Now Hiring
In regards to the Covid-19 lockdown 

We are very excited that Ontario will be going into step three of the re-opening plan, and that things are starting to get back to normal!

Please be advised that at this time we are still operating by appointment only, we will continue with all screening protocols and use of PPE (so please remember to wear your masks, and keep them up above your nose and mouth in the office at all times.) 

We also ask that in order to maintain social distancing in our office that, unless you need assistance, you come to your appointment by yourself.

We want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding at this time, and we look forward to seeing you!

If you are feeling ill, if you have travelled outside of Canada or to a known Covid hot spot, or you or a member of your household has been contacted by the health unit for contact tracing or is awaiting testing for Covid, please call us to reschedule any appointments that you have with us. 


We will be closed on Friday September 24th

We will be closed Friday October 1st for a Specialist Clinic

Until further notice we will only be open until 5pm on Tuesday and Thursdays. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.  


All OHIP Services end Sept 1 2021 
We Need Your Help!

Due to the inaction of the provincial
government, eye care under OHIP has ended.

Job Action - Ontario Optometrists 

On September 1, 2021, optometrists across Ontario stopped providing OHIP-insured eye care.  This includes:

Routine eye exams and follow-up care for children 19 and under
Routine eye exams and follow-up care for seniors 65 and over
Patients age 20 to 64 with OHIP-insured exams such as those with diabetes, glaucoma, cataracts, acute ocular issues, etc.

WHY?

Eye care in Ontario has been chronically underfunded for many years. 

In 1989, the Ontario government paid $39.15 for an OHIP-insured eye exam.  Today, 32 years later, the government only contributes and average of $44.65 per exam.  That is a 14% increase over three decades compared to an inflation rate of nearly 80% in that time period.  

This underfunding is not sustainable.  Chair time costs $80 per patient which covers staff wages, equipment, rent, etc.  With reimbursement of only $45, we are constantly operating at a loss.

In comparison, our province has the lowest compensated eye care in Canada.

WHY DOES THIS MATTER?

Vision is a fundamental component of a person’s overall health and has a direct impact on quality of life.  The effects of losing access to both routine and acute eye care, especially in a rural community such as Kenora, could be detrimental.

Our office manages referrals from the emergency room, family doctors and nurse practitioners.  We conduct diabetic screenings and manage post-op and follow-up care from ophthalmologists.  In any given week, we may receive twenty or more calls regarding red eye(s), eye injuries, blurry vision, sudden loss of vision, flashes and floaters, and much more.

The role of optometrists stretches far beyond asking you, “1 or 2?”.  We manage your eye health while also looking for any signs of trouble with systemic health.  

CAN’T I JUST PAY FOR MY EYE EXAM?

No.  Unfortunately, provincial law prevents anyone from paying for an OHIP-insured service, even if you have your own insurance.

WHAT DO OPTOMETRISTS WANT?

We want the Ontario government to commit to a binding formal negotiation process and funding that covers the cost of delivering OHIP-insured eye exams.  Until then, we will continue to suspend these services.  

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Reach out to our local MPP Greg Rickford and express your concerns.

You can speak to Greg Rickford MP at: 

300 McClellan Ave. East
Kenora, Ontario P9N 1A8
1-807-467-2415 (phone)
1-800-465-8501 (toll free)
greg.rickford@pc.ola.org (email)

Please visit saveeyecare.ca and sign the petition.

Like and share this post to support eye care in Ontario

Suspending essential eye care is not a decision we take lightly.  We realize many of you may end up waiting in the emergency room, being forced to travel to Winnipeg for care, or may not be able to obtain routine care.  In order for us to invest in your eyes and vision, the government needs to invest in optometry.  With only 2,500 optometrists in Ontario, our voices alone are simply not loud enough.  We need your help.

We are striving to resolve this crisis as soon as possible so we can resume quality eye care that Ontarian’s need and deserve.  

Sincerely,

Dr. Agnew, Dr. Chapman, Dr. Christiuk, Dr. Thom
Kenora Optometry Clinic


OPTOMETRISTS


Dr. J. Gregg Agnew

Dr. Agnew

Gregg is a graduate of the School of Optometry, University of Waterloo. He has three grown children, two boys and one girl. He and his wife love the Lake and enjoy travelling.

Call 807-468-3649 for an appointment with Dr. Agnew.

Dr. Paul Chapman

Dr. Chapman

Paul is a graduate of the School of Optometry, University of Waterloo. He has a passion for biking and all things barbecued including veggies.

Call 807-468-3649 for an appointment with Dr. Chapman.

Dr. Rorke Christiuk

Dr. Christiuk

Raised in rural Manitoba Dr. Christiuk spent many a weekend fishing Lake of the Woods. In 2011 he moved to Kenora permanently taking an associate of optometry position with Agnew and Chapman Optometric. (Now Kenora Optometry Clinic).

Call 807-468-3649 for an appointment with Dr. Christiuk.

More

Dr. Christiuk obtained his Bachelor of Science with honours from The University of Manitoba. He completed his Optometric training from the University of Waterloo graduating on the Deans Honour List in 2011. During his 4th year of Optometry Dr. Christiuk completed his ocular disease externship with focus on corneal diseases, cataracts, glaucoma and a variety of retinal conditions including diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. Dr. Christiuk is a member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists and certified by the college of Optometrist to provide medication for the treatment of various eye conditions and diseases.
Dr. Christiuk is currently a partner in the Kenora Optometry Clinic and raising a young family. Dr. Christiuk looks forward to spending his career providing quality and leading edge eye care to the Kenora area.

Dr. Sierra Thom

Dr. Thom

We are excited to introduce our new associate optometrist, Dr. Sierra Thom! 

She is now accepting new patients and is beyond excited to start serving the people of Kenora and the surrounding communities! 

Call 807-468-3649 for an appointment with Dr. Thom.

More

Originally from Saskatchewan, Dr. Thom completed her Doctor of Optometry in Waterloo, Ontario and graduated with honours.  During her education she had the opportunity to train alongside anterior segment, retinal, and glaucoma specialists.  In 2018 she travelled to Ecuador with VOSH, Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, and helped provide eye-care to nearly 3000 patients.  She has a special interest in ocular disease and paediatrics and places patient education at the forefront of her practice values. 

WHAT WE OFFER


Drs. Agnew, Chapman & Christiuk are located in Kenora Ontario, providing ocular health care to existing and new patients.

We can present you with a variety of treatment and referral options in order to provide greater clarity to your health and vision.

eye chart

Eye Exams

Eye Examinations for Children and Adults.

eye care

Eye Care

Prescribe Medications for Eye Conditions.
Laser Surgery Consulatation.

eye contact lens

Contact Lenses

Contact Lenses and Fittings

eye glasses

Eyewear

Dispensing of Eyeglasses.
Designer Frames.
Sunglasses

SUPPORT STAFF


Candis

Lindsay

Marilyn

Donna

Tammy

Chantelle

NOW HIRING


We are not hiring at this time. Watch this spot for upcoming opportunities!

CONTACT US


Drs. Agnew, Chapman & Christiuk Optometrists

25 B Main St S
Kenora ON
P9N 1S8

Call 807-468-3649 for an appointment.


 807-468-3649   Email

New Patients Always Welcome

In regards to the Covid-19 lockdown 

We are very excited that Ontario will be going into step three of the re-opening plan, and that things are starting to get back to normal!

Please be advised that at this time we are still operating by appointment only, we will continue with all screening protocols and use of PPE (so please remember to wear your masks, and keep them up above your nose and mouth in the office at all times.) 

We also ask that in order to maintain social distancing in our office that, unless you need assistance, you come to your appointment by yourself.

We want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding at this time, and we look forward to seeing you!

If you are feeling ill, if you have travelled outside of Canada or to a known Covid hot spot, or you or a member of your household has been contacted by the health unit for contact tracing or is awaiting testing for Covid, please call us to reschedule any appointments that you have with us. 


We will be closed on Friday September 24th

We will be closed Friday October 1st for a Specialist Clinic

Until further notice we will only be open until 5pm on Tuesday and Thursdays. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.  


Hours
Monday: 8:45 am - 4:30 pm.
Tuesday: 8:45 am - 6:00 pm.
Wednesday: 8:45 am - 4:30 pm.
Thursday: 8:45 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm.
Friday: 8:45 am - 4:30 pm

Open until 6:00 pm on Tuesday and Thursday.

girl in examination chair