Offer your patients improved access to eyecare by referring them to a doctor of optometry.

Eye health can be an indicator of a patient’s overall health, which is why collaboration among doctors of optometry and primary healthcare team members is crucial to optimizing patient care.

This is especially true when it comes to managing eye disease, providing rehabilitative treatment and arranging timely requests to ophthalmologists.

As the profession that provides the majority of the primary eye care in BC, doctors of optometry are acutely aware of how many patients go to emergency rooms or walk-in clinics to have their eyes examined and conditions treated instead of visiting a doctor of optometry. In BC, optometry’s new services agreement and payment schedule with the provincial government provide improved access to eye care by allowing physicians to make a direct request to an optometrist when medically necessary.