Ophthalmology Clinic

Ophthalmology is a medical specialty that deals with vision health and the treatment of serious eye diseases. The ophthalmologist can diagnose and treat eye diseases like glaucoma, cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Ophthalmologists also perform surgeries and eye-related procedures.

Who do we serve?

  • People aged 16 and older

Exams and procedures

  • Cataract surgery
  • Biometry services
    • A and B scans (ultrasonography)
    • Full-eye length tomography (IOL Master 700)
  • General ophthalmology services for glaucoma and macular degeneration (coming soon to HGH)

How to access our services?

You must have a referral from your physician or optometrist to book an appointment at the Ophthalmology Clinic or for a cataract surgery.

About The Program

Before your appointment

  1. Your physician will fax us a request.
  2. We will call you to schedule an appointment. It may take a few weeks or up to several months before we call you, depending on the specialists’ availability.

What to bring

  • Valid Health Card
  • List of all your medications, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, supplements and herbal medicines
  • Case for glasses or contact lenses removal

When you arrive

  • Please use the Main Entrance and register at one of the self-serve kiosks at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. Clerks are available to help with the registration process.
  • Take a pager upon registering. It will buzz and light up when your turn comes up and indicate in which room to report.
  • Room numbers and other public interest messages are presented on the TV screens.

Preparation and procedure

Preparation and procedure vary depending on the type of exam. Please follow instructions below. We may give you additional specific instructions when booking your appointment.

  • Dilated eye exam: your eyes will be sensitive to light and you will need someone to drive your home.
  • A-scan: restrictions apply to wearing certain types of contact lenses before the test. Wear glasses.
    • Soft (CTL) contact lenses: Do not wear for 48 hours before the test.
    • Rigid (RGP) contact lenses: Do not wear for 7 before the test.
    • Scleral lenses: No restrictions. You may wear your scleral lenses before your appointment.

Your ophthalmologist will determine if you need surgery or another type of procedure, and may order other tests.

Business hours

Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (except public holidays)


613-632-1111, option 1 (Appointment), then option 1 (Ambulatory Clinics)
Toll-free: 1-800-790-8870, option 1




HGH – Main Campus
1111 Ghislain Street
Hawkesbury, ON K6A 3G5

The Ophthalmology Clinic is located in Block B, level 1. View a hospital plan.

External resources

  • For vision health information, and the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases, and trauma to the eye, visit See the possibilities.ca.
  • For information on eye health, prevention and safety tips, eye exams, glasses and lenses, visit Eye Health Library.

Referring a patient to HGH Ophthalmology Clinic

Medical specialists

Referral Form

To refer a patient, download the Consultation Request Form, fill it out and fax it to 613-636-6175. Select ‘Other’ in Specialty.

Appointment booking line: 1-800-790-8870, extension 82500

The Hawkesbury and District General Hospital (HGH) provides more than 40 specialized medical clinics for residents of Prescott-Russell and surrounding region. For a list of clinics, departments and services, visit Refer a patient.