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Referral Criteria:

We Accept Referrals


We Do Not Accept Referrals

From: Pediatricians, family doctors, optometrists, ophthalmologists

For the following types of patients:

• Direct trauma to eye

• Imminently vision-threatening problems, obstructing visual axis

• Abnormal retinal reflexes in infant or child under 3 years of age

• Surgical problems (cataract, glaucoma)

• Urgent inpatient consultations

For the following types of patients:

• Non acute decrease in vision
• Request for second opinion of ocular problem
• Chalazion and periocular lesions which do not  obstruct visual axis
• Non urgent inpatient consultations

For these patients, please refer to:
An optometrist.

*For a complete list of optometrists across our LHIN and beyond who are willing to assess children, and who will refer patients to our service if necessary, after an appropriate eye examination has been performed in the community, please visit "".


In order to best serve our community, ensure that we are able to respond to urgent and emergent requests for consultations in a timely manner, and ensure that all other requests are managed by an appropriate provider in an appropriate timeframe, we will return referrals that do not meet the accepted criteria to the referring professional.

These new guidelines will ensure that we are better able to meet our patients’ needs and reduce an ever-growing wait list.

Making a Referral

PDF symbolDownload the Ophthalmology Referral Form for Optometrists

Download the Ophthalmology Referral Form for Physicians

Mail or fax the referral form to:

Ophthalmology Clinic, CHEO
401 Smyth RoadOttawa, ON K1H 8L1
Fax: 613-738-4237

Please include the following information with the referral: 

  • patient complaint
  • affecting which eye (left, right, both)
  • associated symptoms
  • duration of symptoms
  • whether patient is being followed by an optometrist

Please indicate on the referral if an interpreter is required and for which language if not English or French. 

Once the Referral has been received, reviewed, and triaged by an ophthalmologist, an appointment will be booked.  CHEO will contact the patient and family to notify them of their appointment. To avoid any delay or mistake, please print clearly the child’s name, D.O.B., address, telephone number and valid health card number.

Provide This Information for Patients and Families

The Ophthalmology Clinic is located in C-8.
Please bring the following with you to your appointment:

  • health card
  • recent eye glasses

Dilating drops must frequently be used to carry out a complete ophthalmic examination, therefore expect that the appointment can take up to 2 hours.

More information about your visit to CHEO

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