Comprehensive eye examinations (full oculo-visual assessments) are necessary to uncover your ocular health status and create a basis for comparison when monitoring for any change over time.
Comprehensive eye examinations for children aged 19 and under. We recommend an introductory assessment between 6 months to 2 years of age, and then routine exams annually for children age 3 and older.
OHIP covers eye examinations for children aged 19 and under.
Good vision is key to a child’s physical development, success in school and overall well-being. The vision system is not fully formed in babies and young children, and equal input from both eyes is necessary for the brain’s vision centres to develop normally. If a young child’s eyes cannot send clear images to the brain, his or her vision may become limited in ways that cannot be corrected later in life. However, if problems are detected early, it is usually possible to treat them effectively. (Source: American Optometric Association https://www.aoa.org)
Comprehensive eye examinations for individuals between the age of 20 and 64.
Typically, OHIP does not cover any vision assessments with exception to certain medical or ocular conditions (e.g. diabetes, glaucoma). https://www.ontario.ca/page/what-ohip-covers#section-5/
Spectacle prescriptions are measured during all routine examinations as it provides insight into your visual well-being and refractive trends. A thorough eye assessment includes the use of specialized lenses in conjunction with a microscopic examination. This helps us monitor and prevent vision loss related to certain systemic conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Routine eye examinations reduce your risk of vision loss by uncovering sight-threatening conditions in their early stages, as many eye diseases are NOT symptomatic initially.
Comprehensive eye examinations for individuals 65 and older.
OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan) covers eye examinations for individuals aged 65 and older. Auxiliary tests may not be covered by OHIP.
We measure spectacle prescriptions that can improve your clarity at far (e.g. driving), near (e.g. reading), and/or a task-specific distance (e.g. computer, music score). An equally important purpose of a comprehensive eye exam is to access your ocular health. In North America, the top three causes of blindness are cataracts, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration.
Routine eye examinations reduce your risk of age-related vision loss by uncovering sight-threatening conditions in their early stages, as many eye diseases are NOT symptomatic initially. Specialized lenses and diagnostic eye drops (to dilate your pupils) are necessary for a thorough assessment.
Note: North American Optometry and Ophthalmology Associations recommend comprehensive eye exams every 1-2 years for healthy individuals, depending on age. If you have certain medical or ocular health conditions, more frequent exams may be required.
Our clinic will do our best to see patients with urgent concerns in a timely manner. Please call our office (613-238-5960) and explain your situation before coming to our office.
In the event of an urgent emergency, be prepared to be sent to either:
The Ottawa Hospital General Campus:
501 Smyth Rd, Ottawa, ON K1H 8L6
Tel: (613) 722-7000
The Eye Institute at the Ottawa Hospital General Campus:
501 Smyth Rd, Ottawa, ON K1H 8M2
Tel: (613) 737-8575
The Riverside Eye Clinic:
1967 Riverside Dr, Ottawa, ON K1H 1A2
Tel: (613) 738-8537
If we are closed, do not leave us a message; instead, seek help at the Emergency Department at the Ottawa Hospital General Campus (501 Smyth Rd, Ottawa, ON K1H 8L6. Tel: (613) 722-7000). This will allow for the most efficient route to on-call ophthalmology.
We offer a wide range of contact lens options:
These lenses can be replaced:
Daily, biweekly, monthly, semi-annually, annually and beyond.
Specialty contact lenses have been great options for dry eye disease, keratoconus, post-keratoplasty (corneal transplantation), pellucid marginal degeneration, post traumatic surfaces (scarred corneas), irregular irides, high prescriptions, and light sensitive eyes.
NOTE: Contact lenses are made to correct a wide range of prescriptions that include nearsighted / farsighted eyes, astigmatic eyes, presbyopic eyes and irregular shaped (keratoconic or post-surgical) eyes.
Our philosophy is to attempt to fit your eye with the least complex, and most readily available contact lens. A strategy that is created from the outset will help guide us through the fitting process and will lead you to a product that provides you with the best possible vision.
We offer fittings for beginners and refresher appointments for those who have worn contact lenses in the past. Our aim is to provide you with the knowledge and skills to safely handle and take care of your contact lenses and your eyes. This will reduce your risk of ocular surface complications while maintaining the integrity of your contacts and your overall experience.
Specialty contact lenses are designed to fit a wider range of eyes; however, we leave that option open to anyone that is interested in trying something new. We assume all patients are beginners and offer full training in insertion and removal techniques, to ensure a successful outcome.
Dry eye disease
Post-keratoplasty (corneal transplantation)
Pellucid marginal degeneration
Post-traumatic surfaces (scarred corneas)
** Prosthetic lenses can be tinted to varying ranges and even reconstruct the iris and pupil to help manage crippling glare and associated visual strain.
1. Your valid OHIP card
2. Your sunglasses:
3. Your current eyewear (both glasses and contact lenses):
Keep your information up-to-date:
**Our web portal allows you to update your file before your appointment from the comfort of your home
For retail purchases or services not covered by OHIP, we accept cash, VISA, MasterCard or Debit
Comprehensive eye exams are generally done once every 1-2 years
Appointments scheduled within one year may or may not be OHIP covered
OHIP covered services for individuals between the ages of 20-64 can be found at