Shedding light on eye care

Dear Mike:
It has come to our attention that the Ontario budget of May, 2004, and the subsequent deinsurance of optometric eye exams, has created much confusion as to who is covered by OHIP.
The doctors and staff of Lidkea, Elliott and Lidkea Optometry Clinic would like to inform the public regarding free eye examinations.
All children up to age 20, and all seniors 65 years and older, are still insured by OHIP for annual eye examinations by their optometrist. Patients with eight specific medical conditions also are covered annually.
The medical conditions include diabetes Type 1 and 2, glaucoma, cataract, retinal disease, amblyopia, visual field defects, corneal disease, and strabismus.
People of all age groups on government assistance, and people covered by Health Canada, also are still covered.
For those not covered, the cost of a standard examination, including testing for refractive error and all eye and general health-related problems, could range from $70-$100.
Although most people will pay the lower fee, more complicated cases may pay more.
If you have any questions as to your coverage, you can call your optometrist. All optometrists in Ontario have access to the OHIP computer to verify your coverage.
Dr. Bruce A. Lidkea
Fort Frances, Ont.