Vision care is essential care – the Ontario NDP has long advocated for expansion of head to toe health care
The Ontario Liberals delisted routine eye examinations in 2004, which the Ontario NDP fought very hard against. They badly underfunded vision care for kids and seniors, letting this problem spiral out of control.
Today, optometrists and their patients suffer from decades of chronic cuts to vision care.
We urge the Ford government to step up and provide financial supports to prevent optometrists from making the difficult decision to close their clinics because they cannot afford to stay open.
The Ford government must provide funding to stabilize the sector and allow patients to have uninterrupted access to vision care while following public health measures.