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Dec 20, 2012
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Glaucoma eye exam

Hi,

May I ask if anyone have any experience with glaucoma eye test?

My husband was diagnosed with glaucoma by an optometrist and was referred to see an ophthalmologist.

My husband went to this specialist twice, both times he was asked to do several tests including a retinal tomography HRT Glaucoma exam. The HRT test costs $120 which OHIP does not cover.

I was wondering why this glaucoma exam is not covered by OHIP? Or are there other tests which can replace this HRT glaucoma exam?

Thank you very much.

Jac
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Jul 4, 2004
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I'm assuming the test is a diagnostic, much like the eye exam which is no-longer covered in some provinces. If the test determines that he has glaucoma then the treatment maybe covered if it impairs vision and isn't for cosmetic purposes.
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jac7715 wrote:
Oct 23rd, 2018 9:29 pm
Hi,

May I ask if anyone have any experience with glaucoma eye test?

My husband was diagnosed with glaucoma by an optometrist and was referred to see an ophthalmologist.

My husband went to this specialist twice, both times he was asked to do several tests including a retinal tomography HRT Glaucoma exam. The HRT test costs $120 which OHIP does not cover.

I was wondering why this glaucoma exam is not covered by OHIP? Or are there other tests which can replace this HRT glaucoma exam?

Thank you very much.

Jac
Frankie3s wrote:
Oct 23rd, 2018 10:48 pm
I'm assuming the test is a diagnostic, much like the eye exam which is no-longer covered in some provinces. If the test determines that he has glaucoma then the treatment maybe covered if it impairs vision and isn't for cosmetic purposes.
Ohip covers the newer OCT test which is what my opthalmologist uses now (did HRT about a decade ago)

Annual (or more frequent) OCT test can determine progression or presence of glaucoma
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Oct 4, 2018
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They are are different tests looking at different information.
"OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) detects damage of only the nerve fibre layer. HRT (Heidelberg Retina Tomography) looks at changes in the topography of the optic nerve – like looking at the erosion of a mountain. OCT and HRT complement each other."
https://www.glaucomaresearch.ca
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Jul 25, 2018
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That's quite a difficult illness to diagnose using only one method, so you are administered to do several of them. I did OCT test and HRT both. As it is quite difficult to treat if it is developing too quickly, so while I was having my test done, I used herb medicine - I drunk Ginkgo Biloba tea to somehow stop the development of glaukoma. The plant is effectively used in such case. My advice for you not to pull the leg .
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Nov 15, 2009
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Every case is different.

My eye doctor told me, I have early sign of Glaucoma. They have special doctor that specifically treats Glaucoma. The doctor told me to do HRT test $120 currently. They want to repeat this test every 3 month or so to see the progression of eye disease. I told the girl at the counter, I can only do it once a year.

Glaucoma doctor prescribed 2.5ml Act-Latanoprost 0.005% a drop in each eye at night to maintain eye pressure (I think)

The other eye drop I take is Systane Ultra lubricant eye drop at different time of the day. I do this at my own will not doctor. It keep eyes lubricated during dry winter months.

The doctor might probably talk to you about Age-Related Macular Degeneration. As we age eyesight decreases.
To combat this disease he will tell you to take something like Vision Essence Zinc Free pills
https://visionessence.com/ (company in Mississauga)
He told me, you could get something like this at any pharmacy.
So with the ingredients of Vision Essence I went to Costco. They had no such pill on the counter shelf. Maybe If I asked the pharmacist she could have ordered it for me.
So I looked on the shelf they had Vitalux Advanced Ocular Multivitamin AREDS Formula For age-related macular degeneration (Purple Bottle). On the back of the bottle it says take 2 pills a day. I am only taking one until I talk to my family doctor on this Wednesday.
The problem with Vitalux Advanced I find is it contains 40mg Zinc in each pill, making it 80mg Zinc for 2 pills. From what I read on internet, if I remember correctly 40mg of Zinc per day is sufficient. The problem with Zinc is it affects other organs in you body, if I remember correctly it could be liver or something similar.

I took my elderly father to his eye doctor, obviously on the tv screen in waiting area they have video showing Age-related Macular Degeneration. The eye doctor said every thing looks fine. There was $40 eye test to perform but on previous visit, my dad kept blinking hence the picture of the eye couldn't come out. I asked my dad do you want to do it, it up to you. We came to a conclusion not to do it at this time. At the end I talked to my fathers eye doctor about AMD and Vision Essence Zinc Free and Vitalux and had few laughs. Obviously my fathers eye doctor wanted to know who my eye doctor was.

I agree OHIP should cover HRT Test. Curious does workplace insurance cover HRT test?

This is to give you an idea of what you are coming up against.

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