On Tuesday May 26, the Ministry of Health lifted restrictions to allow for the gradual restart of some health-care services. This means that optometrists are able to begin to reopen to resume routine eye care.
In order to be able to open to the public, optometry practices must meet all updated infection control requirements put into place by the College of Optometrists of Ontario, which are still evolving with the current COVID-19 situation.
OAO would suggest reaching out to your local optometrist to understand the following:
- When they will be prepared to see patients
- What you can do to prepare for your next appointment
- What new safety measures will be in place to protect optometrists, staff and patients
Optometrists will do their best to accommodate patient needs but new protocols means that they will not be able to see as many patients as before COVID-19. Patients should contact their local optometrist to find out when they may be able to book an appointment.
When you arrive, you will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19. You will also be asked to wear a mask (if you are not already). Further, you will be asked to wash your hands, and adhere to the practice’s physical distancing protocols
Virtual care continues to be recommended if in-person care is not required. Optometrists can triage need for in-person assessment, provide counseling/instructional services (ie. review medication side effects when switching medications), follow-up appointments for conditions such as dry eye syndrome and allergic conjunctivitis, as well as prescribe medications.
If you do not have an optometrist, and are in need of eye care, please visit our Find An Eye Doctor tool at FindAnEyeDoctor.ca to locate your closest optometrist, and get in touch to determine their current practice protocols.