However, if governments fail to invest in eye care, vision health challenges faced by Canadians will only get worse as the population ages. This is the situation we are facing in Ontario. Decades of underfunding and neglect by the provincial government has pushed the eye care system to the brink.
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’s optometrists are launching an urgent appeal to the Ontario government to end the 30-year neglect in funding for eye care. This chronic underfunding, coupled with the devastating impact of COVID-19 on optometrists’ ability to see patients, threatens Ontarians’ access to these essential health services.
Disconcerting new survey information commissioned by the Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) shows that only 1 in 2 Ontarians (54%) reported that they have visited an optometrist within the past 12 months. With Vision Health Month upon us, OAO is calling on all Ontarians to make their eye health a priority by booking regular, comprehensive