Vision and Eye Health

One child in four has an undetected vision problem bad enough to impact their learning and development. Because 80 per cent of classroom learning depends on the eyes, good vision is an important part of learning and growing. Make your child’s first test an eye exam.

Did ​you know that:

  • Children rarely complain about vision problems because they often are not even aware they have one. They don’t know what good vision looks like.

  • Children with poor vision often find it hard to focus on their work, and may be misdiagnosed with a behavioural problem.

  • Good vision is vital to developing skills such as reading, copying and hand-eye coordination.

  • 60 per cent of children with literacy difficulties have an undetected vision problem.

  • Poor vision can impact a child’s self-esteem and social development.

The Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) recommends that children have a comprehensive eye exam starting at six months old, again at three years old, another before they begin school and then annually. Eye exams are covered by provincial health insurance (OHIP) annually until age 19.


Eye See…Eye Learn® - Giving Junior Kindergarten students their best start! 

Children born 2019 or 2020 and starting JK in 2024 qualify for a pair of complimentary glasses.

Book an appointment with an Eye See…Eye Learn® participating optometrist between July 1, 2024, and June 30, 2025.

To find a participating optometrist and learn more go to: Eye See Eye Learn

Program made possible by our exclusive industry partners and participating Eye See…Eye Learn® optometrists.