Reader letter: Eye care in jeopardy without improved government support

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Optometrists are the front-line workers of the vision care system and their services are at the heart of screening and diagnostic services in Ontario.

We are passionate and proud to deliver high-quality, accessible eye care in urban centres and rural communities across the province.

Unfortunately, for more than 30 years, governments of all stripes have failed to invest in eye care. As a result, OHIP now only covers half the cost of an eye exam. We pay the rest out of our own pocket.

Coupled with the devastating impact of COVID-19 on optometrists’ ability to see patients, eye care in Ontario is now at risk.

The pandemic has strained health professionals and decimated small businesses. As your local optometrist, I am both – and I’m now faced with the decision about which patients to see and which ones will need to be referred to another provider, such as a family doctor or a hospital.

This situation is unfair and we simply cannot do it any longer.