Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) Coverage

OHIP Coverage for Eye Examinations

OHIP provides coverage for eye care services for the following general population:

  • Children aged 0 to 19 years: Full eye examination annually.
  • Seniors aged 65 and above: Full eye examination annually.
  • Adults aged 20 to 64 years: Eye examinations for adults 20 to 64 years of age are not covered by OHIP. There are some exceptions for certain medical conditions. It is recommended that you discuss coverage details with your Dr.Cousineau who will be able to evaluate and comment on your specific needs and coverage levels in detail.

Optometric Services NOT Covered by OHIP include, but are not limited to:

  • Eye examinations that are required by potential employers or other third parties
  • Contact lens progress checks
  • Laser refractive surgery management (pre and post-operative) visits
  • Recommended treatments such as eyeglasses, contact lenses, low vision aids, eye co-ordination exercises, eye medications

OHIP Contacts

A resident of Ontario must have a valid health card to show that he or she is entitled to health care services covered by OHIP. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care pays for a wide range of services, however, it does not pay for services that are not medically necessary, such as elective surgery.

For more information on OHIP and coverage, please refer to the: Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC)

Or Call the Call the Ministry’s ServiceOntario, INFOline at 1-800-664-8988
(Toll-free in Ontario only)

TTY 1-800-387-5559
Hours of Operation: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Third Party Coverage/Programs

The Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) promotes the importance of regular comprehensive eye examinations. In 2004, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care removed OHIP coverage for regular eye examinations for adult patients between the ages of 20 to 64. Only adult patients with certain medical conditions continue to be covered for annual eye examinations under the Schedule of Benefits for Optometry Services.

If your eye examination is not covered by OHIP, we recommend that you check your current health insurance company’s benefit plan (i.e., Manulife, Sun Life, Green Shield of Canada, Great West Life) for vision coverage. Many employers have extended health care benefits for employees including vision health coverage. OAO encourages you to contact your insurance carrier for further information so that you are aware of your coverage when booking your appointment with a Doctor of Optometry.


In addition, the following links provide detailed information and eligibility criteria on third party programs under the Provincial and Federal government:

Please ensure that you provide us with your coverage information when booking an appointment.


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