Vision Health and Children

September 27, 2018 | RayL

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With the beginning of a new school year, parents/guardians can be found scrambling to get school supplies. However, school supplies is only one consideration when children head to school. Toronto Public Health shares why vision care is an important part of ensuring your child is ready to learn. 

Guest Blogger: Toronto Public Health Staff. 


Did you know that 80% of children's learning is gained through their eyes? However, 1 in 4 school-age children may have a vision problem that makes it difficult to read and learn.

Children don't always know they have a vision problem and assume that everyone sees the way they do. In many cases, there are no obvious signs or symptoms.

When vision is not clear or does not provide a focused image to the developing brain, it can result in permanent loss of vision in one or both eyes. The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends children have a comprehensive eye exam prior to entering school and every year afterwards. Annual eye exams by an optometrist are covered by OHIP for children and youth age 19 and under. Junior kindergarten students are eligible for a free pair of eye glasses through the Eye See Eye Learn program if needed.

For more information, visit the Toronto Public Health website.


Here are some great books about picture books about eyeglasses.

Ava's Spectaculr Spectacles

Ava's Spectacular Spectacles by Alice Rex and Angela Perrini

I see I see

I See, I See by Pimm Van Hest

Arthur's eyes

Arthur's Eyes by Marc Brown

Ava's Spectaculr Spectacles

Douglas, You Need Glasses! by Ged Adamson