What is Eye See... Eye Learn?
Children rarely complain of vision problems, or are even aware of them. Most children believe everyone sees the world like they do.
The Eye See…Eye Learn program was developed to raise awareness among parents of the importance of having their children’s eyes checked before starting grade one. The program encourages families of Junior Kindergarten children in participating school regions to have a comprehensive eye exam with an optometrist. The eye exam is covered by OHIP (your child’s health card). If the child needs glasses, they will receive one pair free of charge.
Children, who cannot see the board, focus on a picture or follow words in a book may struggle to achieve their full learning potential. Vision problems can also impact their hand-eye coordination for physical activities and even impact their social development. In fact, 80 percent of learning comes directly through vision.
The Ontario Association of Optometrists recognizes the important link between eye health and learning, and recommends comprehensive eye examinations for all children entering kindergarten. The Eye See…Eye Learn program will help make sure our kindergarten students get the best start to learning.
We would like to gratefully acknowledge funding support from the Government of Ontario and our industry partners Jungle Eyewear, HOYA Vision Care and Acuvue™ Contact Lenses.
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Vision and Learning
Good vision is an important part of learning...
- 80% of classroom learning is done through the eyes
- 1 in 6 children have some form of vision problem
- Children with poor vision often find it difficult to focus on their work and may be misdiagnosed as having a learning or behavioural disability
- Good vision is vital to developing skills such as reading, copying and hand eye coordination
Regular eye examinations can identify health problems and conditions such as a turned or lazy eye. These conditions may be treated successfully if they are found early in a child’s life.