Refugee & Low-Income

At Optima Eyewear & Optometry, we are committed to providing accessible eye care for everyone. We are proud to cooperate with governmental programs to offer refugees and low-income individuals the top-quality eye care they deserve.

What to Expect During Exam
1. Go through quick pre-testing with one of our optician assistants.
2. See our doctors for a prescription check and detailed eye health evaluation.
Click here to learn more about our Comprehensive Eye Exam.

1. Refugee Protection Claimant Document (RPCD)

  • Refugees are eligible for The Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP), which covers certain health care benefits.
  • Medavie Blue Cross insurance provides coverage for refugees in this program.

Note: Patients must have the original document (RPCD) on them at the clinic to apply for eye exams and prescription glasses coverage.

Example of the RPCD document:

Check if you are eligible for IFHP (RPCD) here.

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2. Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH)

  • Low-income individuals and some immigration programs, such as the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET), are eligible for Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH).
  • Alberta Blue Cross insurance provides coverage for AISH.

Note: Patients must have the original Alberta Health Care Benefits card at the clinic to apply for eye exams and prescription glasses coverage.

Example of the Benefits card:

Check if you are eligible AISH Benefits here.

Children and Seniors’ under IFHP or AISH

If the patients are under 19 yo. or older than 65 yo., their eye exams will be covered by Alberta Health Care. They are still available to apply for prescription glasses under their respective programs.

Click here to learn about Seniors’ and Kid’s Eye Exams.

Why Choose Optima Eyewear & Optometry for Refugee and Low-Income Exams?

At Optima Eyewear, patients covered by these programs do not pay for eye exams and get special price packages for prescription glasses to stay under coverage.

We understand the stress of navigating medical processes, especially in a new environment. We offer direct billing to ensure fast and stress-free service.

Our diverse staff, speaking more than ten languages, can asses patients from various cultures.

Request an Eye Exam Today

Ensure the best vision care for yourself or your loved ones. Schedule an eye exam with Optima Eyewear & Optometry today to use your governmental or provincial coverage while you are eligible.
We’ll gladly assist you with any questions or additional information.
Click the button below to request an eye exam.