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Help us Save Eye Care in Ontario

Dear patients:

Optometrists like yours 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 our website and tell the Ontario government to reform OHIP for a more sustainable eye care system.

We owe it to our parents and grandparents, our children and grandchildren, to find a better way forward.

Thank you,

Sheldon Salaba President, Ontario Association of Optometrists