Category: Mobile Eye Clinic

MEC scheduled visits 2015

Oct 26 2015

Seniors residences:


The Glebe Centre – Ottawa, ON ► October 27, 2015

The Perley & Rideau Veterans Health Centre – Ottawa, ON ► October 28, 2015

Ottawa Community Housing building at Lacasse – Vanier, ON ► October 29, 2015





Carson Grove Public School – Gloucester, ON ► November 4-5, 2015

Bayshore Public School – Nepean, ON ► November 18-19, 2015

York Street Public School – Ottawa, ON ► November 25-26, 2015



If you are interested in having the MEC visit your seniors’ residence or school, please contact Monica or Julie at 613-567-0311 or via email at or




Tidbits of information about MEC – Seniors

Oct 23 2015

Are you interested about what the Mobile Eye Clinic (MEC) does in the community? Want to know how many clinics we have done since the start of the MEC? Curious about how many seniors have vision problems? Interested in having the MEC come to your community?


The CCB has created an initiative with local optometrists and the Lions Club District A4 to offer yearly OHIP covered comprehensive eye exams to seniors in their residences. The CCB and its partners along with the support of the community are funding the MEC program by covering the cost of the portable equipment and the administrative tasks associated with promoting and organizing the clinics.

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This program is a first of its kind in Ontario and has a research component to measure the impact of vision problems in seniors and the prevention of falls among them. Our optometrists use portable equipment to perform eye exams. Once the exam is done, we issue a letter with the exam’s results and give it to the seniors for their records/medical doctors. Also a prescription for glasses or a referral to a specialist for follow up is provided when required.


In reality, the Mobile Eye Clinic program offers a cost effective and efficient way of providing ocular support, prevention and treatment to communities and seniors that may otherwise go unvisited, undiagnosed and untreated. This initiative thus creates better vision for seniors, which in turn reduces isolation, falls, and injuries and therefore increases their overall quality of life.


Since May 2013, the MEC has seen a total of 633 seniors, with an average age of 80 years, and has visited a total of 28 seniors’ residences within the Ottawa Valley region. Of those patients, 39% of seniors have improved their vision with prescription glasses and 56% are living with an ocular disease or condition that is treatable.


The MEC is offering OHIP covered comprehensive eye exams to seniors 65 years and older (living in Ontario) whom have not had an eye exam within the past year. If you are interested in having the MEC visit your community/residence or want to have more information about the program, please contact Monica or Julie at 613-567-0311 or via email at or


Source: CCB MEC –seniors 2015-2016 ppt presentation; Seniors master list Eye clinics’ results ALL as of October 19, 2015-NEW DATA.

October is Children’s vision awareness month!

Oct 23 2015

Did you know that the month of October is Children’s vision awareness month in Canada? Do you know when children should have their first eye exam? Were you aware that there is a relation between children’s vision and learning?


The MEC has visited schools in the Ottawa region since 2014 to perform over 1,162 OHIP covered eye exams to children from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Thanks to the MEC, 18% of the children tested for eye exams had one or more vision problem, and 14% of these children required prescription glasses.


As cited on the Canadian Association of Optometrists’ (CAO) website:

“61 per cent of Canadian parents mistakenly believe they would know if their child was having difficulty with their eyesight. However, many serious eye conditions do not have obvious symptoms and some eye diseases only show symptoms when the condition is advanced and difficult to treat. Conditions such as amblyopia or a “lazy eye” need to addressed when a child is young. Comprehensive eye examinations would result in 51% more children receiving successful treatment for amblyopia by age 10.”


In Ontario, children under the age of 20 years are entitled to a comprehensive eye exam every year covered by the Ministry of Health (OHIP). As per the CAO’s position statement on the frequency of eye examinations, infants and toddlers should have their first eye exam, by an optometrist, between the ages of 6 to 9 months; preschool children should have at least one eye exam between the ages of 2 to 5 years; and school aged children (from 6 to 19 years) should continue having eye exams every year.


Research also indicates a relationship between children’s learning difficulties and their vision. Experts say that almost 80% of what a child learns in school is presented visually, so when children with undiagnosed vision loss have difficulty learning in school, parents and teachers believe they have a vision problem and require prescription glasses. However, nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism are not the only visual disorders that can make learning more difficult. Less obvious vision problems related to the way the eyes function and how the brain processes visual information also can limit your child’s ability to learn.


The best course of action a parent can do for their child is to have them see an optometrist for a comprehensive eye exam that is covered by OHIP. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s vision, or you wish to invite the MEC to your child’s school, please contact Monica or Julie at 613-567-0311 or via email at: or

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Source: OAO – Schools – Mobile Eye Clinic Statistics – May 2015 – June 2015; CAO Policy and Advocacy position statement (dated July 31, 2013); Learning-Related vision problems

Halloween Safety and children’s vision

Oct 23 2015

The Halloween season is upon us and once again we must remind children and parents about staying safe while trick-or-treating. Here are a few important tips to remember when choosing the right costume for your child:

  • use makeup or face paint instead of a mask – improper fitting masks can interfere with your child’s vision and breathing;

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  • if you do chose to wear a mask – make sure it fits properly and allows them to see and breathe clearly;
  • do not use contact lenses that change eye color or that creates special effects – they can cause injury to a child’s eyes.


Stay safe! Have fun! and Enjoy the festivities!



The MEC team.

Source: Halloween Safety

One more Clinic at another OCH building

Oct 20 2015

Today we are at 205 Gladstone taking seniors for an eye exam!

Thanks Heather and Tracy for your help!