Back to school eye exams

Student and children eye examsAs parents, we tend to opt for the traditional back to school preparations, such a new notebooks, pens, crayons, backpacks and clothes, however this year lets put something new on our back to school checklist: an eye exam. Yes that is correct, an eye examination for your student. 

Did you know?

  • 80% of children’s classroom learning is done through their eyes.
  • 1 in 4 of children in Ontario have some type of vision problem.
  • Children 19 and under are eligible for an OHIP-insured eye examination annually, however, only 28% of children under 19 have annual eye examinations.

A vision screening test can indicate the presence of a vision problem or a potential vision problem with your child. A vision screening cannot diagnose exactly what is wrong with your child’s eyes; rather, it can indicate that you should make an appointment with your optometrist for a more comprehensive eye examination. Vision screenings in Canada are becoming popular, especially in harder to reach communities, however screenings do have their shortcomings.  

Did you know?

  • Studies show that vision screenings have a high error rate.  
  • 43% of children with vision problems pass vision screenings.  
  • A vision screening has no benefit if it does not lead to a proper assessment, diagnosis and ongoing care.

Is your child just starting Junior Kindergarten this year? Make sure they get off to a good start.

  • The Eye See Eye Learn program is a special program just for those entering Junior Kindergarten
  • Children in JK receive an OHIP-insured eye examination from one of the program’s partner optometrists.
  • If eyeglasses are needed, a free pair of eyeglasses is provided by the program’s eyewear partners.
  • As of July 1st, 2015, the Eye See Eye Learn program is now province-wide in Ontario.

As summer begins to wrap us, and as kids and parents start to prepare for back to school be sure to include an eye examination for your student as they anxiously await the new school year.  Be sure to book in your child’s eye examination appointment with your optometrist at Eyes on Derry.