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CNIB Eye Van

On the Road in Northern Ontario


In partnership with the Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (EPSO), the CNIB Eye Van (Medical Mobile Eye Care Unit) was established in 1972 as part of the Prevention of Blindness program.   Each year a group of 25 to 30 volunteer ophthalmologists, assisted by two CNIB ophthalmic assistants, travel in a fully-equipped medical mobile eye care clinic on  wheels.  The Eye Van is a custom-made transport truck and 48 foot trailer including reception and waiting areas, a vision screening area, and a doctor's examination room.  Special features include a reinforced floor and hydraulic leveling system that allows for minor surgery to be performed on site, including a state-of-the-art SLT laser for the treatment of glaucoma.

The Eye Van travels more than 6,000 km to 30 communities, examining more than 4,500 patients each year.

Click the image below to hear more from Dr. Kosar and his work on the eye van.

Keeping Eyes Healthy: Screening & Prevention

During the day, the ophthalmologists conduct vision exams, treat eye conditions, perform minor surgeries, and offer much-needed medical advice and information about eye health.  Ninety per cent of the patients screened on the CNIB Eye Van are diagnosed with an eye condition that could lead to blindness, if left untreated. 

Strengthening Community Partnerships Through Education

The ophthalmologists and CNIB staff hold sessions for members of the  medical community to share information on vision health, diagnosis, treatment,  and CNIB services.

CNIB Ontario is committed to ensuring all Ontarians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life. 



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