Every day optometrists take pride in helping our patients see clearly and preventing blindness. But today we need your help.
For over 30 years, the Ontario government has refused to formally negotiate with optometrists.
They have left optometrists with no choice. If they do not prioritize eye care, as of September 1, 2021, access to eye care for millions of Ontarians will end.
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