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Ophthalmology Referrals

     Many eye diseases, systemic diseases, and injuries that affect the eyes may begin with subtle signs and minimal or barely detectable symptoms. Most of these diseases and injuries require prompt, appropriate medical treatment to minimize the risks of impaired vision or even blindness. Ophthalmologists are medical specialists who are qualified by education, training, and clinical experience to provide total eye care, which includes a vision examination (refraction), a medical eye examination, and necessary medical and surgical care and treatment.

Referrals to consult an ophthalmologist may be necessary for conditions such as:

  • strabismus/nystagmus

  • amblyopia

  • cataract and glaucoma

  • trauma to the eye and surrounding structures

  • retinal disease, including retinal dystrophies and retinopathy of prematurity

  • eyelid and lacrimal abnormalities including ptosis (“droopy eyelid”) and blocked tear duct

  • genetic eye diseases

  • inflammation and infection of the eye and surrounding structures

  • ocular, orbital, and eyelid tumours/lesions, including retinoblastoma

    If you are referred to an ophthalmologist for a medically necessary condition, the referral and services are usually covered by OHIP for patients of all ages for medical conditions or diseases affecting the eyes. 

 

    Our office is familiar and in daily communication with the many ophthalmologists practicing in our region.  Once referred, we are still available to provide you with co-management and advice when needed.