EyeWorld Optometry


Ontario Optometrists and Government Enter Negotiations

TORONTO, Nov. 22, 2021 /CNW/ – The Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) and the Ministry of Health have agreed to enter formal negotiations regarding OHIP funding of optometric care. As a sign of good faith, the OAO is pausing its job action as of November 23, 2021, ensuring that millions of Ontarians insured by OHIP can again benefit from the expertise of their optometrist during these negotiations.

On October 6th, Minister Elliott stated in the Ontario Legislature: “We don’t expect optometrists to pay out of pocket for the services that they provide,” offering a public commitment that the government will ensure that the cost of delivering OHIP-insured services is not borne by optometrists. The OAO is committed to negotiating a sustainable funding model that aligns with how optometric care is funded in other Canadian jurisdictions.

The OAO expects robust talks to begin immediately, noting that the swift resolution of this issue is a top priority for both optometrists and their patients.


The Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) is the leading professional organization, representing over 1,800 optometrists. We are dedicated to helping our members provide the highest standard of eye health and vision care for Ontarians while driving the profession of optometry forward.  

"Ontario Optometrists don't want to withdraw from OHIP" - OAO (Ontario Assocation of Optometrists)

We are in this together! As eye care providers we are fully invested in saving eye care - not just for the sake of our patients, but because we ARE eye care in Ontario. Eye care supports us and our families and making it sustainable is important to us all.

September 1st Job Action

Beginning September 1st, Optometrists across Ontario will stop providing OHIP insured eye exams for children, seniors and adults with OHIP covered Eye Conditions.

Why Job Action?

For over 30 years, successive Ontario governments have ignored Optometrists. In 1989 the fee paid for an OHIP insured eye exam was $39.15; today, over 32 years later, it is on average $44.65. This has not kept up with inflation and does not come close to covering the cost (including rent, staff, utilities, equipment, taxes and supplies) to provide an eye exam. Every time we perform an OHIP insured eye exam we do so at a loss. This is not sustainable.

ONTARIO IS THE LOWEST PAID IN CANADA. Our fees would have to increase by over 60% to reach the next lowest province. The bar graph here compares Ontario to other provinces that fully fund eye care.

The Government's Offer

You may have read the government has offered us an 8.48% increase in our fees. For a senior’s eye exam that would raise our fee to $51.00. While that seems generous, it still leaves us more than 30% lower than Manitoba, the next lowest paid province. Unfortunately, an 8.48% increase does not make up for 32 years of neglect.

We need government to prioritize and properly fund eye care to make it sustainable for years to come.

How Does This Affect Me?

If you are a senior (65+), a child (19 and under) and have an OHIP coverage or an adult with OHIP covered eye conditions we will not be able to see you. If you have an appointment booked during job action our team will reach out to you and put you on a priority booking list so we can see you when job action is over. You will be contacted the Friday before your appointment in the event your appointment needs to be cancelled due to job action.

If you are between the ages of 20 – 64 (and do not have an OHIP covered condition) or do not have OHIP coverage, we can still see you for an eye exam.

Regardless of age, if you have an eye emergency we will ensure you get taken care of.


No. Unfortunately, provincial law prevents anyone from paying for any OHIP insured service, even if you have your own insurance.


                                 You can trust us for safe, comprehensive eye care    

EyeWorld Optometry clinic is now seeing patients at reduced volumes. Your safety is our priority. We have implemented guidelines and measures to reduce risk and maintain a safe environment. Please note that our office door remains locked during office hours and all visits are by APPOINTMENT ONLY.

The health of you and your family is our top priority, which is why we have implemented a new examination process with enhanced safety procedures. You can trust us to provide you with comprehensive eye care and peace of mind in a safe clinic environment. Doctors and staff will now wear face masks and other personal protective equipment, in addition to adopting rigorous disinfection procedures. All our processes go above the standards set by local health authorities and depend on minimizing the time patients spend in our clinics.  All our staff have been thoroughly trained and are intent on providing the safest and best of patient care.  

Pre-appointment call

  • Please call ahead to book your appointment to help us monitor the number of people in our clinics.
  • Leading up to your appointment we will try to conduct a pre-appointment call by phone to review your case history.
  • The staff member on the call is trained in privacy and the information collected will only be shared with your doctor in your official patient file. This is the same type of information you would fill in on forms at your family physician or dentist’s office.

Checking in and welcome

  • All staff will be wearing masks, and you will be asked to bring and wear one as well. 
  • We will also be asking you to sanitize your hands.
  • When checking in you will be asked how you are feeling. If you feel ill, have any symptoms of COVID-19 such as cough or fever, or have travelled outside of Canada in the past 2 weeks, you will be asked to reschedule your appointment.
  • We will keep track of and minimize the number of patients in the clinic at any given time.
  • There will be fewer waiting room chairs, spaced out to encourage physical distancing.


  • All of our pre-test and exam rooms and equipment will be personally sanitized for each patient.
  • If you notice the conversation with your doctor is happening at a distance, please do not take it personally, as it is just an added precaution.
  • Lower-contact procedure: The latest technology at EyeWorld Optometry allows safe and accurate lower-contact diagnostic procedures.

Shopping for new glasses

  • Our opticians will help you select a few pairs of frames to try on, which will be placed in a tray to be passed back and forth between you.
  • All of our frames have been disinfected and will be disinfected after each use using the latest technology.
  • We can ship your glasses or contacts to your home.
  • Contact less measurement: Our latest equipment enables safe and accurate contact-less measurements.