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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 


2019 Eye Van Schedule 

Eye Van appointments are by referral and are booked in advance at the community level. Please contact your family doctor, optometrist or nurse practitioner to obtain a referral.

1. Englehart, March 25-28

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 104, 45 Fourth Ave. 

2. Iroquois Falls, April 1-5

Lions Club Den, 239 Church St.

3. Cochrane,  April 8-18

Lady Minto Hospital, 241 Eighth St.

4. Smooth Rock Falls,  April 22-23

SRF Hospital, 107 Kelly Rd.

5. Kapuskasing,  April 24-May 17

Centre de santé communautaire de Kapuskasing et région 27 Kolb Ave.

6. Hearst, May 21-June 10

Notre Dame Hospital, 1405 Edward St.

7. Hornepayne, June 12-14

Community Hospital, 278 Front St.

8. Longlac, June 17-20

NorWest Community Health Centre, 99 Skinner Ave.

9. Geraldton, June 24-27

Greenstone Family Health Team, 510 Hogarth Ave. W.

10. Atikokan, July 8-12

Family Health Team, 101 Zuke Rd.

11. Fort Frances, July 15-19

Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St.

12. Rainy River, July 22-25

Town of Rainy River Garage, 319 Sixth St.

13. Kenora, July 29-31

Kenora Recreation Centre, 18 Mike Richards Way.

14. Ear Falls, Aug. 1-2

Community Health Centre/FHT, 25 Spruce St.

15. Red Lake, Aug. 6-15

Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital, 51 Hwy 105.

16. Dryden, Aug. 19-21

Regional Health Centre, 58 Goodall St.

17. Sioux Lookout, Aug. 22-23

Meno-Ya-Win Health Centre, 1 Meno-Ya-Win Way.

18. Pickle Lake, Aug. 26-27

Community Hall, 14 Koval St.

19. Ignace, Aug. 29-30

Silver Tops Hall, 300 Pine St.

20. Nipigon, Sept. 3-4

District Memorial Hospital, 125 Hogan Rd.

21. Schreiber/Terrace Bay, Sept. 5-6

Schreiber Recreation Centre, 100 Langworthy St.

22. Manitouwadge, Sept. 9-13

General Hospital, 1 Health Care Cres.

23. White River, Sept. 16-17

Medical Clinic, 102 Winnipeg St N.

24. Dubreuilville, Sept. 19-20

Arena, 148A Ave du Parc.

25. Wawa, Sept. 23-27

Lady Dunn Health Centre, 17 Government Rd.

26. Chapleau, Sept. 30-Oct. 4

Medical Centre/FHT, 2 Broomhead Rd.

27. Gore Bay, Oct. 7-11

Lyons Memorial Church, 17 Meredith St.

28. Mindemoya, Oct. 15-18

Mindemoya Curling Club, 103 Thorne St.

29. Wikwemikong, Oct. 21-22

Health Centre, 19A Complex Dr.

30. Little Current, Oct. 23-25

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 177, 15 Vankoughnet St E.