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Eye Van

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Operated by CNIB, the Medical Mobile Care Unit, known as the Eye Van, is a fully equipped, medical mobile eye-care clinic on wheels that travels more than 6,000 kilometres annually to provide service in Northern Ontario. With a commitment from more than 25 ophthalmologists, the CNIB Eye Van serves 4,500 patients.

The CNIB Eye Van was established in 1972 as part of the Prevention of Blindness program in partnership with the Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (Ontario's Ophthalmologists), a section of the Ontario Medical Association.

Keeping eyes healthy: screening & prevention

Ophthalmologists conduct vision exams, treat eye conditions, perform minor surgeries and offer medical advice and information about eye health. Nearly 90 per cent of the patients screened on the CNIB Eye Van are monitored for eye conditions that could lead to blindness, if left untreated.

Strengthening community partnerships through education

The ophthalmologists and CNIB staff hold sessions for members of local medical communities, sharing information on vision health, diagnoses and treatments. The CNIB Eye Van also acts as a referral source for Vision Loss Rehabilitation Ontario (VLRO) and the CNIB Foundation.

Eyes on the North

Accessible Media Inc.(AMI) Originals presents "Eyes on the North." A one-hour documentary featuring the CNIB Eye Van, a medical mobile eye care unit (fully-equipped, custom-made transport truck and 48-foot trailer) that travels more than 6,000 kilometres every year to examine more than 5,000 patients in 30 remote communities in Northern Ontario. 

For more information, please contact: 

Lisa O'Bonsawin 

General Manager, CNIB Eye Van 

705-675-2468 x5446 


2018 Eye Van Schedule 

1. Schreiber/Terrace Bay, Sep 12-13.

Schreiber Recreation Centre, 100 Langworthy St. 

2. Manitouwadge, Sep 17-21.

General Hospital,1 Health Care Cres.

3. White River,  Sep 24-25.

Medical Clinic, 102 Winnipeg St N.

4. Dubreuilville,  Sept 26-28.

Arena, 148A Ave du Parc.

5. Wawa,  Oct 1-5.

Lady Dunn Health Centre, 17 Government Rd.

6. Chapleau, Oct 9-12.

Medical Centre/FHT, 2 Broomhead Rd.

7. Gore Bay, Oct 15-18.

Lyons Memorial Church, 17 Meredith St. 

8. Mindemoya, Oct 22-25.

Mindemoya Curling Club, 103 Thorne St.

9. Wikwemikong, Oct 29-30.

Health Centre, 19A Complex Dr.

10. Little Current, Oct 31-Nov 2.

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 177, 15 Vankoughnet St E.