be charged to Alberta Health Care Benefits when they are for:
- The monitoring of diabetes to screen for diabetic retinopathy
- The assessment and treatment of eye infections and injuries
- The assessment and removal of foreign bodies on the surface of the eye
- Pre and post-operative care for cataract surgery patients
- Urgent assessment and treatment of ocular emergencies