The School supports the Ontario Association of Optometrists’ recent emergency action. Learn how this may affect your appointment.

Primary Care Clinic

The University of Waterloo Optometry Clinic is a teaching institution where patients are examined by interns training in our program under the direct supervision of registered optometrists.  

The following services are provided:

1. Comprehensive adult and child (7 years and over) care

  • Full oculo-visual assessments (new patients are welcome)
  • Assessment for and prescription of spectacles
  • Ocular health assessments
  • Binocular vision assessments
  • Colour vision assessments
  • Partial oculo-visual assessments (established patients)
  • Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
  • Treatment of ocular conditions with prescriptions for medications

2. Urgent care (9:00 am - 5:00 pm)

  • Established and new patients
  • Red eyes
  • Sudden vision loss
  • Ocular discomfort
  • Sudden onset of floaters
  • Foreign bodies
  • Treatment of ocular conditions with prescriptions for medications

What to expect at your appointment

Examinations are performed by interns under the direct supervision of a registered optometrist.

  • Allow 1.5 to 2 hours for a full oculo-visual assessment
  • Allow 1.0 to 1.5 hours for a partial assessment
  • Pupillary dilation with drops is normally performed on first examinations and then periodically thereafter depending on the needs of the individual patient
    • Dilation will make you light sensitive, so bring sunglasses if you have them
    • Dilation may make your vision blurred, so bring a substitute driver if you are concerned
  • Supervising optometrists will enter the examination room and may repeat testing as deemed necessary
  • Prescriptions for spectacles and medications will be issued by the supervising optometrist
  • A full service optical dispensary is available on-site to fill your spectacle prescription (see Optical Services)

Helpful suggestions:

  • Bring all of the spectacles that you wear to the appointment
  • Bring a complete list of your medications
  • If you need a form filled out, please present it at the beginning of the examination
  • If you do not feel comfortable speaking English please bring an interpreter with you

Assessment costs

Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP): full and partial assessments are covered by OHIP for patients under the age of 20 years and for those 65 years and older. Persons between the ages of 20 and 65 years with certain specified medical conditions may also be covered by OHIP.

Private billing: all non-insured services are charged directly to the patient. Applying for extended health coverage is the responsibility of the patient.


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