Every day optometrists take pride in helping our patients see clearly and preventing blindness. But today we need your help.
For over 30 years, the Ontario government has refused to formally negotiate with optometrists.
In 1989, the Ontario government paid $39.15 for an eye exam.
In 2021, 32 years later, they pay an average of $44.65.
This amount does not come close to covering the cost (including rent, staff, utilities, equipment, taxes and supplies) to provide an eye exam.
This is not sustainable and yet the Ontario government continues to ignore your care.
They have left optometrists with no choice. If they do not prioritize eye care, as of September 1, 2021, access to eye care for millions of Ontarians will end.
Dear [your MPP],
I am writing to you as my Member of Provincial Parliament because I value access to the quality eye care that optometrists provide – and you need to act now to protect it.
I view their two simple requests as VERY reasonable:
1.Ontario optometrists want to uphold their Charter Right to collective bargaining after being denied negotiations for 30 years.
2. Ontario optometrists should not have to pay out of pocket to examine patients that are insured by OHIP.
As an Ontario voter, this issue matters to me. Will you help fix OHIP-insured eye care so that my family and I can continue to have access to the quality health care that we deserve before the September 1 deadline?
Routine eye care is critical in early detection of eye diseases like glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration.
The lack of funding makes it difficult to invest in modern technology. Newer technology means earlier detection.
80% of learning is done through vision and children depend on healthy eyes to succeed in school.
The health of your eyes is critical to your overall health and quality of life.