Dr. Jennifer Ash, Optometrist: Edmonton

Dr. Jennifer Ash, Optometrist (Edmonton)

Optometrist (Eye Doctor), Edmonton

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Raised in Edmonton, Dr. Jennifer Ash is a graduate of the University of Alberta. She received her Doctor of Optometry from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts in 2004 and completed her residency in primary care and contact lenses at the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry in 2005. Dr. Ash believes that building relationships with her patients is essential to providing the best eye care, and finds it important to treat her patients with the same level of care as she would provide to a family member. She makes an ongoing effort to remain up to date on advancements and technology in optometry because they promote the early detection and treatment of eye disease, they are essential to providing advanced, modern comprehensive eye care services, and because they are one of the key indicators of a great optometric clinic. Dr. Ash also strongly believes in giving back to the community. She has volunteered at Edmonton's Homeless Connect for more than a decade, and has supported the Terry Fox Foundation and the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation since she was an undergraduate student. Dr. Ash previously worked at FYidoctors, Oliver Village. She decided to establish Eye-deology Vision Care in order to provide the highest quality and most extensive suite of eye care services in Edmonton. She welcomes you to visit the clinic to see the difference that caring can make to improving your vision!

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Combined, our Edmonton eye doctors have 40+ years of experience. This means that they have cared for thousands of patients and treated every eye condition. This experience enables them to accurately diagnose and treat you.

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Experienced Edmonton optometrists

Our Edmonton optometrists use the latest diagnostic technologies, such as digital retinal photography, OCT, corneal topography, and visual field analysis. These promote the early detection and treatment of eye disease.

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An essential ingredient to offering great care is time. With an exam duration upwards of 500% greater than elsewhere, and using modern diagnostic technologies, our Edmonton eye doctors offer one of the most thorough eye exams.

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An optometrist (a.k.a. eye doctor) is a primary eye care provider who can conduct eye exams, write prescriptions, and treat eye diseases and disorders. Canadian optometrists require seven to eight years of training at a post-secondary institution before obtaining their professional designation as a Doctor of Optometry (also known as an OD). There are currently two schools of optometry in Canada: The University of Waterloo and the Université de Montréal. There are 20 additional optometry schools in the United States whose graduates are accredited to practice in Canada. Many optometrists also choose to do an extra year of residency (a type of internship) to specialize in a particular type of training or eye care field.

Optometry programs includes both didactic and clinical coursework in subjects such as anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and optics. Optometrists are also required to complete a pre-determined number of supervised clinical hours before they can be licensed to practice.

In Canada, optometrists are overseen by provincial/territorial boards that ensure all qualifications are up to date. National tests are also administered by the Canadian Examiners in Optometry to ensure that OD training meets the high level of care expected by Canadian patients.

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Our family-owned optometry clinic offers complete eye exams, specialty testing, prescription eyeglasses, sunglasses, safety glasses, contact lenses, designer frames and custom lenses. Visit the optometrists and opticians at our Edmonton clinic today and you will see how patient-first personalized eye care and eyewear enables you to be your very best.

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Visit optometrist for primary medical eye care - this includes for eye infections, foreign body removal, eye medication prescriptions, diagnosing and managing eye diseases, emergency eye care services and for eyeglass/contact lens prescriptions. Visit an ophthalmologist for eye care such as surgical treatments for serious eye diseases (e.g., macular degeneration), advanced ocular problems (e.g., retinal detachments), or refractive (i.e., laser) eye surgery. In most instances, to see an ophthalmologist individuals must be referred by an optometrist or physician.

The education required to become an optometrist is extensive. First, a bachelor's degree must be completed. Like medical school, optometry school does not require a specific type of degree (BSc. vs BA). Instead, pre-requisite courses (e.g., Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, etc.) must be completed prior to applying to optometry school. Once accepted into an optometry program, students spend four years studying optometry. Following graduation from optometry school, individuals obtain a Doctor of Optometry degree which is abbreviated as OD. Optometrists are most certainly Doctors, but are not considered to be a medical doctor or physician.

The scope of duties for optometrists is constantly expanding. The main duties of an optometrist include:
  • Vision Services. Regular eye exams, dilated eye exams, vision therapy, and vision testing
  • Prescribing Corrective Eyewear. Eyeglasses, reading glasses, prescription sunglasses, contact lenses, and scleral contact lenses.
  • Fitting Contact Lenses. Soft contact lenses, hard contact Lenses, and scleral contact lenses.
  • Diagnosing and Monitoring Eye Conditions. Related to systemic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, etc.
  • Diagnosing and Managing Eye Conditions and Disease. This includes glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, iritis, styes, and dry eyes.
  • Prescribe oral and topical pharmaceutical medications. Examples include eye drops to treat glaucoma, dry eye disorder, and conjunctivitis (i.e., pink eye).
  • Emergent Eye Care. Foreign body removal, corneal abrasions, etc.

Given that individuals only have two eyes, the importance vision is to quality life, livelihood, and lifestyle, and that once vision is lost it cannot be returned, we recommend that individuals get an optometrist-performed eye exam annually.

Annual eye exams are especially important for children and seniors, and for those individuals with systemic conditions, such as diabetes.

Some optometry services are covered by Alberta Health Care:
  • Ages 0-18: Alberta Health Care covers one complete eye exam per year. Additional exams and/or treatments may be covered based on medical needs. Ask your doctor of optometry for information about coverage and potential costs for specific visual conditions. Alberta Health Care covers medically necessary services.
  • Ages 19-64: Alberta Health Care does not cover eye exams, however many Albertans have insurance coverage through their employer or their own medical plan. We offer convenient direct-billing to most major health benefits plans. Alberta Health Care does cover medically necessary services.
  • Age 65+: Alberta Health Care covers one complete eye exam per year. Additional exams and/or treatments may be covered based on medical needs, such as glaucoma, diabetes or cataract follow-up or monitoring. Ask your doctor of optometry for information about coverage and potential costs for specific visual conditions. Alberta Health Care covers medically necessary services.
  • Medically Necessary/Urgent Care: includes eye infections or injuries, foreign objects in the eyes, sudden change in vision, monitoring for diabetes issues, glaucoma, and retinal disease, and post-operative care for cataract patients.
* Please consult your doctor of optometry prior to your appointment to determine if there are any additional costs.

New patients should be able to supply the following information at the time of their first comprehensive eye exam.
  • Contact Information (name, address, phone number, email, etc.);
  • Date of birth;
  • Gender;
  • Alberta Health Card;
  • List of current prescription medicine(s);
  • Medical history;
  • Family Physician;
  • Date of laser corrective eye surgery (if applicable);
  • Ophthalmologist (if applicable);
  • Health benefits/Health Insurance policy and group information;
  • If applicable, your current prescription eyeglasses;
  • If applicable, your current contact lens brand/type (i.e., packaging);
  • The location of your most recent eye exam.