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OHIP Changes in Ontario as of September 1, 2023. 

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OHIP is shifting the focus of insured services to patients with sight-threatening conditions, while continuing to fund children’s exams and most seniors exams. This is to ensure that the optometrists of Ontario can continue to provide the high-quality access to care that Ontarians deserve, both now and for future generations.

The optometrists at Pierce Family Vision want to assure you, our patients, that we will be here to care for your eyes and vision with all the latest equipment and technology, as well as the old fashioned time and attention, that you have been used to. Some of these appointments will continue to be covered under OHIP and some of this will now be paid by the patient.  Our patients will continue to be able to access the care they need, when they need it at Pierce Family Vision.

Hopefully the information below will explain the changes further. We want to stress that we do not want our patients to defer eye exams if they are having issues. Our recommendation is always to contact our office if you are having any concerning eye or vision changes in between your regular eye exams. And please contact our office if you have any questions about the changes after reading the information following:


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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