The ministry is introducing one new diagnostic code and one explanatory code on September 1, 2023

To: OHIP Billing Software Vendors
Category: Billing Software Specifications
Written by: Claims Services Branch, Health Programs and Delivery Division
Date issued: August 31, 2023
Bulletin Number: 230903


Effective September 1, 2023, one new diagnostic code and one new explanatory code have been created for the new optometry appropriateness changes.

New diagnostic code and descriptions

  • 976 - Poisoning by eye anti-infectives and other eye drugs

Explanatory code and description

  • VN - allowed as a major oculo-visual examination for seniors with medical conditions

For additional information on when to use the diagnostic code and when you could receive the new explanatory code, please see INFOBulletin 230804.

Please ensure that your billing software is updated to include the new Optometry fee code for any services rendered on or after September 1, 2023.

The updated Fee Schedule Master can be found on the Ministry of Health website.

This file will be available for download by September 8, 2023.


Optometry Services Agreement; optometrists; payments; changes to OHIP-insured optometry coverage; 976; VN; MOVE; major eye; V406; V407; major oculo-visual

Contact information

Do you have questions about this INFOBulletin? Email the Service Support Contact Centre or call 1-800-262-6524. Hours of operation: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Monday to Friday,