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Are children covered for eye exams?

All children under the age of 20 are covered for a full eye exam once a year by OHIP (with a health card). If there are any concerns within the year (eg. squinting in the classroom, difficulty with reading) then OHIP covers any partial appointments as needed too!

When should my child have their eyes checked?

We begin checking a child’s eyes at 6 months of age to ensure visual development is on the right track. Based on visual development milestones we also recommend a child having their eyes checked at 18 months and 3 years of age. At the very least having your child’s eyes checked before they start school ensures they will have the best start! We recommend annual eye exams each year after that as they grow.

What is the Eye See Eye Learn program?

Eye See…Eye Learn® is part of a national children’s vision initiative to help build awareness about the importance of eye health and vision care as part of a child’s best starts and healthy development.

The program exists so we can provide any child in Junior Kindergarten who requires glasses to get a pair at no cost to them. The glasses are provided by industry partners OGI Eyewear & Nikon. The program was put in place to encourage parents to have their childrens’ eyes checked before starting school as 80% of learning is visual.

One in four children have a vision problem and we want to help these children as soon as possible. The other reason for the program is to remove the barrier of cost so that every child can have an eye examination and the eyewear they need during some of the most important visual development times of their lives. There is no cost to the parent for the eye examination as all children are covered under OHIP.

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Children with uncorrected vision have:

  • Short attention span for their age (be misdiagnosed with ADD)
  • Difficulty completing written assignments on time (poor performance)
  • Reading and learning difficulties (increased special education resources)
  • May complain of headaches (using other medical resources)

What is the Eye-M-Growing Program offered at St. Lawrence Optometry?

Eye-M-Growing is a program offered through our clinics whereby any child under the age of 16, within 16 months of getting a pair of glasses, get a second set of lenses at no charge. Children can be hard on glasses or can be forgetful, like leaving them at school at the end of the day. If they need a replacement pair or just a second back up pair left at home, then this is the answer for you! As always there is a 2 year warranty for manufacturer issues on all frames and lenses regardless.

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