Emily Wright

Statement on behalf of Dr. Sheldon Salaba, President of the Ontario Association of Optometrists

In late August 2021, Minister Elliott announced that she would make a “one-time payment” of $39 million directly to optometrists. This payment was not negotiated with the OAO and the announcement came as negotiations for a new compensation agreement were reaching a standstill. Further, the Ministry made the announcement with no notice to the OAO, …

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Statement on behalf of Dr. Sheldon Salaba, President, Ontario Association of Optometrists

“As doctors, it is our number one priority to advocate and defend our patients’ right to quality healthcare. While we are encouraged by the government’s recent interest in this important issue after nearly eight months of silence, we are disappointed in their approach. We have been clear, the OAO is committed to finding a long-term …

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Ontario Government Continues to Ignore Patients’ Calls to Properly Fund Eye Care

TORONTO, Aug. 9, 2021 /CNW/ The Ontario government has once again refused to fund OHIP-insured eye care at least to the cost of delivery, even though 100,000 patients have sent letters asking them to do so. “The outpouring of support from patients is the reason why we have been working around the clock to try and …

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Eye care is Health Care: Patients Coming Forward and Sharing Their Eye Health Stories

Throughout the Save Eye Care campaign,  many patients have come forward to express support for their local optometrists, and share stories of the care they received. In some of these cases, their visit to the optometrist was a life-changing one. OAO member, Dr. Kathleen Hill, saw patient Jackie Nelson on an emergency basis  after Jackie …

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The Latest On the Save Eye Care Campaign

There are less than 50 days left until  Ontarians will lose access to primary eye care services.

Starting September 1st, OHIP patients aged 0-19, 65+, and adults with specific medical conditions will be unable to visit their optometrist.

Ontario Budget Fails to Save Eye Care for Patients

Pushed to the brink, optometrists vote to withdraw OHIP services starting September 1st TORONTO, March 30, 2021 /CNW/ – After the Ontario Budget again ignored OHIP-insured eye care, an overwhelming 96% of Ontario optometrists have voted to withdraw OHIP services starting September 1, 2021 — unless the government agrees to legally-binding negotiations to fund these …

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Glasses, Face Masks And Fogging

Wearing a mask presents one frustrating issue for glasses-wearers: the fogging up of glasses, particularly aggravated by cold weather. This fog is caused by warm breath escaping from the top of your mask, and lands on the cooler surface of your lens.

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