Optometrists are the backbone of Ontario’s vision care and eye health system.
But, for more than 30 years, governments have failed to invest in eye care. As a result, OHIP now only covers half the cost of an eye exam. Optometrists pay the rest out of their own pocket – $173 million every year.
Before the pandemic, this situation was unfair and unsustainable. But today, with optometry practices beginning the process of gradually re-opening, many optometrists are facing a crisis.
To comply with physical distancing directives from the government and the College of Optometrists of Ontario, optometrists can only see half the number of patients they did before COVID-19. This will wipe out nearly two million comprehensive eye exams over the next 12 months. With statistics showing that 1 in 3 Ontarians will have some form of vision-threatening eye disease by the age of 65, finding a sustainable solution is ever more pressing.
Help us save eye care in Ontario.
Visit SaveEyeCare.ca and tell the Ontario government to reform OHIP for a more sustainable eye care system.
We owe it to our parents, grandparents, children and grandchildren, to find a better way forward.
Dr. Christine Misener
Owner, Ancaster Eye Clinic