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TBH if you REALLY need the test, it should be covered under OHIP.
If the optometrist can't figure the problem out by doing a regular eye exam (if there is a problem) then s/he should be referring out to a medical doctor.
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jdu0ng wrote:
Oct 27th, 2015 4:11 pm
Hi, any recommendations for good optometrists in Markham area? I checked the one in Pacific Mall, and they are charging $95.

My coverage benefit covers $80, so I'm looking for eye exam within that range. Nothing wrong with my eyes, I think last two years it just got a tiny worse. Just a regular exam will do.
I see that your location is R. Hill and so am I. I got my eyes checked here: http://www.opticaleyeworks.ca/

Nice and professional people

in no way did they pressure me to buy their glasses but that's probably because I don't need any.

Edit: Looks like we just missed a special on their eyes exams ($49). Regular price according to their site is $70. But I think you can opt for the more comprehensive (and expensive) one.
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playnicee1 wrote:
Oct 28th, 2015 12:38 am
$75 is all the eye exam is worth (if that) including a field test for that same money. Anything after that is pure profit abuse.
If I paint your house for you, the colours you've requested, does that mean I should be paid as if the home was painted pure gold?

Eyes need to be tested and eye doctors need an honest living, but not a solid emptying of patient's wallets.

The whole "It's only $15" kind of thinking is rather bothersome and disturbing. What the (insurance) companies are willing to pay is exactly what the eye doctor should accept. Simple as that.
Haha this is the funniest post.

So in the US, an insurance company will pay your family doctor $20, and you think they will take the $20 and see you? No, they will tell you the insurance pays them $20, and you owe the doctor $80.

This is why the Canadian healthcare system is f*cked. People bitching and complaining about what doctors make. When the future grandchildren have to pay for every family doctor visit, every specialist visit, and when it's over $100 for each visit, and your insurance only covers "$10" because thats what the insurance says is worth HAHA.

Next time if you think they are overpaid you should go to school to become a doctor, study for 9+ years, have a crazy huge loan at graduation, and than when you practice, you have to pay RENT, UTILITIES, EMPLOYEES. Jealous now?
jrychlik wrote:
Oct 30th, 2015 8:30 am
TBH if you REALLY need the test, it should be covered under OHIP.
If the optometrist can't figure the problem out by doing a regular eye exam (if there is a problem) then s/he should be referring out to a medical doctor.

Thank the Ontario government in 2003 for de-listing eye exams from OHIP so now insurance will dictate what you get covered for. But be prepared, the future is coming, and we will fall victim to the same crap US healthcare and insurance companies won't cover you for *****, and your family doctor ain't gonna do stuff for free. Wtth the way things are going with the Ontario Liberals, it's gonna be impossible to find a family doctor and when you do find one, they won't wanna work 50+ hours a week because their fees have reduced 6% this year AND get capped. Don't even get me started about seeing a specialist, cuz you won't be able to get referred to any in a timely manner. I don't blame them. Yet every other government agency is getting pay raises, Pan Am got millions of dollars, Ontario Hydro getting millions, and will be geting millions more once it's sold, eHEalth, ORNGE, gas power plant cancellation, Beer Store fiasco, etc... etc... etc....... Oh and refugees getting MORE money than our Vets and Seniors who build this country.
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jdu0ng wrote:
Oct 27th, 2015 4:11 pm
Hi, any recommendations for good optometrists in Markham area? I checked the one in Pacific Mall, and they are charging $95.

My coverage benefit covers $80, so I'm looking for eye exam within that range. Nothing wrong with my eyes, I think last two years it just got a tiny worse. Just a regular exam will do.
Did u ended up finding a good one?

I am going back to this optometrist soon to get my eyes checked...


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Oct 29, 2013
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Just had my exam with Dr. Chan at the Warden/Steeles TNT plaza. He's super friendly and I was even able to get an appointment the same day I called.
It was $80 for a full exam. Wasn't sneaky with anything at all, gave me my prescription right after the exam and didn't push me to buy glasses :)
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Mar 10, 2015
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This is probably a bit far for you, but I get my eyes checked at the optometrist at Dufferin Mall. The doctor there does eye exams for $60 - free if you buy a pair of glasses with them. It's by far the cheapest I have found in the city. The doctors are super friendly as well.
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rdx wrote:To me I am not concern about the $10-15 price difference. However, there are some clinics would ask you do other tests on top of the standard eyes exam. such as field test, eye balls' nerves test, etc. For example, Dr. Albert Ng office at First Markham Place. Does anyone experience the same that they ask you to do other tests which might/might not be covered by any insurance plan?

Of course, they are going to say, those are your eyes, you should do it regardless the price. But is it necessary to do it ? That's the judgement call.
kmarcie wrote:
rdx wrote:
Oct 28th, 2015 11:15 am
To me I am not concern about the $10-15 price difference. However, there are some clinics would ask you do other tests on top of the standard eyes exam. such as field test, eye balls' nerves test, etc. For example, Dr. Albert Ng office at First Markham Place. Does anyone experience the same that they ask you to do other tests which might/might not be covered by any insurance plan?

Of course, they are going to say, those are your eyes, you should do it regardless the price. But is it necessary to do it ? That's the judgement call.
I've been to the same office and I've had to pay out of pocket for these exams. However, at that time I had an infection that caused a lot of pain in my eyes, I would not mind anything that would help diagnose/help.

Personally, you should go to a doctor you can trust. If, under his/her recommendations you need extra tests, you should trust that judgement. If you cannot trust your own doctor for their recommendations, there's no point in going.

Absolutely ridiculous!

A mutual colleague went to this exact clinic at fmp for an eye exam and was advised to pay $300 for a glaucoma exam as his eye pressure appeared to be off - - all optional of course

The clinic never followed up and he was referred to an Ophthalmologist by his family physician; where it was determined everything was fine

Surprised there hasn't been an official inquiry if this type of practice appears to be the norm
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alissah wrote:
Sep 23rd, 2016 10:09 pm
rdx wrote:To me I am not concern about the $10-15 price difference. However, there are some clinics would ask you do other tests on top of the standard eyes exam. such as field test, eye balls' nerves test, etc. For example, Dr. Albert Ng office at First Markham Place. Does anyone experience the same that they ask you to do other tests which might/might not be covered by any insurance plan?

Of course, they are going to say, those are your eyes, you should do it regardless the price. But is it necessary to do it ? That's the judgement call.
kmarcie wrote:
rdx wrote:
Oct 28th, 2015 11:15 am
To me I am not concern about the $10-15 price difference. However, there are some clinics would ask you do other tests on top of the standard eyes exam. such as field test, eye balls' nerves test, etc. For example, Dr. Albert Ng office at First Markham Place. Does anyone experience the same that they ask you to do other tests which might/might not be covered by any insurance plan?

Of course, they are going to say, those are your eyes, you should do it regardless the price. But is it necessary to do it ? That's the judgement call.
I've been to the same office and I've had to pay out of pocket for these exams. However, at that time I had an infection that caused a lot of pain in my eyes, I would not mind anything that would help diagnose/help.

Personally, you should go to a doctor you can trust. If, under his/her recommendations you need extra tests, you should trust that judgement. If you cannot trust your own doctor for their recommendations, there's no point in going.

Absolutely ridiculous!

A mutual colleague went to this exact clinic at fmp for an eye exam and was advised to pay $300 for a glaucoma exam as his eye pressure appeared to be off - - all optional of course

The clinic never followed up and he was referred to an Ophthalmologist by his family physician; where it was determined everything was fine

Surprised there hasn't been an official inquiry if this type of practice appears to be the norm
Dr. Albert Ng S.Y.'s clinics are just a money grab...I've been seeing his associates since I was little, and their main focus is to upsell you on everything. Had an eye examination done by them, and was recommended to have additional testing because my eye pressure was too high or w/e..went to my friend at her practice (I live downtown and her practice is in Markham). She said _nothing_! was wrong with my overall eye health! On top of that, Dr. Ng's examination fee was $160!
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$59 in Richmond hill place mentioned earlier. Till Dec 31
$60 @ Walmart
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luking1 wrote:
Dec 8th, 2016 5:05 pm
$59 in Richmond hill place mentioned earlier. Till Dec 31
$60 @ Walmart
Thanks for the tip. Which Walmart is $60? I've called the one close to me and it is $75
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Optometry is NOT covered under OHIP... so believe me they arent starving and prolly make more than GP's that are under OHIP. Much like dentistry. They have fee "guidelines" but that doesnt mean everyone follows them. Yes, it pays to shop around. The ones that make money are the doctors that do the scripts and fill them in the same office. That's where they gouge you... not on the examination but ordering the lenses and frames. Unless the doc gives u a great deal just take the prescription and shop around.
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awesomep0ssum wrote:
Sep 29th, 2016 7:34 pm
Dr. Albert Ng S.Y.'s clinics are just a money grab...I've been seeing his associates since I was little, and their main focus is to upsell you on everything. Had an eye examination done by them, and was recommended to have additional testing because my eye pressure was too high or w/e..went to my friend at her practice (I live downtown and her practice is in Markham). She said _nothing_! was wrong with my overall eye health! On top of that, Dr. Ng's examination fee was $160!
Holy $160! That is almost double of cost of most regular eye exams....
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I want prescription sunglasses(or new ones with transition lenses?) Is Costco worth it? What about Hakim current promos?
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