The Vision Institute of Canada is a charitable organization dedicated to the preservation, promotion and advancement of optimal vision and excellence in eye care through comprehensive clinical services, eye health education, and research.
The Vision Institute of Canada was formally incorporated in August, 1981, as a non-profit charitable organization. The main goal is to advance the standard of vision care services in the community. Achievement of this goal is promoted through education relevant to vision and vision care, the development of clinical vision care services, and clinical research.
Service delivery programs generate funds through OHIP and direct patient billings. However, due to the nature of the care provided to patients, these funds are inadequate to meet total budget requirements. Furthermore, as a charitable organization, the Institute's fees are reduced from those recommended by the Ontario Association of Optometrists, to make our services accessible to those in need.
Initial service programs were aimed at providing vision care for those most in need. A Low Vision service began in the fall of 1982. In early 1983, services were extended to include house-calls to seniors and institutions such as nursing homes, seniors residences and hospitals. At the main facility, services steadily have grown to include care for children and adults with learning, cognitive or physical disabilities, for individuals with neurological impairments and for those with other special vision needs. A small portion of our practice also provides regular eye care services to the public.
The Institute offers Continuing Education (CE) programs to optometrists from across Canada. These programs are COPE Approved and/or Vision Institute Approved CE. .
Generally, research at the Institute is funded through grants and/or contracts. These projects are clinical in nature, addressing issues related to effective diagnostic procedures or therapies, epidemiology of disorders and prevention.
Aboriginal Vision Health Awareness Year
This section contains information about the Vision Institute's 2011 Aboriginal Vision Health Awareness Year and a series of downloadable posters and brochures about vision and eye health.
Nutrition and Vision
This section contains information on our partnership with Platinum Naturals in the development of a vitamin and anti-oxidant supplement to support vision and eye health.
Calgary Conference on Nutrition and Vision 2008
The Vision Institute of Canada hosted a two day conference on Nutrition and Vision in Calgary, Alberta at the TELUS Convention Centre in May 2008. Click on this section title for information about this special program.