Does my Ontario health card cover my eye exam?

healthcardOHIP covers full eye exam once a year for people 19 years of age and under and seniors 65 years of age and over. If you have other conditions such as diabetes, glaucoma, amblyopia or other retinal diseases, OHIP also covers your eye exam once a year. For those on social assistance or disability, OHIP covers your eye exam once every TWO years. If you are not sure whether you are covered by OHIP, please contact us.

For everyone else age 20-64, you may check with your private insurance for vision coverage. Most private insurance have a vision plan that covers eye exams and contact lenses or glasses.


What do I need to bring to the eye exam?

  • Your OHIP card
  • A list of medication that you are taking
  • Current glasses
  • Current Contact lens boxes, if available
  • Sunglasses (Since your eyes will likely be dilated and therefore will be sensitive to light, sunglasses will be helpful after your eye exam)


How long does the eye exam take?

At Total Optometry, we are committed to providing the most thorough eye exam to every patients. We cater the eye exams to your specific needs. Eye exams can be anywhere from 30- 45 mins. Our eye exam includes pupil dilation, where we instil drops in your eyes to better look at the health of the back of your eyes. After dilation, your vision up close will be blurry for 3-4 hours, and you will be sensitive to light. Most people can still drive, but if you are not sure how you will react to the drops, you may bring a driver with you.