My daughter has just started junior kindergarten this year, and we had a checklist of the things we made sure she had before attending her first day of class. We scurried to make sure she had school supplies, clothes for class, a check-up with our family doctor and an eye exam with an Optometrists. Why is seeing an optometrist important? Optometrists can diagnose vision problems and help you care for your eyes.
For my family, it is crucial for all of my children to get their eyes checked. My side of the family has vision issues such as glaucoma, so I want to make sure we are on top of any issues that could arise with their eye health and deal with it if it does become a problem. We also do not want for impaired vision to get in their way of learning at school.
That is why I am happy there is a program in place in Ontario that is helping families keep on top of the vision care of children. It is called Eye See…Eye Learn®. This program provides OHIP-covered eye exams and free eyeglasses for junior kindergarten children through participating Ontario Association Optometrist (OAO).
Did you know that 1 in 4 children attending school has a vision problem? Imagine what it would be like to stare at a chalkboard or a smartboard for long periods of time while a teacher is trying to share the day’s lesson, only not to be able to follow it because you are not able to see it clearly. This would bother many children, and for some of them, the solution could be as easy as visiting an optometrist to detect if there is a vision problem.
My daughter had a wonderful time at her first optometrist appointment. Her doctor was great! He asked her questions and instructed her on what she needed during her eye exam in order to figure out if she had a vision problem. He was also able to answer the questions we had about eye health and vision care. We got the green light from our doctor about Maya’s vision and now she is good to go for junior kindergarten. She cannot wait to play at school with her friends, or for her visit to our optometrist next year!
Book an appointment your optometrist check out the health of your child’s eyes through the Eye See…Eye Learn® Program toady! If you don’t have one, you can click here to find one in your area!
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by The Ontario Association of Optometrists. The opinions and language are all my own.