Yonge Eyes Optometry

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September 1, 2021

As the Ontario government has continued to refuse to adequately fund OHIP insured eye exams, optometrists across Ontario have made the difficult decision to withdraw from delivering OHIP-insured eye exams as of September 1st, 2021.

Why OHIP Withdrawal Job Action ?

For over 30 years, successive Ontario governments have ignored optometrists about this important health care issue. In 1989, the fee paid for an OHIP insured eye exam was $39.15; today, 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. When optometrists perform an OHIP insured eye exam we do so at a loss. This is not sustainable.

Ontario optometrists are the lowest paid in Canada. Our fees would have to increase by over 60% to reach the next lowest province. The following bar graph shows how Ontario compares to other provinces that fully fund eye care.

The Provincial Government’s Offer

You may have read the government has offered optometrists an 8.48% increase in our fees. For a senior’s eye exam that would raise the fee to $51.00, but this still does not come close to covering the cost of performing the eye exam. This still leaves optometrists’ fees more than 30% lower than Manitoba, the next lowest paid province.

The government needs to prioritize and properly fund your eye care.

What Does The OHIP Withdrawal Job Action Mean For Me?

If you are a senior (65+), a child (19 and under), or an adult with OHIP covered eye conditions, unfortunately we will not be able to see you for an OHIP ensured eye exam at this time. If you have an OHIP insured appointment booked during this job action our team will reach out to you and put you on a waiting list. You will be contacted at the latest, the Friday before your appointment in the event that it needs to be cancelled/moved due to job action.

For all our patients who are between the ages of 20 – 64 and do not have an OHIP covered condition we WILL continue to see you for eye exams. We WILL be seeing all vision therapy patients, contact lens exams, non-OHIP eye exams, myopia control patients and all second opinion exams as per usual.

Can I Pay For My Eye Examination?

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

Regardless of age, if you have an eye emergency we will ensure you are seen or referred appropriately.

How Can You Help Support Eye Care?

Please visit saveeyecare.ca for more information. On this website you can easily send a letter directly to your MPP, the Minister of Health and the Premier. Just let them know how much eye care matters to you.

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Our clinic is located on Yonge Street, right beside the Royal Bank. We’re on the second floor, so we are not wheelchair accessible at this time. But, if you have a stroller, please call ahead, and we would be happy to help you up the stairs.

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3220 Yonge Street, 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON M4N 2L2

Located in Yonge Lawrence Village

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