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Visual Health

The 2018 Ontario Public Health Standards require health units to conduct vision screening for Senior Kindergarten (SK) students. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is providing free vision screening for SK students in select schools in Windsor and Essex County. The vision screening program will be available to all SK classes in Windsor and Essex County for 2019-2020.

Vision Screening

Eighty percent of what a child learns occurs through their eyes. Good vision is essential for children and youth to reach their full academic potential and ensure their participation in sports and other activities.

Children may not be aware that they have a vision problem, so it is important to take your child to an optometrist. Many vision problems and eye diseases can be treated if found early!

The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends that

Preschool children should have at least one eye exam between the ages of 2 and 5.

School children aged 6 to 19 years should have an eye exam every year.

What does the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) cover?

A valid OHIP card covers the cost of an annual eye examination for children and youth aged 0 to 19 years.

If your child needs glasses, the Eye See...Eye Learn® program will provide one pair of glasses for free. Visit the program website for age eligibility requirements and a list of participating optometrists.

To find an optometrist in your area, visit the Ontario Association of Optometrists.

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Monday, January 18, 2021 - 3:08pm