Q. How much do eye exams cost?

A. Seniors (65+) and Children (18 and younger) NEVER pay anything out of pocket for the all-important ANNUAL eye exam. This eye exam is what we call a “No Extra Fee” eye exam for seniors and children if there is a B.C. Care Card for that patient.* Students also pay a reduced eye exam fee of $60. All Children and Students can get free, basic single vision lenses with the purchase of any eyeglass frame in the store.

Adult eye exams are $99. Any visits with our Ophthalmologist (eye specialist) is also covered under your B.C. Care Card regardless of age.

* The B.C. Medical Service Plan (See your B.C. Care Card) provides optometrists with a small payment for each senior and child eye exam in order to help provide all seniors and children with annual eye exams, as well as payments to cover the cost of all specialist appointments. Lifetime Eyecare has a longstanding policy of never charging these patients any additional fees for these eye exams and consultations unless the patient is either without a B.C. Care Card or requests additional services and/or consultations that are not covered by the B.C. Medical Services Plan. On occasion the Ophthalmologist may require an out-of-pocket payment if certain services are not covered by the B.C. Medical Services Plan.


Q. What are the hours of operation?

A. We are open Monday through Saturday 9am – 4pm/ 5pm/ 6pm (see below). We are not open on Sundays. We also have an Optometrist and Optician on site every single day we are open. If you need to see an Eye Specialist, you don’t need to wait 6 months to a year, you can see Dr. Diep, our Retinal Specialist within days or weeks.


9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday – Friday:
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
9:00 am – 5:00 pm


Q. How do I make an appointment with an Eye Doctor or an Eye Specialist?

A. To request an appointment with an Optometrist (Eye Doctor): (3 options)

(1) Call us at 604.522.1120

(2) Request an appointment using our online form Click Here

(3) Request an appointment via email — write to Appointments@LifetimeEyecare.ca directly

* Please note that a referral is required to see an Eye Specialist. Just make an appointment to see our Eye Doctor and we will gladly set up an appointment with our Specialist if so required.

To learn more about our wonderful Eye Doctors and Eye Specialist, please click here.


Q. How often should I get a comprehensive eye exam?

A. You should get an eye exam every 1-2 years depending on your age. If you have a history of vision conditions, you should get an eye exam every single year, regardless of age. In some cases, with those who have diabetes for example, we recommend an eye exam every six months. For more information on Eye Exams, please click here.


Q. How long does it take to get a comprehensive eye exam?

A. Generally a full exam has two parts to it, the “pre-exam testing” that we do with only takes a few minutes. It is during this time that we also update your family history in our files. The second and main part is the exam by the Optometrist. The time required can vary from 5-15 minutes total. If you are referred to see our Eye Specialist (Ophthalmologist), your appointments can vary and may include some HD photography of the retina, which can add a few minutes to the time of your appointment.


Q. Is there parking available?

A. Yes. There is paid WestPark lot directly behind our 6th & Princess Avenue location which often has open slots. There is also ample street parking as well as regional parking within just a few blocks. Uptown New Westminster has ample parking. To see our location, please click here. Make sure to NOT park in the reserved spots behind our building. They are clearly marked and reserved for various companies in the area.


Q. If I have an emergency, like something in my eye or perhaps what could be an infection, can I come to see an Optometrist?

A. Yes you can. You have three options: (a) in an emergency you should either go to the emergency room or call 9-1-1; (b) you can go and see your General Practioner (Medical Doctor), who may or may not end up referring you to an Optometrist or an Ophthalmologist or (c) you can come directly to an eye clinic first to see if the condition requires further medical attention. We have both Optometrists and Ophthalmologists (Retinal Specialist) on staff. To learn more about our Eye Doctors, please click here.


Q. Is it true that Lifetime Eyecare has an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau? How can I learn more about the history of Lifetime Eyecare?

A. Yes, in fact we are one of the only eyecare or eyeglass centres in the entire area with an A+ rating from the esteemed Better Business Bureau (BBB). If you wish to read more about our rating with the BBB, please click here.

If you wish to learn more about our history, our “#1 Best Eyeglass Centre” determination in New Westminster four years straight, or anything related to the overall practice, please click here.


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