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Is Your (OHIP) Ontario Health Card Expired?

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For years, we all had those red and white OHIP cards that never expired. Most of us now already have one of the new green Ontario health cards with the photo ID on it. And now, they EXPIRE! 

The last thing you want to have happen when you need healthcare, whether it is for an eye exam at Pierce Family Vision in Waterloo, or at your family doctor, a walk-in clinic or hospital, is to find out that your Ontario health card is expired.

So take a moment now to check the expiry date on your health card and those of your family members. If you currently have an expired health card, please ensure you renew it. 

Click here for information on how to renew your Ontario health card.

Did you know? People aged 16-70 no longer receive reminders before your health card expires unless you choose to opt in to auto-reminders. Always check your health card and renew it up to 90 days before expiry.

 Click here to opt in to auto-reminders through Service Ontario. 

Service Ontario will give you reminders for your driver’s license and plate renewal as well. The link above is for those as well, as these may not be mailed out either (only for age 70 and over or specialty driver’s licenses).

And for those drivers over age 80 who would like information on vision and license renewals, I have another blog for you to read HERE.

Dr. Patti Ellison


Written by Dr. Patti Ellison

Dr. Patti Ellison graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in 1988. She received the A.W. Cole prize for clinical proficiency. She practiced in Guelph until 1994 when she joined her husband, Dr. Bruce Pierce, here in Waterloo.

Dr. Ellison enjoys the wonderful diversity in her practice with patients of all ages and from all parts of the world. She especially enjoys examining children’s eyes. Children’s exams always start with a ride in the chair, pictures (if they aren’t quite ready for the letters) and the “magic” 3D glasses to check depth perception. We also have ingenious ways of examining babies and Dr. Ellison has cared for many children from their first exam at 6 months of age until they bring in children of their own.

Dr. Ellison also enjoys helping adults with any visual or eye health issues they have such as dry eyes, blepharitis (red, irritated eyes and eyelids), and specialty glasses for things like driving, reading sheet music, working on computers, or anything else task-specific.

Dr. Ellison and Dr. Pierce have 2 grown sons and live in Waterloo. Outside of the office, Dr. Ellison enjoys taking walking holidays in the UK and Ireland.

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