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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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Mar 13, 2018
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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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