Is cataract surgery covered under OHIP?

Patients in Ontario can have their vision restored by OHIP funded cataract surgery without paying extra money out of pocket. OHIP coverage includes eye measurements using ultrasound, surgeon fees and a standard lens implant. Several newer innovations in cataract surgery are not covered by OHIP (referred to as “uninsured services”) and are optional choices for…

OMA Brings Awareness to Wait Times Crisis in New Campaign

“People are fed up” said Dr. Whatley, OMA President, “with waiting intolerable amounts of time for procedures like hip and knee replacements and cataract surgery. It’s unacceptable.” The Not A Second Longer campaign intends to spotlight one of the major issues that burden the Ontario health care system – unacceptable wait times. Ontario’s physicians are committed to…

How is strabismus treated?

The goal of strabismus treatment is to improve eye alignment which allows for better work together (binocular vision). Treatment may involve eye glasses, eye exercises, prism, and/ or eye muscle surgery. Problems associated with strabismus (including amblyopia, ptosis, and cataract) are usually treated prior to eye muscle surgery. To learn more about strabismus, click here.

How can a child be tested for glasses in early childhood?

An ophthalmologist can detect the need for glasses through a complete eye exam. Typically, the pupils are dilated in order to relax the focusing muscles, so that an accurate measurement can be obtained. By using a special instrument, called a retinoscope, your eye doctor can arrive at an accurate prescription. The ophthalmologist will then advise…

Canada’s health-care wait times hit new record— 21.2 weeks

The study, an annual survey of physicians from across Canada, reports a median wait time in 2017 of 21.2 weeks—the longest ever recorded. By comparison, Canadians waited 9.3 weeks in 1993 when the Fraser Institute first reported wait times for medically necessary elective treatments. Read more here: