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Raising Children

Vision

Does your child have a yearly eye exam?  Children should have their first eye exam at six months of age, again at two to three years old and every year after that. Eye exams are free with an OHIP card for children 19 years old and under.

Vision is an important sense for child development. However one in four school-age children may have a vision problem. For parents/caregivers, there are sometimes no obvious signs or symptoms to indicate that their child has a vision problem.  A child who cannot see properly may struggle with learning, and may find sports and other physical activities difficult.

The health unit provides in-school vision screening for Senior Kindergarten children. Screening can identify children who are at high risk or already presenting with vision problems. We also promote regular visits to optometrists, and provide information about how to find an optometrist and programs to help pay for glasses.

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Eye see … Eye Learn – only for children in junior kindergarten. Program provides a comprehensive eye exam.  If your child needs glasses, they will receive a free pair.

College of Optometrists of Ontario – find an optometrist

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