Potential changes to eye exam coverage under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) effective September 2021
The Ontario Association of Optometrists has indicated their intention to withdraw from the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) effective September 1, 2021. This will affect individuals who have been eligible to receive eye exams under OHIP until this date. Those affected should be aware that these services cannot, by Ontario law, be charged to private health insurance.
Who is affected?
This will affect patients aged 19 and under, and 65 and over who have been eligible under OHIP for the coverage of one major eye exam every 12 months, plus any minor assessments. This will also affect those of any age with certain medical conditions including glaucoma and retinal disease who receive eye exams covered under OHIP.
Why can these services not be charged to private insurance?
Ontario regulation prohibits optometrists from billing direct to patient, or to workplace health insurance, or to individual private insurance for any services provided to those eligible under OHIP.
In other words, optometrists may decline eye examinations to OHIP-eligible patients.
Residents of Ontario between the ages of 20 to 64 may continue to receive eye examinations under the terms of their workplace health insurance, or individual private insurance plan.
How can you help?
If you or your family uses OHIP-insured services, and you want to help us ensure access to your doctor is not at risk, please visit SaveEyeCare.ca to sign an electronic letter to tell our elected government officials that eye care matters to you!
Our Eye Doctors
Dr. Alf Bhanji
Dr. Khalid Ali
Located in the heart of Cornwall, the Eye Exam Clinic is located behind Axxis Optical. Our exam room has all the proper equipment to help you with your visual needs or concern. Our optometrist takes the time at the end of your eye exam to educate you about all health findings and ensures to give her recommendations for the best lens choice that would cater to your needs.
WHAT ABOUT FOR KIDS AND TEENAGERS?
All available at this location.
Eye exams for adults, children, teens, and infants require different approaches and are focused on different developmental stages and vision challenges.