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Is there a free eye exam in Toronto?

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Is there a free eye exam in Toronto?

My eyes are red and itching a bit. I went to my family doc and he said I should see an eye doctor( a real doctor...)
I went to one and OHIP is not covering the visit and it's $120 only so that they can take a look at it!!!
Does anyone know a place where I can have it looked at for free?
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Don't have a place with free examinations for you and not that I doubt you that a proper determination that OHIP is not covering it but:

http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/pub ... ecare.html:
People 65 years and older and under 20 will continue to have OHIP coverage for an eye examination once every 12 months.

Patients with any of the following conditions can go directly to their optometrist or physician to receive an OHIP insured eye examination: diabetes mellitus, glaucoma, cataract, retinal disease, amblyopia, visual field defects, corneal disease, strabismus.

Patients aged 20 to 64 who have conditions not listed above may also be covered for a regular eye examination. They should discuss this with their primary health care provider.

Did your family doctor tell you why you needed to see an eye doctor?
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If you happen to be diabetic you get free eye care from OHIP.
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Don't go to an optometrist. These guys just know how to give out eye prescriptions for glasses. I never call these guys doctors.

Go see a real doctor. An ophthalmologist is a real doctor and went to a real medical school.
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dazz wrote:
Jun 17th, 2012 10:11 am
My eyes are red and itching a bit. I went to my family doc and he said I should see an eye doctor( a real doctor...)
I went to one and OHIP is not covering the visit and it's $120 only so that they can take a look at it!!!
Does anyone know a place where I can have it looked at for free?
as other said about OHIP rules, check them.

But OP if it is up to you to decide what is important. Your eyes or save $120/-
Sometime its up to you to decide what is best for you.
If you cant get free and OHIP is not covering what are your options?
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3 for 1 Glasses claimed to offer a free eye exam as of last year. Are there any left in the GTA that still do?
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verano888 wrote:
Jun 18th, 2012 9:36 am
Don't go to an optometrist. These guys just know how to give out eye prescriptions for glasses. I never call these guys doctors.

Go see a real doctor. An ophthalmologist is a real doctor and went to a real medical school.
That's funny. There's so many things an optometrist can do. They are real eye doctors and certain conditions cover you for OHIP. http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/pub ... ecare.html

Hey it's your eyes. If you lose your vision it's your fault because you were too cheap. It's funny how people go for teeth cleanings more often than have their eyes checked. It doesn't hit you until someone in the family loses their vision because they were too cheap.
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Lasik MD has the first meeting free where they do a complete exam to see if you are eligible for the operation (so I guess they would see it if you had something)
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Yeah, I wouldn't cheap out on this....

$120, just re-balance your budget for the month.

Does your company/school offer insurance for eye exam? I would go to Walmart, I believe its $80
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Ya well what about ppl that work but still can not afford the $120 to get their eyes checked because of other problems that have basically made them homeless and can barley feed themselves and really can't afford it or dental care and really need their eyes fixed because of migraines and the fact still need to work because if they go on EI their money is taken by the government and cannot go on welfare until EI is done my situation is way to long to go into but I see no options I feel sick all the time because of my eyes and have almost been killed in at least 6 near miss accidents because of my sight and or lack of concentration do to the migraines and I had lost my health card and just applied for it again and have a temp one is there really nothing I can do ?
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verano888 wrote:
Jun 18th, 2012 9:36 am
Don't go to an optometrist. These guys just know how to give out eye prescriptions for glasses. I never call these guys doctors.

Go see a real doctor. An ophthalmologist is a real doctor and went to a real medical school.
If that's your opinion of them, you need to find a good optometrist. Not some random person who works at an eyeware chain doing sight tests.
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lordnikon wrote:
Aug 14th, 2013 1:52 am
An optometrist is not a medical doctor.
An optometrist is a doctor in the same way a dentist is a doctor.
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dazz wrote:
Jun 17th, 2012 10:11 am
My eyes are red and itching a bit. I went to my family doc and he said I should see an eye doctor( a real doctor...)
I went to one and OHIP is not covering the visit and it's $120 only so that they can take a look at it!!!
You went to an optometrist not an opthamologist right?

Opthamologists are covered by OHIP, your doctor should have provided you with a referral.

And if they're itching, your family doctor can provide you with antihistamine and/or antibiotics drops.
ConsoleWatcher wrote:
Feb 5th, 2015 5:13 pm
An optometrist is a doctor in the same way a dentist is a doctor.
I think a dentist has more medical training ... a dentist can do injections and basic surgery (extractions).

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