Where do I find optometry (eye-health) services?

If you are having problems seeing or reading, you might need get your eyes checked. OHIP covers the cost of one major eye exam per year.

Am I covered under OHIP?

The Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) covers the cost of one major eye exam (for vision and general eye health) every 12 months, plus any minor assessments you need, but only if you are:

  • 19 years and younger
  • 65 years and older

However, if you are between 20 to 64 years old and have a certain medical condition affecting your eyes that requires regular monitoring, OHIP will cover a major eye exam for you once every 12 months and any follow-up appointments related to the condition. Covered conditions are:

  • diabetes mellitus
  • glaucoma cataract
  • retinal disease
  • amblyopia
  • visual field defects
  • corneal disease
  • strabismus
  • recurrent uveitis
  • optic pathway disease

OHIP may also cover a major eye exam if it has been requested for a specific reason by your doctor. In that case, your doctor must provide you with a referral form. You may be eligible for additional eye care if you are on the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) or Ontario Works.

To take an eye exam, find an optometrist near you and schedule a comprehensive eye exam.