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Welcome to Ophthalmology & Vision Sciences

Changes due to COVID-19

Sunnybrook has implemented some changes to ensure the safety of our patients and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes visitor restrictions, and screening for symptoms at the door. For all information about COVID-19, please visit

I have an eye appointment? Is it cancelled?

Your physician’s office will contact you if your appointment is cancelled. While Sunnybrook is safe and remains open to our patients, we are taking precautionary steps during the COVID-19 pandemic to limit the number of people in the hospital during this time. This includes the cancellation of any non-urgent visits to the hospital. If you have any questions about your upcoming eye appointment or are uncertain about the urgency of new symptoms, please contact your doctor’s office directly for further guidance.

Please note: For patients with a new onset of a red eye, or “pink eye,” please call your doctor’s office in advance. COVID-19 could cause a red eye and can be very contagious.

I have a red eye or showing signs of pink eye and heard it could be related to COVID-19. What should I do?

For any patients with a new onset of a red eye or “pink eye” please call your eye doctor’s office or the eye clinic in advance. Pink eye and red eye are different ways of describing the same condition: acute conjunctivitis. Recent reports suggest COVID-19 could cause a red eye and can be very contagious. Symptoms for pink eye include redness, discharge, swelling, and eyelids stuck together. An individual or their family members should avoid touching their eyes, wash their hands often, avoid sharing items such as towels and pillow.

If you are experiencing symptoms of acute conjunctivitis, or other symptoms of COVID-19, please call your primary health-care provider for information on next steps, and/or visit a COVID-19 Assessment Centre near you to get tested.

What will happen to my surgery?

All surgeries that may be safely done at a later time will be postponed. This will likely affect some eye surgeries. All decisions to postpone surgeries have been made with careful consideration, in consultation with each patient’s health-care team. Surgeries will only be postponed if deemed medically safe.

A member of your health-care team will contact you if you surgery date is affected by these changes.

We understand this is not an ideal situation, and we appreciate your understanding during this time. If you have any questions about your upcoming surgery, please talk to your health-care provider directly for more information.

We are a state of the art eye care department providing clinical and surgical expertise in disorders and diseases of the eye.

We specialize in:

  • Cataract surgery and intraocular lenses
  • Glaucoma
  • Macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment and all other retinal conditions
  • Corneal dystrophies and disease
  • Eye Trauma

We provide comprehensive eye care and offer medical, laser and surgical therapies for eye disease. Our surgeons have expertise in cornea, cataract, glaucoma and retinal surgery. We offer extensive diagnostic testing including visual fields, fluorescein angiography, ocular coherence tomography, A and B-scan ultrasound, ultrasound biomicroscopy, and IOL master measurements.


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Location and contact

Ophthalmology & Vision Sciences

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Avenue, 
M-wing, 1st floor
Toronto, ON M4N 3M5

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