Visual Health for Youth

It is important to take your child to an optometrist regularly.  

15,000 children in Ontario have trouble reading because they need glasses. Vision problems can affect their learning abilities, social development, self-esteem and hand-eye coordination. Every year in Ontario, 7,000 children lose the use of an eye because they were not treated promptly for a vision problem. If not identified early, some eye problems can permanently reduce a child’s vision.

 Optometric Examination
The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends that school children aged 6 to 19 years should have an eye examination annually.

A valid Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) card covers the cost of an annual eye examination for children and youth aged 0 to 19 years.  

Ontario Association of Optometrists

To find an optometrist, call the Ontario Association of Optometrists at 1-800-540-3837 or visit their website for a list of doctors in your area.

 Assistance with the Cost of Prescription Eyeglasses
Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program
Families receiving financial assistance from Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program can contact their caseworker for information on assistance with the cost of prescription eyeglasses.
Low-Income Families
Help with the cost of prescription eyeglasses may be available for low-income families. Call the Community and Social Services Department at 3-1-1 for more information.

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