Does my Ontario health card cover my eye exam?

OHIP covers full eye exam once a year for people 19 years of age and under. If you have other conditions such as diabetes, glaucoma or other retinal diseases, OHIP also covers your eye exam once a year. For seniors over 65 years of age, OHIP covers your eye exam once every 18 months. 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 instill 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.

What is the difference between opticians, optometrist and ophthalmologists?

  • Opticians completed a college diploma. They are experts in fitting and dispensing of eyewear.
  • Optometrists have a minimum of three years of undergraduate studies and completed a Doctor of Optometry degree. They are the primary care doctors for your eyes.
  • Ophthalmologist completed a medical degree, and are experts in performing eye surgeries.

Do I need a referral to book an appointment?

No. Referrals are not needed to book an appointment.