Basic contact information, location and parkingWe can be reached at (705) 733-8883 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: 500 Huronia Road, Suite 207 Barrie ON L4N 8X3 (From Hwy 400, exit on Mapleview Drive Exit 90. Head east on Mapleview Drive East and then north on Huronia Road. When you reach Loon Ave, turn left)
Please refer to the “Contact Us” page for a map
Ample parking at no charge
What are the office hours?
Monday 9:30 am – 7 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am – 7 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am – 5 pm
Friday 9:30 am – 5 pm
How often should I get my eyes checked?
Adults (20 to 64 years old) – every 1 to 2 years, more frequently if certain conditions exist
Adults (65 years old or older) – at the very least every year
Those with certain conditions (ex. diabetes, glaucoma, cataracts) – at least yearly
Infants and toddlers (birth to 24 months) – by 6 months of age
Preschoolers (2 to 5 years) – at age 3 and every year after that
School age children – every year
Is my eye exam covered?
OHIP covers one full eye examination per year for patients 65 years and older, as well as those under 20 years of age. For visits in between these full exams (for example, for eye infections), or for patients with conditions that need to be monitored more often than once a year (in the above mentioned age groups), the office will typically be able to bill OHIP for what are called ʻpartial eye examinationsʼ. Patients between 20 and 65 years old with certain conditions such as diabetes, cataract, glaucoma (this is not an exhaustive list) are covered yearly for one full eye examination. Again, we can usually bill OHIP for partial eye examinations for visits in between the yearly full examinations.
Most employers have begun including the cost of eye examinations in their benefit plans for their employees. Please inquire about such benefits from your employer if you are not sure.
Some procedures are beyond our scope of practice and are best handled by specialists. In those instances, we make the referrals but will still be involved in your vision care and needs. The analogy would be of family physicians who continue to care for their patientsʼ overall health even when a referral has been made to a specialist.
Fees and Payment
Type of Exam Cost Comprehensive Adult Eye Exam (including retinal photography) $118 Partial Eye Exam $48 Exam for adults 65 years and older OHIP covered Exam for children 19 years and younger OHIP covered *Medically necessary exam OHIP covered
* Patients with conditions such as diabetes, glaucoma, clinically significant cataracts are covered for yearly exams. This is not an exhaustive list. Please inquire when booking an appointment if youʼre not sure.
Methods of Payment
We accept payment by cash, Visa, debit, and MasterCard. Please bring your Health (OHIP) card with you, as some exams may be covered by the Ontario Ministry of Health.
When Payments are due
Payment is due immediately after the service is rendered. With glasses, we ask for a deposit when the order is placed, and the balance on pick-up. Contact lenses are paid when patients pick them up. With some select insurances, we may be able to bill directly.
Accounts left unpaid for over 30 days will be subject to further collection efforts.
Visual insurance benefits
Most insurance companies have included the cost of eye exams in their policy. Due to privacy issues, we are unable to call the insurance company on your behalf. Please contact your insurance company for the specifics of your coverage. A note on the fees though: Remember that insurance companiesʼ primary concern is their bottom line and not the health of your eyes or the glasses or contact lenses or treatments your eyes need. So donʼt let them dictate the extent of care your eyes need! On the contrary, our primary role is to look after your needs. It stands to reason that the recommendations we make should not be influenced by your insurance. When Dr. Chan examines your eyes, she is going to tell you what she sees and the frequency with which your eyes should be checked and the best form of correction your eyes should have. Would you want it any other way?
How to schedule appointments with us
Appointments are scheduled over the phone. However, they may be requested via email.
Please call (705) 733-8883 for the exact available appointment times.
Changing appointment times
If you need to change an appointment time, please notify us at least one business day in advance of your appointment. Short-notice cancellations may be subject to a cancellation fee. However, we are all human and we understand that emergencies can arise. The open time left from your appointment is a time that perhaps another person would have liked to use if enough notice was given. So we appreciate your consideration in this matter.
If we know we are running late, we will attempt to contact you as soon as we know. If time opens up in our schedule, we may also ask if you can come at that time.
What is the difference between an ophthalmologist, an optometrist and an optician?
Optometrists are licensed medical professionals trained to prescribe and fit lenses to improve vision; to diagnose and treat various eye diseases through topical therapeutic agents and oral drugs. An ophthalmologist is a specialist in medical and surgical eye problems. An optician is a person trained to dispense prescriptions for eye correction. She or he is someone who only makes and dispenses eye glasses and other eye corrections but does not perform medical tests.
Optometry linksVision Institute of Canada – www.visioninstitute.optometry.net
Canadian Association of Optometrists – opto.ca
Ontario Association of Optometrists www.optom.on.ca
Canadian National Institute for the Blind – www.cnib.ca
The Laser Centre (TLC) – www.tlcvision.com
Barrie Lasik Centre – www.barrielasik.com
Macular Degeneration Partnership – www.amd.org
Canadian Diabetes Association – www.diabetes.ca