The eyes have it. Optometrists to resume eye exams for kids and seniors

Optometrists and provincial government at loggerheads over funding

Ontario’s optometrists will resume eye exams for children and seniors on Tuesday.

In September, optometrists withdrew provincially insured eye services in a funding dispute with the province.

The Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) said in a statement Monday that it had agreed to enter formal negotiations with the Ministry of Health.

The association called the decision to pause job action “as a sign of good faith.”

“The OAO is committed to negotiating a sustainable funding model that aligns with how optometric care is funded in other Canadian jurisdictions,” it said in a statement.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said the province is ready to reach a fair and timely agreement.

“I am pleased that the Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) has agreed to join us in resuming direct face-to-face negotiations,” she said in a statement.

The battle between optometrists and the province has been over funding.

Optometrists say because of underfunding, they have been paying 45 per cent of expenses.