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Cheapest Eye Exam/ophthalmologist Gta?

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Oct 19, 2016
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Cheapest Eye Exam/ophthalmologist Gta?

Haven’t had an eye check up in 15 years, I need the full monty done. Any recommendations? I live in North Etobicoke.
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While I don't know any ophthalmologists in GTA, but do you really want to go cheap when it comes to eye care?
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Cheap in terms of price not quality c’mon guys! Even if I save $15!
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Fair enough, I just feel that more often than not there is a correlation between price and quality of service or product.
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SteveDfsin wrote:
May 5th, 2018 10:10 am
Fair enough, I just feel that more often than not there is a correlation between price and quality of service or product.
Opticians, doctors of optometry and ophthalmologists are licensed health care professionals, they have professional obligations to maintain professional standards and provide appropriate patient care.

Ophthalmologists are medical doctors, their services are normally covered by OHIP. You probably need a referral and will likely wait a long time for an appointment.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/what-ohip-covers#section-5

Optometry (eye-health services)

OHIP covers the cost of one major eye exam (for vision and general eye health) every 12 months, plus any minor assessments you need, but only if you are:

19 years and younger
65 years and older

If you are 20 to 64 years old, and you have a specific medical condition affecting your eyes that requires regular monitoring, OHIP will cover a major eye exam for you once every 12 months and any follow-up appointments related to the condition. Covered conditions are:

diabetes mellitus
glaucoma
cataract
retinal disease
amblyopia
visual field defects
corneal disease
strabismus
recurrent uveitis
optic pathway disease

OHIP may also cover a major eye exam if it has been requested for a specific reason by your doctor (they will need to give you a referral form).

You may be eligible for additional eye care if you are on the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) or Ontario Works.
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EricoChico99 wrote:
May 5th, 2018 10:05 am
Cheap in terms of price not quality c’mon guys! Even if I save $15!
Then maybe you should be asking for the most reasonably priced eye exam.

To give you something to go on, here in BC, I found the cost difference is typically $30. That is, you certainly pay more for an ophthalmologist in a newer and spacious setting compared to one in cramped and older quarters.

The lower-priced one probably accepts walk-ins, is open 7-days a week, and doesn't have the support staff to make sure all equipment is sanitized between patients. Take you pick.

Always smart to save money, but could be better to focus on other saving opportunities and spend the extra here on an eye exam in surroundings that make you feel comfortable and well looked after.
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SteveDfsin wrote:
May 5th, 2018 10:00 am
While I don't know any ophthalmologists in GTA, but do you really want to go cheap when it comes to eye care?

The only thing worse that I can think of would be a cheap vasectomy. What could possibly go wrong with hiring the town drunk to give you a nick of the dick?
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Costco, otherwise a full eye exam is going to be $150 or so.
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I would always recommend my eye doctor Dr. Lisa Lo. She is at Hurontario & Eglington.

$90

She takes great care of all in my family. She even noted when l had recurrent uvetis and then OHIP pays. When my dad was feeling awful after cataract surgery, she squeezed him in for an appt on a Saturday as his eye clinic was closed. She saw he needed eye drops for high eye pressure due to reaction on the anesthetic with his other medication.

Also, you don't have to buy glasses from her, but you *may* get a discount on the eye exam if you do. Also she recommended me eyedrops, and told me the cheapest place to get them was Costco. She also keeps reminding me to take my OmegasGrinning Face
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Geez.. Give the OP a break. We all come here looking for a good deal. What's wrong with getting a good deal on an eye exam? He's just looking for recommendations.

I don't have any recommendations for you. When I went like 10 years ago, I just called a few near me and asked for their price. For a routine eye exam, it's fine to cheap out. If you need glasses, maybe find a reputable place.
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GreenFinGirl wrote:
May 5th, 2018 7:11 pm
I would always recommend my eye doctor Dr. Lisa Lo. She is at Hurontario & Eglington.

$90

She takes great care of all in my family. She even noted when l had recurrent uvetis and then OHIP pays. When my dad was feeling awful after cataract surgery, she squeezed him in for an appt on a Saturday as his eye clinic was closed. She saw he needed eye drops for high eye pressure due to reaction on the anesthetic with his other medication.

Also, you don't have to buy glasses from her, but you *may* get a discount on the eye exam if you do. Also she recommended me eyedrops, and told me the cheapest place to get them was Costco. She also keeps reminding me to take my OmegasGrinning Face
That's a good price. I usually pay $125. I suggest the OP get the doctor's number.
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Hi OP,

There is no such thing as "cheap" eye exam...
However, there are different types of test that you may/may not need.. There is fundus, OCT etc...
each test adds on top of the $90 price people often quoted

Each optometrist's package is different and the range of an eye exam is probably anywhere from $90-$130
If you are 30 years old, you probably don't need an OCT done...
however, if you are 55 years old, has diabetes.. maybe you want to have an OCT done.

so when you call in, find out what is in the "comprehensive eye exam" that is offered.
imo, it is not about price, price is pretty much the same across the board
but rather what services are offered within that package.


go to https://www.collegeoptom.on.ca/ and search for an optom near you.

also, to see an ophthalmologist, you need to have a referral from your family doctor and having issues with your eye that your family doctor cannot take care of (ie. cataract, glaucoma, other vision problems, eye pain etc) ... you cannot just walk into an ophthalmologist to get a routine eye exam even though they are capable to do that...

A
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Had mine done at Walmart, walk-in booked in advance a few days prior. Also had used Loblaws in the past, both schedule in optometrists to do it.

$75 for a basic eye exam including pupil dilation for the last one.
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Oct 23, 2017
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Optometrists are qualified to make a normal eye examination, and the practitioners at Costco seem to have the best rate - as low as $75 - the last time I used them. I don't think you need to be a Costco member to use them (I'm not 100% sure on this point), since they are independent practitioners. They are qualified to identify any abnormality in your eyes. In theory, they are all qualified to a certain level of proficiency but in practice their diligence and ability varies somewhat, as with any profession. The main thing optometrists do is "refractions', which is to specify corrective lenses. Some of them also do dry eye consultations, and some of them sell you retinal photographs which in theory provide a long term record of any changes in your eye health, but I think these are basically just a way to make extra revenue. I have never gone to an ophthalmologist (I have seen several) who was interested in seeing retinal photos taken by my optometrist.

If the Optometrist notes an abnormality in your eye, they should get you a referral to an Ophthalmologist who is a medical doctor specializing in the eyes. As with any medical specialist, expect a wait to see one unless you have an urgent condition.

For a medical emergency involving your eyes such as the sudden appearance of floaters, flashing lights, and other unusual phenomena go straight to emergency at a hospital that has an eye clinic like St. Michael's in Toronto.

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