COVID-19 and Optometry Care

The College is in regular contact the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ontario, and continues to provide updates relevant to optometry care as available.

Return to Work guidance is available here.

Updates from the College:

April 2020 Updates

  • April 28: COVID-19 Update: Provincial framework for reopening Ontario; the College is developing guidance re: return to practice; virtual care allowed both urgent and non-urgent
  • April 24: COVID-19 Update: Considerations re: return to practice planning
  • April 16: COVID-19 Update: Reminder only care provided in person is urgent, with PPE; reminder to update PPE status; reminder Ministry matching portal
  • April 13: COVID-19 Update: Extended emergency order and matching portal
  • April 7: COVID-19 Update: Ensuring patients have access to care and clarifying telemedicine process and policy
  • April 2: COVID-19 Update: No estimated date of return, reminder to update profile re: access to PPE, and report PPE to MOH

March 2020 Updates

COVID-19 Resources from the Ministry of Health and Public Health Ontario

  • Self-assessment tool – if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, use this self-assessment tool to determine if you should seek further care.
  • Resources on how to self-isolate, self-monitor, and cleaning and disinfecting public spaces.