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  • How often should one get their eyes examined?
    Many people believe that there's no need to get an eye exam since they don't need corrective eyewear and haven't noticed any change in their vision. Unfortunately, this can lead to a huge range of issues. That's because, many eye diseases have no noticeable symptoms until the later stages of the condition—meaning you might have a serious vision problem and not even know it. 

    That's why Health Canada recommends getting a comprehensive eye exam at least once every two years, even if you don't think there's anything wrong with your eyes. Children, seniors and anyone who wears corrective eyewear should get their eyes examined annually. As soon as you notice any change in your vision, you should book a comprehensive eye exam with The SpectrumEye Centre.

    Patient Age Examination Interval Examination Interval
    Asymptomatic/Risk Free At Risk
    Birth to 2 yrs
    By 6 mos of age
    At 6 mos of age
    2 to 5 yrs At 3 yrs of age At 3 yrs of age
    6-18 yrs Before 1 st grade then every 2 yrs
    Annually
    18 to 60 yrs Every 2 years Every one to two yrs
    61+
    Annually Annually or as need
  • What is the cost of an eye exam?
    An eye exam can vary greatly from one place to the next. There are differences in the types of tests that are included in the exam as well as variations in the technology and equipment used. Differences in exam prices are usually a reflection of these differences.

    Our Total Eye Care Exam has two parts. The doctor does an Ocular Health Evaluation where she/he will check for signs of any eye disease, such as glaucoma, cancer, macular degeneration or vascular disease. Visual field screening and retinal photos (pictures of the inside of your eye using an OCT, Optomap and Pentacam ) are included in this part of the exam. For the other part of the exam the doctor will complete a Vision Assessment to determine the strength of correction you’ll need, if any. The fee for this Total Eye Care Exam is $$125. We do file claims to most insurances on behalf of our clients. Saskatchewan does cover children's eye exams but not seniors' eye exams unless you are diabetic.
  • What kind of warranty do you offer on your glasses?
    The Spectrum Eye Centre offer a full 2-year warranty on all our lenses and frames, and a 1-year warranty on our value lenses and frames (including prescription sunglasses). For kids' eyewear, we also offer a 15month Rx change at no charge one-time unconditional replacement. For full details check out our Warranty & Eyewear Protection Page.
  • Do you direct bill my insurance provider?
    At The Spectrum Eye Centre we direct bill to most insurance providers in Saskatchewan. To see if your insurance company can be billed directly for your visit
  • What eyeglass brands do you carry?
    The Spectrum Eye Centre Dispensary reinforces the way others see you, emphasizing and accentuating your own style. Whether you choose discreet, rimless eyewear or a distinct, colourful style, it’s your most important accessory and image statement. Eyewear should be perfectly in tune with the eyeglass wearer’s needs and personal lifestyle. It should be in perfect harmony with the wearer and, at the same time, provide interesting contrasts.

    People are beautiful when they exude a sense of confidence. Only when eyewear is in harmony with the wearer can the wearer’s personality radiate from within and their true beauty shine. The face also acts as the natural backdrop for eyewear.

    We attend international vision expos to keep up with the latest styles and trends to bring world-class eyewear to our growing province.

    Our carefully curated frame collection is very diverse and contains a variety of independent brands covering all genres of today’s styles.
    LINDBERG, Kliik, and ProDesign give great representation of modern Danish design.

    Dita and Tom Ford provide the vintage and Hollywood classic looks. Lafont, Glossi, Pinton and Thierry Lasry use terrific colour and geometry to create very unique and eclectic styles.

    Heir-loom quality collections by
    Chrome Hearts, LINDBERG, Thierry Larsy , David Yurman and Tom Ford provide a unique precious variety.

    We pride ourselves in also offering high-end quality collections at lower pricing, such as
    Etnia Barcelona, Pro Design, Spectacle Eyeworks, KBL, Spy, and our own collection made just for THE SPECTRUM.

    We offer numerous fashion-forward collections to match any price point.

  • How long will it take to get my new glasses?
    In general, the length of time can vary depending on your eye care needs and the eyewear you've chosen. Some patients are able to get their new eyewear within an hour or less. If you purchase special progressive lenses using 3D digital imaging technology it can take on average roughly 7-10 days. We use the finest laboratories in the world in Essilor, Nikon and Zeiss.
  • Do you fit and sell contact lenses?
    At The Spectrum Eye Centre , we offer an enormous selection of contact lenses of all major brands in all modalities of daily wear, biweekly wear and monthly We also feature contacts for astigmatism and a wide variety of other vision issues such as keratconus, and presbyopia. We offer competitive prices and free exchanges if your prescription changes and your eye exam took place at The Spectrum Eye Centre. All of our contact lenses are also verified for accuracy and include personalized fittings and follow-ups with one of our eye doctors.

    If you haven't had success with contact lenses in the past or have an eye condition that requires a custom design,book an appointment to see if our forward technology can create a custom contact lenses to meet your unique eye care needs.  
  • Why do I have to pay extra for a contact lens prescription?
    Fitting contact lenses requires the doctor to perform additional tests and procedures and can include additional office visits to see the doctor. It is for these reasons that contact lens fittings have additional fees.

    If you are requesting contact lenses for the first time, the doctor will evaluate whether or not you are a good candidate for wearing contact lenses. You will be interviewed to determine your individual and personal vision goals. You may only want to wear contacts for occasionally for specific activities, or perhaps you’d like to wear them daily for reading and close-up tasks. Because there are so many lens choices, our doctors will listen closely to your goals and choose the lens that best suits your lifestyle.

    Next, the doctor performs several tests to evaluate your tear film, the size and shape of your eye, as well as determining the prescription of the contact lenses. Because the lens rests on the surface of your eye instead of several millimeters in front of it like an eye glass lens the prescription is often slightly different than your glasses prescription.

    After these tests and evaluations the doctor will choose actual diagnostic contact lenses and place them on your eyes. Another slit lamp evaluation will be performed to determine if the lens fits correctly and a visual acuity test will be performed to ensure the contact lens is correcting your vision.

    If you’ve never worn contact lenses, you will be taught the proper way to insert, remove and disinfect them. You will then be allowed to wear the contact lenses for a week or two before returning for a follow-up visit. At the follow-up visit, the doctor will reassess the contact lenses and solve potential problems. Either a new lens will be tried or the prescription will be finalized. If your vision and comfort is not satisfactory, additional follow up visits may be ordered. Some types of lenses, such as toric lenses for correcting astigmatism or multifocal lenses for correcting presbyopia, tend to take more time to achieve a perfect fit.

    Even if you have worn contact lenses for many years, an annual contact lens evaluation is essential to maintain good eye and corneal health.

    Fitting contact lenses is both a science and art that requires a certain level of expertise. The additional time, tests and follow up visits are not usually part of a regular comprehensive eye health and vision examination, but are included in the contact lens fitting fee.
  • Do you treat ocular disease?
    Yes. Our doctors diagnose, treat and manage diseases of the eye including glaucoma, strabismus, amblyopia, dry eye syndrome, “pink” eye/viral infections of the eye, bacterial infections of the eye, etc. Our doctors have therapeutic privileges and can prescribe topical and oral medications for the treatment of ocular conditions.
  • Do you do perform surgical eye procedures?
    Superficial Foreign Body Removal – Yes.
    Punctal Plugs for the treatment of Dry Eye Syndrome – Yes.
    Pre and Post-operative Cataract and LASIK – Yes.
    Penetrating Injuries and Intraocular Surgeries – No.

    Our doctors routinely remove superficial foreign bodies (Ex. Metallic foreign bodies). If an object has penetrated the eye, or the eye requires intraocular surgical intervention, we will refer our patients to the appropriate ophthalmology specialist for those procedures.

    Our doctors perform the pre-operative consultation and post-operative surgical care for cataract and LASIK surgery. We work with our ophthalmology colleagues to co-manage our patients. The pre-operative consultation includes an extensive dilated examination to evaluate the retina, examination of corneal tissue and prescription. We determine if our patients are candidates for the appropriate surgical procedure and discuss at length the advantages and disadvantages of such procedures for them and the appropriate surgeon for their case. Post-operatively, we see our patients to monitor for infection and guide them through their post-operative care. Generally, our patients are seen 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, and 3 months after both cataract and LASIK surgery.
  • Do you see emergency patients?
    Yes. There is an after-hours emergency number at the end of our office greeting. There is an on-call doctor from our office available 24 hours/day 7 days/week.
  • How long does an exam take?
    Most patients can expect to be in our office for an hour.  This includes time to pick out new eyeglasses.  If you are new to our office, you can expect to be here for a little longer as we need to get all of your information in order.  Filling out your paperwork online is a great way to reduce the time before you see the doctor.
  • Is your office handicap accessible?
    Yes. Our East office at 2627 Star Lite St and equipment are designed for ease of maneuvering to accommodate our wheelchair patients.
  • Can I fill out forms before coming to the office?
    Yes! All intake forms are available on our website so that your visit can be as streamlined and efficient as possible.
  • I am a first time patient, what do I do?




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    We are here to guide you through your first visit with us!

    Welcome! We are so glad you have chosen the The Spectrum Eye Centre for your visit. We are here to make your first visit streamlined and easy, and hope to exceed your expectations!

    Below are a few tips on what to expect for your first visit with us:
    You may fill out your intake forms in advance!

    Please visit our forms page to be even more prepared for your first visit. There you can fill out your intake forms in advance of your scheduled appointment saving you time upon your arrival.

    What should I bring to my appointment?
    • All prescription glasses, contact lenses and sunglasses
    • A list of all prescribed and over the counter medications and nutritional supplements
    • Your vision and medical insurance cards
    • Your picture I.D.
    • Any referral forms from your medical doctor
    • Any questions and concerns
    • Be prepared to provide any co-payments at the time of service

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